Chairman’s Words

CBYA 2021 Membership Renewals

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The Committee has decided that, due to restrictions on our normal sailing and social activities caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and in order to retain our current membership levels, 2021 CBYA membership renewals that are due early next year will be deferred for five (5) months until 1st June 2021.

New membership applications will be invoiced as normal at the time of application.

In addition, our 2021 AGM will be postponed to Thursday 13th May 2021.

Hopefully by that time, most of us will have had our vaccinations, and the situation will have started to improve.

Merry Christmas and a Safer New Year to all!

Hugh Epsom

Chairman

Looking Back at 2020 with the RYA

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This has been a tough year for all of us, but the CBYA has tried hard to keep functioning, and to stay in touch with our membership throughout the year.

One successful initiative was virtual sailing courtesy of the RYA and Virtual Regatta! Click HERE for details.

Click HERE for the RYA take on 2020!

Hopefully 2021 will see us sailing and socialising again.

Merry Christmas and a Better New Year!

Hugh Epsom

Chairman

We have a CBYA Assistant Treasurer!

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I am delighted to announce that we now have an Assistant CBYA Treasurer, who has agreed to come on board and help reduce the load on our long-time Treasurer, Sue Bell.

Our Assistant Treasurer is CBYA member, Sally Clayton, and she will be supported by CBYA member, Samir Chami (an accountant) on an ad-hoc basis.

Many thanks to both Sally & Samir for stepping up to help!

Hugh Epsom

Chairman

Introducing the CBYA Roll of Honour!

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During the early days of the CBYA, some of our founding members donated a number of Founders Cups to be presented to our members annually for  best achievement in various categories.

We have now uploaded a Roll of Honour to the Trophy Room page on our website to allow us to maintain a full record of all awards. To view, click HERE, and scroll to the bottom of the page.

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Grateful Thanks for CBYA Early Charity Donations

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The Committee recently supported a proposal from Brenda Bates that the CBYA should disburse charity money earlier than usual to help the current CBYA-supported charities and organisations better weather the impact of the COVID-19 storm.

We have therefore paid €500 each to Make-a-Smile and the ISVH Bomberos. See their grateful responses in the images below….

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We Will Sail (& Socialise) Again!

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Yes, we will soon be filling those empty seas again!

With our members undergoing different levels of lock-down and/or self-isolation around the world, I thought that a positive message might be appropriate at this difficult time…

We are indeed in uncharted waters, and many of us are worried about the future.

Some of us, who live alone, are finding the lock-down more difficult to handle than those who are lucky enough to have a partner.

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Postponement of our CBYA Crystal Jubilee Celebration!

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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

Chairman

 

Coronavirus – CBYA Activity Shut-Down

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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

Chairman

Enjoying Coronavirus Lock-Down?

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With the announcement today that our lock-down has been extended a further two weeks (click HERE), we CBYA members, locked down in our Spanish homes, are finding this an excellent opportunity to do all those things that we have been putting off for too long, such as spring cleaning the house, updating websites, getting back in touch with friends and family, catching up on sleep, etc. Those members in the UK, and elsewhere in the world, still have the ‘pleasure’ of probably experiencing a total lock-down!

If you starting to go stir-crazy,.. here are a few tips to help you survive this interesting time in our lives…

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CRYSTAL JUBILEE: The Costa Blanca Boat Club

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As part of our Crystal Jubilee celebrations this year, we plan to publish a little bit of CBYA history every month. This month we would like to explain the origins of the CBYA…..

As some of you may know, we began as a sailing group (a Proprietary Club) formed under the initiative of Dr Ron Shanson in 1995, who was our first Commodore. This morphed into the Costa Blanca Boat Club (CBBC) in 2002, another Proprietary Club, with Michael Arnold as the Commodore and Chairman, and Dr Ron as Honorary Commander.

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