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!
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!
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!
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.
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….
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.
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!