Cruising & Charter

Celestial Navigation Made Easy!


We successfully completed the first of our current CBYA Celestial Navigation courses this week. Two more courses are currently planned. The second course will have to be postponed due to the Coronavirus lock-down in Spain.

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WANTED: Crew and Boat Share Partners


I have a Moody 336 built to Lloyd’s in 1989, which is currently moored in Dénia . I am planning to move her to Calpe soon.

She is a Bermuda sloop named S/Y Portofino.

10.31m by 3.5 beam, with a two cabin layout.

Volvo 2003 diesel.

Kevlar sails.

I am looking for people to participate in the use and keep of the boat,

Steve Macdonald
Call 607422000

A 2-Yacht CBYA Day Charter – Mon 24th Feb 2020


This time two (2) boats were chartered, with a record number of crew having signed up. Great!

This turned out to be another fabulous day sailing, with great company, good weather and great mix of wind and sea conditions – having the two boats added a new dimension.

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Ruta de la Sal Regatta 2020 on TrickyD?


Ruta de la Sal XXXlll – 9th to 12th April 2020.

Regatta Crew Wanted for TrickyD!

TrickyD is taking part in the Ruta de la Sal Regatta 2020 – we will be sailing out of Dénia.

68 yachts have already joined this year!

Click HERE for more details.

So why not join me on one of the most prestigious races of the year.

If you are interested and would like more information please call me by latest Thursday 20th February.

So come on let’s go sailing.

Richard Jones

0034666977822 or email me by clicking HERE

Another Great CBYA Day Charter Sail!


The CBYA Day Charter on Monday 27th January  was the first one of 2020, and it turned out to be another excellent day of sailing, with good company, good weather and GREAT winds!

The complete crew list was:

  • Alan Mason (1st Mate)

  • Stuart Evans

  • Peter Steenhuis

  • Stuart Eynstone-Hinkins

  • Peter Bird

  • Jonny Bird

  • Graham Hustler (Skipper).

On a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 39i.

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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