From left to right: Julie Benneworth, Social Secretary Peter English, Claire Guest
After almost three (3) years in the role, Sabine Olbrich has decided to step down. She has been replaced by new member, Claire Guest. Gracias Sabine, for all of your past help, and many thanks Claire, for agreeing to join the team!
These two ladies help the CBYA Social Secretary in planning and running CBYA social events.
Hopefully, we will be able to enjoy more fun CBYA social events next year!
Many thanks ladies – for your help and support!
The CBYA Committee
This event first started in July 2005 and has been repeated many times since then – maybe we should re-instate it?
Here are details of a few other past CBYA social events…
Maybe, COVID-19 willing, we can re-run some of them? It would be nice to see some more varied CBYA social activities again.
The Minister of Public Health for the Comunidad de Valencia, Ana Barceló, announced last week that, due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the use of face masks is now mandatory throughout the Valencian Community for people over six years old, even if the safety distance of one and a half meters can be maintained. The wearing of masks is required in all areas, except beaches, swimming pools and natural areas, and will apply to everyone except children under 6 years of age, or people with respiratory problems. Barceló clarified that surgical and hygienic ones must be used, and that those with respiratory valves are not allowed, except for work reasons. From now on it will be mandatory to wear masks at restaurant terraces when you are not eating or drinking. The maximum capacity of the terraces stays at 75%, and the maximum occupancy will be 20 people per table
Due to the COVID-19 virus many things have changed, and the organisation of the CBYA is no exception. ALL members are now required to complete a Member Update Form BEFORE they can attend any CBYA event, social, sea or land-based. The form is the same as for new membership but you select Member Update from the first drop-down menu instead of New Membership Application.
Go to: https://cbya.org/new-member/
Select – Member Update
Complete the form
20th July 2020
As part of our CBYA Crystal Jubilee celebrations, each month we are going to hear from a member who has made a significant contribution to our club. This month we are are publishing some memories from Brenda Bates.
My first introduction to sailing was in Mombasa in the 70s, when a friend whose husband was a sea captain took me out in her dinghy in the busy harbour. We sailed between huge ships, and I learnt the meaning of ´tacking´. Then in the 80s in Port Dickson near Kuala Lumpur, I learned about ‘capsizing´! I was in a race, out on the trapeze when my skipper turned his Laser too sharply into the gap in the reef. Swimming no problem, but I was now underneath the sail, and had to make my way to its edge, with sharp coral under my feet.. Whew!
So in 2002, when I met Ron Shanson at a formal dinner, I was pleased to accept his suggestion to arrange social events for his group of boat-owner friends. So the Costa Blanca Boat Club began. I would be able to get out on the water again! Never had any formal training, but am a willing crew member.
The next consolidated CBYA merchandise order will be placed at the end of the summer. Please let Ally know if you would like to order anything.
Our new merchandise supplier is willing to brand their range of merchandise with the CBYA logo, and sell to CBYA members at a special, discounted price. They will accept our orders, and ship in economic batches, which means that the CBYA does not have to hold stock.
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!
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
Charter Cruise Co-ordinator
As part of our CBYA Crystal Jubilee celebrations, each month we are going to hear from a member who has made a significant contribution to our club. This month we are are publishing an interview with Dr Ron Shanson, founder of the Costa Blanca Yacht Association.
1) Dr Ron – tell us how it came about that you were instrumental in setting up the Spanish sailing club that has become the CBYA?
In 1989 I set up a UK sailing club in Portsmouth called High Seas Sailing Club, which is still alive and sailing, and has 30 sailing vessels, both in the UK and France.
In 1996 to 98 I moved to Javea, which was wonderful, the sea was gorgeous – but how to live here without sailing? I still had my 15m Prout catamaran, MiFleur, but mooring was very expensive in the Javea area, so I ended up purchasing a 20-metre berth in Puerto Blanco, the other side of Calpe, on a 35-year lease. I wanted to make new friends who appreciated sailing the seas, so that we could share experiences, including the 1,001 problems of keeping a yacht in a “strange” new country. So in 2002, I tried to set up the Costa Blanca Boat Club. Initially the objective was to send two sail boats from the Costa Blanca to meet up with four from the London club in Ibiza and Valencia. The Costa Blanca News newspaper allowed me to take some newspaper columns, and I also placed some radio adverts. This resulted in my finding about 10 to 15 fellow yachties… and the club started!