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Postponement of our CBYA Crystal Jubilee Celebration!

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We regret to advise that, due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ongoing total lock-down in Spain, we are forced to postpone all of our social and sailing plans for our special year-long event to mark fifteen (15) years since the official formation of the COSTA BLANCA YACHT ASOCIATION –  our CRYSTAL JUBILEE!! We will instead celebrate a CRYSTAL JUBILEE PLUS ONE during 2021!

However, during this year we shall continue to look back at the CBYA history, and run a series of monthly articles in our newsletter with interviews honouring key individuals who have helped to create the current CBYA – some of whom are founder members, and some of whom have joined more recently.

So we will still celebrate the formation and continued growth of the biggest (and only) VIRTUAL yacht club on the Costa Blanca, but our celebrations will now (mostly) take place next year!

Stay safe.

Hugh Epsom

Chairman

 

Things To Do When Locked-Down

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Since we expect to be locked-down for a while, we thought that the CBYA should provide some useful tips to stop our members from getting bored! Here are the first FIVE

  1. Free streaming from The Metropolitan Opera (https://www.metopera.org/)
  2. Free streaming from The Royal Opera House (https://www.roh.org.uk/news/the-royal-opera-house-launches-a-programme-of-free-online-content-for-the-culturally-curious-at-home)
    The program for the Royal Opera House performances, which all start at 1900 hours GMT  and can be viewed via their Facebook or YouTube sites, is as follows.

    • 27 March – Peter and the Wolf – Ballet
    • 3 April – Acis & Galatea – Opera
    • 10 April –  Cosi Fan Tutti  – Opera
    • 17 April – The Metamorphosis – Modern Ballet 
  3. Free streaming from The Berlin Philharmonic (https://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/titelgeschichten/20192020/digital-concert-hall/)
  4. WORDSCAPES – a great free game in the Play Store for android or IOS, phone or tablet, but beware, it’s addictive! Tips;
    • Don’t buy any of the additional packages.
    • Daily puzzle gives you extra points for the main game.
    • Play off-line or in airplane mode and you don’t get bothered by the adverts.
  5. Free Virtual Sailing courtesy of the RYA and Virtual Regatta ( https://www.virtualregatta.com/en/inshore-game/) We can set up our own CBYA ‘ custom races’ if we get enough interest. Those who would like to join in with our ‘custom races’ must also create an account if they don’t already have one. You can follow a simple sailing instruction session, and then start practicing in the races and regattas that are already set up on the game. Everyone that creates an account will also be automatically be entered into the GBR National Championships! You can get more information on the  RYA eSailing page.  You will also view a guide by clicking HERE.  If you would like more information, contact Rachel Garnham by clicking HERE.

Have fun!

The Social Team

Coronavirus – CBYA Activity Shut-Down

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We are entering uncharted waters….

Due the current worldwide coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and with the recent announcement of a further two-week total lock-down in Spain, the Committee has agreed that we now have to discontinue ALL of our CBYA-organised sailing and social activities until future notice.

The latest coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The Emergency telephone number for suspected coronavirus cases in the Comunidad Valenciana is 900 300 555. We are requested  to call this number if you have any symptoms and think that you may be infected. We are advised NOT to go to emergencies, doctor’s surgeries, nor to hospitals, where we could transmit the virus to other people. When we call this number, they will conduct a survey, and if the results are positive, they will tell us how to proceed, and will send someone to take some tests.

If you think that you may have the symptoms, you can check by clicking HERE.

Hugh Epsom

Chairman

Celestial Navigation Made Easy!

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We successfully completed the first of our current CBYA Celestial Navigation courses this week. Two more courses are currently planned. The second course will have to be postponed due to the Coronavirus lock-down in Spain.

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CBYA and the Coronavirus Pandemic

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) is becoming more entrenched in Spain – the latest statistics can be viewed by clicking HERE.

The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that COVID-19 more severely affects older people, and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma or diabetes). Many of our members are in this group.

The Spanish Ministry of Health has announced a containment strategy to try to slow down the rate of the spread of COVID-19 in Spain. As a result, we are now in TOTAL LOCK-DOWN with heavy fines for non-compliance. Click HERE for details.

The CBYA Committee has cancelled all of our social and sailing events during March, and we will review how we proceed with our April social events, towards the end of the month.

The Emergency telephone number for suspected coronavirus cases in the Comunidad Valenciana is 900 300 555. We are requested  to call this number if you have any symptoms and think that you may be infected. We are advised NOT to go to emergencies, doctor’s surgeries, nor to hospitals, where we could transmit the virus to other people. When we call this number, they will conduct a survey, and if the results are positive, they will tell us how to proceed, and will send someone to take some tests.

If you think that you may have the symptoms, you can check by clicking HERE.

Hopefully, the above actions will help to get things under control and back to normal soon.

Hugh Epsom

Chairman

Announcing our CBYA Crystal Jubilee Celebration!

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During the CBYA Awards Night Dinner at the A Bordo Resturant on Monday 24th February, we launched a special year-long event to mark fifteen (15) years since the official formation of the COSTA BLANCA YACHT ASOCIATION –  our CRYSTAL JUBILEE!!

During this year we shall be taking a look back at CBYA’s history, and giving thanks to the many people who have made it all possible. We plan to feature a series of monthly articles in our newsletter with interviews honouring key individuals – some of whom are founder members, and some of whom have joined more recently. read more →

CBYA Charity Presentation and 2019 Awards Dinner

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The 2019 CBYA Awards presentation took place on Monday 24th February at the Restaurante A Bordo in the Club Náutico Jávea, and was attended by 56 members and guests.

At the start of the dinner, the CBYA presented donations of €1000 each to the two 2019 CBYA-supported charity organisations: Make-A-Smile and  the IVSH Balcón al Mar Voluntarios.

Previous CBYA charity donations can be seen at https://cbya.org/charity/

Hugh Epsom presenting our donations to Tony Grande (Make-a-Smile), and to Terry Curran & Erich Brenner (IVSH Bomberos)

The CBYA awards were presented by Julie Benneworth and were awarded as follows:

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Final Call for the 2020 Palma International Boat and Superyacht Shows

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Visit to Palma, Majorca, for the International Boat and Superyacht Shows

 29th April – 2nd May 2020

The CBYA is planning a trip to the Palma International Boat and Superyacht Show. This is a three night trip to Mallorca, flying from Valencia direct to Palma.

The estimated cost of the flight is currently at 38€ per person. Depending on the numbers of the group, we can obtain shuttle services and group rates.

We have been offered discounted group rates on a choice of two hotels from the Melia group. These are very exclusive hotels, located right at the boat show.

1.) Melia Palma Marina Hotel, for 160€ per night (double room), which includes a very nice breakfast each morning.

https://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/mallorca/melia-palas-atenea/index.htm

2.)  Melia Bellver Hotel,  140€ per night (double room), which also includes a very nice breakfast.

https://www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/mallorca/hotel-palma-bellver/index.htm

There are also other options for more economically priced hotels (around 100€ per night), which are also centrally located to the boat show, or alternatively, the choice of hotels in the old town area of Palma (a pleasant walk from the port).

Boat show and superyacht show entrance tickets are 8€ per person/day for both shows.

With more than 600 boats exhibited, more than 300 boats on the water, more than 100 superyachts to drool over, and over 82,000 square meters of exhibition space, this show is sure to please.

For more details of the 37th Palma International Boat Show, click HERE.

For more details of the Palma Superyacht Show, click HERE.

The outline itinerary is:

Wednesday, 29th April – Leave for Valencia, fly to Palma de Mallorca, settle into hotel room, meet for cocktails followed by dinner in old town of Palma

Thursday, 30 April – Attend Boat and Superyacht show  Friday, 1st May – Touring the area or attend the boat show for a second day – many choices of guided tours available

Saturday, 2nd May – Fly back to Valencia

If anyone may be interested in attending the boat show with Peter and Tanya English, or would like any further information, please let us know, and I will put this together with group rates, if enough interest. Please contact Tanya English by clicking HERE.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Tanya and Peter English

Final Call for Possible CBYA Trip to the First Ever AC75 Regatta

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It has been proposed that the CBYA puts together a trip to Sardinia for the America’s Cup World Series in Cagliari, Sardinia in April this year.  See https://www.americascup.com/acws/sardegna

Taking place in the beautiful city of Cagliari on the sun-drenched Italian Mediterranean island of Sardinia from  18 – 26 April 2020, the opening event of the three-regatta ACWS circuit sees the teams competing in the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada racing their first generation AC75 high-performance foiling monohulls against each other for the very first time.

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CBYA T-SHIRTS and CAPS HAVE BEEN RECEIVED

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CBYA T-SHIRTS and CAPS

LATEST BULK ORDER FOR CBYA T-SHIRTS AND CAPS HAS  NOW BEEN DELIVERED!!

CONTACT ALLISON O’BRIEN TO ARRANGE COLLECTION IF YOU PLACED AN ORDER.

CBYA T-shirt from EUR 6.00

CBYA cap from EUR 6.50

CBYA merchandise supplier Krowmark provides us with very good quality T-shirts and caps at a very reasonable cost – except that their delivery charges are £17.50 – however many items are sent out. So we are organising a bulk order – contact Ally with your request.

HERE is a link to the items available – cost, colours, sizes etc. We estimate delivery charges will work out at approximately EUR 1 per item.

Contact me by clicking HERE if interested.

Allison O’Brien