Cruising & Charter

A Great Day Out on Tricky D!


Some of the CBYA Committee Members enjoyed a day out on the water on Tricky D on Wednesday 24th June – the lucky ones were Sue & Chris Bell, Neil Robertson and myself.

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Day Cruises on Tricky D!


Welcome to a new beginning, and a new sailing start, for us all!

TrickyD and I are ready to go sailing again on our wonderful Costa Blanca coast.

I am therefore offering the following dates:

  • Tuesday 23rd June

  • Wednesday 24th June

  • Thursday 25th June

Why so many dates ?  I intend having a maximum of four (4) crew on board for the moment. This will give twelve (12) crew a chance to get on the water. These will be hands-on sailing days, but no experience is necessary, as there will be an experienced skipper on board.

Depending on the sea conditions we usually head south, enjoying the beautiful coast line, and the wonderful scenery.

You will need to bring some lunch, drinks and correct sailing footwear.

Sailing will start at 1030 hours, meeting at Bar Due (near the Republic Restaurant) at Marina de Dénia, and returning at around 1700 hours.

So why not join TrickyD and I on one or more of these days? You will be made very welcome.

For further information and what to do next, please e-mail me, Richard Jones, by clicking HERE.

Happy Sailing Days!



Charter Holiday Cruising with the CBYA


In September 2019, 15 members of the CBYA travelled to Rogoznica in Croatia, for a one week charter cruise through the Kornati Islands.  We chartered two yachts, a Sun Odyssey 49i (S/V Barbara), and a Dufour 460 Grand Large (S/V Tenuto).

Upon our arrival at Marina Frapa, Skipper Peter Muir and his crew were able to board their lovely yacht, Tenuto.

Skipper Peter English and his crew were searching wildly for their yacht, with it nowhere to be found. After a while, it was discovered that Barbara was not only at the dock for repairs, but she was also sitting without an engine!

With a time of departure set for 1700, Tenuto jetted off into the seas whilst Peter English and crew sat on the empty dock waving goodbye.

Just before the sun began to set, a sailing yacht matching the description of Barbara arrived to the dock and the staff assured the captain that the new engine should be fine. The crew jumped on-board and literally sailed off into the setting sun to meet up with the Tenuto crew. Barbara arrived under the cover of darkness, bobbing mast lights and the lights of Primosten made it nearly impossible to find their way into the anchorage. After setting the anchor, Barbara rolled and yawed over the uncomfortable swell. With crew members holding torchlights on the bow, the anchor was pulled up and a mooring buoy was finally found near by Tenuto.

Day One was not so perfect!

The following days of touring the Kornati islands, peaceful island bars, ruins and relics on shore to visit and fantastic weather made the journey a fabulous vacation!

The final night brought both yachts to shelter in a small cove, safe from the howling winds forecasted that evening. Upon arrival to the moorings, both yachts tied extra lines to the mooring buoy for security. One visiting yacht did not, and this was the party yacht!

After befriending a group of ten men from the Czech Republic, Al Mason and Peter English heard exuberant singing coming from the Czech yacht late in the night. With wine bottle and guitar in hand, both men boarded the dingy and headed over to the visiting yacht to join in the fun.

With the merry singing of sea shanty songs in Czech language, all the men were thrown off their feet in a jolt as the mooring line fell free of the buoy and the howling winds threw the yacht onto the shore. A second jolt embedded the keel deeper into the ground. In an act of panic, the ten men began to run around and sobered up immediately. Forgetting the mooring line was somewhere in the water, they started their engine, only to wrap the line around their prop. Realizing they were in a deeper mess, they all suddenly decided to strip naked and jump into the sea to try to free the yacht. Leaving Peter and Al standing alone in the cockpit and feeling in the way. So both CBYA members decided to leave the yacht upon viewing one remaining Czech man on-board standing stark naked before them, wearing only a snorkel and mask!

Lessons learned:

1) Always tie a second line to the mooring buoy.

2) Always check your mooring position, and…

3) Watch out for people wearing nothing but a mask and snorkel!

The Czech yacht eventually kedged their way off the shore and floated freely in the morning hours as we wished them a pleasant journey onward.

Unfortunately, Covid-19 has put a damper on our exciting Greece Cyclades trip this year, but we will prevail and carry on with a new scheduled charter cruise on Sept. 18 – 25, 2021. We know it is going to be a fabulous trip!

There are still spaces available on the five sailing yachts that we have chartered for the upcoming Greek Cyclades yacht charter next year. You can find the details by clicking HERE

Tanya English

Charter Cruise Co-ordinator






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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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