September 2016

A fun CBYA BIG Cat Cruise


A Fun CBYA BIG Cat Cruise

Taking advantage of the special group discount negotiated by the CBYA,  around 50 CBYA members and friends/family gathered on the jetty in Javea Port at midday on Tuesday 29 September 2016 to board the BIG catamaran .

The weather was a little overcast, but no rain was expected, and having spotted our appointed entertainers boarding with their guitars, expectations of something a little special were high!

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A Cruise to Isla Cabrera


A Cruise to Isla Cabrera


We departed Marina de Denia early on Wednesday 7 Sept on Tony and Julie Benneworth’s 60’ ketch, S/Y Royal Atenea, for a week’s cruise to Cabrera Island (south of Mallorca) and Ibiza. The rest of the crew comprised their UK-based friends, Jackie Carter and Iain Lorraine, Gillian and myself.

On our departure, the wind was light, and on the nose, so we motor-sailed most of the way to Ibiza, arriving just before sunset at Cala Lunga, on the west side of the island. We spotted two pilot whales on the surface on the way over.

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             Captain Tony                                       Happy crew                                              Cabrera Castle

 The next day the wind was still light and easterly, so we again motor-sailed – the trip from Ibiza to Cabrera Island taking most of the day. We joined around 30 other yachts in Cabrera harbour just before sunset. Cabrera is a nature reserve and a special permit is required to stay overnight – which we obtained for three nights as we planned to do some scuba diving.

The next day Tony, Gillian and I prepared our scuba diving equipment, partially geared up and lowered the dinghy to transfer from the yacht to the harbour jetty to meet the Aventura IB dive boat as it arrived from Mallorca at 1100 hours. We met a young German couple on board who were also diving with us. After gearing up, the dive guide, Adrien, gave us a dive briefing on our first dive at Cabo Llebeig, about a 10-minute boat ride from the port. After sorting out a few buoyancy problems, we enjoyed a pleasant dive seeing barracuda, fusiliers, wrasse, garoupas, etc. We returned to the port for a surface interval and lunch on board Royal Atenea, before heading out for our second dive at Cala Galieta, slightly further from the port. This dive was less interesting than the first as we spent quite a long time looking for a large school of barracuda in the deep blue (which we did not find due to poor vis). However, later Gillian made friends with a large garoupa which was fascinated by her white gloves – tried to bite a finger – and followed her around closely for the rest of the dive. Unfortunately didn’t take the Go-Pro!

Since none of the rest of the crew were feeling very energetic, I took the dinghy ashore early the next morning and climbed to the top of Cabrera castle where I enjoyed a great view of the harbour. The rest of the day was spent chilling before going ashore for drinks and tapas at the sole (expensive) hostelry on the island. Jackie and Gillian climbed to the castle.


                            Cabrera Harbour

We left early the next morning for a glassy, windless crossing back to Cala Portinatx on the north side of Ibiza, seeing five pods with around 20 dolphins on the way over, including babies. Having to dispose of the rubbish justified another trip ashore by the fellas and the obligatory drink or two on arrival!


Dolphins                                             Under sail                                       Hostess del día   

On the sixth day we finally found a decent breeze and enjoyed a great sail down the east side of Ibiza to our final anchorage at Cala Torrent, stopping briefly at Marina Ibiza on the way to refuel.  On arrival at Cala Torrent, we went ashore for a few sundowners and to book our (very expensive) lunch for the next day, at Restaurante Es Torrent.  Our last day at Ibiza was spent snorkeling before returning to the restaurant for a great lunch, followed by a much-needed siesta back on board.


                      Post-lunch                                               Royal Atenea                                        Comfy forward cabin

Weather forecasts predicted worsening conditions that night so we moved to a more protected anchorage next door at Cala Roig before hitting the sack. However we still experienced strong winds all night and dragged our anchor once before putting down more chain. Tony slept in the wheel house on anchor watch. The rest of us had a pretty sleepless night due to the wind, anchor and wave noise!

We departed before sunrise for our final leg back to Denia in 25 – 30 knots of wind, looking forward to an exciting sail home. However on rounding the final point of the island we were hit by a large swell and wind right on the nose again! We attempted to sail in very lumpy seas for 4 – 5 hours before realising that we were not making much headway. So, with half of the crew feeling seasick, and one messing up the deck!, we decided to furl the genoa and motor-sail back home. After a somewhat unpleasant (understatement: Gillian) 12+ hour crossing, we finally arrived back at Marina de Denia just before 2000 hours where we had some trouble tying up at our temporary mooring alongside the fuel jetty, due to the strong wind. We decided to leave all post-cruise yacht cleaning and tidying work until the next morning and headed home, exhausted but happy!

Thanks Tony and Julie for a great trip!

Hugh Epsom

5-clubs Regattas – So, What’s That…

  1. Summary

The 5-Clubs Regattas take place on the Costa Blanca, organised as the name indicates, by five local sailing clubs – Club Náutico Villajoyosa, Club Náutico Campomanes, Club Náutico Altea, Real Club Náutico Calpe and Club Náutico Moraira (the latter only in the spring series). Races are split into a “Spring” series (January to April), and an “Autumn” series (September to December).

The CBYA would like to increase our participation in this special event and wishes to encourage boat owners and members to enter. As such, the CBYA will support boat owners in preparing, and renewing, rating documents, and by providing competent crew. In addition, participating clubs provide free moorings for participants for the days before/after each regatta.


  • General rules and regulations 

The CBYA competes in all of the 5 Clubs series of regattas.

These races are run under the ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS 2013-2016), the pre-registration of the Royal Spanish Sailing Federation, the Technical Regulations 2010 and annexes, and the Security Regulation ORC ISAF. These regulations ensure that yachts are equipped with the required equipment (e.g. communication, safety equipment), that skippers are competent, and that they have the requisite insurance cover for yacht and crew. For more details see the typical
5-Clubs Regatta organising club invitation as published on the CBYA website.

All yachts taking part must be minimum length of 9 metres and require a rating certificate.
To ensure interest in the races, three categories within the races have been created – ORC-A, ORC-B, and ORC-C. These depend on the individual rating of each yacht, which is used for the handicapping system. CBYA members’ yachts ratings are sponsored by the Association. Trophies are awarded in each class. This classification ensures that ORC-C yachts can compete amongst themselves, whilst in ORC-A and ORC-B, the 2 classes of cruisers are combined to compete fairly at a different level. As the races recognise three different classes, it is an opportunity for racing yachts, as well as for family/cruising yachts, to participate. This means racing crews, and also less experienced sailing crews and friends, can benefit from a day of competition and sailing along our beautiful coast. They can also enjoy a breakfast or lunch (as provided by each club on the day of the regatta) to socialise with the other crews.


  • Registration  

If the skipper has all the correct papers he could register the yacht and ask for a berth on-line. Documents requested are:

  • Licencia Federativa
  • Rating
  • Registered sail number; British or Spanish
  • If possible sail number on the main

Inscription on line:

The skipper can register on line by opening the concerned link of the organizing club. You find links to participating clubs on the CBYA webpage; see link below in No.8.

On the same the skipper can arrange the day of entry and departure to the concerned harbour, what means to ask on-line for a berth.

To register on line the skipper is asked to show in the document crew names and licence numbers (LF). Rating number, name of boat, sail number etc.


  • Support by CBYA 

To encourage CBYA yacht owners and crews the CBYA supports participation with some significant assistance:


  • CBYA members’ yachts ratings are sponsored by the Association by the CBYA paying for the first rating, and also subsequent annual rating renewals. 
  • To encourage and support members in entering their yachts, the CBYA sends a timely newsletter to inform race day details, and the procedures for entering. This includes advice and support for the skipper in completing and submitting all requested paperwork –on request
  • The CBYA has a many interested and experienced members who would like to sail in these regattas, and who are willing to make a contribution towards members´ yacht running expenses. However, there is no restriction to CBYA yacht-owning members from providing some of their own non-CBYA crew, in addition to CBYA members.


  • A pleasure to race and socialise 

All yachts have a rating on which their handicap is based. This means that in some cases yachts that cross the finish line after you can still win.

The 5 Clubs regatta comprised a long Olympic Triangular Course where ORC-A & ORC-B yachts have to sail a triangular course, followed by two “bastones” – windward-leeward courses. The ORC-C yachts sail the same course but only complete one “baston”.

Knowing that sailors are always – especially when sailing – thirsty and hungry the organising club prepares a lunch for all participating crew, except for CN Campomanes, which offers a Spanish-English breakfast. These social events are a great way to meet with other crews in a friendly, yet competitive, atmosphere. Overall these regattas are great fun. The sailing is generally easy, and relatively inexperienced sailors can take part.

We would like to see more CBYA member-owned yachts participating in the future in order to allow more of our interested members the opportunity to sail.


  • Insurance 

If you would like to take part you must be a fully paid-up member of the CBYA and have an annually renewable card called a Licencia Federativa which provides insurance cover. These are available from any Club Náutico. See more details at


  • Some abbreviations 

ISAF – International Sailing Federation

RRS – Racing Rules of Sailing

ORC – Offshore racing Congress


  • Web-links

Inscription pdf form. inscripcion_5_clubs