February 2020

A 2-Yacht CBYA Day Charter – Mon 24th Feb 2020


This time two (2) boats were chartered, with a record number of crew having signed up. Great!

This turned out to be another fabulous day sailing, with great company, good weather and great mix of wind and sea conditions – having the two boats added a new dimension.

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Skipper Dave Gets His CBYA Pennant!


Our latest TOMs skipper,Dave Reid, was awarded his CBYA skipper’s pennant during the TOMs Ladder race day on Thursday 27th February 2020. We enjoyed our first Ladder day racing with spinnakers.

We completed three races in three TOMs with twelve crew. Results to be published later.

Peter Bird brought his Beneteau Flyer 6.6 Spacedeck powerboat down from Moraira to help run the races. Robert Blackwell was our Race Officer for the day, and Stuart Eynestone-Hinkins acted as photographer and first mate. Thanks Guys!

Chris de Boer

TOMs Ladder Organiser

Announcing our CBYA Crystal Jubilee Celebration!


During the CBYA Awards Night Dinner at the A Bordo Resturant on Monday 24th February, we launched a special year-long event to mark fifteen (15) years since the official formation of the COSTA BLANCA YACHT ASOCIATION –  our CRYSTAL JUBILEE!!

During this year we shall be taking a look back at CBYA’s history, and giving thanks to the many people who have made it all possible. We plan to feature a series of monthly articles in our newsletter with interviews honouring key individuals – some of whom are founder members, and some of whom have joined more recently. read more →

What can the RYA do for you?


The CBYA is affiliated to the Royal Yachting Association. You can access their website by clicking HERE. You can also view many of their videos and subscribe to their newsletter by clicking HERE.

By registering on their website you will have access to a wealth of useful sailing information.

Another benefit of your CBYA membership!

The Committee

February 2020


CBYA Charity Presentation and 2019 Awards Dinner


The 2019 CBYA Awards presentation took place on Monday 24th February at the Restaurante A Bordo in the Club Náutico Jávea, and was attended by 56 members and guests.

At the start of the dinner, the CBYA presented donations of €1000 each to the two 2019 CBYA-supported charity organisations: Make-A-Smile and  the IVSH Balcón al Mar Voluntarios.

Previous CBYA charity donations can be seen at https://cbya.org/charity/

Hugh Epsom presenting our donations to Tony Grande (Make-a-Smile), and to Terry Curran & Erich Brenner (IVSH Bomberos)

The CBYA awards were presented by Julie Benneworth and were awarded as follows:

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S/Y Blade Enters the 34 Edición de la Regata de Invierno 200 millas a2


S/Y Blade took part in the 34th Winter Regatta Edition 200 miles a2 organised by Club Náutico Altea. It started on Friday 28th February, and ended on 1st March 2020. Crew onboard Blade were Barry McCrae and John Allison.

Details of the regatta and boats taking part can be found on the Club Náutico Altea website. Click HERE for details.

You can see John’s report on how we did by clicking HERE.

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Final Call for the 2020 Palma International Boat and Superyacht Shows


Visit to Palma, Majorca, for the International Boat and Superyacht Shows

 29th April – 2nd May 2020

The CBYA is planning a trip to the Palma International Boat and Superyacht Show. This is a three night trip to Mallorca, flying from Valencia direct to Palma.

The estimated cost of the flight is currently at 38€ per person. Depending on the numbers of the group, we can obtain shuttle services and group rates.

We have been offered discounted group rates on a choice of two hotels from the Melia group. These are very exclusive hotels, located right at the boat show.

1.) Melia Palma Marina Hotel, for 160€ per night (double room), which includes a very nice breakfast each morning.


2.)  Melia Bellver Hotel,  140€ per night (double room), which also includes a very nice breakfast.


There are also other options for more economically priced hotels (around 100€ per night), which are also centrally located to the boat show, or alternatively, the choice of hotels in the old town area of Palma (a pleasant walk from the port).

Boat show and superyacht show entrance tickets are 8€ per person/day for both shows.

With more than 600 boats exhibited, more than 300 boats on the water, more than 100 superyachts to drool over, and over 82,000 square meters of exhibition space, this show is sure to please.

For more details of the 37th Palma International Boat Show, click HERE.

For more details of the Palma Superyacht Show, click HERE.

The outline itinerary is:

Wednesday, 29th April – Leave for Valencia, fly to Palma de Mallorca, settle into hotel room, meet for cocktails followed by dinner in old town of Palma

Thursday, 30 April – Attend Boat and Superyacht show  Friday, 1st May – Touring the area or attend the boat show for a second day – many choices of guided tours available

Saturday, 2nd May – Fly back to Valencia

If anyone may be interested in attending the boat show with Peter and Tanya English, or would like any further information, please let us know, and I will put this together with group rates, if enough interest. Please contact Tanya English by clicking HERE.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Tanya and Peter English

WANTED: Hand Held Navigation Device


Does anyone have a hand held navigation device to lend for a couple of months from 25 August 2020?

If so, please contact Amanda Topson by clicking HERE

Thank you.


Let’s hear it for our TOMs Organisers!


The image above shows, Al Mason, our current TOMs Organiser.

He took over from Amanda Topson at the end of last year. Prior to that Nikki Dwyer and David Crabb were in charge.  Many thanks to Al for volunteering for the role and performing it so well!

We plan to set up a rota to handle the TOMs organisation for the rest of this year and are looking for volunteers to be added to the list. Please assist, it is not an onerous task! If you are willing to help out, please contact Amanda by clicking HERE.

For those that don’t know, the CBYA TOMs Organiser is responsible for managing our day-to-day TOMs sailing. This includes the TOMs Ladder and Sail Training days. This covers:-

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“Useful Links” – The CBYA Commercial Page Copy


The CBYA policy is to use our website as a platform to bring interesting opportunities to the notice of our members.

The “Useful Links” page is the chosen interface. See https://cbya.org/useful-links/

The organisations promoted on this page have either made a payment to be listed, or are offering some other significant benefit to the CBYA.

If you would like to recommend an organisation for listing on this page, please click HERE.

We hope that you will find this information useful.

The Committee

February 2020