February 2020

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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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

Why not become an approved 2020 CBYA TOM skipper?


If you are an approved TOM skipper you can sail TOM sailing yachts at the Real Club Náutico de Calpe, and take responsibility to act as skipper.

To become approved:-

  1. You must be a paid-up member of the CBYA
  2. You must hold a valid Licensia Federativa ( see https://cbya.org/licencia-federativa-2017-details/)
  3. You must be approved as a potential skipper by the CBYA Training Officer
  4. You must be tested and approved by RCNC

Approved skippers can skipper TOMs on CBYA sail training days and the TOMs Ladder series if assigned by the organiser. read more →

Too many E-Mails? – remember to edit your subscription!


Are you receiving too many CBYA newsletters?

If so, remember that you can edit your newsletter subscription at any time to ensure that you only receive what interests you.

Just click on “Edit your subscription to specific lists…” at the bottom of any CBYA newsletter, and untick what you do not want to receive.

The Committee

February 2020

RYA Sailing Legends – Sam Davies


We’re not invincible, and this race is dangerousSam Davies – Vendee Globe – Volvo Ocean Race

Hear Sam’s journey to the Vendee Globe 2020, including her triumphant 4th place finish in the 2008/2009 Vendee Globe and Skippering the all female crew on SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race.

To see more, click HERE

The Committee

February 2020

Another CBYA TOMs Skipper


The CBYA has a new RCNC-approved TOMs skipper.

Dave Reid finally took his test with Antonio (RCNC Sailing Director) on Saturday 1 February….and passed!

Many thanks to Richard Evett for helping out as crew during the test.

Well done Dave! We look forward to presenting you with your CBYA TOMs skipper pennant.

Amanda Topson

TOMs Co-ordinator