September 2020

Dinghy Day Restarts!

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Thanks to all of you who attended our first Dinghy Day of the new season.

Welcome to new members and returning ones, as well as all the regular helpers who without them we would never function. We all know who they are, so I will not name them, but thanks to them all.

We had a great day, lovely weather with a wind going round in circles, so very demanding for the helms people.

We managed to get 4 boats out, the 2 Lasers, Wally (the 420) and the catamaran, Alicat. Peter Bird, in his safety boat, was kept busy with a few capsizes, but generally all the boats were in and out many times with different crews.

You, the members, make such a great day…the weather helps, but I thank you all for your full participation. A total of 25 sailing and non-sailing members were present throughout the day.

All ended up on my “Bridge” for drinks, snacks and chats.

See as many of you as possible at the next Dinghy Day in 2 weeks’ time on 13th October.

Bob Gordon

 

CBYA CRYSTAL JUBILEE – OCTOBER INTERVIEW – DIANA JARVIS

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Why did you join the CBYA?

The opportunity to learn to sail nice yachts! Yes please? My waypoints to the CBYA included canoeing, Enterprises, Junks, windsurfers, metal assault boats, RIBs, and a lifetime passion for scuba diving.

What was a memorable first experience of the CBYA?

Leaving Moraira Marina at midnight as part of a fleet to sail to St Eulalia in Ibiza where we enjoyed wonderful hospitality and made real friends with local Spanish crews. It is possible that TrickyD was the last yacht to arrive (on more than one occasion), but we definitely did not resort to using the engine.

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Third TrickyD Ionian Cruise Report – Corfu to Italy

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Preparations for the return journey were made in Corfu, including a couple of repairs. Crew member Victor Ubeda scaled the mast as the head of the mainsail leach had folded over and jammed in the furling mechanism. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to fix from a height, so the mainsail was lowered and after substantial efforts involving the whole crew, we managed to prise the sail out and then re attach it.

Another repair was to the Bimini support rod that had to be soldered by a very helpful team at Corfu’s metal workshop.

 

  

Now the repairs are done we shall be heading home!!

Amanda Topson

 

How to dispose of out-of-date safety flares in Spain

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The Real Club Náutico Calpe (RCNC) have advised that, in Spain, the seller of flares is responsible for safely disposing of them but most of them do not do it because the Spanish legislation is not very clear. However, there are some marinas and clubs that provide this service.

The Salvamiento Maritimo advise that the purchaser of the product at the time of expiration date is responsible for ensuring that the supplier of the flares (manufacturer, importer or distributor) collects the expired products from the end consumer for correct disposal. They also state that the provisions of Annex V of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (Marpol Convention) must be followed.

We are reliably informed that fire stations (Bomberos) accept them, but this is not confirmed.
For UK-based yachts, see the RYA guidelines on this subject by clicking HERE
Samir Chami
CBYA Safety Officer

Second TrickyD Ionian Cruise Report – Malta to Corfu

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TrickyD has now sailed all the way from Malta via Siracusa (Sicily), across the Ionian Sea, to the Greek island of Lefkas, where we visited Sivota, Meganisi, Spartahora, Nidri, and Lefkas Town.

We then made our way to Corfu via the stunningly beautiful Lakka on Paxos Island, and a brief hop to Sivota Mortos on the Greek mainland.

NOAC sailing club and marina just next to the historic fort in Corfu Town is our backdrop, where we are surrounded by super yachts!!

Provisioning and maintenance is now happening to prepare for our homeward journey.

Click HERE for a message from the skipper.

Amanda Topson

16th September 2020

Marvin Creamer, a Mariner Who Sailed Like the Ancients

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If you enjoyed reading about the sailing Pardeys, the story of  Professor Martin Creamer should also interest you.

No GPS for him, not even a sextant; the sun and the stars did nicely. He was the first recorded person to sail round the world without navigational instruments.

He recently died at the age of 104.

Read the New York Times article by clicking HERE.

The Committee

September 2020

 

Last CBYA 2020 Hobie Cat Sailing Session

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The last Hobie Cat sailing event, before Las Antipodas Watersports shuts down at the end of this season, will be on Friday 18th September from 1500 – 1700 hours. We have two skippers and two cats sailing. Still a couple of places left – if you are interested contact Monique via the CBYA Hobie Cats Whatsapp group, or by clicking HERE.

Many thanks to Monique and Dominique for running the CBYA Summer Sailing this year. Also thanks to the skippers: Enrico Ottolini, Hans Sleutjes, and Hugh Epsom.

The Committee

14th September 2020

SomVela Lower Licensia Federativa Cost for Rest of 2020

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SomVela have lowered the prices of all competition licenses and sports cards to € 25 until December 31, 2020. Click HERE for details.

The Committee

11th September 2020

CBYA CRYSTAL JUBILEE – SEPTEMBER INTERVIEW – IZZY & PIERS ARMSTRONG

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Why did you join the CBYA?

Having owned a house in the area for 12 years and visited on a regular basis, we had decided that, with retirement from Saudi Arabia in April 2003, and permanent residence, selling up and having a new house built was a good idea!!  Retirement to a caravan on a building site was a little foolhardy, and although the end result was spectacular, we needed a life in the meantime. We had joined the Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers, but our first love was sailing. Enter Brenda Bates, out walking, who was also part of a club just setting up for owners of boats, and people interested in crewing. Thank you, Brenda!

What was a memorable first experience of the CBYA?

I think it was the passion of the founder members. Every new member was important, especially sailors, numbers at that time were probably less than 30 people. Such a small group so welcoming. Ron Shanson, Mike Arnold, John King, Martin Charman, Chris Middleton, all had boats and were generous with their time. Brenda and Diana Jarvis, great social organisers and friends. Where would the club have been without them all and their generosity, including hosting events in their homes. A close-knit family more than a Club!  More boat owners appeared, Maurice Pilkington with Maid of Moraira and John Godfrey in Calpe with Mary Poppins. A lot of fun on the water, so many stories! The addition of Richard Jones and his lovely new yacht TrickyD made the next few years particularly exciting, including for us, joining him in Corfu for two fantastic weeks, as well as all the fun racing.

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Some CBYA Yachting History….

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As part of our CBYA Crystal Jubilee celebrations, we thought that you would be interested in some CBYA yachting history.

Here a couple of scans from our early newsletters…

The Committee

September 2020