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.
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
- 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.
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 https://cbya.org/licensia-federativa-2016-details/
- Some abbreviations
ISAF – International Sailing Federation
RRS – Racing Rules of Sailing
ORC – Offshore racing Congress
Inscription pdf form. inscripcion_5_clubs