Members´ stories

What’s Vicky up to now?

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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!

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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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Royal Clipper – the world’s largest fully rigged sailing ship!

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Our Trip on THE LARGEST FULLY-RIGGED SAILING SHIP IN THE WORLD – Royal Clipper!

Imagine this: gentle waves lapping rhythmically against a wind-driven hull, the scent of the salty sea spray on the freshening breeze, taut sails towering majestically overhead, a pod of young dolphins dancing in the bow wave of the azure waters– all against a backdrop of some of Europe’s most breath-taking coastlines. This was the lure of what was promised to be the voyage of a lifetime for Paul and Helen Nicholls.

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CBYA Visit to the Isle of Wight 27th June – 1st July 2019

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Julie Benneworth mooted the idea of this excursion and, together with CBYA Vice-Chairman Neil Robertson, and partner, Vicki Dryden-Wyatt, organised a super four-night CBYA trip to the Isle of Wight for the Round the Island Race. Eleven of us lodged at the Royal London Yacht Club, thanks to Neil/Vicki’s membership there.

On the first day we had lunch at the RORC, and in the evening Neil/Vicki invited us to their lovely house for cocktails, together with some of their local friends, prior to all going for fish and chip dinner at the Island Sailing Club.

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Water Under The Keel!

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CBYA members may be interested in this book, “Water Under The Keel” – written by Jenny’s deceased husband, John.

The book is available in print, and is also on Kindle.

It covers his two years’ single-handing his 31ft yacht from the UK, via the Mediterranean, to the Caribbean, – where he first met Jenny in Martinique in 1981!

Should be a good read!

The Adventures of Sunny Spray

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Helma and Bob Hermans completed a two and a half year cruise around the Atlantic during 2017 in S/Y Sunny Spray, the yacht that they built themselves. Their route took them from Oliva, Spain, through the Strait of Gibraltar, via the Bay of Cadiz and the Guadalquivir; and to all but one of the Canary Islands. Then down south to Dakar, and further south to the Sine Saloum (a delta just north of Gambia), and across the Atlantic from the Saloum to French Guyana. They then cruised along the Central American coast, the Caribbean, the Windward Islands, and then recrossed the Atlantic to sail back home to Spain.

You can read all of their interesting regular reports by clicking on the links below:

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‘JUMBUCK’ on the Pata Negra and 5-ports Campomanes – Dec. 2017

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Autumn 5 Clubs and Pata Negra – Campomanes on  Jumbuck.
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Copa del Canal; Great Result – 09.10.2017

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Copa del Canal – Great Result – 09 October 2017 read more →

Izzy & Piers – Sicilian Cruise Blog

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Izzy & Piers Armstrong enjoyed a cruise in Sicilian waters in June/July 2017.

Click HERE to read their amusing report.

 

‘JUMBUCK’ on the XXIX Trofeo Peñón de Ifach Race – 05.06.2017

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This annual event is also run by RCNC our home club, and takes its fleet of 50 yachts over from Calpe on the mainland to finish Race 1 at La Sabina on Formentera. Two nights of partying and it’s off again for Race 2, a return from La Sabina back to Calpe.
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