Offshore Yachting : October November 2007
SEAMAR K 14 | offshore news CYCA's Generous Donation Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Commodore, Matt Allen, recently presented a cheque for $10,000 to staff at Pambula Hospital, the club's significant contribution towards a new mobile ultrasound machine. "The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has forged a strong link to the NSW south coast via its annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, which occasionally sees early retirements pulling into coastal ports for crew to access local facilities for medical and other reasons," Commodore Allen said. "The donation is the club's way of acknowledging the support given to our event by south coast communities such as Pambula with the benefits available to all patients who need treatment for accidents, boating or otherwise, as well as obstetric patients," he added. Medical staff at Pambula Hospital will use the new ultrasound to guide the insertion of intravenous (IV) lines for administering medications or fluids. It will improve the ease and time to locate suitable veins and also reduce patient discomfort. "We are extremely grateful for the generosity which has enabled us to purchase this piece of equipment which will greatly benefit our patients and staff," Pambula Health Service Manager Charmaine Johnson said. While the CYCA is the largest single donor for the new equipment, Acacia Ponds Village at Pambula and the Hospital Auxiliary also contributed, with the remainder of the funds for the $33,000 ultrasound coming from previous donations to the hospital. New Crew Membership Category at CYCA The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia recently announced that its crew membership category has been reopened to make membership more affordable to those in the 18-29 age bracket. Following the acceptance of a special resolution at the July annual general meeting, the previously dormant crew membership category has been reinvigorated and re-launched and for just $195 per annum plus a one off $1 entry fee, those between 18 and 29 can now join Australia's premier ocean racing club. Re-launching the crew membership category is part of the club's overall objective to nurture and promote the sport of yachting and to address the challenges associated with finding a sustainable and qualified source of crew for yacht owners. "The CYCA's board of directors sees this as a wonderful initiative to introduce new members who will become active offshore and inshore sailors and eventually boat owners themselves," said Commodore Matt Allen. "I encourage all current CYCA members, particularly those sailing with crew in the relevant age range, to support this initiative," added Commodore Allen. Crew membership entitlements include; • club entry • ability to sign in one guest per visit • members 10% discount on bar, bottle shop and merchandise purchases • copy of the bi-monthly Offshore Yachting magazine and weekly email newsletter • invitation to the new member’s cocktail party. Conditions for the crew membership category include; • no parking rights • cannot skipper a yacht • not eligible to attend an AGM or vote • no berthing rights in the CYCA marina. Once the crew member turns 30 they will automatically be upgraded to full membership and the joining fee for full membership will be waived. The reopening of the crew membership category is an initiative of the club's member services committee and they and the club's board and staff will be actively promoting the benefits over the coming months. Membership forms are now available from CYCA reception and can be downloaded from http://www.cyca.com.au "Hobart Hero" Max Crafoord Memorial Service The family of the Max Crafoord have invited fellow sailors and friends on Sunday November 4 for the spreading of his ashes between Sydney Heads. They plan to meet at 1000hrs at the CYCA marina for a 1030 departure, returning at 1200hrs. Lunch and drinks will be provided between 1200 -- 1600hrs in the Morna Room at the CYCA. Please come along and help us send Max off on his last voyage. If you knew Max you would know that he always enjoyed a quiet drink at the CYCA so please join us in sharing some of his adventures. Should you require a spot in the CYCA marina for your vessel, please make prior arrangements with the CYCA dock master by calling 0418 733 933. Please RSVP to Carl Crafoord by Wednesday 31 October by calling 0438 548 033 or email email@example.com Waikiki Yacht Club Hosts Veteran's Reunion Twenty five knot winds, beautiful 30 degree weather and a genuine Hawaiian hospitality greeted those yachties, and their followers, who participated in the recent Waikiki Offshore series. As well as the sailing events, a Veteran's Reunion hosted by the Waikiki Yacht Club and Past Commodore Steve Thomas brought together some old friends and seamen who sailed in the Pan Am Clipper Cup Series of the eigh ties. One year, 12 Australian teams participated in the event. Dick Gooch, the Series founder and general race chairman from to 1978 through 1984, was instrumental in this year's revival. The response and enthusiasm are no doubt an indication of what is to follow in future years. The series coincided with the finish of the Transpac Race from California to Hawaii, and the atmosphere amongst the yachties was at its best. While in Hawaii, Syd Fischer, a veteran of the Clipper Cup Series, took possession of his new TP52. The boat is now in Sydney and under its new name of Ragamuffin, will sail its first race, a 90 miler, on October 5. Syd Fischer & Libby Firth, Barney Steven and John Foote from the Southport Yacht Club, Dick Bearman (right), Rob Scrivenor (background) from CYCA Watching the Offshore race with Dick Gooch and Syd Fischer Correction In the last issue of Offshore, a photo caption mistakenly said that Adrienne Cahalan was the recipient of the Sheila Patrick Memorial Trophy for competing in 15 Sydney Hobart Yacht Races. The trophy presented to Adrienne at the Jazz Night Dinner Dance was in fact the Associates Committee Trophy.
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