Cruising & Charter

The 2020 Licensia Federativa


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

Full details of the 2020 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

January 2020


Celestial Navigation, the Easy Way!


Celestial Navigation, the Easy Way!

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you were making an ocean passage, way offshore and out of sight of land, and all of your electrics failed? No GPS. No chart plotter. Nothing!

Would you be able to calculate your location?

All you would need would be a sextant, a chronometer, nautical almanac and HO 249 (or the British equivalent), of course the celestial bodies, chart, pen and paper, and knowledge in celestial (astro) navigation.

CBYA member, Rosalind Miranda, has written a successful book on celestial navigation entitled Miranav: A workbook of celestial navigation for yachtsmen.

Here is the Cruising World review of her book….

Consider this unique workbook a piece of safety equipment! It is totally waterproof and rustproof (plastic covers, pages and spiral binding) and will provide a reliable back-up to all electronics, including calculators. Unlike a book, Miranav can be submerged, dried off and immediately used….. a potential lifesaver! All theory has been removed, and the text is designed to take the navigator from Point A to point B with tested clarity. Instructions are given for obtaining Line of Position (LOP) using the sun, moon, planets or stars; for plotting a LOP, for getting a running fix, for finding both longitude and latitude at noon, for using Polaris to calculate latitude, and for using a RDF and the Star Finder and Identifier. The Miranav method uses HO 249 and Nautical Almanac, and use of Time Chart eliminates problems in determining G.M.T., no need for mathematical calculations. Clearly-written numbered instructions correspond to numbers on four laminated work-forms that are re-usable (grease pencil or felt tip pen wipes clean with a damp cloth). Miranav has been reviewed and rated excellent by Cruising World staff.

Rosalind has agreed to run several two-session celestial navigation courses for the CBYA this year. The course will use her Miranav method and will be free-of-charge for paid-up CBYA members. The proposed dates are:

Group 1 – 11 & 12 March 2020

Group 2 – 18 & 19 March 2020

Group 3 (if adequate interest) – 16 & 17 September 2020

Each sessionwill cover:

    1) introduction & latitude at noon;

    2) line of position sun & plotting, advancing the latitude at noon in order to get a fix.

They will start at 1400 hours, take about two hours, and will take place at Rosalind’s house in Alcalalí.

Please note that celestial (or astro) navigation is only of use to people who will be sailing out of sight of land.

If you are interested in attending please contact me by clicking HERE.

Rachel Garnham

CBYA Training Officer

Sailing on Eliza Fernley III


Philip Moreland is a new member of the CBYA. He owns a Jeanneau 49DS, named Eliza Fernley III, moored at Marina de Dénia, and which is in beautiful condition.

Last week Debby & Bruce Cowen, and Peter Steenhuis joined him for a not ‘so hard afternoon at sea!’

The Committee

January 2010

CBYA DAY Charter Report – Monday 25th November


This was another really super day’s sailing, with good company, good weather and GREAT challenging winds.

In fact, the whole day proved quite ‘Challenging’!!

We all met as normal 10am at Bar Due. Due to a great response, we had nine crew members for this trip. Possibly at least two too many in truth, so a lesson learnt there. (Please note numbers may need to be restricted in the future.)

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Marine Radio Distress Relay Protocol


Marine radio distress relay protocol

RYA has issued new guidance for marine radio users.

Click HERE for details.

Rachel Garnham



In strong winds, off the coast of Jávea, skipper Graham Hustler showed outstanding seamanship in bringing about a daring rescue.

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CBYA Day Charter Report – Monday 28th Oct.


What a great day! We had a good taste of all wind conditions, and a great sail overall.

The crew comprised:

1st Mate – Jim Cooper

Peter Steenhuis

Peter Bird

John Van Rooijen

Stuart Eynstone-Hinkins

Plus myself – skipper

Note: Sadly Helen Harrild had to withdraw due to ill health.

After meeting at 10am at Marina de Dénia, completing brief introductions, and finding out each crew members relative sailing/boating experience, we boarded our charter boat for the day. A very nice Jeanneau 39i.

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CBYA Presentation: “4 Year Not-Always-Pacific Sail Around the Western Pacific (Part 1)”


We had a full house at the Jávea Players Studio theatre on Monday 7th October, over 60 attendees, for Part I of Rosalind Miranda’s excellent presentation about her Asia Pacific cruise.

Rosalind told us about her adventures when she bravely sailed from Fiji to China. What came across was extraordinary bravery, confidence, determination, and practical application of intelligence tempered by a sense of humour and humility.

Her presentation describes her adventures and experiences in sailing her 8 metre yacht Uhuru from Fiji to Hong Kong, via the New Hebrides (now Vanuatu), to the Solomon Islands, which was then the British Solomon Islands, to Papua New Guinea, to Truk in the Carolines, Saipan in the Marianas, Japan and Taiwan.

There were so many stories to tell that we only got as far as the Solomon Islands!! Luckily, a second session has been organised for Monday 25th November to take us on to Hong Kong. Look out for details nearer the date. Unmissable!!

The audience was flabberghasted at her courage, especially given that she bought the tiny yacht and subsequently learnt to sail her! There were no luxuries: no electricity, running water or navigational aids. Along the way she learnt astral navigation, about which she has written a book [a copy of which has been donated to the CBYA Library]!

More than 20 members enjoyed the tapas at Restaurante Area 1 after the event.

Many thanks Rosalind!

The Committee

Cruiser Charter Day


CBYA Cruiser Charter Days

Sun Odyssey 439

From now until next summer, the CBYA will be chartering their own yacht each month from Náutica Corcho, Dénia Marina, instead of using a member’s boat. This will be either a Jeaneau Sun Odyssey 37, 42 or 44, dependent on the number of crew wanting to sail.

You can view their superb boats, and get a taste for it, by clicking HERE.

A minimum of six crew is required, no maximum – the more people, the bigger the boat we can charter.

Participation is encouraged, but sailing experience is NOT essential, as there will be others on board qualified to sail the boat.

The format on the day in brief:

We meet at the marina by 10.00 hrs for a coffee and the briefing.

Departing the berth, we will sail where the wind can take us, enjoy the experience, the sea and the scenery.

Returning to the berth between 17.00 and 18.00 hrs.

Bring some lunch, water, coffee, beers, etc., (as we are using a charter boat the galley is out of bounds).

Non-marking deck shoes are required, also suitable clothing for the day, and a water proof  jacket, in case the weather changes.

The cost is just €60 per head.

Payable in advance, direct to the CBYA. Details will be sent out separately later.

All are welcome, friends or family.

So don’t delay, contact the organizer, Graham Hustler, now by clicking HERE to book, or for further details.

You can also check on the CBYA calendar for future charter dates.

Graham Hustler


Another Great CBYA Cruiser Day!


CBYA  – Cruiser Day 23rd September

Once again, we had the pleasure of being on a CBYA member’s boat, namely Tricky D. On board were James Morris and Kristina, Edward Gibbs and Nicola, Trevor Perry, myself and the skipper, Richard Jones.

We met at 10 am and had a coffee as normal, whilst we got to know everyone, and completed the briefing, etc.

We set sail at 11 am, motoring out of the marina past the wrecked, and slowly sinking Balearic ferry, which is now being cut up for scrap, and is slowly disappearing.

The wind started as a steady 12 knots due NE, building to around 18 knots. So, at an average speed of 6 kph, we simply beat out to sea for about 18 km. Superb sailing conditions!

At around 1 pm we ‘hove to’ whilst we had some lunch.

Hoping that the wind would change direction to a southerly, as forecast, we then headed North for an hour, planning to later beat back to Dénia. However, as is often the case, the wind failed to cooperate, so we had to set a gybe “preventer” on the boom and return to base with the wind behind us, gradually easing to next to zero. We arrived back at the berth by 6 pm.

A very enjoyable cruiser day out on the water was had by all.

Please note that from October, and through the winter months, we shall be using a Jeanneau 38 (or 42), chartered from Náutica Corcho in Marina de Dénia.

The next planned ‘Cruiser Day’ is on Monday 28th October.

You can always check on the CBYA Calendar for future Cruiser Dates…

But as always, it is dependent on adequate crew signing up on the day.

So please put your name down early, by contacting Graham Hustler by clicking HERE

Hope to see you out on the water!


(CBYA Day Cruiser Charter Organiser)