Cruising & Charter

BREXIT Update for Boat Owners


If you own a UK registered boat which is normally in EU waters, this RYA article may be of interest. Click HERE to read it.

Additional relevant information for boat owners can be found HERE.

The Committee

February 2021

Launching the Electronic Navigation Systems – Guidance for safe use on leisure vessels booklet


The Royal Institute of Navigation Small Craft Group has launched the Electronic Navigation Systems – Guidance for safe use on leisure vessels booklet. This is available as a free download from their website – click HERE to access.

Many thanks to Rosalind Miranda for providing this information.

Rachel Garnham

Training Officer

Learning the Singlehanded Gybe


A good article and video from the General Manager of UK Sailmakers International

Click HERE for more details.

Rachel Garnham

Training Officer

Another Great CBYA Day Charter!


CBYA Charter Day – Monday 2nd November

This was our first CBYA charter day of the new winter season, and our second attempt. The original day should have been Monday 26th October, however we had to cancel, due to very high winds, registering 42kts in the Marina de Dénia.  Náutica Corcho would not have let us take boats out, even if we had wanted to do so!  Amazingly, I had first seen this high wind forecast, which was scheduled to start building from 9am at 20kts, gusting to 44kts, and peaking at about 2pm, 6 days in advance. Thinking that that would certainly change, as the date came nearer, we planned ahead – but the forecast did not change in the slightest, they had it absolutely Spot On!!!  (How can they do that?!!)

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TrickyD Completes Second Ionian Cruise


60 Days at Sea – doldrums and gales on final leg of journey

S/Y TrickyD has arrived safely at Dénia Marina with an eventful final leg from Villasimius in Sardinia, via Ibiza Town, to Dénia. We were becalmed for several days – which facilitated the production and consumption of a much enjoyed English breakfast.

Suddenly strong winds came up – fortunately in the right direction for once – so we had an exhilarating sail home. The whole adventure took 60 days and 2492 nautical miles.

Wow! I’ve achieved the dream of a lifetime and look forward to planning future adventures on TrickyD.

Amanda Topson

CBYA Safety Officer


I regret to advise that member Samir Chami has resigned as our first CBYA Safety Officer. We are therefore looking for a replacement.

This function involves:

  1. Reviewing our current CBYA safety procedures for all sailing and social events

  2. Preparing updated safety guidelines

  3. Ensuring that all CBYA event organisers are fully aware of the safety requirements, and that they give full safety briefings prior to each event.

We have already prepared safety guidelines for CBYA cruiser events – click HERE for full details.

Similar guidelines are also being prepared for TOMs, Dinghies & Hobie Cats.

Many thanks to Samir for his assistance in making safety a priority at all CBYA events.

If anyone is interested in taking on this role, please contact me or any Committee member.

Hugh Epsom



S/Y Stormy Waters Sails to the Balearic Islands


New CBYA members, Albert and Jutta Whitley, took their Hallberg Rassy 37, S/Y Stormy Waters, on a late summer trip to the Balearics and were accompanied for the first leg of the trip by Chris and Tammy de Boer. Click HERE for details of the planned itinerary.

Conditions were ideal – no crowds meant having our favourite anchorages in the islands to ourselves, and being most welcome in popular marinas, which in other years have turned visitors away.

Anchorage in St Elm, Southern Mallorca.

The weather conditions were good – often a gentle breeze and sometimes, particularly towards the end, some exciting sailing which brought the strong Scandinavian yacht into her own.

We anchored in the shelter of Formentera and were visited by the dolphins, stayed in 2 idyllic anchorages off Ibiza in solitude.

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TrickyD Ionian Trip Update from Sardinia


Medicane Yannis and Storm Alex have caused delays to TrickyD’s return trip. Boat and crew stayed in the safe harbours of Licata (Sicily) for 5 days and Vila Simius (Sardinia) for 7 days waiting for good weather windows for the onward passage. This has provided an excellent opportunity to make new friends, and of course tell them all about the CBYA!!

David and Juliet Fosh welcomed us to Licata and invited us to several social gatherings. The 30 years living on board their Hallberg-Rassy, and travelling around the globe, enabled them to spin a few tales! David served as the Chair of the Ocean Cruising Club – to which one can only become a member if one has sailed across 1000 uninterrupted miles of water!

We also met Canadian friends Bill, Brian and Glen in Licata and were very pleased when their boat, S/Y Talisman, also sailed into Vila Simius, giving us the chance to do some sightseeing together.

TrickyD is now being prepared for the final leg(s) home and we cannot wait to catch up with you all soon.

Amanda Topson

Third TrickyD Ionian Cruise Report – Corfu to Italy


Preparations for the return journey were made in Corfu, including a couple of repairs. Crew member Victor Ubeda scaled the mast as the head of the mainsail leach had folded over and jammed in the furling mechanism. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to fix from a height, so the mainsail was lowered and after substantial efforts involving the whole crew, we managed to prise the sail out and then re attach it.

Another repair was to the Bimini support rod that had to be soldered by a very helpful team at Corfu’s metal workshop.



Now the repairs are done we shall be heading home!!

Amanda Topson


Second TrickyD Ionian Cruise Report – Malta to Corfu


TrickyD has now sailed all the way from Malta via Siracusa (Sicily), across the Ionian Sea, to the Greek island of Lefkas, where we visited Sivota, Meganisi, Spartahora, Nidri, and Lefkas Town.

We then made our way to Corfu via the stunningly beautiful Lakka on Paxos Island, and a brief hop to Sivota Mortos on the Greek mainland.

NOAC sailing club and marina just next to the historic fort in Corfu Town is our backdrop, where we are surrounded by super yachts!!

Provisioning and maintenance is now happening to prepare for our homeward journey.

Click HERE for a message from the skipper.

Amanda Topson

16th September 2020