TOMs Ladder Results – Autumn Series 2019


Herewith the final TOMs 2019 Autumn Series Ladder results to date – click on the Ladder Game image below:

Another close TOM Ladder racing series. The total number of participants in the Autumn Series was 34. Only six race days took place, many being being cancelled due to weather. The number of race starts was 19. With a 33% discard, this leaves 13 races to count. Nine people qualified.

Final result using the Position Score number was:

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First TOMs Class Racing – 5 Clubs Regatta Calpe – 16th Nov 2019


The CBYA has entered TOM28 yachts into the 5 Clubs Regatta at Calpe on numerous occasions in the past, but due to the unfavourable TOM28 ORC rating, we have to race in the ORC-B class, and have never been able to compete against the bigger yachts. The best results have always been achieved in very light winds conditions with flat seas – we once managed to finish 5th!

Click HERE to see video from S/Y Blade. Look out for the TOM that tacked right in front of them at the start without even looking before the tack (not a CBYA boat)!!!

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TOMs Ladder Rides Again!


Yes, the popular TOMs Ladder competition has restarted and will run during October and November 2019. Here are some images from the event on Thursday 17 October.

This event is designed to encourage those requiring more TOMs race experience. We race with white sails only – no spinnakers – so the sailing is not too demanding. We now generally schedule TOMs Ladder events on Thursdays. Points are accumulated based on race results over a 6 – 8 week period, and prizes are awarded to those with the lowest total points count at the end of each series.

If you haven’t yet participated. you should give it a try!

Contact the TOMs Organiser to sign up by clicking HERE.


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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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 Regatta 2019!!


CBYA Regatta 2019!!

Twenty-two people, four TOMS, two yachts, nautical fun and tapas with a glass or two. What could possibly go wrong?

Well – it was an exciting day, very much enjoyed by all participants!!! We had winds of 7 to 8 knots from the North, gusting up to 10, and shifting slightly East as the day progressed.

This event is the only day in the CBYA annual calendar to combine TOMs racing and cruiser cruising for our members. A diverse group including long-time, and new, CBYA members, with varied sailing abilities, gathered at Real Club Náutico Calpe (RCNC) at 10:00 on Thursday, 19 September 2019. We were joined by RCNC member, Floris de Jong, who provided his sailing yacht, De Groote Jongker, for the day. Richard Jones also came along on S/Y Tricky D, so we had two cruisers join the regatta. Registration was completed, and the TOMs sailing teams were organised – by popular demand, and for the first time ever, we had one TOM team that entirely comprised of female crew.  The all-girls boat went for win, but was narrowly beaten in the end!

At 11:00 Rachel Garnham, CBYA TOMs Special Event Coordinator, briefed us on the day’s programme and activities. Each TOM, (wo)manned by a group of four, was to undertake nautical exercises on the water, each designed to demonstrate boat handling and seamanship. The cruiser crews were involved as ‘judges’ by timing, marking and awarding points for these tasks. This would be followed by two races based on the TOMs liga race format.

At 12:00 all disbanded from the briefing room as the various teams prepared for the activities – rigging the TOMs, and setting sail. as well as positioning the cruisers out in Calpe bay.

By 12:30 the TOMs were all at sea and were performing the boat handling tasks, taking their turn to position themselves at the stern of each cruiser, and signalling to a cruiser crew that they were ready to perform their allocated tasks. Following the blast of a whistle from one of the judges, each TOM had to do:

a) 720 degree turn (tack, gybe, tack), then..

b) gybe, gybe, tack, gybe, tack, (by this time we were slightly dizzy, some of us having lost count and kept on tacking and gybing), then, once recovered…

c) two heave-tos and a CBYA pennant (yes – you would heave-to too if you had been there), and…

d) a U-turn.

The judges dutifully timed us and gave two blasts of the whistle upon completion of each task. They also took some nice photos of the TOMs in action (thank you judges!)

After that Christian took over with race management from the RCNC rescue boat. The two races were fast ones – taking less than 25 minutes each to complete from start line (between committee boat and the downwind marker) to windward mark, back to leeward mark and to finish line. Although spinnakers were permitted on the finishing leg of the race, none except for one TOM,were actually used. The yacht in question went faster, but missed the finish line due to gybing problems! [Note: more spinnaker training necessary for CBYA TOMs sailors during our regular training sessions…]. The point differentials were very close, indicating that we are likely to have a very competitive TOMs ladder this Autumn (starting 10th October – watch this space).

We finished the races by 14:00-(-ish), headed back to RCNC to de-rig and clean up, and reconvened at the RCNC restaurant at 15:00 for a delicious tapas meal, general congeniality and of course the prize giving. Rachel led the proceedings with winners:

First Prize: Richard Scales, Kenneth Horne, Peter Sparks, and Roger Roberts 

Second Prize: Rachel Garnham, Cristina Casas, Nikki Dwyer and Amanda Topson

Third Prize: Keith Leary, Samir Chami, Jane Dye and Chris Engels

Fourth Prize: Dave Reid, Monique Neyzen, Howard Edmonds, and John Williams 

The cruiser teams: Richard Jones, Lesley Chami, Diana Jarvis (TrickyD) and Floris de Jong, Allison O’Brien and David Crabb (De Groote Jongker) also received prizes as a token of our appreciation.

Diana Jarvis, a regatta judge on TrickyD, had the following comments: ‘Congratulations on a really well thought out day. The experts on the skills tests was, of course, the all girls team skippered by Rachel who really could do 720 degrees on the proverbial floating sixpence. Lighting reactions and muscle power saved TrickyD from being out of the water on a fourth respray. Although not all the crews completed every skill requirement to perfection, the wonderful fun day introduced new members to the TOMs and to the friendliness of the CBYA. Overall the Kiwis did it again – congratulations to Richard [Scales] and your team for coming first’.

New member Cristina Casas aptly summarises the day: ‘Hi friends, yesterday we had a very fantastic regatta-training day. The wind didn’t help us, but we ‘the girls’ – Rachel, Amanda, Nikki and I – enjoyed every minute. Lunch at RCNC was the perfect end. Thank you from all of us. Ah! – We ‘the girls TOM team’ won the second place and the wine bottles!! Looking forward to sailing with you again very soon.’

!!!Look out for next year’s CBYA Regatta!!!

Thank you to RCNC for enabling this event, especially to RCNC Sailing Director Antonio LaMadrid, and to Christian, for facilitating the sailing, and to Chef Marino and his team for an excellent meal.

Thank you to Rachel and to everyone at CBYA who had a part in organising the event.

Amanda Topson

The 2019 Licensia Federativa


The CBYA facilitates renewal of your Licensia Federativa at the start of each year.

Full details of the 2019 Licensia Federativa can be viewed by clicking HERE.

If anyone has any questions please contact Rachel Garnham by sending an e-mail to

The Committee


Why Not Brush Up on Your Spanish Sailing Terms?


Why not brush up on your Spanish sailing terms – they could be useful!

Click HERE for details.


Training Officer

Crewing a TOM in the 5 Clubs Regatta Calpe on Sunday 19 May


The Rumbo Solidario and 5 Clubs Regatta took place at the Real Club Náutico Calpe (RCNC) on Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 May 2019.

Due to the shortage of CBYA member-owned yachts, and CBYA crew positions, we again entered a TOM 28 in the 5 Clubs Regatta on the Sunday. The crew comprised Paul Smithard, Andy Symons, Mike Cross and “yours truly” on the helm.

The TOM 28 rating puts us in ORC-B, which means that we have to sail the longer 16 km course down to the Albir fish-farm, back up to Calpe bay, then out to sea before rounding the final mark and returning to the finish line.

Jim Mack crewed on another TOM 28 entered by Angie Roper for RCNC. We decided that, since our rating was unlikely to allow us to get a podium result, we would concentrate on racing Angie and Jim!

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Jim’s Bash March 2019


🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣It wasn’t a string…..!!!! And you deserved it….🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

This is the 6th year that Jim has arranged his “Bash” with Real Club Náutico Calpe, inviting CBYA members, and RCNC club members, to join his UK sailing friends, for two days’ of racing on the TOMs. Race courses for both days were different to the norm, and were made slightly more technical by using gates.

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