5 Clubs Regatta

CBYA Yachts do well in Five Clubs Calpe


Two (2) CBYA-owned and crewed yachts participated in the Five Clubs Regatta in Calpe on Sunday 18th April 2021. They were:

S/Y Blade owned by Barry & Karen McCrae, and crewed by Hans Sleutjes, Dave Reid, Chris & Tammy de Boer, who finished second overall on the ORC Open Class.


S/Y Tricky D, owned by Richard Jones, and crewed by Jim Cooper, Diana Jarvis, Dave Peachey, Izzy Armstrong, Amanda & Steve Topson, who managed to avoid being last again!

Full results can be seen by clicking HERE.

Well done to both!

The Committee






5 Clubs Vilajoyosa – Sunday 21st February- Cancelled


5 Clubs Vilajoyosa on Sunday 21st February has been cancelled due to the evolution of the COVID pandemic. If it is possible to reschedule in the future it will be announced.

Rachel Garnham

Training Officer

Vertical Headsail Camber – critical for faster boat speed!


Understanding headsail vertical camber is the modern headsail trimmer’s main tool for getting optimum speed and power out of the sail.

Headsail horizontal camber is always spoken about regarding how the sail needs to develop the right shape; but vertical camber is also critical to the performance of the sail.

If you want to learn how to sail your yacht faster, and benefit from the latest UK Sailmakers tip, click HERE

Rachel Garnham

Training Officer



How About Another Racing Rules Quiz?


If you think that you know your sailing racing rules, click HERE to complete another short quiz courtesy of UK Sailmakers.

Have Fun!

Rachel Garnham

Training Officer

Super Last 5 Clubs CN Campomanes


We enjoyed a super last 5 Clubs Regatta at CN Campomanes on Saturday 7th December.


Class ORC-C Open:

CBYA members:

Skipper Barry McCrae – Blade 1st

Skipper Richard Jones – TrickyD 12th

Friends of the CBYA:

Class A

Skipper Carl Bal – Jeffertje II 3rd

Class B

Skipper Vlad – Chrono 10th

Class C

Skipper Gordon Ross  – Gordi 4th

Skipper Mick Roper  – Kristine 8th.

Tranquility before the start.

What a super 5 Clubs day!

Thank you to CN Campomanes for looking after us so well.

Almost perfect weather conditions for racing.

Topping this off with a 1st in the Open Class for the CBYA-crewed yacht Blade.

Barry and Karen McCrae receiving 1st prize ORC-C Open

TrickyD not only finished, but had a place! Well done to her crew.

Power sisters on Tricky D

That’s it for the 5 Clubs 2019. I look forward to seeing the 5 Clubs family in 2020.

Click HERE to enjoy a video of the event from the deck of Blade.

My best wishes and a Happy New Year!


5 Clubs RCN CALPE – Saturday 16th November.


5 Clubs – RCN CALPE – results:

Class C:

CBYA members

Skipper Barry McCrae Blade – 4th.

Skipper Richard Jones TrickyD – 10th.

Friends of CBYA

Class A:

Skipper Carl Bal Jeffertje – 4th

Class B:

Skipper Vlad Chrono – 5th

Class C:

Skipper Gordon Ross Gordi – 3rd

Thank you to RNC Calpe for organising the weather, racing and food.

Cheers to all the yachts and crews taking part.

Well done to the four TOMs crews from the CBYA, CN Jávea and CN Altea.

The icing on the the cake was when TrickyD crossed the finish line in time.

Thank you to my jubilant crew!

Last 5 Clubs race for this year is at Campomanes on Sunday 8th December.

Richard Jones

First TOMs Class Racing – 5 Clubs Regatta Calpe – 16th Nov 2019


The CBYA has entered TOM28 yachts into the 5 Clubs Regatta at Calpe on numerous occasions in the past, but due to the unfavourable TOM28 ORC rating, we have to race in the ORC-B class, and have never been able to compete against the bigger yachts. The best results have always been achieved in very light winds conditions with flat seas – we once managed to finish 5th!

Click HERE to see video from S/Y Blade. Look out for the TOM that tacked right in front of them at the start without even looking before the tack (not a CBYA boat)!!!

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Strong Winds for the Altea 5 Clubs Regatta!


Altea 5 Clubs – Sunday 20th October

The Altea 5 Clubs was a regatta of two halves for TrickyD. A downwind run to the Calpe fish farm, with TrickyD and her crew enjoying the 20 knot plus winds.

After rounding the fish farm, and sailing close-hauled on our homeward leg, we were hit by 35 knots of wind gusting to 45 knots.  After reefing down, we decided to retire.

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S/Y Blade in Calpe Formentera Regatta


S/Y Blade is once again taking part in the 2019 Calpe Formentera Regatta, otherwise known as the XXXI edición del Trofeo Peñón de Ifach.

This is a high profile regatta and attracts over 60 entrants.  It starts on Thursday 30th May at 10.00 am in the bay of Calpe and then heads off for the 64 Nm sail to the finish line in Formentera.

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Crewing a TOM in the 5 Clubs Regatta Calpe on Sunday 19 May


The Rumbo Solidario and 5 Clubs Regatta took place at the Real Club Náutico Calpe (RCNC) on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2019.

Due to the shortage of CBYA member-owned yachts, and CBYA crew positions, we again entered a TOM 28 in the 5 Clubs Regatta on the Sunday. The crew comprised Paul Smithard, Andy Symons, Mike Cross and “yours truly” on the helm.

The TOM 28 rating puts us in ORC-B, which means that we have to sail the longer 16 km course down to the Albir fish-farm, back up to Calpe bay, then out to sea before rounding the final mark and returning to the finish line.

Jim Mack crewed on another TOM 28 entered by Angie Roper for RCNC. We decided that, since our rating was unlikely to allow us to get a podium result, we would concentrate on racing Angie and Jim!

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