Cruising & Charter

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

CBYA Safety Officer


I am pleased to advise that member Samir Chami has agreed to take on the new role of CBYA Safety Officer.

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.

He has already prepared safety guidelines for CBYA cruiser events – click HERE for full details.

Similar guidelines will be prepared for TOMs, Dinghies & Hobie Cats.

Many thanks to Samir for assisting us in ensuring that we make safety a priority in all CBYA events.

Hugh Epsom



Marvin Creamer, a Mariner Who Sailed Like the Ancients


If you enjoyed reading about the sailing Pardeys, the story of  Professor Martin Creamer should also interest you.

No GPS for him, not even a sextant; the sun and the stars did nicely. He was the first recorded person to sail round the world without navigational instruments.

He recently died at the age of 104.

Read the New York Times article by clicking HERE.

The Committee

September 2020


Some CBYA Yachting History….


As part of our CBYA Crystal Jubilee celebrations, we thought that you would be interested in some CBYA yachting history.

Here a couple of scans from our early newsletters…

The Committee

September 2020

The Sailing Pardeys – an Amazing Life!


Here is a couple who lived the lifestyle they wanted – sailing around the world TWICE – without an engine!

To read their story, click HERE.

The Committee

September 2020

TrickyD Cruises to the Greek Ionian Again!


S/Y Tricky D set sail from Dénia on 11th August 2020, with Captain Richard Jones, and crew Diana Jarvis, Victor Ubeda, Steve Topson and Amanda Topson.

So far we have visited Formentera, the Cabreras Islands and Majorca, then we sailed on to Sardinia and Sicily.

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S/Y Stormy Waters – Balearic Islands Cruise


New CBYA member, Albert Whitley and his wife, Jutta, own a Hallberg Rassy 37 (S/Y Stormy Waters) which is moored at Club Náutico Moraira, where they are long-term members. They are experienced sailors.

They were planning to cruise around the Mediterranean this May, and were looking for crew to join them for some of the legs. It didn’t happen due to the lock-down. However, they now plan to do the cruise early next year. In the meantime, they are preparing for a short cruise to the Balearic Islands next month. Here is their itinerary: –

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Vertical Headsail Camber – critical for faster boat speed!


Understanding headsail vertical camber is the modern headsail trimmer’s main tool for getting optimum speed and power out of the sail.

Headsail horizontal camber is always spoken about regarding how the sail needs to develop the right shape; but vertical camber is also critical to the performance of the sail.

If you want to learn how to sail your yacht faster, and benefit from the latest UK Sailmakers tip, click HERE

Rachel Garnham

Training Officer



Sun Odyssey 45.2 available for Yacht Share


CBYA members, David and Felicity King, are offering their Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2, S/Y Poog, for a potential yacht share agreement. They bought the yacht new in 2003, and sailed her around the Caribbean until 2016, when they brought her to Spain. Since arriving, extensive upgrades have been carried out, including new state of the art navigation equipment, bow thruster, thorough engine overhaul, new main, new Bimini, new spray hood and fenders. Elements of the rigging, and the sea cocks, were also replaced this year. She was surveyed earlier this year, whilst being anti fouled, and was found to be in good shape.

The yacht is moored at Marina de Dénia, and is looked after by A&P Marine.

See more yacht details by clicking HERE.

Apart from visits of a couple of weeks, perhaps two or three times a year, they only plan to be in Spain during the first three month of every year. They are therefore looking for one, or more, yacht-loving CBYA members, who have the necessary sailing qualifications, to join a yacht-sharing agreement in order to allow more value to be enjoyed from their ownership of S/Y Poog. They would also welcome others to sail with them when they are in Spain – no experience required, as both Felicity and David have been sailing since childhood.

If you are interested in either proposition, please contact David King by calling 0044 7768864439, or by e-mailing by clicking HERE.

The Committee

July 2020

More Day Cruises on Tricky D!


TrickyD and I are offering the following day cruise dates:

  • Monday 27th July

  • Tuesday 28th July

  • Wednesday 29th July

 I intend having a maximum of five (5) crew on board. This will give fifteen (15) 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!