January 2020

Another Great CBYA Day Charter Sail!


The CBYA Day Charter on Monday 27th January  was the first one of 2020, and it turned out to be another excellent day of sailing, with good company, good weather and GREAT winds!

The complete crew list was:

  • Alan Mason (1st Mate)

  • Stuart Evans

  • Peter Steenhuis

  • Stuart Eynstone-Hinkins

  • Peter Bird

  • Jonny Bird

  • Graham Hustler (Skipper).

On a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i.

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TOMs “Ladder” Competition


TOMs “Ladder” Competition – collect points to win prizes!

We are starting a new TOMs Ladder program for 2020.  The Ladder has been introduced to increase participation, improve skills, encourage everyone to have the opportunity to skipper (not just the approved CBYA skippers), include different levels of experience, and encourage team work. But mainly – participation should be FUN! 

We use white sails only, with a crew of 4-5.

Special 2020 Ladder Racing Rules can be viewed by clicking HERE.

Every crew member will accumulate individual points during each event, and you will sail with different crew each time.

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Storm Gloria Batters the CBYA Dinghies!


Storm Gloria brought us a 7 metre storm surge and winds up to 135 kph! Lots of damage to property and facilities on the Costa Blanca, particularly in Jávea. The CBYA Dinghies stored on the beach at El Portet, Moraira, were also damaged. The huge seas piled dinghies on top of each other, and washed some of them down the beach.

Luckily the CBYA dinghies were relatively undamaged. Our 420 (Wally) and the two Lasers hulls were OK, but our very heavy Flying Fish, Yelly, was washed down the beach and demasted! The Laser masts and booms have also dissappeared!

A CBYA dinghy rescue team was mobilised on Tues 21 Jan to recover our dinghies and evaluate the damage. A further visit took place on Friday 24 Jan to get Yelly and her trailer back to her normal parking spot, and fully assess the damage to all of our boats.

Hopefully we will have some of the CBYA dinghies out sailing again in time for the next CBYA Dinghy Day on Tuesday 4th February!

Well done, and many thanks, to all of those that helped!

Bob Gordon

Dinghy Co-ordinator


Celestial Navigation, the Easy Way!


Celestial Navigation, the Easy Way!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were making an ocean passage, way offshore and out of sight of land, and all of your electrics failed? No GPS. No chart plotter. Nothing!

Would you be able to calculate your location?

All you would need would be a sextant, a chronometer, nautical almanac and HO 249 (or the British equivalent), of course the celestial bodies, chart, pen and paper, and knowledge in celestial (astro) navigation.

CBYA member, Rosalind Miranda, has written a successful book on celestial navigation entitled Miranav: A workbook of celestial navigation for yachtsmen.

Here is the Cruising World review of her book….

Consider this unique workbook a piece of safety equipment! It is totally waterproof and rustproof (plastic covers, pages and spiral binding) and will provide a reliable back-up to all electronics, including calculators. Unlike a book, Miranav can be submerged, dried off and immediately used….. a potential lifesaver! All theory has been removed, and the text is designed to take the navigator from Point A to point B with tested clarity. Instructions are given for obtaining Line of Position (LOP) using the sun, moon, planets or stars; for plotting a LOP, for getting a running fix, for finding both longitude and latitude at noon, for using Polaris to calculate latitude, and for using a RDF and the Star Finder and Identifier. The Miranav method uses HO 249 and Nautical Almanac, and use of Time Chart eliminates problems in determining G.M.T., no need for mathematical calculations. Clearly-written numbered instructions correspond to numbers on four laminated work-forms that are re-usable (grease pencil or felt tip pen wipes clean with a damp cloth). Miranav has been reviewed and rated excellent by Cruising World staff.

Rosalind has agreed to run several two-session celestial navigation courses for the CBYA this year. The course will use her Miranav method and will be free-of-charge for paid-up CBYA members. The proposed dates are:

Group 1 – 11 & 12 March 2020

Group 2 – 18 & 19 March 2020

Group 3 (if adequate interest) – 16 & 17 September 2020

Each sessionwill cover:

    1) introduction & latitude at noon;

    2) line of position sun & plotting, advancing the latitude at noon in order to get a fix.

They will start at 1400 hours, take about two hours, and will take place at Rosalind’s house in Alcalalí.

Please note that celestial (or astro) navigation is only of use to people who will be sailing out of sight of land.

If you are interested in attending please contact me by clicking HERE.

Rachel Garnham

CBYA Training Officer

PLEASE Don’t Forget the CBYA Library!


Don’t forget that the CBYA has a library of nautical books that are available on loan to members!!

It can be accessed by clicking HERE

Here are some of the books that we currently hold:-

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Dolphins on First 2020 TOM Sailing Day!


First time out on a TOM this year with Keith, Dave, Elaine & Peter – and we were entertained by DOLPHINS!  Click HERE to watch what happened!

Happy New Year to all!

Monique Neyzen



CBYA members welcomed 2020 in great form with dinghy sailing at El Portet de Moraira.

Over 20 members joined the event – many of our ‘regulars’ plus some special guests enjoyed glorious sunny weather, drinks, sailing and even a swim or two….well one actually as the picture shows! – a lovely way to bring in the New Year.

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