September 2019

CBYA September Social Get Together


This month’s social event at the A Bordo Restaurant in the Club Náutico Jávea on Monday 16th September, held a frisson of excitement as we welcomed new CBYA members and several guests, including Lesley and Samir Chami, Bibi and Jean Marc Mas, and Joanne Jacobs.

Graham Hustler and Richard Jones spoke to the gathering about the CBYA and upcoming activities with wit and humour.

The food was – as always – excellent, and I’m told the chocolate brownie has zero calories! (Must have it again next time!)

Thank you to the Social Team and especially to Julie Benneworth and Sabine Olbrich, for organising the event as usual.

Amanda Topson

It’s Dinghy Season Again!!


It’s Dinghy Season Again!!

The CBYA dinghy season started successfully on Tuesday, 17 September, with CBYA members sailing on the beautiful El Portet bay, with sunny weather, even if the wind was a bit patchy!

Our 420 and Lasers have received loving maintenance over the summer months and are now sporting new sheets and shackles.

Andy Symons – Bob Gordon’s right hand man – demonstrated how to rig and de-rig the dinghies to less experienced members. Everyone had plenty of time on the water, and since we had an on-shore wind – plenty of tacking experience in getting out. And since the wind changed direction whilst we were out, we also had plenty of tacking experience coming back in!!

Dave and Jenny Peachey manned the rescue boat, together with Rod Simpson, providing us with encouragement and advice whilst so doing.

Jane and Paul Fraser, CBYA members were sailing their own PICO together with family visiting from the UK. Jane rented a paddle board and was seen far out to sea accompanying her husband on the PICO!

A great time was had by all, and afterwards we had our usual refreshments at the bar before heading off home.

Dinghy sailing will continue this Autumn on Tuesdays every other week, weather permitting. It is a great way to gain sailing experience and beginners are welcome. Come and join us!!

Amanda Topson

CBYA Regatta 2019!!


CBYA Regatta 2019!!

Twenty-two people, four TOMS, two yachts, nautical fun and tapas with a glass or two. What could possibly go wrong?

Well – it was an exciting day, very much enjoyed by all participants!!! We had winds of 7 to 8 knots from the North, gusting up to 10, and shifting slightly East as the day progressed.

This event is the only day in the CBYA annual calendar to combine TOMs racing and cruiser cruising for our members. A diverse group including long-time, and new, CBYA members, with varied sailing abilities, gathered at Real Club Náutico Calpe (RCNC) at 10:00 on Thursday, 19 September 2019. We were joined by RCNC member, Floris de Jong, who provided his sailing yacht, De Groote Jongker, for the day. Richard Jones also came along on S/Y Tricky D, so we had two cruisers join the regatta. Registration was completed, and the TOMs sailing teams were organised – by popular demand, and for the first time ever, we had one TOM team that entirely comprised of female crew.  The all-girls boat went for win, but was narrowly beaten in the end!

At 11:00 Rachel Garnham, CBYA TOMs Special Event Coordinator, briefed us on the day’s programme and activities. Each TOM, (wo)manned by a group of four, was to undertake nautical exercises on the water, each designed to demonstrate boat handling and seamanship. The cruiser crews were involved as ‘judges’ by timing, marking and awarding points for these tasks. This would be followed by two races based on the TOMs liga race format.

At 12:00 all disbanded from the briefing room as the various teams prepared for the activities – rigging the TOMs, and setting sail. as well as positioning the cruisers out in Calpe bay.

By 12:30 the TOMs were all at sea and were performing the boat handling tasks, taking their turn to position themselves at the stern of each cruiser, and signalling to a cruiser crew that they were ready to perform their allocated tasks. Following the blast of a whistle from one of the judges, each TOM had to do:

a) 720 degree turn (tack, gybe, tack), then..

b) gybe, gybe, tack, gybe, tack, (by this time we were slightly dizzy, some of us having lost count and kept on tacking and gybing), then, once recovered…

c) two heave-tos and a CBYA pennant (yes – you would heave-to too if you had been there), and…

d) a U-turn.

The judges dutifully timed us and gave two blasts of the whistle upon completion of each task. They also took some nice photos of the TOMs in action (thank you judges!)

After that Christian took over with race management from the RCNC rescue boat. The two races were fast ones – taking less than 25 minutes each to complete from start line (between committee boat and the downwind marker) to windward mark, back to leeward mark and to finish line. Although spinnakers were permitted on the finishing leg of the race, none except for one TOM,were actually used. The yacht in question went faster, but missed the finish line due to gybing problems! [Note: more spinnaker training necessary for CBYA TOMs sailors during our regular training sessions…]. The point differentials were very close, indicating that we are likely to have a very competitive TOMs ladder this Autumn (starting 10th October – watch this space).

We finished the races by 14:00-(-ish), headed back to RCNC to de-rig and clean up, and reconvened at the RCNC restaurant at 15:00 for a delicious tapas meal, general congeniality and of course the prize giving. Rachel led the proceedings with winners:

First Prize: Richard Scales, Kenneth Horne, Peter Sparks, and Roger Roberts 

Second Prize: Rachel Garnham, Cristina Casas, Nikki Dwyer and Amanda Topson

Third Prize: Keith Leary, Samir Chami, Jane Dye and Chris Engels

Fourth Prize: Dave Reid, Monique Neyzen, Howard Edmonds, and John Williams 

The cruiser teams: Richard Jones, Lesley Chami, Diana Jarvis (TrickyD) and Floris de Jong, Allison O’Brien and David Crabb (De Groote Jongker) also received prizes as a token of our appreciation.

Diana Jarvis, a regatta judge on TrickyD, had the following comments: ‘Congratulations on a really well thought out day. The experts on the skills tests was, of course, the all girls team skippered by Rachel who really could do 720 degrees on the proverbial floating sixpence. Lighting reactions and muscle power saved TrickyD from being out of the water on a fourth respray. Although not all the crews completed every skill requirement to perfection, the wonderful fun day introduced new members to the TOMs and to the friendliness of the CBYA. Overall the Kiwis did it again – congratulations to Richard [Scales] and your team for coming first’.

New member Cristina Casas aptly summarises the day: ‘Hi friends, yesterday we had a very fantastic regatta-training day. The wind didn’t help us, but we ‘the girls’ – Rachel, Amanda, Nikki and I – enjoyed every minute. Lunch at RCNC was the perfect end. Thank you from all of us. Ah! – We ‘the girls TOM team’ won the second place and the wine bottles!! Looking forward to sailing with you again very soon.’

!!!Look out for next year’s CBYA Regatta!!!

Thank you to RCNC for enabling this event, especially to RCNC Sailing Director Antonio LaMadrid, and to Christian, for facilitating the sailing, and to Chef Marino and his team for an excellent meal.

Thank you to Rachel and to everyone at CBYA who had a part in organising the event.

Amanda Topson

Another Great CBYA Cruiser Day!


CBYA  – Cruiser Day 23rd September

Once again, we had the pleasure of being on a CBYA member’s boat, namely Tricky D. On board were James Morris and Kristina, Edward Gibbs and Nicola, Trevor Perry, myself and the skipper, Richard Jones.

We met at 10 am and had a coffee as normal, whilst we got to know everyone, and completed the briefing, etc.

We set sail at 11 am, motoring out of the marina past the wrecked, and slowly sinking Balearic ferry, which is now being cut up for scrap, and is slowly disappearing.

The wind started as a steady 12 knots due NE, building to around 18 knots. So, at an average speed of 6 kph, we simply beat out to sea for about 18 km. Superb sailing conditions!

At around 1 pm we ‘hove to’ whilst we had some lunch.

Hoping that the wind would change direction to a southerly, as forecast, we then headed North for an hour, planning to later beat back to Dénia. However, as is often the case, the wind failed to cooperate, so we had to set a gybe “preventer” on the boom and return to base with the wind behind us, gradually easing to next to zero. We arrived back at the berth by 6 pm.

A very enjoyable cruiser day out on the water was had by all.

Please note that from October, and through the winter months, we shall be using a Jeanneau 38 (or 42), chartered from Náutica Corcho in Marina de Dénia.

The next planned ‘Cruiser Day’ is on Monday 28th October.

You can always check on the CBYA Calendar for future Cruiser Dates…

But as always, it is dependent on adequate crew signing up on the day.

So please put your name down early, by contacting Graham Hustler by clicking HERE

Hope to see you out on the water!


(CBYA Day Cruiser Charter Organiser)

Please don’t forget to get CBYA-branded!


The CBYA presents CBYA pennants to all members who are boat-owners, or certified skippers. The latter includes CBYA members who are approved by RCNC to skipper TOM 28 yachts. If you think that you qualify, and don’t yet have your pennant, please click HERE.

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CBYA Beach Party – Virgin de Loreto Fiesta


CBYA members gathered on the Montañar beach, opposite the Amarre Tapas Restaurant, on Sunday evening, the 8th Sept, for a beach party to celebrate the ‘Mare de Déu de Loreto’ (Virgin de Loreto) fiesta. Click HERE for more details of the fiesta.

The Amarre provided two enormous paellas and a good time was had by all.

Some even managed to stay on for the fireworks after midnight! Those who didn’t, click HERE to see what you missed.