1. Why did you join the CBYA?

Because we were interested in sailing on the Costa Blanca. We both enjoy sailing and wanted to meet other fellow sailors with the same passion – we were also looking for more opportunities to get out on the water with other people.

  1. What was a memorable first experience of the CBYA?

Meeting a whole load of CBYA members on the Mundo Marino big catamaran when we had booked a party of family members. We had a private birthday party with our family, and boarded the Mundo Marino. Not having heard of the CBYA, we met the CBYA group of passengers who were also on board, who entertained us with music. We also met our current Chairman, Hugh Epsom, who explained all about the CBYA. It was a memorable experience for us, and we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to find out about the Club, and we joined immediately.

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More CBYA History and a Novel Social Eating Event


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 Committee

August 2020

Don’t Forget to Look at the CBYA Deals and For Sale Page!


Special Offers & Deals!

Paid-up CBYA members can advertise free of charge on the Deals and For Sale page. If you want to place an advert, send text and photograph to

The CBYA regularly posts interesting offers – please check it out now – you may see something interesting!


CBYA Committee

August 2020


We have a CBYA Assistant Treasurer!


I am delighted to announce that we now have an Assistant CBYA Treasurer, who has agreed to come on board and help reduce the load on our long-time Treasurer, Sue Bell.

Our Assistant Treasurer is CBYA member, Sally Clayton, and she will be supported by CBYA member, Samir Chami (an accountant) on an ad-hoc basis.

Many thanks to both Sally & Samir for stepping up to help!

Hugh Epsom


Why not join the Members-Only CBYA Facebook Page!


The CBYA has now deleted our Community facebook page.

However we still have an active Closed Group page called the CBYA Costa Blanca Yacht Assoc Facebook page.

We currently have seventy (70) members with access to our Facebook page, however we would like to have more of our members join the Closed Group page so that they can benefit from this added news source of our activities.

Find us at

All paid-up 2020 CBYA members can apply to join the group.

Members-only information will be posted on this page.

Please go to the CBYA members-only Facebook page to join by clicking HERE now!

If you cannot find the page, send an e-mail to our Membership Secretary, Rachel Garnham, by clicking HERE.

The Committee

July 2020

Sun Odyssey 45.2 available for Yacht Share


CBYA members, David and Felicity King, are offering their Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 45.2, S/Y Poog, for a potential yacht share agreement. They bought the yacht new in 2003, and sailed her around the Caribbean until 2016, when they brought her to Spain. Since arriving, extensive upgrades have been carried out, including new state of the art navigation equipment, bow thruster, thorough engine overhaul, new main, new Bimini, new spray hood and fenders. Elements of the rigging, and the sea cocks, were also replaced this year. She was surveyed earlier this year, whilst being anti fouled, and was found to be in good shape.

The yacht is moored at Marina de Dénia, and is looked after by A&P Marine.

See more yacht details by clicking HERE.

Apart from visits of a couple of weeks, perhaps two or three times a year, they only plan to be in Spain during the first three month of every year. They are therefore looking for one, or more, yacht-loving CBYA members, who have the necessary sailing qualifications, to join a yacht-sharing agreement in order to allow more value to be enjoyed from their ownership of S/Y Poog. They would also welcome others to sail with them when they are in Spain – no experience required, as both Felicity and David have been sailing since childhood.

If you are interested in either proposition, please contact David King by calling 0044 7768864439, or by e-mailing by clicking HERE.

The Committee

July 2020

Face Masks Now Mandatory Whenever in Public Places


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.

The Committee

20th July 2020

Water Sports day – Another Bit Of CBYA History!


As part of our Crystal Jubilee celebrations, we are sharing some CBYA history.

Here is an interesting write-up of our first ever CBYA Water Sports Day in Autumn 2005!

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Sailing Hobie Cats with the CBYA


CBYA Hobie Cat summer sailing starts again on Wednesday 22nd July at Las Antipodas at Les Basetes. Meet at 4 pm for 2 hours sailing . Cost is €25 each.

Numbers are limited: 1st come, 1st served. So sign up quickly! Sailing every Wednesday until 9th Sept.

Contact Monique Neyzen, or Amanda Topson, by clicking HERE

Join the CBYA Hobie Cats Whatsapp Group

See more details at

Monique Neyzen

Hobie Cat Sailing Co-ordinator



You are a very active member of CBYA, so it is great to get your perspective on the club – please tell me why you joined?

I was considering buying a yacht, so I needed to speak with sea-going, like-minded people. The CBYA was the only English-speaking option at that time.

What was a memorable first experience of the CBYA?

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