November 2018

NEWS FLASH – Cheap tickets $35 for Presentation night dinner.

Call Margie (07) 4031 2750 NOW, they will be $40 on the 10th and no longer available on the 17th

Last Month 

Even though last month was short on racing events, there has been a lot of sailing going on. WAGS, as usual, has been well attended both by boats and casual crew from all over the planet. These temporary members make the event a rewarding day out for skippers and crew. The bottle of rum for the winner of the day is a clearly sought after commodity, witness the number of boats that have had their hairy bottoms cleaned & are resplendent in new anti-foul to improve their performance.

Centinela has been on an extended cruise into southern waters, here is their account. Thanks to Bill & Eileen…

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Centinela Whitsunday cruise 2018

After a couple of short cruises to Townsville and Lizard Island in 2016 and 2017. Eileen managed to successfully apply for Long service leave. The first month of which was spent with good friends from New York. July being what the usual strong SE month we only managed a few sails with them but did the next best thing. Road trips. Cooktown via Bloomfield, Undarra, tablelands, Mission Beach and the usual great spots of FNQ.

Visitors gone, we ready to head south. A bit of a hectic start saw us in the mud on Pooley’s pontoon. Thursday the 9th of August was one of the lowest tides for some time. A bit of push and shove from a few friends saw us cast off at 1330. First stop, Fitzroy Is. Picked up a mooring in Shark Fin Bay. Of all the places we moored or anchored during the 11 weeks we were away this was probably the worst night we had. A strong SE wind and a NE swell.

An early start the next day got us to Mourilyan Harbour then Dunk the next day. Weather was getting better and the whales and dolphins were out to play. Dunk Island has always been one of our favourite stops. The turtles are always friendly. Some great walks here to enjoy one of our interests of bird watching.

Next stop was Goold Is, then down Hinchinbrook Channel to Haycock Is. Spotting a couple of dugong along the way.  Wednesday afternoon we had the pick down in Juno Bay on Fantome Is which is part of the Palm Group.

 Day 7 had us slogging into a 20 knot SE breeze which was more south than the easterly predicted. I can’t remember ever having a pleasant day on the “paddock” going to Magnetic. More Whales. Horseshoe Bay is another one of those great places. There is a pub and a bus to the other pubs. We met up with some cruising folks we had met at Lizard Is last year & made a few new friends. All these cruisers have business cards with their details and boat photo. I felt so inadequate when I had to write my  details on a bit of ripped up wine cask. A couple of days on Maggy, over to Townsville to stock up on fresh food and booze. Back to Maggy for one night then a quick hop over to Cape Cleveland for an early start the next morning. 11 hours too Cape Upstart. Whales again. 

Day 15 and we had a good run from Cape Upstart to Cape Glouster. Caught a Mackeral. This was Thursday and the first day of the annual Shaggers rendezvous. The Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club is based here and have a get together once a year on Shag Islet. It goes for 4 days. It could be said that it is a bit like schoolies for grown-ups. So naturally, we joined up and next thing I know I’m a vice commodore . When they they asked me to join I said: “I would prefer not to join a club that would have me as a member”. But their motto is they are “exclusively non exclusive” . All the proceeds of the SICYC go to raising awareness of prostate cancer.

After 4 days of partying hard and a blurry memory of having a good time, we crept away to Woodwark Bay.

Day 19. Heading off again and the whales are everywhere. A quick trip around the corner and we  docked at Abell Point Marina. We are now in the Whitsundays.



Stand by for the next exciting episode next month.

What’s so good about Shag Islet

Shag Islet is situated in the Gloucester Passage in the Whitsundays
(20 03.8 S … 148 26.5 E). It is a small rocky islet with a beach which is exposed on the southern end on a falling tide. There is nothing on the islet except at the annual SICYC Rendezvous when hundreds of “Vice Commodores’ gather on the last weekend in August each year. Well done Bill, you were the 6,446 th Vice Commodore, clearly you take that responsibility seriously.

Keelboat Learn to Sail

Adrian has completed yet another “Learn to Sail”  course with some participants coming back for a refresher course. More courses to follow. Please contact Margie at the office 07 4031 2750‬ or email

Coming UP – This Month – & November

November 17-18 Commodores Cup

This will be the last races for the year, a short series over two days. Neil would like expressions of interest by 2nd November, you can nominate later in case getting a crew together is difficult at this stage.

Division 2 has been introduced so skippers that mostly cruise can have a go. It would be great to see more of the WAGS fleet out there.

Div 1 Spinnakers
Div 2 Cruising/ Non-Spinnaker
Div 3 Multihulls
Please Contact Neil 0417 625 236 or Frank 0438 405 800, or Scott 0410 477 166.

November 24 – 25th

Ellis Beach break-up weekend. Bring a tent, camp the night and enjoy the last fun sail for the year.

Saturday 1st December

Annual General Meeting, in the Club Rooms – 4:00pm

Come and hear all about how the Club is running and what the Executive Committee are planning for next year. There are several positions vacant including Secretary so put your hand up, jump in and help out where you can, it’s not onerous or difficult and helps us all have a great time on the water. Call Margie

After the meeting, saunter over to the Boatshed (with your chair) and have a drink or two in preparation for PRESENTATION NIGHT.

Presentation Night – 5:30pm

Last chance for CHEAP tickets, they will be $35/head if paid prior to 9th Nov – Early bird special! They are then $40/head if paid prior to 16th Nov – Procrastinator’s price! No tickets will be sold after the 16th as caterer’s need final numbers.  No excuses….no exceptions! Call (07) 4031 2750 NOW

Please let Margie know if you have special dietary requirements (vegan/ vegetarian/ gluten or dairy free, etc) these caterers are very happy to look after you.

Tickets will be pre-purchase only, available from the office or the boatshed.  Or you can direct deposit to the club account, use your name as the reference, and send an email to advise.

Account is Cairns Yacht Club Inc,  BSB 633 000, A/c # 1266 54060.

December 8th

CYC Xmas party at Fitzroy Island. Plan ahead, a great finish to the year. This is not a serious race, so come and cruise over and back. If you don’t have time to sail, catch the ferry!

WAGS – Every Wednesday. A fun sailing day with others, stress-free and a chance for non-members to sail for the day, just $20 gets you on a boat. Be at the Boat Shed at 12. No need to call anyone, just turn up. Backpackers welcome, the best value day out on the water you can have in Cairns.

Tackers Fun Friday – 4-5:30 pm

Trackers sailing program

The Tacker Fun Sailing program is romping along every Friday from 4pm to 6pm thanks to Riely and his team. We get “kids” of all sizes and there’s room for more. Bring your kids and grandkids down to the Boatshed and celebrate the end of the working week

The club bar is open so while the kids are out having fun you can sit back and have a wine and watch them sail.


Riley Munro, Harrison and Daniel Brace are there to run the show – bring the kids or the grandkids 4pm to 6pm

Dinghies – Coming up next year

The Northern rounds of the Schools Team Sailing will be held at Tinaroo Sailing Club (TSC) 17th of March and the Cairns Yacht Club (CYC) 10th of March with the finals to be held in Townsville on the 23rd/24th of March hosted by the Townsville Sailing Club.

School Team sailing is growing in strength across the region, schools and clubs put forward a team ( 3 boats which are provided by the school and 6 students).

Aiustralian Sailing is offering discounts on Courses, from 1stSeptember 2018 to 31st December 2019. So, if you are considering an instructor or coach course here’s your chance to get $100’s of dollars off! Click the link below.

AS QLD Course Costs July 2018

If you have any question please contact Scott on ‭0410 477 166 or email


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