Cruising & Charter

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

Next Cruiser Charter Day – Monday Oct 28th.


The Next Cruiser Charter Day is Monday, October 28th.

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)

Another great CBYA Cruiser Charter Day…


Another great CBYA Cruiser Day Charter was had by all on 26th August, on board ‘Tricky D’.

Once again many thanks to our skipper Richard Jones.

We had seven CBYA crew members on board, they were: Peter Steenhuis, Chris Michel, Peter and Deni Muir, Jane Dye, Diane Jarvis and Jim Cooper.

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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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