Cruising & Charter

What’s Vicky up to now?


For those CBYA members who don’t know me, I left the Costa Blanca in January 2015 to follow my dream and sail the world as crew on a variety of boats.  Hugh has asked me to share my latest adventure with you.

Captain Chris, a retired pilot, and his dear wife Pam, invited me to join them for this four-month adventure aboard their very comfortable motor cruiser, a 62ft Tollycraft. We will sail the entire inside passage from Olympia Washington to Skagway Alaska, and back (a journey of about 3000 nautical miles).

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Sunny Spray Rides Again!


After their intrepid cruise around the Atlantic during 2015 – 2017, Helma & Bob Hermans have now started to think about doing a bit of sailing again! They have now completed the mast repair on their yacht S/Y Sunny Spray, which was damaged during their Atlantic cruise, and she is almost ready to go to sea once more.

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The 2019 Licensia Federativa


The CBYA facilitates renewal of your Licensia Federativa at the start of each year.

Full details of the 2019 Licensia Federativa can be viewed by clicking HERE.

If anyone has any questions please contact Rachel Garnham by sending an e-mail to

The Committee


Royal Clipper – the world’s largest fully rigged sailing ship!



Imagine this: gentle waves lapping rhythmically against a wind-driven hull, the scent of the salty sea spray on the freshening breeze, taut sails towering majestically overhead, a pod of young dolphins dancing in the bow wave of the azure waters– all against a backdrop of some of Europe’s most breath-taking coastlines. This was the lure of what was promised to be the voyage of a lifetime for Paul and Helen Nicholls.

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Another Great CBYA Cruising Day!


Monday 22nd July, saw us enjoying another fabulous CBYA Cruising Day, aboard the good ship TrickyD.  Great weather, great winds and great company.

Participants were Peter Steenhuis, Jane Dye, Inga Schreiner, John Beavis, Elaine Goddard-Tame, Sian & Glynne Williams, plus myself and Richard Jones (the boat owner).

Meeting at Marina de Dénia at 10am, for a quick coffee and introductions. We then boarded TrickyD, where Richard allocated jobs for everyone, and explained the Do’s and Don’ts.

We departed at 10.45am, experiencing a rather hazy sun, with clouds hugging the Montgó, when leaving Dénia port, but we soon found ourselves in good steady winds from the North, varying from 14-18 knots, with a fairly choppy sea, – waves at times reaching approximately 2 mtrs.

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Why not join Tricky D cruising to Formentera?


S/Y Tricky D is sailing to the wonderful islands of lbiza and Formentera from Wednesday 28th August to 1st September 2019.

It will be a  sailing taster trip filled with music, sailing, blue sea and fun.

A last minute cabin is available for a couple, or a single person,  on Tricky D, for a lip-smacking, five days on the islands of Ibiza and Formentera.

If this gets your Sailing taste buds tingling, and you would like much more information, please contact me by e-mail by clicking HERE.

Happy sailing days!

Tricky D


Why Not Brush Up on Your Spanish Sailing Terms?


Why not brush up on your Spanish sailing terms – they could be useful!

Click HERE for details.


Training Officer

Tricky D Cruise to Menorca


S/Y Tricky D recently completed an eleven (11) day cruise to Menorca. We had a great experience, with a few challenges on the way.

We reached Menorca, and the town of Mahon, our initial target.

On our return, we visited Mallorca, Formentera, and Ibiza.

Tricky D had a crew of three CBYA members – Jim Cooper, Phillip Wilson and Chris Tuck.

A great trip!

CBYA Cruiser Sailing Day – June 20th


The previous two CBYA Cruiser Days having been cancelled due to lack on numbers, I am pleased to report that this one actually did happen!

A great sailing day was had by all on board the ‘Good Ship Tricky D’ – many thanks to Richard Jones, the skipper and boat owner.

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Take time and care over a potentially life-saving purchase!


Don’t pay the ultimate price for buying cheap!

The RYA report that a good quality lifejacket or buoyancy aid is one of the most important parts of your boating safety kit, so it’s worth putting in some research before buying a product that you may rely on to save your life. There are lifejackets and buoyancy aids of varying prices and effectiveness on the market, and increasing reports of products available online that aren’t up to scratch or haven’t been tested to European or International specifications.

Collectively lifejackets and buoyancy aids are referred to as Personal Floatation Devices or PFDs; choosing the right one is essential if it’s to be of any use in a life-threatening event. Though many think any PFD is going to hold them up in the water that may not be the case.

If you would like to learn more, click HERE

The Committee

April 2019