10 August 2017


Last Month

July 8th – Anniversary Regatta Saturday’s racing includes “Rob Leitner” Memorial Race

The month started with the Anniversary Regatta & Rob Leitner Memorial over two days. Hotly contested by six boats with some fabulous prizes and a sumptuous BBQ thanks, once again, to the Leitner family.

We saw Impulse, Wee Welsh Dragon, Anastasia, Fast Forward, Centinella and Out of the Blue heading for the start line. Unfortunately ‘Out of the Blue’ had to pull out when the top of the main pulled out of the mast track. This year ‘Wee Welsh Dragon’ took the podium, a great finish demonstrating that if you prepare your boat well and have a good crew you will do well. ‘Fast Forward’ as usual sailed well having been absent for quite some months and ‘Centinella’ took the third spot. Well done all for being there and making it another great day’s sailing.

Well done Kevin Spies Brian Dowling Bill Munro and many thanks to our fantastic start boat team on Catcha, course setting and all of the behind the scenes efforts Neil Robson Jamie Leitner & Bill and a special thanks to Sue & the Leitner family

July 15 Ellis Beach refurb.

We are so lucky in the CYC to have many generous volunteers. They came with Gernie’s, brushes, paint pots and spray guns and in the course of two weekends, a rather grubby sickly yellow clubhouse was transformed into a gleaming asset of several shades of grey. (As were the feet hands and clothes of the volunteers). Barry managed to secure the paint and point everyone in roughly the right direction, thanks Barry for taking this magic venue under your wing and getting it looking absolutely great for the coming season.

July 26th – Wahoo!! We have a new start/safety boat.

6 meter Polycraft with 140 4 stroke Suzuki. We made a good choice. It should prove to be tough and reliable if it’s looked after properly. It’s already been put to good use by Sailability.

Mal took the new club boat as a support craft to the Ellis beach for the weekend. It went extremely well. The committee are congratulated for their choice of craft. It will be great for all classes. Mal reckons it’s a cracker of boat.

July 29th – Pickers Vinyl & Canvas + Allied Bearings & Tools Ellis Beach Regatta

The first event hosted by the revamped venue was the Ellis Beach regatta for ‘off the beach’ dinghies and catamarans on the 29th July. It was nice to see so many members enjoying what is the jewel of boating in Cairns and some that travelled all the way from Townsville dragging a trailer load of dinghies. I know some members are a little shy thinking that Ellis is just for the young. Not so, even keel boaties are welcome. You can sharpen your skills in a dinghy, or not. Just enjoying the comradeship, a few beers and cooking up a BBQ under the paperbark trees makes for a perfect day out.

Dick Cater Series – Race 1, Fitzroy Island race 3, Resort sponsor Fitzroy Island

Perfect weather for the small boats with light winds. The winner was ‘Wild Spirit’ (so far ahead we thought they’d gone home), ‘Morphun’ second and a newly polished ‘G&T’ third. Well done everyone, a great day with eight boats competing. Thanks once again to the Fitzroy Island Resort for sponsoring the race and donating some fabulous and well appreciated prizes.

See the feature article below from the G&T crew.


Coming UP – This Month

August 12th – Sail Training Pacers only Course 3 – week 4/4

August 12th – Dick Cater Series – Race 2 Bay Race – Race 3

August 20th – Dick Cater series, race 3 – Double Island and the Club Championships for the dinghies at Ellis Beach

September 2nd – Lady’s Day race 3 which is the Dick Cater Series race 5

September 9th – last race in the dick Cater Series, an inlet race, and presentation.


16 – 19 September will be here before we know it so get your nominations in now and make this another great event.


Commodore’s Commands

The car park gets another mention this month. Remember, you must have your car park sticker STUCK on to your car to enjoy the privilege of using our limited car park. Lying about on the dash is not good enough as is seems the dashes change from time to time. Remember it is a privilege to use the car park mostly for those good people that make significant contributions to the club. So, if the sticker is not stuck your privilege may come unstuck as well.


This Months Feature Story – Fitzroy Island Race Drama

A hurried breifing included a downwind start, unusual in sailing circles, and with only 30 minutes to the start it meant a “Le Mans” style dash to the eight yachts resting in the marina.

G&T’s crew for the day, Henrich and Kim, two young German backpackers, somewhat lacking in experience but full of enthusiasm, gaily leaping across the lifelines narrowly avoiding a face plant on the fore hatch. After stowing their tent (camping was their only option for overnighting on Fitzroy Island) they then settled in to decorative positions on the deck not realising they had been “shanghaied” into a racing crew rather than a leisurely cruise on the Coral Sea. Their recruiter, Michelle, also of limited nautical experience, joined them as translator and confidant. This left only the skipper and a WAGS stalwart, Rene, with little spinnaker experience as the core to the racing team.

A downwind start and an outgoing tide means that one only has to be upwind of the start line then drift back to cross the line after the gun. We managed to hoist the main and large genoa just before being swept over the line. We were on out way owing more to accident than tactic, fortuitously with the leading boats. It was quickly apparent that the fleet was drifting together and a spinnaker needed to be launched to break out of the pack. Wild Spirit had clearly planned such a tactic and, with their well oiled & experienced crew, came sliding past, white spinnaker billowing. I handed the helm to Rene as it was clear the skipper was the only person on board with spinnaker currency. Help with muscle was required, Henrich clearly was the man for the job. What is German for “pull”? Can’t be too hard. Fortunately Kim had fluent English and set to translating simple instructions like red rope, blue rope, pull, ease off, etc. When it came to nautical terms like port, starboard, bow, stern, halyard & sheet Michelle had to first translate to Kim. More difficult concepts like tack and gybe had to be explained by Rene to Michelle to Kim to Henrich. Like Chinese whispers the actual instruction he heard, by the look of incredulity on this face, was quite different and bewildering.

Finally the spinnaker was up and drawing us away from the fleet that had become becalmed except for ‘Wild Spirit’, a thoroughbred racing machine now well ahead, crew dextrously dancing the deck extracting very last ounce of energy from the fickle wind. Then they stopped, spinnaker falling as limp as a wet towel. We charged on in our own personal breeze, the German crew now elated that we might slip ahead until our spinnaker too, fell limp. The well oiled crew by now had their spinnaker stowed & genoa up and, being windward, caught the returning breeze and sped away once more leaving us drifting with the tide. Meanwhile the rest of the fleet also seemed blessed with their own personal breeze, charging down on us. We all passed the first, and only, mark to starboard pretty well together, except of course, for the well oiled crew seen disappearing toward Cape Grafton.

The next two hours were spent trying to get the boat pointing as high as possible while keeping enough speed to stay ahead of the fleet, Rene’s helming skills improving as we all sat on the rail, the German crew proving their worth shielding us from spray thrown up by the increasing swell. Three hours and seventeen minutes later we crossed the finish line at Fitzroy Island not really knowing how well we had done because a wizard with a computer was applying his magic to the handicap figures.

Clearly the well oiled crew had done well as we had lost sight of them several hours earlier. 5:30 was the time of reckoning at Foxy’s Bar

The announcement always starts with the slowest boat and we had come in ahead of the last boat, at least avoiding the wooden spoon. Seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth, this is getting exciting. Third, ‘G&T’, wow! ‘Morphun’ a similar sized boat was second, well done. They had out pointed and out sailed us. First, ‘Wild Spirit’ and the well oiled crew, a great job as they had the highest handicap by far.

Third prize was a generous $40 bar tab. I can’t drink that much and shouting the whole CYC table would mean fizzy water all round at best. Fortunately it’s possible to order food at the bar at ‘Foxy’s’ so the prize was soon swallowed. A hint of rain and our crew retired to their tents and I to a cozy night on G&T.

Cozy is not the feeling I had when I discovered that my sleeping kit hat suffered exposure to significant dampness. Thoughts of enduring discomfort were banished when I realised the spinnaker was bone dry and would make an excellent substitute, and it did as I drifted off. Was I dreaming? What was that noise? A helicopter in the night, “go away”. It buzzed in and out and eventually left. I drifted off again to the gentle swaying of the boat on the slight swell.

Morning was greeted with an invitation to breakfast on board ‘Anastasia’, a sumptuously equipped mother ship, before the beach rendezvous with my crew at 9am. I rowed ashore to be greeted by Rene with just two bags. “Are the rest of the crew coming soon?” “No” said Rene, “They are not here”. What? “Didn’t you hear the helicopter?” “Henrich was winched out on the rescue helicopter with snake bite and the others took the first ferry out to rescue him from hospital”. Now losing one crew is unfortunate but loosing all but one looks careless.

Henrich, had indeed, trodden on a snake which, naturally irritated, had bit him on the leg. Michelle swung into action with recently learned snake bite first aid skills while Rene Googled ‘poisonous snakes on Fitzroy Island’. There were none but, pythons have pretty infectious mouths and the wound should be cleaned. Arriving at reception the word “snake bite” was mentioned and the emergency button pressed before the qualifier “python” could be added. The rescue juggernaut was now in motion and any pleading that “it was only a python” or “it doesn’t really matter” could not recall the rescue team. Henrich was strapped to a stretcher and winched into the belly of the hovering helicopter and disappeared into the night from his loved one and interpreter. Hence the early departure on the first available ferry.

With a following wind the two of us departed the island for a leisurely sail home. Somewhat too leisurely we thought as the wind died. Why don’t we try the spinnaker? With just two of us? Never done this before but the wind was light. “Let’s give it a go”. And it flew, somewhat shy at first with the wind backing to the east as we rounded Cape Grafton then further to the north as we headed down the leads finally dropping it as we came up to the marina. Nearly three hours under spinnaker. Rene was now an expert at the art of flying the kite. We’ll give the well oiled crew a run for their money next time.

Henrich was rescued, and he did have travel insurance, so all ended well and he had a great story for his journal (unfortunately in German).

Thanks to the Fitzroy Resort for their generous support for this event. First prize was two nights accomodation for two with ferry transfers.  Not sure how the well oiled crew will fit into one room. Second and third prize was a generous bar tab so, thank you Fitzroy, we’ll be back.




6 July 2017


Watch Wazza – Well, follow him anyway, on the Transpac race from Los Angeles to Hawaii. Go to the Transpac website and click on the ‘tracker’ button.

Check out the speed machine he’ll be sailing, “LoeReal” 60′ Racing Trimaran  It’s 47′ wide (14.3m) & 60′ (18.3m) long but weighs only 9 tonnes.

Watch this youtube video of Loe Real in action!

There are three berths & one head for seven crew members, so hotbed takes on a new meaning. The navigator/tactician has a bicycle seat to sit on, and I can’t see any form of a galley. So, Wazza, good luck and I hope you stuffed your pockets with masses of muesli bars for the voyage.



Last Month

June 10th Fitzroy Island Race (Allied Bearings)

Turned out to be a grudge race between the blue cat & the green cat. Both cats loaded up with equally gorgeous crewmembers so started on a par. Green won with the shortest time, 1hr 49min, only 9 minutes behind was the Blue cat. Green also won on handicap, but that could be different next time. Blue cat crew became a little untidy after they crossed the finish line and headed for Roxy’s Bar. Of the rest, Ruby Soho came third almost an hour later but with all creature comforts intact. Volare pulled in with a commendable 4th followed by Centinela with Lakatoi about 3 1/2 hours later. Wee Welsh Dragon and Wild Spirit retired with various failures reported so missed out on the great Fitzroy Island hospitality.

No offence but, 10 crew may have been overdoing necessary ballast a bit. (They were good looking though)

June 18th – Sam Cadman Series Race 3 – Double Island Race – Race 2

Three starters for the trip down to Double Island and back, Volare, Impulse & Out of the Blue. Out of the Blue sped down the leads just managing to run a shy asymmetric spinnaker then shot down to Double Island surfing the waves only having to gybe once. Thinking the race was in the bag they cruised around Double Island to then be confronted by those waves on which they had joyously sped coming the other way, head on. Punching into the swell trashed the boat speed to 4 or 5kts meanwhile Impulse sliced through using her greater weight and length to advantage. After 5 hours and 48 minutes Impulse crossed the finish line five minutes ahead of Out of the Blue. Thanks to the handicap, Volare won the day only 23 minutes behind the leader. Impulse took out the 2nd place and Out of the Blue third.

June 24th – Splish Splash Lady Skippers Race.

Four entries in the Allied Bearings series for the Sam Cadman Trophy. Wild Spirit took out line honours and first place on handicap followed by Impulse. Volare was third and Centinela fourth.

July 1st – cancelled, lack of nominations.

A poor weather forecast didn’t help.

The final outcome in the Allied Bearings & Tools series for the Sam Cadman Trophy went to the boats with the lowest scores, Volare topped the table with 8, Impulse was second with 18 and Centinela 3rd with 23. There were 14 boats in this series so if one didn’t race they got 14 points, only Volare finished three races. This shows that, if you complete a series, you have the best chance of a place on the podium.

Coming UP – This Month

Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th – CYC Anniversary Regatta. A good number of nominations are already in so it looks like being a good weekend of sailing. On Saturday it’s down to Yorky’s Knob and back for the “Rob Leitner Memorial” race. After that, two races on Sunday, possibly a False Cape & Holloways race depending on the weather conditions. Late nominations will be accepted though it does make it difficult for the organisers when trying to sort out the catering etc.

Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th – All boats are tied up for the “Great Ellis Beach Painting Bee”. Actually, this weekend will involve preparing the clubhouse for the painting. Trimming, washing, scrubbing, scraping and sanding is on the agenda in preparation for the painting on Cairns Show weekend. Let’s hope the tradition, of this being the last of the rain before the dry season, does not hold out.

Saturday 15th and 22nd July– next Dinghy learn to sail course – Also 5th & 12th August. 

Friday to Sunday 21st to 23rd – Ellis Beach painting weekend. Bring your worst gear as it’s sure to get samples of the new colour scheme attached. If you have any skills in this area and can spare some time, please contact Margie at the office, and she’ll pass on the info to Barry our caretaker & Kevin Spies our committee member, both of whom will be co-ordinating the work.

Saturday & Sunday 29th & 30th – Come and enjoy the fruits of our labours at our beautiful renewed Clubhouse at Ellis Beach. The drizzly weather has surely made way for the start of the dry season and the Ellis Beach Regatta will be a blast.

on CYC shared drop box



Neil would really like formally written nominations. Relying on verbal communication doesn’t work ‘cos it could be a joke or get forgotten.

You can see the nomination fees HERE <–click and download the form, it’s a Word document. CLICK to download the nomination form


The next Dinghy learn to sail course starts 15th July, then 22 July, break for week, 5th & 12 th Aug?

Put your hand up!

We need volunteers to run social dinghy sailing on Saturdays when there’s no course on. Scott would like people to commit to one Sat/month or each 2nd month, so that we have sailing happening after people have done their course.

That way we keep new members coming into the club and keep them sailing.  Anyone interested in helping should call Scott on 0410 477 166 after 16th July for more details.

He wants the load shared instead of all falling on one person’s shoulders every week.

  • WAGS:  Every Wednesday. It’s great to see Silver Shamrock taking home several weeks worth of rum. Amazing things happen when the bottom is weed free. Also good to see a few other boats like Footloose gracing the Inlet. Backpackers returning to enjoy the afternoon sailing on their temporary membership. Ironically they seem to turn up on a grey day and head for the reef on a good day. Nevertheless, all are invited to share their stories and a drink afterwards. The rum still flows if you are first over the line and if rum is not your thing some good Russian vodka is on offer. Those with more refined tastes can take home a couple of bottles of the wine of your choice. So launch into WAGS and be a winner.

           Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard on the day to see what time the handicapper has allocated to your boat.


Commodore’s Commands

Hi team
Had a fruitful meeting at the Ports advisory board meeting this morning #157
Outlined the clubs activities and focused on the SWD program on how well that’s growing with the addition of Endeavour Foundation, ARC disabilities, now Blue Care wanting to become involved.

Pointed out we are always in need of volunteers and the need for more boats and equipment, this raised an incredible amount of positive interest among the group where questions along the lines of; “Are the dinghies specialised?” “What performance?” “The cost of new dinghy landed in Cairns?” etc. etc.
Sea Swift is very keen to go the next step along with Ports North whom, I noticed, were taking notes as I spoke.
Pointed out that Doug Gamble of Fitzroy Island has generously donated a dinghy, which now carries the signage to support his donation. (As seen on TV!)
In summary, I have been asked to present a fact sheet of costings on new boats and support equipment to submit to the Ports Advisory Chair to be distributed among the board members for consideration. There’s a lot of horsepower in that room all maritime related, was told before I left that looks very positive for the possibility of businesses wishing to get on board, fingers crossed.

Dredging has the green light starting September (?) for twelve weeks to remove one million cubic meters from the channel. 20meters wider closer to port, 10m wider out to C1 with one-meter depth increase.
Dredging at present is the standard maintenance schedule. The channel is 13km long as a matter of interest.  I asked about Charlie 18, they said the mud will be removed more to the western side of C18.

A few years ago Ports North on a Christmas cruise ran aground at C18 so don’t feel bad about being a mudskipper even the pros manage it!

Visited Aussie marine after the Ports meeting, they have 3 boats of interest to me for the club safety boat. I’m gathering relevant info for consideration

Those wanting to purchase yachting apparel, sellI have made contact with a company based in Sydney sells online at boatcrewgear.com  0422953982, ANDREW is the contact, if you choose to buy something, include the code CAIRNSYC with the order for a 15% discount.
I tried and tested, all positive, had a pair of Musto sailing shorts within four days delivered home.

Spent the day renewing CPR, and senior first aid so if anyone is planning on a heart attack nows the time before I forget!

That’s all CAPT John out!
Johnny Pool

Sailability News

 Since the last newsletter, we’ve been having a lot or fun at Sailability, and there have been a few positive developments.
Our paperwork for the incorporation of the association is now in the hands of the bureaucrats, and we’re eagerly awaiting confirmation of acceptance, which is when we’ll put a date on our first meeting as “Sailability Cairns Inc” to outline some goals and make some solid plans for the future.
 We’ve had some really positive dealings with the media over the last month, with Channel 7 filming and screening a “Local Legends” segment, featuring Gordo for his fantastic effort in starting our Sailability program just over two and a half years ago and his tireless devotion ever since. It’s a wonderful piece of publicity for Sailability Cairns, which is already showing results and there’s also been strong interest in our activities from Channel 9, who sent down a team last Tuesday to film and report on our Endeavour Foundation session. They were really excited about everything they saw and got some great footage off and on the water. Jason East took Cassandra, the reporter, for her first ever sail, which she loved, while she talked to the camera as she was being filmed from the support boat. She also interviewed Jason, one of our keenest sailors with a disability, who comes down pretty much every Tuesday as a volunteer skipper to take people from the Endeavour Foundation and ARC Disability services sailing. It should all make for a great segment, and they told us that they’ll screen it a few times. I’ll let you know on the Sailability and CYC Facebook pages, when it’ll be on. If you haven’t seen it yet, scroll back a bit on the Sailability FB page to see the Channel 7 report.
Also, last Tuesday, we had representatives from Blue Care come down to check it all out and discuss bringing down a group on a regular basis, which would mean starting at 12.00 at least every 2nd Thursday, as well as every Tuesday.
 As you can see from Poolies report, he had a very positive meeting with the Cairns Port Advisory Group, which is a very powerful and influential group of people representing more than 50 businesses and entities involved in the Port of Cairns. It’s wonderful that they were all so interested in what John had to tell them about our Sailability group and John and I are in the process of preparing a submission to let them know how they may be able to help us out.
So, it’s been a busy month, and it looks like it’ll be busier still, which is great because the busier we are, the more people with disabilities are experiencing the joy of sailing and the feelings of freedom it provides like nothing else can. All it takes is volunteers to make it happen, so if you’d like to join the fun, please call me (Andy) on 0435 013 709 or Aaron on 0495 581495. Alternatively, just call down to the boatshed on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, even if you’ve only got time to help us pack up and hose the boats and then enjoy a coldie with us when we’ve finished. Not a bad way to finish the day, eh?
                                                                                                                                                                      Cheers, Andy.

General Notices

For those that have difficulty clicking this link RSA certificate by 4 pm today – CLICK here! Our Vice Commodore has offered to run a group session on link clicking. Watch the FB page for an announcement. The course is broken down into small, manageable sections designed to improve your learning. Perhaps participants will be invited to test their new knowledge at the Salt House. Don’t forget to bring your membership card so you can get the 10% discount.

Don’t forget,  boatcrewgear.com  0422953982. If you choose to buy something, include the code CAIRNSYC with the order for a 15% discount.

5 June 2017


Last Month

Action-packed month.

  • Port Douglas Race Week
  • Sailing on South Passage
  • Young sailing instructors adventures
  • Sailability update
  • Commodores Commands

2017 Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week

A big turnout by the Cairns Yacht Club at the Port Douglas Race week with four yachts in Division one, none in division two, (great to see everyone was flying their spinnakers as division two is for those that are not quite game enough) and four in division four. (Yeah, I’ve included X2 from the CCYC ‘cos they are excellent sailors). Frank & Wendy took out 2nd place in division one on Impulse, a great effort against the bigger boats.

Our Commodore sailed “Yes” into 4th place followed by “Vanguard” and “Volare 1” in 5th & 6th place respectively out of 11 boats. An excellent performance by our club members, well done.

In Division 4, “X2” from the CCYC claimed the first prize. Well done boys taking out line honours in most races but being punished by their handicap. “Kaizen 2” and “Fast Forward” tied in third place on 17 points each with “Out of the Blue” coming in 5th on 18 points out of 9 boats.

Race Week started early with Mickey Ink’s “race” from Fitzroy Island to Port Douglas on Sunday. Actually, it was not really a race, more a rally as there was no start and no finish. Crews from Townsville joined the serious competitions which included man overboard drills, nature photos, the best meal on board, biggest fish caught and a whole host of other important boating procedures. Well done “Champaign”, I guess they had some practice on their way from Townsville. You can see the results here.

The first day’s racing on Tuesday saw 26 yachts lined up in three divisions in perfect sunny conditions and 12-15kts of breeze. All boats sailed the same windward leeward course which, being somewhat short, meant that a keen lookout had to be kept especially on the port tack. By the second day, winds picked up to 22kts with some gusts to 25kts where “Volare 1” showed her mettle by claiming first place and “Yes” second. Thursday was a lay day, and by Friday, the fourth day, a strong wind warning was issued, so racing was cancelled. By Saturday the strong winds went elsewhere and, after starting at around 15kts the breeze dropped to about 12kts, and big spinnakers were in full bloom. To make up for the lost day two races were held on Saturday which, because of time constraints, followed the same windward – leeward course. All the sports boats were hanging out for a long triangle course where they really shine but alas it was not to be. Maybe next year?

The evening presentation was followed by a great dinner put on by the PDYC and a great band that kept patrons moving in spite of sore muscles from the week’s sailing. Well done all and a big thank you to the PDYC for hosting yet another epic event. We’ll see you again next year.

South Passage – delivery voyage

Although not a CYC sailing event, some members were recruited to man the “South Passage” from Roslyn Bay (near Yeppoon or Rocky if you are geographically challenged) to Townsville. Gary (from “Anastasia”) had the job of skippering this fine gaff rigged schooner and naturally recruited crew from the Far North no doubt to be with familiar friends. A promising early recruitment drive evaporated when the rookies realised beer would be confiscated and there were no winches on the vessel. Nevertheless, Gary managed to recruit one FNQ sailor for each of the three watches of four people. Your editor joined the ship’s company in Airlie Beach and after a night acclimatising to a cacophony of snorts & grunts from the main cabin departed Airlie on a starboard tack for the outer reef. Six hours later it was time to gybe. Not so simple, the process took 20 minutes, day, a  good thing we had plenty of sea-room. The amazing thing about a reef destination is that there appears to be no destination. No markers, no flags, not even the classic coral island with one palm tree and a shipwrecked sailor, just a calm sea as we dropped anchor at dusk. Gould Reef 50nm NE of Shute Harbour sheltered us for the night.

Another night of snoring, though somewhat subdued as some of the offenders must have been on watch. Up anchor at 5 am and another broad reach in the direction of Townsville hoping anchor behind Cape Cleveland before dusk about 95nm westwards. The biggest excitement for the day was two gybes in quick succession so we could negotiate the channel between Old & Stanley Reefs. (Yes, we had got the gybe down to 10 minutes!) A steady wind pushed “South Passage” along at between 6 and 8kts easing off as we neared the anchorage at around 7 pm. So far pretty cruisey, the hardest part being hoisting and lowering the sails which required all hands on deck. In between, several watches where each person in the watch had a turn on the helm and watching out for other traffic or hazards like sea snakes of which there were some. The highlights of the day, of course, were the immensely satiating meals served up strictly on time by the cook, Hugh.

Only 10 or so nautical miles to Townsville, looks like it’s going to be an easy day. Not so fast. This was to be a “training” day so all hands on deck, and we went through the laborious process of tacking and gybing. Although the mainsail and foresail look after themselves in a tack, the running backstays on both masts have to be tensioned on the windward side of the boat as the sheets are hauled in. The jib and staysail require quite a bit of effort to get across and trimmed usually taking four or five people. Gybes were becoming relatively easy with the main and foresail sheeted in so the backstays could be pulled on and the jib and foresail going around their respective stays without too much fuss. After many gyrations, we had worked up a hearty appetite, and more food is welcomed. The first watch heads down the companionway to indulge in more of Hugh’s treats. Plates in hand a call rings out “prepare to gybe”. No sweat, enjoy your lunch,  it’s time to practice ‘one watch’ gybes and tacks so the diners can stay below deck. Although short-handed the big difference is that each manoeuvre just takes a bit longer. The day having been well filled with this circle work we head for the marina in Townsville. After the requisite packing up and cleaning the ship’s company head for the Longboard Bar for a welcome de-brief over longed for alcoholic beverages.

South Passage is a sail training ship that specialises in taking school groups on sailing voyages from two to seven days as it makes it’s way up and down the Queensland coast. They are always looking for a volunteer crew to help out and lead the watches. If this appeals to you membership is open to anyone with an interest in sailing, adventure or with a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people. There are opportunities to sail on South Passage as a Watch leader or paid crew or to assist in the many other roles required to keep South Passage sailing. Go to the South Passage web page or download a Membership Application Form

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Adventures in Townsville – Regional Sailing Instructors Conference – by Scott Davis (tour leader)

Australia Sailing hosted the first Regional Sailing Instructors conference in Townsville on the 3rd and 4th of June. The event was attended by over 35 instructors from the Whitsundays thru to Cairns and Tinaroo.
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Jai Miller, Jai Tooley and Daniel Brace join me for the road trip to Townsville. On the Friday night before the conference started, and during the road trip I received an education on the musical tastes of the next generation – and I was surprised that I knew many of the tunes that they blasted in the car on the trip down – it was reminiscent of my days hooning around in my EH Holden blasting “red hot chilli peppers” from the Radio . The conversation was equally enlightening as the topic ranged from the America’s Cup, computer games and philosophy and there were a number of subjects which I promised the lads I would never repeat lol.

We arrived at the Townsville sailing club after almost  5-hour trip. We arrived  to be welcomed by Jim, Paco, Daz and Leandra, who had stayed waiting for us to ensure that we were fed on arrival. The hospitality or TSC was amazing and while the floor was hard ( I only had my yoga map to sleep on – my only fault) waking up each morning on the strand to the amazing view of Maggie Island was exceptional.

The course itself was excellent, and the first of a national series of regional conferences which demonstrated to me that Australia Sailing was starting to understand that regional volunteer clubs are the backbone of the sport. The quality of training was excellent, and I think the lads were surprised that I could actually still sail – lol. A big thanks must go to Ben Callard and his team from Australia Sailing and Townsville Yacht Club and Townsville Sailing Club for co-hosting the event. The attendees recommitted to coming back next year, and some issues were put on the table for further discussion in 2018.
It was great that Bill, Tina and Justin from the CYC,  CCYS and YKBC in attendance too.

Sunday morning we had to leave early as the boys had a number of school assignment to finish. After we had picked up a Taser for one of the new club members, we hit the road, and once again and had great discussions about a diverse range of subjects until just south of Ingham. While waiting in the traffic a chap came up and knocked on the passenger’s window and said ” Hey Mate, did you know you have a flat tyre on the trailer “. Oh bugger I thought ( I suspect that my language was a bit more colourful – but they boys promised never to quote me). We jumped out of the truck and discovered that not only did we have a flat tyre on the trailer but the tyre had been shredded and we worked out quickly that it was beyond repair.
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The boys quickly removed the wheel while I rang RACQ who informed me that the trailer was not covered by my policy, and yes they could help but it would cost me $1200 Plus – thanks but no thanks I said. So started ring around the tyres shops in Ingham only to remember that in country Australia tyres shop are not open on Sundays an there is no after hours service. AGGHHHH

While we sat there thinking and planning the next steps ( Daniel decided to lie down and relax) Jon Emmerson and his lovely wife pulled up behind us to see if we were ok. We realised that we might not have luck getting a tyre, so my Dad, who is in Tully offered to bring a spare tyre from the old farm trailer to us. Dad is always looking for an excuse to do stuff, but it would take about an 1 and 1/2  hours to get there, so the 2 Jai and Jon went into town to grab some cold drinks and snacks. On the way into town, they notice Andys Roadhouse – for those of you in the know Andy’s road house is just south of Ingham and hosts band in the back of the petrol station for many of truckies travelling through the area. They also make bloody good toasties  – According to my Mum. So they stopped in at Andy’s and guess what! In the piles of stuff stored at the roadhouse was a slightly larger trailer tyres which would fit our slightly damaged rim. YAHOO – problem solved. So for $60, a discussion that went for 1 hour – 6 locals and with the help of Jon, the boys put on a new tyre and we were off.

Because of the slight “wobble” resulting from a 20 MM difference in diameter of the 2 wheels we took it slow – finally getting home at about 7 pm at Machans.

I know that all the boys were going to be working on assignments that night – but I suspect that we were all so buggered it might have not been the most productive of study evening – Boys let me know if you need me to ring the teachers.

It was a great weekend, and I feel confident that our club will continue to grow with kids like Daniel, Jai and Jai ( and the many many others who are part of the crew) taking on leadership roles in the future.

Sailability Skirmish

by Andy Murray

There’s been a fair bit going on with our Sailability program recently and some pretty exciting developments overseas. In South Africa, the first of the prototype SV14 accessible performance sailing boat sails for the first time, but more of that later.

Our group has been enjoying some great sailing. Those of you who see the posts on the Sailabilty Cairns, or the Cairns Yacht Club Facebook pages, will know and we’ve been increasing our participant base with the ARC Dissability Services group now sailing with us every 2nd Tuesday as well as the Endeavour Foundation group on alternate Tuesday afternoons. This means that we now start setting up at 12.00 every Tuesday and run the group session until 2.30 when the sailors arrive for our regular session and sail until 5.30ish. To keep things consistent, we began setting up at 2.00 to start our Thursday session at 2.30 as well. We’ve been doing this for a few weeks now and it’s been a great success with a less hectic setup and launch stage and also more time on the water and plenty of time for a couple of beers and a few laughs afterwards. Meanwhile, we’ve nearly ticked all the boxes, dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s in the process incorporating our group as “Sailability Cairns Inc”. Under the umbrella of Sailability Australia and a step closer to applying for charitable status to aid in attracting the funds and sponsorship.
This will be necessary to operate and develop the fleet and to begin to build a couple of the beautiful SV14s when they complete the prototyping process. Plans will be released as an international one design class. Tap SV14 into the Facebook search and check out the footage of the first sail and scroll down to see the build and design history of this exciting new Sailability design. There’s a lot to look forward to and a lot of fun to be had as we move on so I’ll keep you posted from right here in the Club’s fine newsletter.
Meanwhile, if you’d like to join the fun and you’re able to volunteer on Tuesdays from midday onwards or on Thursdays from 2pm , We’d love to see you at the boat shed. Maybe you can make it down to help pack up at about 5.30 and then enjoy a few beautiful cold beers as the sun goes down as we enjoy the ambience and contribute to the CYC to help operate and develop our Yacht Club. Sounds good all round I reckon, but if you can’t make it down on time, drop in for a couple of coldies and say G’day on your way home.
Cheers, Andy.


Commodores Command 

The Carpark

We have consistent offenders double parking, and the ECM have agreed that this practice must stop.

It seems to be wrongly assumed that, especially WAGS, that all cars there are members out sailing, some have been outriggers, some members aren’t able to sail, and those cars are blocked in until the end of WAGS
Full is full, and cars now will be ticketed by Ports North and repeats will be towed
Ports North have indicated that members displaying current CYC member stickers on their cars parked in their patrol area and with a ticket for $2.00 displayed they will not book that vehicle.  This has yet to be put to the test.
Stickers are to be fixed to the inside of the glass, those that aren’t are being passed around between different cars and the ECM are very aware of this. Please do the right thing, what we have in parking spaces is all that will ever be, I have tried very hard to negotiate with P/N to, but it’s a negative.

(The solution: ed.)

VTS (Vessel Traffic System)

More members are encouraged to visit VTS to understand the importance of vessel movements and radio usage, this can be arranged through Niel, and is welcomed by MSQ, and Ports North

Seamanship & Professionalism

I fielded a complaint recently regarding the Outriggers paddling into the path of a departing cruise ship totally unaware of traffic movements and the lack of the coxswain carrying a VHF, or contacting VTS requesting traffic.
From now on I won’t be putting out fires for members breaching port protocol, I will pass on the offenders details to the Harbourmaster so they can deal direct.
It’s time to become professional in our operation within port limits and for the skipper to display seamanship first, over ignorance

Have a nice day, CAPT John, out



Coming UP – This Month

  • Fitzroy Island Race – Sat 10th June
  • South Passage day sail – Sunday 11th June – BOOK HERE
  • CYC Anniversary Regatta Postponed
  • NQ Regional Sail Training Camp at Ellis Beach 17-18th June
  • Tackers (7-12-year-old kids) Learn to Sail Course at YKBC coming soon…
  • Expressions of Interest – Totally Work Wear Sail Cairns Regatta – September 2017
  • Sailability program every Tuesday 12 – 5:30 pm & every Thursday 3-5:30 pm



General Notices

  • The usual stuff…
  • Salthouse discounts –If members show a current membership card they can receive a discount.
  • Members Must show their membership cards (this not only proves they are members but makes sure that the sponsor sees he is getting a return from his support.
  • CYC Club T-Shirts AND Hats – There are new CYC Club t-shirts now available by contacting Margie. Get a hat to match your T-shirt, any colour, so long as it’s white. Get in quick, the tourists like these. They have “Great Barrier Reef” on the back so they can remember where they have been when they get home. Actually, you wouldn’t have a clue where most hats come from let alone yacht club hats, so that’s a great addition.
  • Australian Sailing Newsletter is published monthly  – Click here for all the latest news.
  • CYC current office hours

3 May 2017

3 May 2017


Tackers Learn to Sail course starting 20th May at Yorkey’s Knob, call Phil Dry 07 4055 7711

Last Month

April 17

Huge congratulations to the two Jai’s, Jai Tooley & Jai Miller, for their magnificent effort at the Australian Youth Championships, Nacra 15 division. After 10 races they came 4th sailing “Tooley’s Vision”. They competed against 12 other boats from all over Australia at Wangi Wangi (it’s not a joke) in Lake Macquarie, just north of Sydney. Their effort is simply heroic considering that anyone sailing that far south has to adapt to temperatures never felt in the North. Well done boys and congratulations to the stoic supporters that drove half way down Australia for the event.

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Lindsay Joice Series

29th July

Finally, after several postponements due to strong wind warnings, the Lindsay Joice series concluded. The final race, a romp out to the vicinity of False Cape was won by Impulse skippered by Frank Brace getting over the line 15 seconds ahead of his previous boat, Out of the Blue. The Lady Skippers race followed with freshening winds which led to the retirement of Out of the Blue after it lost several important pieces of equipment, namely two sail battens, a working outboard and one crew member though the latter claimed that, having the mooring line in hand, was only acting as a sea anchor to slow the boat as it sailed onto the end of F finger.

Congratulations to Francis for bringing home the Lady Skippers prize. Congratulations also the Neil & Francis for guiding Volare to an overall victory in the series and to Frank and Wendy for securing second prize. To all the other boats that nominated, you only had to complete the series and you would have claimed third prize, a voucher to your favourite store, Witworths Marine. Well worth it.

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Water-Fantaseas-Miami-Party-Yacht-Charters-2.jpgEaster brought opportunities for several cruises
out to the reef. I gather Turtle Bay & Green Island were enjoyed by some. Not sure if the bunny made an appearance but something was spotted in the Marina.

Coming UP – This Month

Saturday 6th – Sail Training Pacers only Course 2 – week 1/4

Saturday 6th – Sam Cadman Series, Race 1 Bay Race sponsored by Allied Bearings & Tools

Sunday 14th – Mickey Ink – Fitzroy to Port Douglas fun sail

Tuesday 16th to 20th – Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week

Nothing more until June.


We would love to have more yachts out racing. Even though there are around 30 yachts in the Club, we need at least four four to start and sometimes that is difficult. Crew shortage is a contributing factor. Press gangs worked in the past but probably doesn’t cut it now. Here are a few suggestions…

  • Put requests in FaceBook
  • Put a flyer on our NEW outdoor notice board.
  • Take a flyer down to the CCYS notice board.
  • Go to WAGS and convince the backpackers they can get a whole day’s sailing for free.
  • Advertise on GumTree under ‘Community’ – ‘Ride Share & Travel Partners’ (Yes, this works!)


Neil would really like formal written nominations. Relying on verbal communication doesn’t work ‘cos it could be a joke or get forgotten.

You can see the nomination fees HERE <–click and download the form, it’s a Word document. CLICK to download the nomination form

The Coast Guard, in spite of initial enthusiasm, seem to have difficulty in finding volunteer crew so most races will have to start off the end of Sailfish Quay or off the coffee shop at the Wharf Shed.

This has been scheduled for June 3rd & 4th (November last year). There will be two races, a Yorkeys Knob race & a Bay race. It is hoped that the dinghies will be available for the new sailors on those days.

A new sail training course is starting this Saturday 6th May, 8 am until 2 pm for four weeks. Everyone, especially keelboat crew, is encouraged to give it a go. Dinghies are a fun way to learn basic sailing skills and the fundamentals of rules.

Wa have some new instructors that may be interested in THIS. A conference in Townsville.

There will be the North Queensland Sail Training Camp on 17-18th June with a national coach coming to instruct the ‘off the beach’ boats at Ellis Beach. This is open to ANYONE so if you have done the sail training here is a great way to refine this skills.

  • WAGS:  Every Wednesday. It’s great to see backpackers returning to enjoy the afternoon sailing on their temporary membership, all are invited to share their stories and share a drink afterwards. The rum still flows if you are first over the line and if rum is not your thing some good Russian vodka is on offer. Those with more refined tastes can take home a couple of bottles of the wine of your choice. So launch into WAGS and be a winner.

           Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard on the day to see what time the handicapper has allocated to your boat.

General Notices

  • URGENT – Your help is needed – The bar may run dry or be severely disrupted if there are not enough volunteers to man it.


Remember this is a club, and all members should join in to make the shared benefits we all receive from our combined efforts work.

It’s easy to help. Get your RSA certificate by 4 pm today – CLICK here! The course is broken down into small, manageable sections designed to improve your learning. At the end of each section is a multiple choice quiz. The cost? Three beers, $18. Send Margie your shiny new certificate (copy), and you’ll be a hero!

The truth of the matter is that the bar person may be on a slow boat or helping to pack up. Meanwhile, thirsty speedsters are wondering why the shutters are down and their throats dry. It’s no one person’s fault, there will be a volunteer amongst you, and it could be you.

A big THANK YOU – To Kevin & Allan for their magnificent efforts. The stairs at Ellis Beach which have been beautifully refurbished and the amazing aluminium ramp at the Boat Shed. This will make it super easy for the wheelies to zoom around. It will also allow the dinghies to be wheeled through without moving too many tables. Thanks, guys, a great effort and example of club members helping out for the benefit of all.

Just in case the first bit above sounded like a whinge, it’s not. There are a lot of people who volunteer a lot of time and effort, particularly the sailability helpers, which makes the club a great place to be around. On behalf of the Vice Commodore, the more you put in, the more you get out. Thanks, everyone.

  • Calendar Confusion – Some people are finding their calendars on their phones are not synching with the CYC calendar. The CYC web page calendar is the “master” calendar so always refer to that for the latest event details. To make it easy you can make your own CYC calendar app. or shortcut on your phone. Do this…
  1. Go to the CYC web page, click on Calendar.
  2. Tap the little square box with an arrow escaping from it to show sharing options. IMG_2776.PNG
  3. In the list of sharing possibilities tap on ‘Add to home screen.’IMG_2774.PNG
  4. Change the shortcut name if you want
  5. See the shortcut appear with the CYC icon on it.
  6. IMG_2775.jpg There you have it!

The method is similar to an Android phone.

Caution – check carefully if the entries refer to ‘Off the Beach’ or ‘Keelboats’


Salthouse discounts –If members show a current membership card they can receive a discount.

  • Members Must show their membership cards (this not only proves they are members but makes sure that the sponsor sees he is getting a return from his support.
  • CYC Club T-Shirts AND Hats – There are new CYC Club t-shirts now available by contacting Margie. Get a hat to match your T-shirt, any colour, so long as it’s white. Get in quick, the tourists like these. They have “Great Barrier Reef” on the back so they can remember where they have been when they get home. Actually, you wouldn’t have a clue where most hats come from let alone yacht club hats, so that’s a great addition.
  • Australian Sailing Newsletter is published monthly  – Click here for all the latest news.
  • CYC current office hours

Andy’s Corner – Sailability

We’ll be holding sessions for the Endeavour foundation and ARC Disability Services on alternate Tuesdays and they both wind up at about 2.30, so we’ve decided to start our later sessions then. I’d also like to start our Thursday sessions a little earlier. I was going to make it half an hour earlier, but we might as well make it an hour earlier to match our Tuesday session and aim to be sailing by 2.30.
Tuesday: Set up at 12.00
Group booking 12.45-2.30
Regular session 2.30-5.30
Thursday: Set up at2.00

Regular session 2.30-5.30
I hope the earlier Thursday start suits our volunteers, because our regular sailors are keen for the extra time and means that all our regular sessions begin sailing at 2.30. Cheers, Andy.

  • Tips & Tricks

Effect of heel angle

Why does the skipper insist that we sit on the rail?

In days gone by, you might notice, especially from old America’s Cup pictures, the yachts were long and thin with massive overhangs, especially at the stern. The crew were dressed in immaculate white uniforms, and the skipper wore an impressive hat. Nobody was sitting on the rail waiting to get wet in fact, they lay flat on the deck to reduce windage.


None of this made the boat go faster. In 1920, what made the boat go faster was acres of canvas and the angle of heel. The boats were measured on the waterline length when at rest. As the boat heeled the waterline length increased as the overhangs became immersed increasing the waterline length and defeating the measurer’s rule. As we all know, waterline length, in a displacement hull, is a function of speed, the longer, the faster. Heel was good.


Unfortunately, as the boat heels the shape of the hull in the water changes. The windward waterline becomes straighter and the leeward more bulged. The water on the bulged side has to travel further which, according to Bernoulli’s principle, creates a low pressure which sucks the stern around and contributes to weather helm & rounding up. The solution to this is to make the boat long and thin. Thin and elegant was good.


Meanwhile, the triangular sail plan, compromised by it’s shape, created massive drag, and as heel increased the area projected to the wind reduced. The same thing happened to the keel with the area projected to the water also reduced. The boat sailed further sideways. The solution, in 1912, was to make the keel longer and deeper toward the stern to counteract the weather helm. This creates a massive wetted surface increasing friction with the water. What to do?

Around the turn of the 20th-century innovation created the fin keel with separate rudder. Other contraptions like twin keels and fore and aft rudders made an appearance reducing wetted surface area but without tank testing their value was not understood.

Sail design progressively took inspiration from aircraft wings where a long narrow wing created less drag, sails became longer and narrower. The taller rig created a greater heeling moment which was counteracted by more beam moving the centre of buoyancy leeward righting the boat. At the same time, keels became narrower and deeper. Less drag & the large lump of lead on the bottom was more effective through increased leverage. Boats that stood upright sailed faster.


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As the boat heels the surface area projected to the wind and water reduces


With beamier boats not only does the centre of buoyancy have more leverage but the crew have more leverage on the opposite side. The crew is now moveable ballast and contribute significantly to boat performance by keeping the sail & keel as close to perpendicular as possible.  As boat speed increases, there is a tendency for the bow to go down so the movable ballast must move towards the stern to keep the bow up and the rudder buried especially on a planing hull.


  • From the Editor

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6th March 2017

The Past Month

Last month we had a particularly vigorous start to the sailing season, especially with the dinghies. As soon as school was back, the trusty little Pacers graced the inlet on Wednesdays for the school teams training. Saturdays & Sundays saw the boats hauled from their roosts again for the ‘learn to sail’ weekends culminating in the graduation of promising new sailors including the Naval Cadets. A great credit to Scott to see the young sailor members grow from four to forty in four years.

WAGS has been well attended with a great range of members boats and crews eager to improve their skills. The ‘backpacker’ crew members, while not in great numbers this time of the year, are welcome ‘deck candy’ and often good sailors as well.

The first race of the season, Lindsay Joice Series race 1 to Fitzroy saw six boats start in virtually no wind drifting out to sea on an outgoing tide only to be met by a southeasterly of up to 28kts across Mission Bay then thrashed by drenching rain squalls before creeping into the anchorage at Fitzroy. Three boats stayed overnight joined by two other club boats which, thanks to ‘Snowy’ and his ‘one man band’ led to a pretty lively evening ashore. The sail home was a huge contrast to the race out, fair winds and a following sea were the order of the day. A late breakfast at Turtle Bay and a cool off in the freshwater pools were a fantastic start to a spirited sail home.

Already this Month

Lindsay Joice Series – Race 2 on Saturday. Also started with no wind and a drifting match out to sea on an outgoing tide. After bobbing around for half an hour, a north-easterly snuck in, a quick change of course by the fabulous Coast Guard volunteers and we were on our way. A pretty exciting start with a lot of boats trying to figure out what ‘barging’ meant to them. By the time they had extracted themselves from their foul air on the starboard tack, a couple of small boats had sneaked in behind on a port tack and clear air. Apart from the leader, it took the rest of the big boats the remaining four laps to overtake the little guys. The full range of spinnaker setting techniques were on display from wine-glass to advanced wine-glass and the occasional dip in the briny, but I think everyone got one up at some stage with the most agile getting one up (and down) four times. A beautiful day and such a pleasure to have a consistent breeze of 12-14kts.

Barging refresher – Simply put, the windward boats (blue) have to give way to the leeward (red). The red boats can point as high as possible to squeeze the blue boats out of the start.

School Team Sailing – Sunday. Drizzling rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the young sailors as they rigged the worthy Pacers for round two of the battle between schools from Atherton, Tulley, Saints & TAS. The 24 scheduled races started well, but then the Inlet sent in a few tricks. Firstly, no wind then, the outgoing tide which dragged unsuspecting calm water sailors into buoys and over the start line before they were ready. A severe shortage of wind toward the end of the day meant that only 18 races could be completed. Huge thanks to all our volunteers who prepared umpteen burgers in an attempt to fill the void that is young sailors tummies. Thanks also the the SES volunteers that honed their boating skills ferrying all the crews in and out all day. An excellent service especially when it appeared they were wearing Antarctic survival suits in 35°C heat.
Gold Fleet –
• Atherton Blitz – 6 wins
• Atherton Thunder – 3 wins
• TAS 1 – 3 wins
• Tableland Tigers – 0 wins
Silver Fleet –
• Tully – 3 wins
• TAS 2 – 2 wins
• Saints 1 – 1 win
• Saints 2 – 0 wins
The competition moves on to Mission Beach next weekend for the finals. Townsville teams will join the Northern teams for this event
on the 11th – 12th March.

The Rest of this Month

  • Sailing Committee: Tuesday 7th at 5:30 pm at the Club rooms. All welcome.
  • Ellis Beach Opening 18th & 19th. A fun weekend for the whole family. The Lasers will be there for another Laser challenge. If you talk nicely to the young boys with the cats you could get a wild ride, if not then just relax in the superb surroundings, have a chat, a beer, and a BBQ. Stay overnight, bring a tent, there might even be a starry night.
  • Lindsay Joice Series –  Race 3  Double Island Race – Race 1 SUNDAY 12th Double Island race.
  • Lindsay Joice Series – continues on the 25th, Race 4 – Another Lady Skipper’s race. Time to be empowered. Get the owner on the fore-deck for a change.
  • DISCOVER SAILING DAY – 1st April – Early indications are for a big turnout so here’s the chance to come down and show the curious what a great little Club we have and what a fantastic activity sailing is for the whole family. From 8 to 80+ it’s the only sport that is all inclusive. A great opportunity for keelboat skippers to encourage people to become active crew members.
  • WAGS:  Every Wednesday. Attention Attention. You don’t have to take the rum if you win. This age-old tradition has been replaced by… well it’s your choice, Vodka has found favour with some, or a couple of bottles of wine can be had to compliment your cellar. Course “C” has been given a pretty hard workout due to cruise ships in the inlet.  
  • Sailablity is every Tuesday & Thursday with Endeavour Foundation every 2nd Tuesday. We need volunteers to help out especially for the Endeavour Foundation group so make sure you put the dates in your diary, great if you could be there at 2 pm to help rig the boats. 
    For more information on what is happening, please check out the facebook groups

General Notices – 

Margie is still waiting to sell you the CYC T-shirts & hats. We all need to dress up for the Discover Sailing day so go along and get your gear.

Serious Notices from Capt. John, the Commodore

As you will have noticed the port is getting busier and will continue to do so as time goes on. I have been sitting on the Ports advisory board now for the past two and half years, which not only has been enlightening, but advantageous as far as the CYC is concerned. Over that time we have had our share of incidents on the water that more than likely have gone unnoticed, especially by the perpetrators, due to the relationship I have built with MSQ and Ports North, which means I get the phone, call not the Harbourmaster, when a report goes in. This is why we have to ensure that all boats in the CYC have adequate radios, have them on, in a position to hear a transmission and comply. Radio licence is run by the Coast Guard, do you have one? Why not?

Some members, I feel, still think this is funny. I assure you it’s very serious and I’m getting tired of putting the fires out. You are putting not only yourselves at risk, but it could lead to the cancellation of the CYC aquatic license, that means no more sailing within port limits. The non free gas on board ships that come in require clear channel ( always ) between C16 -C20 VTS had four warning transmissions on Wednesday relating to the tanker that arrived during WAGS, who heard them?

All transmissions and replies are recorded along with video out to C1. (Big Brother is watching you, for your safety of course.)

There are 59 cruise ships scheduled for this year.. all require 50 m exclusion zone, that’s why we now cannot have a course with Warners buoy as this takes the fleet toward the cruise ship. Also our aquatic license states that all markers and/or buoys set for a yacht race must be marked in a way that is not to be confused with port nav marks and must be removed within one hour of race completion. Warner has spent the night out there on more than one occasion. I get the call, and thanks to WAZZA, he retrieves it. It is also in the way of departing ships.

Not so Serious Notices from Capt. John, the Commodore

The feedback from a Ports North, Harbourmaster, MSQ (Marine Safety Queensland) has been excellent, they all acknowledged the step up in junior, SWD sailing over the recent months and were impressed with the dinghies on the water over the weekend supporting Ports North logos on their sails
They also recognised the fact we had changed our (WAGS) set course away from the cruise boats when they are alongside.
To date, the largest cruise liner to berth was 274m, almost 100m longer than a year ago.

The shade area for the SWD has been knocked back, with the restricted view from the viewing platform being the issue
Roof extension to the boat shed to replace the sail is still with the umpire, that area was an addition to the club after it was built to allow dinghies to be stored with their masts up. I’m suggesting we now can stack the boats with the masts removed, they haven’t said no but has been a hard one to push over the line.
They (Ports North ) remind me, and rightly so, what we have is a boat shed and that’s all it will ever be, so we need to utilise what we have for now.

Capt Michael Barnett the current Harbourmaster would like to see what MSQ can do to assist the CYC moving forward. They have now taken a keen interest in recreational sailing in Cairns, he noted the date of our discover sailing day and would like to bring their educational caravan down to the club for all visitors to go through.
I think we have obviously impressed the powers to be by what we are doing and it’s fantastic to have the support they are offering, Capt Michael said they are there to help in any way they can.
My feeling it’s important for the CYC to continue to have a media profile to show that we are active and very much alive, without going overboard.

Tips & Tricks

True Wind vs Apparent Wind. = Brain freeze. Sorry, I’ll try to explain.

True wind is what you feel when you are standing still. If there is no wind and you start moving there is still no “true wind” but you feel a breeze coming from in front of you, that is Apparent Wind.

To sail anywhere you need a good dose of True Wind, the boat starts to move so now we have a combination of our movement and the True Wind. The faster we go the more the Apparent Wind moves toward the front. You trim the sails to the Apparent Wind. The neat trick here is that if you have a fast boat like a cat the wind from the side (true) and the wind from the front can make the wind on the boat and in the sails (apparent) stronger so you can go faster that the true wind. EXCEPT (sorry to mess with you) if the wind is from directly behind when your movement forward cancels out the true wind speed from behind. You can never go faster than the true wind directly downwind. That’s why you see fast boats “gybing” downwind. They avoid going directly downwind so their speed makes the apparent wind become a reach. They have to sail further but they are doing it faster.

OK, if this has confused you. Next month we will have vector diagrams and mathematical formulae. You could also check this out but I got confused when they started talking about taking your jacket off??


What are you doing this Easter?

Here is a fantastic opportunity to sail on a (almost) tall ship. Sail in the Brisbane to Gladstone race on ‘South Passage’. If you read last months account of sailing on HMB Endeavour, here is your chance to get something similar.

B2G 2017 Berths


5th January 2017

The Coming Month

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR – Off to a great start with good WAGS participation.
  • Sailing Committee: Tuesday 10th at 5:30 pm at the Club rooms. All welcome.
  • WAGS:  Every Wednesday. In spite of the calendar proclaiming no WAGS until the 11th, there has been a great turnout over the Christmas break. Clearly, some skippers thought Santa didn’t deliver enough rum this year.   Great turnout yesterday, 8 boats and a steady northerly giving great sailing on course “C”. However, heavy rain swept in from the airport and everyone scurried for shelter & a hot sausage before finishing. The idea of floating around Trinity Inlet under a lightning rod dissolved normal courageousness in most crews. It appears injury from lightning strikes is rare on boats, just remember that lightning seeks the path of least resistance to earth (the sea) so dangling an anchor chain in the water secured to the rigging might help.

           Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard on the day to see what time the handicapper has allocated to your boat.

  • Sailablity: At 3 pm on Thursday 12 January 2017,  Sailability will kick off again. The Endeavour Foundation group will start Tuesday 17th, followed by our regular sailors. Thereafter Sailability is every Tuesday & Thursday with Endeavour Foundation every 2nd Tuesday. We need volunteers to help out especially for the Endeavour Foundation group so make sure you put that date in your diary, great if you could be there at 2 pm to help rig the boats.
    For more information on what is happening please check out the facebook groups
  • Sail Training Saturday 21 January 8am-2pm. Pacers only, week one of four. Great opportunity to have fun and hone sailing skills. Highly recommended for everyone, especially new crew on bigger boats.

    Australia Day Social – Thursday 26th January.  Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron – AUSTRALIA DAY BIG BREAKFAST
    A fun day on the water followed by a BBQ and live music.

    BIG BREAKFAST ($5.00 per person) STARTS APPROX 8:30 am   BOATS TO DEPART APPROX 10:30 for a leisurely sail.
    AFTERNOON BBQ ($10.00 per person) AND LIVE MUSIC FROM 3:00 pm
    Show your patriotism and dress up yourself and your boat  – PRIZES FOR BEST DRESSED

  • Sail Training Saturday 28 January 8am-2pm. As above, week two of four and you will have mastered tacking, gybing and capsizing (not necessarily in that order).

General Notices

  • A great New Year’s celebration was had by all at the club boat shed. The view of the fireworks from there was the best in town. A reminder that we really have a great little venue and it’s nice to see so many members enjoying it.CYC New Year's eve 2016 - 26
  • NEXT MONTH – CALENDAR CHANGESDiscover Sailing day will now be on Saturday, April 1st.
  •  Feb 18 – Lil Cortis breast cancer fun sail, race around double island, departing Yorkies knob YC
    Great day, great cause. Get your pink clobber out, dress the boat and crew ending with dinner and presentation
    Circle the date and make a plan

Photos and Images – Don’t forget to keep clicking away in the new year, capture those exciting & fun moments. Put the best on the FB page or please send to Margie.

Serious Notices

“Power does not give way to sail” – especially when they are bigger and trying to make a living out of their seafaring. It is both polite and good sense to keep out of their way. As much as possible keep to the right when navigating the channel or show your intentions early with a deliberate change of course.

When we are racing we are holding an “aquatic event” and as such it is only at the Harbour Master’s discretion that we use the inlet amongst the commercial traffic. It can be withdrawn at any time if we can’t respect the authority.


Tips & Tricks

Using the radio. Getting a license is easy especially if you only want to use the VHF, a self-study programme is available, just do this…

When you are confident you can answer all the questions you can take the exam. There are 50 multiple choice questions and you have to get 75% correct.

There are several invigilators that can supervise your examination including:-

Stephen Boyle
07 4065 2222
Peter Bachelor
P B Training Solutions Pty Ltd

or Cairns Boat Safety Training at Northern Beaches.

Sound signals -what the f… do they mean?

ONE short blast – ‘I’m altering my course to starboard’

TWO short blasts – ‘I’m altering my course to port’

THREE short blasts – ‘I’m operating engines astern’

FIVE (or more) short blasts – ‘I’m unsure of your intentions’ or in Trinity Inlet ‘I’m big & difficult to manoeuvre so get out of the way’


Tall Story – A WAGS Saga (Wednesday Afternoon Gone Sailing)

The challenge of WAGS is not so much the raging seas and fierce winds but the crew lottery. Innocent travellers are lured to the Club with the promise of a gentle afternoon navigating Trinity Inlet for $15. In reality, they are asked to perform roles ranging from Olympic athlete to moveable ballast.

With my usual crew unable to sail, I was allocated S & M. Well, S had had some experience so she had the job of trimmer which she took to with gusto. M however, said he’d been on a boat but it turns out it wasn’t a yacht.

The winds were light at the start which indicated setting the big genoa, good for winds below 10 knots. When it came to tacking, M had to do the mast-shuffle which means jumping over the genoa or jib sheets like a Highland dancer, which he wasn’t, so he had difficulty preventing his legs getting tangled in the jib sheets. This impaired our tacking ability somewhat. M, sensibly, decided to adopt the “slide under the boom” technique rather than jump over the sheets. Even this, for someone not used to the athletic requirements of a small boat, can present a small challenge. All went well as we tacked up to the first mark except for an ominous dark cloud with a curtain of rain creeping toward us from the south. At about 300 meters from the mark and dark grey overhead, the sails went limp and the wind direction shifted sinisterly.

The calm before the storm?

Then it hit. Pounding the water around us rain, accompanied by a vicious squall knocked the boat down before the main sheet traveller and the main sheet could be eased to spill the blast from the sail. The genoa sheets became drum tight and, with the centre of pressure in the sail moving aft, the boat heeled ridiculously, rounded up into the wind and the rudder became ineffective. The yacht continued it’s turn through the eye of the wind till it caught the genoa on the opposite side and spun us downwind into a gybe all the sheets remaining drum tight. In the mayhem, I hadn’t called for a tack and my dumbfounded crew were clueless as to what was going on or what they should do. Completing a 360° turn, everything still sheeted in hard, this acrobatic manoeuvre left M not knowing where he should be so he left the safety of the rail thinking we were just tacking and he should be on the other side. As we had done a 360° turn he was actually heading for the wrong side, the leeward side. In his confused scramble, he lost his footing and went careering across the cabin top toward the lee rail which was now buried in foaming water again under the pressure of the overburdened sails. His feet missed the little timber lee rail and he continued his seaward plunge as if evacuation from this crazy ship had been commanded by the captain. S, seeing M hurtling by like a launched depth charge, abandoned her post at the winches to grab the back of M’s shorts as they slid past with the hapless occupant. Now this left the skipper (me) perched on the windward rail struggling with the tiller to prevent another 360° and my entire crew struggling on the leeward life-lines successfully contributing to the excessive heel of the boat. Now the physics of sailing kicked in. M, by having his legs & bum dragging through the water effectively acted as a sea anchor preventing the boat rounding up into the wind again. This left us in a stalled configuration ploughing onward toward the moored boats that line the estuary. A look of calm resignation came over M as if he were destined for a sea burial or worse, an offering to the ever present crocodiles. S clung with one hand to M’s shorts and the other to the boom as this was not the scenario she envisioned for her travelling companion. Finally, I managed to release the genoa sheet which sent it into a crazed flogging frenzy as if it were possessed by the devil intent on tearing itself apart. Slowly we started to round up into the wind but we were still careering towards the moored boats under pressure from the mainsail alone. Thankfully I managed to get to the main sheet and, snatching out of its’ cleat, let the pressure off. The boat started to right itself and, with it, a sodden M was returned to the deck like a freshly caught fish. Resignation had turned to relief made more palpable when I ordered him below deck to simply stay on the upper most bunk. Now it was just S and me to race the boat and she applied herself to managing the sheet crossover technique on the winches like a pro.

During this merry dance upon the waves, our competitors sailed past with their well-oiled crews and small headsails handling the conditions like Sydney-Hobart veterans. They rounded the mark well ahead with our short handed crew limping around quite while later. The squall had passed and the wind subdued into a fresh breeze. Now downwind a relative calm returned to the vessel and our oversized genoa became an asset. Once again S showed her sailing mettle by going for’ard clipping the spinnaker boom to the clew pushing out the genoa on the opposite side to the main sail. In this way, the fresh breeze filled both with glorious effect and we surged forward with the rudder trembling as we reached maximum boat speed. Now this was fun!

By the time we had reached “outer red”, the pile around which the course was set, in 30 minutes we had significantly closed the gap on our competitors. Now it was a tacking duel all the way back up the inlet with other yachts trying to block our wind and us smartly tacking to avoid foul air from their sails. On some tacks, we closed the gap only to loose it on the next. At times we were within meters of their stern and they would tack to blanket us in turbulent air or tactically force us to give way when they were on the starboard tack making us pass astern and slow down. 50 minutes of this duelling found us back at the first windward mark (T10) and they rounded still head but not by much.

Now downwind again and with three boats ahead to the finish line we launched the genoa out on the pole again. We now had the advantage of making the other boats sail in our disturbed air. Slowly we crept up and passed their stern, everything in slow motion. They had the tactical advantage of being the downwind boat so they kept forcing us off the line to the finish. At times our bow was slightly ahead then we would slide back only to steal the wind from their sails and slide ahead again. This jockeying continued as we approached the finish buoy and I knew that once within two boat lengths of the buoy we could call “buoy room” which gave us the right of way and they would have to bear away. This I did, and they did, our bow passing over the finish line only 3 meters ahead and in third place.

I had learned in dinghies that if you yell your right-of-way rule loud enough your opponents think you know the rules better than they and often capitulate. Later I doubted my boldness. Perhaps you can’t call for buoy room at the finish line? Nevertheless, everyone said we had done a great job as we sailed with only two crew generously handing over another bottle of wine for third place. They didn’t see M who was acting as moveable ballast below. At least he got to share our winnings that night with dinner.



From the Editor

Share your stories – Had a great sail? A trip somewhere or an amazing restoration? We’d love to share it in the newsletter, your chance to exercise your creative writing skills, fact or fiction welcome. A chance to rise above the FB blurt.

5th December 2016

The Coming Month

  • Sailing Committee: Tuesday 6th at 5:30 pm at the Club rooms. All welcome, last chance to modify the calendar for next year before it’s set in stone.
  • WAGS:  This Wednesday.  Only two more WAGS before Santa comes, this Wednesday 7th and 14th. Come and enjoy, great turnout last week with 12 boats and the usual visitors from Germany Italy & the odd Pom.
    Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard on the day to see what time the handicapper has allocated to your boat .

  • Fitzroy Island Race & Christmas Party: Saturday December 10th. Should be a good one. Last race for the season so get aboard and get over there. Don’t forget to book ahead if you want to stay in the resort. Camping is available for those that know how to put up a tent.
  • Sailablity: End of year break up at after sailing at our Boatshed  at 5.30pm on Thursday 15 December, All welcome. Looking ahead. At 12 noon on Tuesday 17 January 2017,  Sailability will kick off again starting with the Endeavour Foundation group, followed by our regular sailors. We need volunteers to help out especially for the Endeavour Foundation group so make sure you put that date in your diary.
    For more information on what is happening please check out the facebook groups
  • Presentation Night: 6pm Saturday 17th at our boat shed. Big boats, little boats, skippers, crew. Join the throng, tickets only $35 per person (except if you are under 4 you’r free). Grab one from Margie at the Office or the Boatshed. trophies presented at 6pm, dinner at 7pm
  • Santa Comes: Dec 25th. Need new boat bits, even a new boat in some cases? Get your letter off to the North Pole soon, he’s loading up.

    Santas on his way with your new boat

    Santas on his way with your new boat

  • New Year’s eve: Nothing official yet but the best place to view the fireworks is our Boatshed or the Marina.
  • Pirates Cairns Festival - 098

General Notices

Photos and Images – We are looking for photos and images of this year activities for inclusion on the website and in promotional material please send to Margie


Serious Notices

Recreational vessels reporting – Cairns

“A recreational ship equipped with VHF radio is required to maintain a listening watch on VHF channel 16 and channel 12 prior to entering a shipping channel if the recreational ship intends to navigate within and along the shipping channel. This applies between the pilot boarding ground and the main wharves in Trinity Inlet, including Smiths Creek.

When operating in and along a shipping channel the recreational ship should navigate on the outer edge of the channel.”

Typical VHF

There is no mention of sailing vessels BUT commercial vessels have accorded right of way, if you see the pilot boat escorting then please keep them happy & get out of the channel.

Cairns Yacht Club uses VHF channel 72. Set your radio up to scan 12, 16 & 72. To do this most radios use a similar procedure, go to channel 72 > press MEM, got to channel 16 > press MEM, go to channel 12 > press MEM, press SCAN.

The screen should flash through the MEM channels and stop as soon as a transmission is heard.

Tips & Tricks

Warners Buoy – If you have a good handicap you may volunteer (or be asked) to lay the red start buoy.

Drop it in line with the edge of the marina and opposite the four piles together in front of the Hilton, i.e. where the old Club (sniff) used to be.

warners-buoy-locationIf you are the last one over the line, bring the buoy home or at least check that it is no longer there. (I’m sure you will be rewarded with a better handicap next time)

If there is a cruise liner at the wharf and you are inside the edge of the marina line you will infringe their 50m no-go zone. Tack around Warner’s buoy as soon as you can.

Attention All Crew

Are you as good as these brave (potential) skippers at Ellis Beach last month?

K1 & K2 (experienced big boat crew, their real names have been disguised to protect the guilty) decided to show their mastery in the puny little Lasers. Of course, being the person responsible for the Lasers for the day, I offered some basic coaching. I would take out a Laser to guide them through the finer points of dinghy sailing. Unfortunately my pupils hadn’t sailed a Laser before and decided liquid refreshments were necessary before embarking. An unfavourable choice of alcoholic beverages was made in the hope that it would disguise their skills shortage. Nevertheless they boldly hauled the little vessels down to the beach.

D, fresh out of the school sailing programme, offered a quick course on speed tacking and racing tactics while the boats were still on the beach. Confusion and bravado descended in equal measure on K1 & K2. Determined to show the young whippersnapper that they had taken on his timely lessons, launched the boats into a moderate surf. A 10 kt breeze propelled them into the ocean heading for the horizon on a starboard tack. All looked well as I prepared my boat to follow, taking time to lower the rudder then centreboard as the boat heaved and bucked. Clambering aboard and sheeting in the prow punched through the last swell and I could look up, my pupils were now well out to sea steering very erratic courses.

You see, big boats have wheels, like cars. Turn to the right & the boat turns to the right. My students now were astonished to be gripping a tiller. Pull to the right, boat goes left, intuition, pull more to the right… “what the??” Let go, boat heads into wind, grab the tiller and off we go again. By now the beach training session was showing it’s deficiencies. Going about was becoming urgent. K2 was trying, tiller away, shift the body to the other side, tiller away… oops… shift the body… hmmm, same tack… “what the??”. “Now what did D say about feet?” “A fluid motion??” Very confusing, sometimes the boat was drifting backwards which made the tiller have the opposite to intended effect. At last a tack and the beach destination certainly looked more inviting than a voyage to Noumea.

Now, where was K1? Oh no! Capsized. I sheet-in and head off in the direction of the gleaming hull. Meanwhile K1, showing seamanlike initiative was hauling on the centreboard and the boat slowly righted. Elated, K1 climbs aboard, unfortunately on the leeward side so over we go again. Becoming an expert in the centreboard drill, K1 hauls and the boat rights. More by accident than design, K1 is now on the windward side and boarding the vessel is successful. Unfortunately the yacht is still on the starboard tack and heading out to sea. K1 has now lost track of where the wind is coming from and with continuing tiller trouble steers downwind and into a gybe. Success! We are now heading back to shore but… “we are tipping again… hang on… I’ve only got this yellow rope to hang on to… gosh it’s high up on the side of this boat… woah, the sail is touching the water… abandon ship!!!” Feet first into the Coral Sea, again. Looks like the beach instruction omitted one vital control, by not pulling the yellow main sheet you can prevent tipping. After repeating this exercise eight times K1 certainly had the capsize drill down pat. Finally I had both my protege’s on a port tack and heading to the beach. K2 has yet to capsize, three cheers to K2. Had I severely overestimated the basic sailing skills of big boat crew? Maybe a little Pacer time would progress the multiple skills required for sailing dinghies a little faster?

Don’t be fooled by the Lasers size, they are quite sporty and demand pretty good sailing deftness, well done K1 & K2 for giving it a go. (You know who you are)

From the Editor

Of all the things Scott enthusiastically does for the Club I am pleased to be able to carry a little of the burden by penning (fingering?) the newsletter. The “L” plates are on so please forgive any swerves, typos or other finger trouble.

I would love to have any stories or anecdotes to liven up our newsletter. Email me at iwantone2@icloud.com , post old fashioned stuff to PO Box 540, Smithfield, 4878 or drop it in to Margie at the office.

Have a great Xmas & New Year, hope to see you all on the water over the break.

Hew Mills

P.S. Will be in Melbourne for the Fitzroy Xmas Party so won’t be able to report any unfortunate behaviour next month, enjoy.


4th of November 2016

The Coming Month

  • Dick Cater Series  – commences on the 9th of Oct for 6 Sundays ending on the 6th of Nov- nominations are now open contact Bill for more information (race results are available for the events to date on our website )
  • CYC Anniversary Regatta ( all divisions) will be held on the 12th/13th of November. See the facebook page for more details
  • Ellis Beach Break-Up Party / Regatta will be held on the 26th/27th of November contact Rhys for more information
  • Saturday Afternoon Yacht Training (SATS) is happening again this month – Contact Bill for more information and keep your eye on our facebook page
  • WAGS:  This Wednesday.  Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard or title link for results and handicaps.
  • Sailablity Cairns ( formerly known as  SWD ) has had a name change. For more information on what is happening please check out the facebook groups
  • Marine Radio Operators Ticket course will be held soon, if you are interested please contact Meg or John Kennedy
  • Sail Training for 2015 is well underway. To undertake training please register your interest at the CYC office.
  • Discover Sailing and Start Crewing at CCYS. Has kicked off at the CCYS for more information please follow the link

General Notices

  • Saturday Dinghy Training  commence on the 8th of October and will finish on the 12th of Nov. Cograts to everyone who completed the course and if you wish to join at the Ellis Beach event on the 26th/27th of Nov – please let Margie know that you require a Pacer. Next Dinghy Training course will commence on the 21st of Jan Please register with Margie
  • CYC Club T Shirts – There are new run CYC Club t-shirts are now available by contacting Margie – get them before they all disappear !!!
  • 2017 Calender – coming soon 
  • Regional FNQ YQ facebook clubs page has been set up to assist FNQ work together and share information. Check it out.
  •  YQ newsletter hare published monthly  – for all the last YQ news
  • CYC current office hours are;
    • MONDAY 12-4pm
    • &TUESDAY  12– 3.00pm
    • WEDNESDAY  10-5pm
    • THURSDAY – 12-3pm
    • FRIDAY 8-11am
  • Photos and Images – We are looking for photos and images of this year activities for inclusion on the website and in promotional material please send to Margie or Scott


3rd of October 2016

The Coming Month

  • Dick Cater Series  – commences on the 9th of Oct for 6 sundays ending on the 6th of Nov- nominations are now open contact Bill for more information
  • Saturday Afternoon Yacht Training (SATS) is happening again this month – Contact Bill for more information and keep your eye on our facebook page
  • Saturday Dinghy Training  (dinghy 1/2)  will commence on the 8th of October til the 5th of Nov. Register now
  • Change to the Sailing Committee meeting date these meetings will now be held on the first tuesday of each month at 5.30pm in the regatta room (next meeting is 4th of Oct)
  • WAGS:  This Wednesday.  Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard or title link for results and handicaps.
  • Sailablity Cairns ( formerly known as  SWD ) has had a name change. For more information on what is happening please check out the facebook groups
  • SWD Program Transports options : Cairns Yacht Club has teamed up with ComLink to provide participants of the Sailors With A Disability Program a solution! ComLink has fully accessible transport and excellent drivers that will assist in getting you to and from the program on a weekly basis. For any enquiries please give the friendly team at ComLink a call on 1300 761 011 to discuss your transport needs.
  • Sail Training for 2015 is well underway. To undertake training please register your interest at the CYC office.
  • Discover Sailing and Start Crewing at CCYS. Has kicked off at the CCYS for more information please follow the link

General Notices

  • Following the AGM the club is undertaking a review of the roles and duty statements of the all the club officers – once this has been finalise this information will be made available to the members.
  • CYC financial statement are now available to all club members following the AGM – please contact the office
  • CYC Club T Shirts – There are new run CYC Club t-shirts are now available by contacting Margie – get them before they all disappear !!!
  • 2016 Calender  is now available online – to sync the CYC calendar to your tablet or other device please follow the information via this link
  • Regional FNQ YQ facebook clubs page has been set up to assist FNQ work together and share information. Check it out.
  • VIP Program – as part of a regional clubs initiative John Byrnes from TSC is looking for interested people to get involved in supporting regional events as part a regatta management and support team – this is a great way for those member of the sailing community to remain involved while not necessarily sailing
  •  YQ newsletter hare published monthly  – for all the last YQ news
  • New CYC Pontoon: The Executive would ask those people who use the new CYC pontoon if they would ensure that on the days with dinghy sailing (training and racing ) and SWD are occurring that the pontoon is vacated to allow safe access to the water.
  • CYC current office hours are;
    • MONDAY 12-4pm
    • &TUESDAY  12– 3.00pm
    • WEDNESDAY  10-5pm
    • THURSDAY – 12-3pm
    • FRIDAY 8-11am
  • Tinaroo Sailing Club has just published the 2016 calendar follow the link for more details
  • Port Douglas Yacht Club has recently posted their 2016 Calendar of activities
  • Photos and Images – We are looking for photos and images of this year activities for inclusion on the website and in promotional material please send to Margie or Scott

Forthcoming Event (check out all calendar for dates for all upcoming events)

  • Mission Beach Regatta 22nd-23rd of Oct
  • CYC Anniversary Regatta will be held on the 12&13th of Nov 2016
  • CYC Ellis Beach Break Up – 26th&27th of Nov

4th of Sept 2016

The Coming Month

  • TWW 2016 SAIL CAIRNSis just around the corner – nominations are now open for all classes (dinghies, OTB, Yachts & Multihull )
  • Saturday Afternoon Yacht Training (SATS) is happening again this month – Contact Bill for more information and keep your eye on our facebook page
  • Saturday Dinghy Training  (dinghy 1/2)  will commence on the 8th of October til the 5th of Nov. Register now
  • Sailing Committee will be held at 5.30pm in the regatta room on the 12th of Sept – All welcome
  • WAGS:  This Wednesday.  Please see link below for Courses and Sailing Instructions.  Refer to club noticeboard or title link for results and handicaps.
  • Sailablity Cairns ( formerly known as  SWD ) has had a name change. For more information on what is happening please check out the facebook groups
  • SWD Program Transports options : Cairns Yacht Club has teamed up with ComLink to provide participants of the Sailors With A Disability Program a solution! ComLink has fully accessible transport and excellent drivers that will assist in getting you to and from the program on a weekly basis. For any enquiries please give the friendly team at ComLink a call on 1300 761 011 to discuss your transport needs.
  • Sail Training for 2015 is well underway. To undertake training please register your interest at the CYC office.
  • Discover Sailing and Start Crewing at CCYS. Has kicked off at the CCYS for more information please follow the link

General Notices

Forthcoming Event (check out all calendar for dates for all upcoming events)