Those who made the effort to attend the CBYA social event in Calpe on Monday 5th June enjoyed an excellent film on the “Grundig” challenge in the 2001 Sydney to Hobart Race. This legendary 630 nautical mile yacht race crosses one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world, the notorious Bass Strait to Tasmania.

After experiencing some technical problems with Rachels’s lap top which threatened to kibosh the event, Jenny & Chris stepped into the breach and managed to get the DVD running on the old TV & DVD player in the RCNC training room!

Entitled Xtreme Sailing – Sydney to Hobart Race the film covers one of Sean Langman’s many attempts to win this prestigious race in his radical 66-foot flier “Grundig”. They were ultimately forced to drop out of the race in heavy seas, after flying off a wave at speed and suffering major de-lamination in the bow.


They hit a big fish or shark in the 1999 race, but still managed to limp to Hobart, and rig damage and a split mainsail forced them out of the  2000 race. They finished third in 2003. Since then they have made many more attempts to win and are determined to be successful this year!

After the film, we retired to Bar Grizzleys for dinner.

The next CBYA social event in Calpe will be by our founding member, and ex-ship’s doctor, Dr Ron Shanson. His presentation is entitled “First Aid at Sea” and will take place on Monday 3rd July. He is expected to cover essential information for all of our sailing members. Make a note in your calendar now!