Mar 25, 2020

Postponement of our CBYA Crystal Jubilee Celebration!


We regret to advise that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ongoing total lock-down in Spain, we are forced to postpone all of our social and sailing plans for our special year-long event to mark fifteen (15) years since the official formation of the COSTA BLANCA YACHT ASOCIATION –  our CRYSTAL JUBILEE!! We will instead celebrate a CRYSTAL JUBILEE PLUS ONE during 2021!

However, during this year we shall continue to look back at the CBYA history, and run a series of monthly articles in our newsletter with interviews honouring key individuals who have helped to create the current CBYA – some of whom are founder members, and some of whom have joined more recently.

So we will still celebrate the formation and continued growth of the biggest (and only) VIRTUAL yacht club on the Costa Blanca, but our celebrations will now (mostly) take place next year!

Stay safe.

Hugh Epsom



Things To Do When Locked-Down


Since we expect to be locked-down for a while, we thought that the CBYA should provide some useful tips to stop our members from getting bored! Here are the first FIVE

  1. Free streaming from The Metropolitan Opera (
  2. Free streaming from The Royal Opera House (
    The program for the Royal Opera House performances, which all start at 1900 hours GMT  and can be viewed via their Facebook or YouTube sites, is as follows.

    • 27 March – Peter and the Wolf – Ballet
    • 3 April – Acis & Galatea – Opera
    • 10 April –  Cosi Fan Tutti  – Opera
    • 17 April – The Metamorphosis – Modern Ballet 
  3. Free streaming from The Berlin Philharmonic (
  4. WORDSCAPES – a great free game in the Play Store for android or IOS, phone or tablet, but beware, it’s addictive! Tips;
    • Don’t buy any of the additional packages.
    • Daily puzzle gives you extra points for the main game.
    • Play off-line or in airplane mode and you don’t get bothered by the adverts.
  5. Free Virtual Sailing courtesy of the RYA and Virtual Regatta ( We can set up our own CBYA ‘ custom races’ if we get enough interest. Those who would like to join in with our ‘custom races’ must also create an account if they don’t already have one. You can follow a simple sailing instruction session, and then start practicing in the races and regattas that are already set up on the game. Everyone that creates an account will also be automatically be entered into the GBR National Championships! You can get more information on the  RYA eSailing page.  You will also view a guide by clicking HERE.  If you would like more information, contact Rachel Garnham by clicking HERE.

Have fun!

The Social Team

Coronavirus – CBYA Activity Shut-Down


We are entering uncharted waters….

Due the current worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and with the recent announcement of a further two-week total lock-down in Spain, the Committee has agreed that we now have to discontinue ALL of our CBYA-organised sailing and social activities until future notice.

The latest coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The Emergency telephone number for suspected coronavirus cases in the Comunidad Valenciana is 900 300 555. We are requested  to call this number if you have any symptoms and think that you may be infected. We are advised NOT to go to emergencies, doctor’s surgeries, nor to hospitals, where we could transmit the virus to other people. When we call this number, they will conduct a survey, and if the results are positive, they will tell us how to proceed, and will send someone to take some tests.

If you think that you may have the symptoms, you can check by clicking HERE.

Hugh Epsom