How about sailing with the CBYA in the 2020 Vendée Globe?


Come and join the CBYA team to see if we can win the 2020 Virtual Regatta Vendée Globe!

Details of this iconic round-the-world sailing race can be seen at

The official Vendée Globe website is at

The race starts on 8th November at 12.00 pm

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A great socially-distanced, al-fresco CBYA lunch!


CBYA members enjoyed a socially-distanced, al-fresco lunch at the A Bordo Restaurant at the Real Club Náutico Jávea on Monday 19th October, during which we welcomed new members Adam Stevens and Catherine Seurre.

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SomVela Licensia Federativa Cover for All CBYA Sailors


The CBYA Committee strongly recommends that, as from 1st January 2021, all sailing members should purchase their own insurance which will cover them for any CBYA sailing activities. This includes dinghy and Hobie Cat sailors, as well as those that join the monthly CBYA day charters and annual CBYA charter holiday trips.

The SomVela Licencia Federativa, Deportista or Carnet Deportivo, depending on whether they race or not, provides this cover, and sailing members who sail the TOMs all have to have this insurance, as do all the TOMs skippers. Click HERE for 2020 cost details. The cost details for 2021 will be available at the end of the this year.

The licence can easily be purchased from the Real Club Náutico Calpe, and can be arranged by Rachel Garnham. To contact her, click HERE.

The SomVela Licencia Federativa (LF) insurance is currently provided by Mapfre, S.A., and covers:

Third Party Liability

  • Civil Liability Operation € 1,500,000

  • Sublimit per victim € 150,000

  • Excess per claim 150 €

Medical Cover

Hospital and ambulance costs for any accident whilst sailing.

Those that do not regularly sail, should check their own travel insurance policies to ensure that they cover sailing activities.

After the beginning of next year, CBYA members will be requested to sign a waiver, prior to participating in a CBYA sailing activity, if they do not have the necessary insurance cover.

The Committee

18th October 2020

CBYA Safety Officer


I regret to advise that member Samir Chami has resigned as our first CBYA Safety Officer. We are therefore looking for a replacement.

This function involves:

  1. Reviewing our current CBYA safety procedures for all sailing and social events

  2. Preparing updated safety guidelines

  3. Ensuring that all CBYA event organisers are fully aware of the safety requirements, and that they give full safety briefings prior to each event.

We have already prepared safety guidelines for CBYA cruiser events – click HERE for full details.

Similar guidelines are also being prepared for TOMs, Dinghies & Hobie Cats.

Many thanks to Samir for his assistance in making safety a priority at all CBYA events.

If anyone is interested in taking on this role, please contact me or any Committee member.

Hugh Epsom



S/Y Stormy Waters Sails to the Balearic Islands


New CBYA members, Albert and Jutta Whitley, took their Hallberg Rassy 37, S/Y Stormy Waters, on a late summer trip to the Balearics and were accompanied for the first leg of the trip by Chris and Tammy de Boer. Click HERE for details of the planned itinerary.

Conditions were ideal – no crowds meant having our favourite anchorages in the islands to ourselves, and being most welcome in popular marinas, which in other years have turned visitors away.

Anchorage in St Elm, Southern Mallorca.

The weather conditions were good – often a gentle breeze and sometimes, particularly towards the end, some exciting sailing which brought the strong Scandinavian yacht into her own.

We anchored in the shelter of Formentera and were visited by the dolphins, stayed in 2 idyllic anchorages off Ibiza in solitude.

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Did This Happen?


Relative to the Diana Jarvis Crystal Jubilee interview, we thought that you might find this bit of CBYA history of interest…

The Committee

October 2020

TrickyD Ionian Trip Update from Sardinia


Medicane Yannis and Storm Alex have caused delays to TrickyD’s return trip. Boat and crew stayed in the safe harbours of Licata (Sicily) for 5 days and Vila Simius (Sardinia) for 7 days waiting for good weather windows for the onward passage. This has provided an excellent opportunity to make new friends, and of course tell them all about the CBYA!!

David and Juliet Fosh welcomed us to Licata and invited us to several social gatherings. The 30 years living on board their Hallberg-Rassy, and travelling around the globe, enabled them to spin a few tales! David served as the Chair of the Ocean Cruising Club – to which one can only become a member if one has sailed across 1000 uninterrupted miles of water!

We also met Canadian friends Bill, Brian and Glen in Licata and were very pleased when their boat, S/Y Talisman, also sailed into Vila Simius, giving us the chance to do some sightseeing together.

TrickyD is now being prepared for the final leg(s) home and we cannot wait to catch up with you all soon.

Amanda Topson

Dinghy Day Restarts!


Thanks to all of you who attended our first Dinghy Day of the new season.

Welcome to new members and returning ones, as well as all the regular helpers who without them we would never function. We all know who they are, so I will not name them, but thanks to them all.

We had a great day, lovely weather with a wind going round in circles, so very demanding for the helms people.

We managed to get 4 boats out, the 2 Lasers, Wally (the 420) and the catamaran, Alicat. Peter Bird, in his safety boat, was kept busy with a few capsizes, but generally all the boats were in and out many times with different crews.

You, the members, make such a great day…the weather helps, but I thank you all for your full participation. A total of 25 sailing and non-sailing members were present throughout the day.

All ended up on my “Bridge” for drinks, snacks and chats.

See as many of you as possible at the next Dinghy Day in 2 weeks’ time on 13th October.

Bob Gordon




Why did you join the CBYA?

The opportunity to learn to sail nice yachts! Yes please? My waypoints to the CBYA included canoeing, Enterprises, Junks, windsurfers, metal assault boats, RIBs, and a lifetime passion for scuba diving.

What was a memorable first experience of the CBYA?

Leaving Moraira Marina at midnight as part of a fleet to sail to St Eulalia in Ibiza where we enjoyed wonderful hospitality and made real friends with local Spanish crews. It is possible that TrickyD was the last yacht to arrive (on more than one occasion), but we definitely did not resort to using the engine.

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Third TrickyD Ionian Cruise Report – Corfu to Italy


Preparations for the return journey were made in Corfu, including a couple of repairs. Crew member Victor Ubeda scaled the mast as the head of the mainsail leach had folded over and jammed in the furling mechanism. Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to fix from a height, so the mainsail was lowered and after substantial efforts involving the whole crew, we managed to prise the sail out and then re attach it.

Another repair was to the Bimini support rod that had to be soldered by a very helpful team at Corfu’s metal workshop.



Now the repairs are done we shall be heading home!!

Amanda Topson