First CBYA New Members’ Lunch


In order to get to know our recently joined members better, and to welcome them all to the CBYA, we hosted a New CBYA Members’ Lunch at the Restaurant A Bordo, Club Náutico de Jávea on Wednesday 9th October 2019. The event was attended by the majority of the CBYA Committee, as well as several other CBYA co-ordinators and organisers. The significant number of CBYA ‘representatives’ confirmed our strong commitment to continuing to grow the CBYA, and our interest in ‘on-boarding’ our new members.

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Another Great CBYA Veterans’ Regatta!


We held our 2019 CBYA Veterans’ Regatta on Thursday 3rd October at Real Club Náutico Calpe

This regatta was open to both RCNC and CBYA members, and took the form of a normal liga race day, racing on the TOMs, with three windward-leeward races round the marks. The rules required that the crews must exceed a total age of 260 years for 4 crew, or 325 years for 5 crew!! So an average of 65+ years. We did not need each crew member to be over 65 as we always mix up crews with younger and older sailors.  In 2017, a 33 year old was able to sail as he was on a boat with an 80+ year crew!

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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


PLEASE Don’t Forget the CBYA Library!


Don’t forget that the CBYA has a library of nautical books that are available on loan to members!!

It can be accessed by clicking HERE

Here are the books that we currently hold:-

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‘Shoe Stopper’ at .. CBYA Dinghy Day on 1st October.


Literally Neal’s sandals, lost two weeks ago, were found being used as ‘blocks’ under a trailer wheel!!

(If you want to join us and fear for your shoes, don’t worry – this was a one-off).

Yelly sailed again, plus our two Lasers. We had an onshore wind, so Dave Peachey kindly towed us all out.

Our new CBYA member Vincent Vanderhasselt was sailing well in quite high winds and managed to right himself …from a capsize – we spectators waiting our turn were impressed!!

By popular demand we have changed the next Dinghy Day on 15 October to start at 14:00.

Hope to see you there….

We have some fabulous footage of all the dinghy fun taken from a drone!! If you want to see it you will have to access our CBYA Facebook Group. (Contact me if you want access).

Amanda Topson

PLEASE Don’t Forget the CBYA Library!


Don’t forget that the CBYA has a library of nautical books that are available on loan to members!!

Here are the books that we currently hold:-

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Introducing our new CBYA TOMs Co-ordinator!


Amanda Topson has now agreed to take over the role of TOMs Co-ordinator from Rachel Garnham. This is the position formally handled by Jenny Rawle, and which has been has been handled by Rachel since Jenny went off sailing all over the world! Amanda is taking this on in addition to her work as the CBYA Public Relations Co-ordinator. MANY THANKS AMANDA!!!

We are looking for a TOMs Organiser to take over from Chris de Boer. Amanda will temporarily handle this activity until we can find a replacement. Thanks Chris for filling this role over the last few months.

The TOMs Co-ordinator is a normally member of the CBYA committee, and has full voting rights in Committee meetings. Co-opted Committee members are normally confirmed at the next Annual General Meeting.

In this position she will oversee all CBYA TOMs sailing. Specifically this includes:-

    • Selecting and training CBYA members to be the TOMs Organiser, and run the weekly TOMs sailing.

    • Preparing and scheduling weekly email newsletter invitations for TOMs sailing for the following month. Composing a series of invites, usually one a week for 3 weeks prior.

    • Overseeing email answering role for the weekly TOMs sail training, and taking over if needed.

    • Planning the annual CBYA TOMs sailing events at the beginning of each year, in conjunction with RCNC, and when available, populating the CBYA calendar with 5 Clubs, TOMs training, RCNC liga, and special event dates.

    • Helping to plan special CBYA TOMs events together with the Chairman, Special TOMs Event Organiser, and RCNC (e.g., TOMs Coastal Cruise & Raft-up, Veterans Regatta, CBYA Challenge, CBYA Regatta, etc.), and populating the CBYA calendar when decided.

    • Overseeing the TOMs Ladder event with help from the TOMs Organiser and others.

    • Liaising with the TOMs Organiser for RCNC Liga crew invitations and crew selection.

    • Checking with TOMs skippers regarding any problems with the TOMs, and sending this information to RCNC.

    • Overseeing the training of new CBYA TOMs skippers in preparation for testing by Rachel and RCNC.

    • Supplying CBYA burgees to crew once they have passed RCNC skipper assessment.

If you would like to volunteer to help out as TOMs Organiser please contact Amanda, you can do so by clicking HERE.

Hugh Epsom


CBYA September Social Get Together


This month’s social event at the A Bordo Restaurant in the Club Náutico Jávea on Monday 16th September, held a frisson of excitement as we welcomed new CBYA members and several guests, including Lesley and Samir Chami, Bibi and Jean Marc Mas, and Joanne Jacobs.

Graham Hustler and Richard Jones spoke to the gathering about the CBYA and upcoming activities with wit and humour.

The food was – as always – excellent, and I’m told the chocolate brownie has zero calories! (Must have it again next time!)

Thank you to the Social Team and especially to Julie Benneworth and Sabine Olbrich, for organising the event as usual.

Amanda Topson

It’s Dinghy Season Again!!


It’s Dinghy Season Again!!

The CBYA dinghy season started successfully on Tuesday, 17 September, with CBYA members sailing on the beautiful El Portet bay, with sunny weather, even if the wind was a bit patchy!

Our 420 and Lasers have received loving maintenance over the summer months and are now sporting new sheets and shackles.

Andy Symons – Bob Gordon’s right hand man – demonstrated how to rig and de-rig the dinghies to less experienced members. Everyone had plenty of time on the water, and since we had an on-shore wind – plenty of tacking experience in getting out. And since the wind changed direction whilst we were out, we also had plenty of tacking experience coming back in!!

Dave and Jenny Peachey manned the rescue boat, together with Rod Simpson, providing us with encouragement and advice whilst so doing.

Jane and Paul Fraser, CBYA members were sailing their own PICO together with family visiting from the UK. Jane rented a paddle board and was seen far out to sea accompanying her husband on the PICO!

A great time was had by all, and afterwards we had our usual refreshments at the bar before heading off home.

Dinghy sailing will continue this Autumn on Tuesdays every other week, weather permitting. It is a great way to gain sailing experience and beginners are welcome. Come and join us!!

Amanda Topson