Click on the blue box to see what has been found so far.

New use for a Classic Yacht Assoc medal. Scribing a circle on a piece of celery top. Never had it better.

One new Blue Box story. Ron of Argyll by Jim Woods More to come

Acrospire III and her return voyage from the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival. March 9 2020

With the high point of the You Yang Range, Flinders Peak, in the background, Acrospire III on her romping home sail back to Melbourne after the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival came up to Doug Beazleys Port Phillip Net Boat Pearl for a cheerio. “Even if your doing 7.2 knots, don’t blink or you’ll miss a beautiful sight going past” was Doug’s advice. Thanks to Melissa Beazley the approach and passing of Pearl by Acrospire III will now have a world wide audience. Click here for the Acrospire III‘s 1m 36sec approach and pass and here for an 8 second clip of Acrospire III’s Cheerio and goodbye from Col Andersons to Doug. Click on each image for a full screen montage.

Latest CYAA news March 22 Latest CYAA Winter Series Schedule 23 March 2020

2020 Winter Series documentation

All scheduled CYAA 2020 Winter & Summer series races will be impacted by the Corona Virus guidelines. CYAA racing will start when all race conducting clubs used by the CYAA resume normal club racing schedules.

The CYAA (Vic) Winter Series Race 1 scheduled to be conducted by HBYC on April 26 has been postponed. Your CYAA Race Director is in close consultation with all clubs who conduct CYAA (Vic) racing. Future winter series race postponements are expected and will be made known to CYAA members asap.

Hirondelle and her future fate Latest news. April 15 2020 Hirondelle is on her way to Melbourne

Status messages received from Australian Sailing and yacht clubs associated with CYAA (Vic) race events.

Australian Sailing March 19 2020

Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV) March 20 Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron (RMYS) March 17 Hobsons Bay Yacht Club (HBYC) March 18 Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) March 18 Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) March 18

March 18 Sydney based yacht club news received via Phillip Brown

Sydney Amateur Sailing Club (SASC) racing is off for the rest of the season. Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) and Middle Harbour (MHYC) have cancelled racing until further notice.

CYANZ ABD Group Classic Yacht Regatta March 7/8.

Take a look at the compilation of the emails received by our CYAA members who attended the Regatta. Brilliant pics by Jane Williamson and the more brilliant pic’s and video’s by the NZ Hummingbird Smugmug.

Link to time of day over the line, elapsed on course time and corrected time results of Race 8 of the Classic 2019/2020 Summer Series.

Congratulations to Cameron Doroughs intense helming of his David Philip designed Bungoona to bring her first across the pursuit race line. Throughout the race it was no let off. Spinakkers had to be flown in marginal conditions to keep the back markers behind them. For Bungoona, the John Guzzwell designed Manuka Rere and Evan Bieske’s Folkboat Seabird it was no looking back at the hard charging pack following them Unfortunately for the back markers the stronger wind at the finish gave these fleet leaders of Race 8 the consistent wind needed to hold off the heavy charging Ruthean. After an average of 95 minutes in course time, from fourth home Ruthean to the tail ender Avian only six minutes separated this group of fourteen finishers. Fleet pics from Jane Williamson from Mercedes III to follow. Best looking boat of the race had to be shared by Ferdi Darleys Ruthean, Scott McDonald’s and his crew on Pastime II (great pic includes Ruthean) and Michael Knights, Cole 40 Mistral IX and a special mention to Acrospire III . Both were a delight to watch. One drama seen during the race was the Acrospire III knockdown. A wind gust off the Web Dock rocks caught her after a tack was being completed. At least 45 degrees was the word from spectators on close by boats.

2019/2020 Summers Series Aggregate podium placings

Bert Pullin, skipper of Astrud receives the Locker 57 Trophy from the handicapper
Astrud goes for the Race 8 finish line

Special congratulations to Bert Pullin, skipper of Astrud, for taking out the Summer Series Locker 57 trophy for the best on aggregate score. Consistent helming performance Bert and the work of his his top draw crew on his Griffen designed Astrud paid off. A popular and deserved win was the word from the fleet.

Astruds skipper and crew celebrate with the Handicapper

Our runner up aggregate result was a tight affair. Boambillee had a two point lead over Mercedes III. On the day conditions in a very tight finish allowed Mercedes III to finish with enough boats between her and Boambillee to allowed Mercedes III to top Boambillee by one point

March 2 2020 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival. Presentation dinner booking

Received word a few moments ago, 10:30pm, from the Festival organiser Stuart Dickson asking us to inform our members to put their names down for the Sunday night presentation dinner. Lyn Pardy is the guest speaker. Here’s the link to make a presentation dinner booking

Feb 27 2020 CYAA Summer Series Race 8 Pre race notes . Latest version of Race 8 Group start times V2 (Ruthean added) Feb 27 8:30pm

Race 8 Sailing Instructions Race 8 Group Start Times Williamstown Seaport Festival Program RYCV Web Site CYAA Web Site Classic Yacht race details

Classics at the Williamstown Seaport Festival 2020

2019/2020 Summer Series Race 8. March 1.

Click here for additional Williamstown Seaport Festival program event promotion.

Pursuit start details and Race 8 documentation to follow later in the week.

Our traditional end of series BBQ will kick off after race. $10.00 PP is the word from Mine Host Mercedes III

2020 Geelong Wooden Boat Festival

Click on the invite to open up the festival program that includes links to the entry process and Festival Notice of Race.
Don’t forget the Sunday night presentation dinner has a separate entry. The link is to the trybooking Wooden Boat Festival dinner booking page.
Above Scene is the 2018 Wooden Boat Festival, Sail Past Fleet.
Classic Yacht division for 2020 has 19 entries so far, 15 from CYAA , Check out the classic yacht entry list

CYAA 2019/2020 Summer Series Race 7.

Some scenes of Race 7 start and light winds experienced instead of the predicted 25 knot winds Thanks to Jane Williamson on Mercedes III.

With Bert Pullin on the helm, Astrud and her team of heavy hitters put in other brilliant Classic yacht racing performance to be a serious challenger to the CYAA 2019/2020 Summer Series Locker 57 Trophy

Feb 17 Race 7 Combined Divisions and Divisions 1, 2 and 3 results 2029/2020 Summer Series Aggregate Points Status

Feb 13 2020 Classic 2019/2020 Summer Series Race 7. Sailing Instructions for Race 7 now available. Race 7 entries and allocated handicaps and Race 7 courses and descriptions now available, The last minute Race 7 course design drama’s that delayed posting of the SI’s have been resolved.

Race 7 Pre race notes are available here.

Feb 10 2020 While waiting for our Race7 documentation to be published have alook over this Alma Doepel supporter offer. A Leap Year special tour of the Seaworks Festival at Williamstown Seaport festival that allows all Classic supporters to offer a helping hand to bring the Alma restoration to a completion.

Don’t forget our final summer Series race scheduled for March one has been named as the Williamstown Festival Seaport Clasic Yacht Race.

Feb 6 CYAA 2019/2020 Summer Series Race 6, Overall and division results...Classic’s Summers Series aggregate status and Marie Louise III Consistency Trophy Next Race, Feb 16 at Hobsons Bay YC.

Feb 5 From the water. The Andy Indrans Race 6 gallery Every starter features in the gallery

Feb 4 Acrospire IV back to what Charlie Peel designed her for. Racing on Port Phillip.
With Melbourne’s Beaconsfield Parade in the background, Kingurra leads the Classic Yacht A+ Class Race 6 fleet while Acrospire IV and the International 8 Metre and multiple Sayonara Cup holder, Frances chase. Photo from Australia’s 1967 Admirals Cup Champion, Mercedes III, Not shown are A+ classers Ruthean, Boambillee and Pastime II.

Feb 2 Corrected time and line honours results of Classic Summer Series race 6, Overall and Divisions . Link to the Andy Indrans photo’s to be posted when available.

Here’s a link from Pastime II’s 360 degree pan around camera. It features Pastime II as she approaches the RMYS E Mark in company with Tumlarens, Sirrocco and Avian in the background. Avian is flying the read and white kite.

Some Race 6 pics to look over while waiting on the Andy Indrans file

Jan 30 2020

CYAA Summer Series Race 6

Race 6 Pre race notes

Race 6 Sailing Instructions V 1.4 Race 6 Entry list and division allocations V1.5 Jan 31 (Loama entry)

RMYS Laid Marks and descriptions

Race 6 Courses 1&2 maps and descriptions with RMYS mark notations.

Two ageless A+ class Classic’s from the 1920’s are back and ready to race on Port Phillip.

Jan 29 2020

2019/2020 Summer Series Race 6 Feb 2 Class Flags that will be flown on the RMYS Race control tower

Jan 22 2020 The first classic yacht race of 2020 is working up to be a blockbuster. The countdown for the Port Phillip Classic Fleet to race against Acrospire IV has started. Three divisions have been set up to give all boats a chance to watch one of an epic classic yacht races on Port Phillip unfold. Acrospire IV once again up against her nemesis Frances. Meanwhile the cracks of Port Phillip’s classic fleet are out to see how they rate against what was the trial boat for the original America’s Cup Gretel.

Race 6 documentation now available for download, Race 6 Sailing Instructions V1.4 with course descriptions and maps. Race 6 entry list V1.5 with allocated handicaps and divisions.

Jan 14 2020 Below are some pics received from Fair Winds after her arrival at Sydney’s Cammeray Wharf Jan 14 2020. Her Auckland, New Zealand ETA is Jan 31. Fair Winds skipper Mark Chew reports, a voyage to Sydney story from the pen of Sal Balharrie is in the works. 48 hours is the ETA. It will feature Fair Winds and her 3 days in Eden with fires all around a shell shocked community. Remember how the Eden wharf fleet protected stranded residents. So many stories of people standing up when it counted. Here’s one of them. All the pics below are linked to full size images. The small four thumbnail images require the mouse to be at the top of the image to activate the link.

January 2 2020. Some pics of Defiance at the ANMM 75th Anniversary exhibit and how she looked in her early days

January 1 2020 Take a look at the latest reports from the Skippers of Kingurra and Mercedes III on how they went in the ORCV 2019 Cock of the Bay. A short summery from Mark Chew on how the No Mans Land team in training for the Australian Woimens Keel Boat Regatta went.went. Our member Dave Allen was Sail Master on the Riechel Pugh 63 No Limit in the 2019 Sydney to Hobart race.

December 23 2019 Click on the link for the latest CYAA news, December 23, on CYAA members competing in ther 2019 Cock of te Bay and Sydney to hobart plus a wrap of Race 5 and how the ?CYAA went in 2019

Dec 17 2019 CYAA Magazine Issue 41 Feburary 2018 Captain Voss and the Tillikum.

Click on image for CYAA Magazine Issue 41 story

At the end of this magazine story about Captain Voss and the Tillikum global voyage story, there was a comment that John MacFarlane, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS), the magazine article author, was about to publish in book form, the results of his detailed investigation into the life of Captain Voss and reveal many untold facts about the Tillikum voyage. That book, titled “AROUND THE WORLD IN A DUGOUT CANOE” is now available for ordering via the Booktopia web site.

Thanks to the authors, John MacFarlane FRGS and Lynne Salmon, your CYAA Magazine Editor received an advance copy of the Voss investigation publication. While the CYAA magazine article was brilliant, it was only a brief synopsis of the full Voss story. The author’s book provides us with previously hair raising unknown voyage details. Of particular interest is Australian connection to Voss, especially the various Australian yacht clubs that hosted and supported Voss in the many places he voyaged or traveled to. To sum up, the Voss story brings alive, one of the few surviving maritime stories from that era that allow us an insight into why the impact of these venturesome people is still as strong and recognised today as was this global voyage recognised yesterday.
Your magazine editor commends this book to all. For the sake of saving your soul, put this book into your guiding light life library.

9th December 2019 Here’s some more Race 5 details. Race 5 Results including the time of day finishing order of boats, actual on course time and corrected times using handicaps developed for calculating the group time allocations.. The order of boats home closely followed the corrected time order. While the light winds made the race a big boat day there will close across the line battles across the fleet thjat made up for the big boats escaping. The Summer Series aggregate and Marie Louise III Consistency aggregate status can be seen by clicking on the links.

Congratulations to Acrospire III for her first home line honours and her shortest on course elapsed time. Congratulations go to Kingurra for her storming home to almost recapture Acrospire III to be second boat home and to take out the best corrected time performance. Third home Boambillee did well to be close to Kingurra at the finish and to escape from Mercedes III by 22 seconds.

For the sail of the day go no further than Avian. Under the tight concentration by stand in skipper Monica Jones, the present RMYS Club Captain. Avain put on a remarkable display to hold off Acrospire III for two thirds of the race and the 3 larger boats for three quarters of the race. Frustration of the day goes to Manu Ka Rere Being the pathfinder of the fleet isn’t easy, For race 5 it was the missing RMYS Mark C that no one was aware of, not even the race director. A Mark of the same colour, a mystery mark, was seen nearby. This’ll do was the call, so all the fleet followed without a word. Post race news was Mark C was alive and well in the RMYS yard. The picture boat of the day went to Mistral IX, such a sleek looking classic.

Thanks to Jane williamson we have two Race 5 scenes to share. One of Acrospire III against the city sky line as she passes Mercedes III. The other shows Kingurra about to eat up Mercedes III. Don’t worry, neither Acrospire III or Kingurra got near the enormous Mercedes III Post race repast More of Jane,s pic’s will be in the yet to be prepared race 5 story. All up a brilliant to to finish off the 2019 race calendar. A great post race catch up by all at RYCV. Similar story of the post race catch up at RMYS where Mistral IX was the talk of the bar.

8th Dec 2019 Results of Race 5 will be posted here asap after last boat home

7th Dec 2019 Classic’s 2019/2020 Summer Series race 5 is all set to go. 9:55am Sunday is the warning signal at the RYCV Marina Race Committe box. Wind strength has been given a upgrade to 10 knots from almost zero. Here’s the Race 5 Sailing Instructions and Version two of the Race 5 Allocated Group start times. For a look at the pre race notes for Race 5 plus some general CYAA news

2nd Dec 2019 Classic Summer Series Race 4 results, Series Aggregate and ML III Consistency Aggregate status are now posted. Click on the links. Close corrected times were the feature of this race.

Our 2019 Cup Regatta is still in the news. Check out this must read report on l the 2019 Cup Regatta off water social functions. Sal Balharrie says go for it, it’s a great read.

Come and get it is the call from Sal Balharrie

Received a note from two CYAA members. There a 1932 Ex HBYC Classic for sale on Ebay current bid $1500. Take a look Here’s pic of her. She’s listed on the ARHV register.

Nov 24 Race 4 results A cleaner copy will be published later

All clear was the call from the Race committee vessel. Brilliant start by Cyan and Avian. but a startling start by Snow Goose and her all round sail saw her take out corrected time honors. Line honors went to Acrospire III. An amazing sight to watch Boambillee grab a pocket of clean air and go high soon after the start. Smart start line maneuvers & consistent racing tactics saw Astrud come home second to Snow Goose by 30 seconds. All up tight corrected times across the fleet made race 4 another day of great classic yacht racing.

Some Race 4 pics from Jane Williamson as seen from Mercedes III.

Nov 18 2019 Classics (Vic) Summer Series Race 4 at Hobsons Bay YC. Sailing Instructions, Entries with allocated handicaps

Nov 11 1:45pm Final results of Classic Summer Series Race 3 Nov 10 at Sandringham Yacht Club. Series Aggregate after Race 3 Marie Louise III Consistency after Race 3

Summer Series Race 3 Comments

One of the many Race 3 highlights was to be racing with Kent Bacon’s RENENE once again. Race 3 saw Renene come home to a solid 4th on corrected time placing. Not bad at all really when consideing her lay off from Classic racing. Another Race 3 sight from the Sandringham Yacht Club tower was watching Evan Bieke handle his Folkboat in the 20 knot conditions.

20 knot westerly had the classic trying to power up to beat the slop from yesterday’s gale. Tumlarens Dingo (200) and Ettrick (321) lead the fleet away from the start line, Mercedes III took out line and corrected time honours

CYAA Summer Series Race 3 November 10 Sandringham Yacht Club. Note SI Amendment 1 Nov 8

Race 3 @ Sandringham Yacht club Sailing Instructions Amend 1 Nov 8 covers the change to para 8 The Windward gate pass through is now a windward gate rounding.

CYAA 2019/2020 Summer Series Race 3 November 10 Sailing Instructions Amend 1 Nov 8 and Race 3 entry list with allocated handicaps are now available. Please note All skippers are required to complete the Sandringham Yacht Club Crew declaration notification. This declaration can be completed to SYC in days prior to competing in race 3 if the crew numbers are known.

The Cup Regatta 2019 Status November 5

With the change to three divisions, the revamped Welcome Cocktail and the Monday BBQ social events and twelve CYANZ visitors the overall winner was “THE CUP REGATTA” and all the Classic yachts that supported the event. More details to follow with wrap up of On water and social activity events.

Main trophy winners Col Bandy Trophy MARAMA Tony Blake Trophy MARTINI Trans Tasman Trophy Robyn Pearce.

Click here for full “The Cup Regatta” race result details Thank you’s go to the RYCV race director, the RYCV office administration and the Pier 41 catering staff.

The Cup Regatta 2019 Nov 3 Col Bandy Trophy Status Tony Blake Trophy Status

Results for races 3 and 4 Wind conditions for Race 3 and Race 4

Race 5 Group start times are here

2019 Cup Regatta results Race 1 & Race 2

While wet and for some, very cold, Day one Cup Regatta lived up to expectations of a big Classic Yacht racing event with close corrected time results across all divisions. Fair Winds II took out Race one Division one corrected time while Acrospire III had big race to lead the Division one fleet home. The Tumlaren Snow Goose led the Division two fleet home to take out Corrected time while first timer Marama was the best division performer on corrected time and second on Line honours. Astrud led the Division one fleet Home.

Race twos saw Fair Winds II again take out corrected time for Division one while Mercedes III got the line honours gun. Dingo Lead the Tumlaren fleet home and took out corrected time honours .Our Division three saw Astrud again lead the fleet home with a close following Marama. Division three corrected time honours went to Tandanya followed by Bungoona. A magnificient sight as Tandanya crossed the finish line.

2019 The Cup Regatta news release Nov 1 Race 1 Entries and allocated handicaps now published

2019 The Cup Regatta news Oct 29 now available

Special Note from RYCV Admin at 1:45 pm Oct 30. The RYCV Bar facilities will open up at 7:30 am Saturday

Click on the links to download the Cup Regatta 2019 Sailing Instructions and Course Descriptions with Maps. A summary of each course description is available for downloading Printed copies of each document and division flags will be available at the Friday Cocktail Reception and at Saturday morning briefing at 8:45am

Posted Oct 30 11:30am. Another first for The Cup Regatta 2019. A glamour or otherwise photo competition. Opportunity knocks for all classic yacht supporters to be part of our “The Cup Regatta”. The competition has been sent up by our VP Richard Macrae. Click here for more “how to join in” details. Go for it. Any questions!! Contact Richard at

Lucy the Couta boat from Sorrento has arrived. All tied up and ready for a heavy performance in Saturday’s Cup Regatta Race 1.

2019 Cup Regatta Entrants 22 to date Oct 24

Tony Blake Painting and Provenance Tony Blake trophy aggregate status

Use 2019 Cup Regatta entry form to book and prepay Tickets.

2019 Cup Regatta BBQ Menu

2019 Cup Regatta BBQ Nov 4th 1:30pm RYCV after deck. Click on the BBQ Menu pic to see what the Fair Winds II team are cooking up.

2019 Summer Series Race 2 postings 21st October 6:00pm: Full Race 2 results Series Aggregate after Race 2 Marie Louise III Consistency status after Race 2

Congratulations go to Kingurra for her taking out both Race 2 Line honours and first on corrected time. Watching her tack approaching R4 and her kite drop at the R2 rounding showed Ian MacFarlane had his 8 PoB working hard. Excellent path finding was the call from the fleet. Magnificent performance by Boambillee. Post race comments, all good, on Boambillee’s performance were heard from all at the race debrief at RYCV. Both Boambillee and Mercedes III did well to hold on to Kingurra on the kite run to R2.

The sail of the day has to go to Serifa. From her leading the fleet away at the start to snap wind filling kite hoist at Mark D and mixing it with the Tumlaren fleet throughout the race, Serifa was the standout Race 2 performer. Other race 2 performers was the Tumlaren fleet, The elapsed times between Ettrick, Avian and Dingo showed we can expect tight one design racing in the Cup Regatta Tumlaren division.

For all the fleet Race 2 was another day that saw great classic yacht racing op Port Phillip. Special mention goes to Evan Bieske and Seabird on their first classic race. Evan had his Folkboat Seabird going so well on the first leg. Evan’s post race report saw him already warming up for the next Classic race.

More race 2 details including a report from our CYAA Brisbane members and how the 177 year old team of Alan Payne designed Tasman Seabirds, Cherana (Dean Morse), Pagan (Peter Kerr) and Joanne Brodie (Dan DiBuraitte), cleaned up at the Wynum Manly YC St. Helena Cup will follow later. Next Summer Series race is at Sandringham Nov 10,

For now, it’s full on the the Cup Regatta. All those people who put their hand up to enter now’s the did to front up with your Cup Regatta entry. It’s first in for the fully catered Friday cocktail session.

2019/2020 Summer Series Race 2 Documentation now available. Note Race 2 will be conducted by Hobsons Bay Yacht club 1:00pm 10 Oct Notice. The pre race notes for race 2 are here

Click on the links to access the Race 2 Sailing Instructions at HBYC and the Entry list with allocated handicaps.

2019/2020 Summer Series Race 0ne Sept 29 Click on the underlined links to checkout the Race 1 Results Analysis. Series Aggregate after Race 1 and Marie Louise III Consistency Trophy after Race 1

An early post Race 1 comment, Sept 30. After her 18 month layoff from classic yacht racing the Griffen 30, Astrud from the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club, showed the Race 0ne classic fleet why she was the top Division yacht for 1979/1980 at Sydney’s, Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. After a tight beat to the top mark and then with a beautifully set and retrieved broad shouldered kite Astrud held her fleet position throughout the first race of the Classics 2019/2020 Summer Series to take out first placing on corrected time. Second placing went to that ever present Martini while Cyan had her crew find their sea legs in the fast lane. Of note was the leading the fleet out race start by Manu Ka Rere that gave her a fourth on corrected time placing.
A race feature was to see the return of Ettrick to classic yacht racing after a serious rebuild by shipwright Richard Blake. A notable first race shake down saw Ettrick close to how she previously race raced. Avian was in top form and ready to defend her last series championship.

Results for Race 0ne Sept 28

Last chance Sept 28 1:30pm pre race notes for Race one Entrants and photo’s added Sept 27 5:30pm

Entrants in 2019/2020 Summer Series Race One


Conducted for the CYAA by the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club Scheduled start time 10:30am. Race one Sailing Instructions with courses and Series Race one entries including handicaps status at Sept 27 12 noon. Course details on last page of Sailing Instructions. Met Bureau forecast for Port Phillip conditions on Sunday Looking good.

2019/2020 Summer Series is open for entries. Click here for the latest CYAA news, Sept 23

The J J Savage built Tumlare` Avian continuing her 1938 winning ways. Best aggregate performance of the 2018/2019 Summer Series
Summer Series Notice of Race. Click on form to download
Summer Series entry form. Click on form to download.

Some notes about the 2019/2010 Summer Series entry process.

No need to send a filled out form if paying the full series entry fee by EFT. Insert the words Summer and your boat name, to a max of 18 characters, in the EFT Reciepients field. We’ll send a received confirmation message to the entrant. We need a copy of the completed entry form when paying by credit card or entering individual races.

Keep in mind, all entrants in the summer series must be financial CYAA boat owner members. In the spirit of all keeping all things equal, financial CYAA crew members are the go. Team CYAA!! yes. Go Classics!!

Latest 2019 Cup Regatta news

Sept 2 2019 2019 Winter Series documents Race 6 pursuit start results with corrected time calculations. Series Aggregate results. Marie Louise III Aggregate status.

August 29 2019 Some 2014 Cup Regatta memories Boambillee prepares for the Guinea s Race 1 The Race 1 fleet leaders prepare for a 40 knot gale front Fleet leaders sail into the 40 knot gale Mercedes III shows her 1967 Admirals Cup winning ways

Aug 21 Behind the CYAA Web Site curtain Some news for those who keep checking on the web site to see what’s new.

A Kiwi Classic for sale. A note was received from Mark Chew yesterday. It’s a link to a New Zealand Mahurangi Classic regatta acquaintance of Mark’s who tells a sad story about the need to put their Classic on the market. Sunstone, on the market. Take a look. This story and link will be later moved to our Classic for sale web page.

Our Winter Series Race 6 is far from dead and gone.There’s now international interest in the Winner of our Winter Series Manu Ka ReRe, Built in 1953 and listed on the Laurent Giles register as Pumpkin. The first boat built to Manu Ka ReRe’s design had a remarkable circumnavigation voyaging history and is now deemed to be an object of importance to Canadian Maritime History. This yacht, the Trekka, is a static museum object exhibited in the Maritime Museum of British Columbia. A story informing of Manu Ka Rere’s performance in Race 6 was been sent over to the North West Pacific Maritime history web site Nauticapedia. Manu Ka ReRe’s performance in Race 6 will be included in the MMBC Trekka exhibit story. So while we’re racing our classic’s around Port Phillip we need to keep in mind this fleet of ours is a dynamic display of Australia’s Maritime History. The four stories describing Sunday’s August 18 Race 6 will be consolidated and sent out to our worldwide mailout data base of 250 email addresses. Still to analyse the elpased times of Race 6. It’s all about handicaps for Race one of our Summer Series. Best sort out the Summer Series Notice of Race and entry form pronto. First race Sept 29. 5 weeks away.

As far as Maritime Muiseum exhibit”s go Let’s not forget the the then soon to be King of Soain,Juan Carlos and his Tumlaren Neblina exhibit in the Portugal’s Maritime Museum or the Tim Phillips Couta Boat our Melbourne Museum. To keep all the Classic Yacht crews happy there’s a massive model of a the three tiered Galley at the Barcelona Maritime Museum.

Race 6 August 18 Short notes

For the 2019 winter Series Race 6 results and series aggregate click HERE These notes will be put into pdf form and sent to the general mailout list, 234 members. The results will be re calculated for a corrected time result for the Marie Louise III Consistency Aggregate status.

Congratulations to Cam Smith and Tim Metherall for their work to bring home Manu Ka Rere to her first CYAA Aggregate Trophy. Todays race was all about the small boats showing how well they can handle high wind conditions on Port Phillip. While all boats had dramas handling the 40 knot bullets the smaller boats were able to recover from round ups faster. First home congratulations go to Cameron Dorrough and his team on Bungoona. After an hour and 13 minutes of hard slogging she held of Michael Mactavish in Serifa by 2 minutes and 10 seconds after Serifa started 2 minutes behind her. Manu KaRere after a 14 minute start over Serifa came home a minute after Serifa while Martini came home a minute after Manu Ka Rere. all close pursuit race finishes in those heavy conditions. Next came Kingurra who started out 33 minutes after Bungoona and came home 17 minutes after Bungoona closed the line. Mercedes III follwed Kingurra home after retracing her course to pick up a mark.

Both Fair Winds II amd Marie Louise III were starters but conditions with one reef only demanded a rethink about continuing to race. Completeing those who challenged Port Phillip was Dave Baskett on Jedda. Dave said not today, after hoisting Jedda’s main. Down at St. Kilda Pre race calls from Avian, Dingo and Boambillee indicated they were all set to race but in high northerly winds the marina layout doesn’t allow safe sailouts. So for our RMYS based members it was a race through Binoculars in the RMYS Olympic Bar.

For all, the biggest challenge of the race was the Marina pen return. Manu KaRere reported on her multiple attempts to pick up their mooring. All boats took longer than usual to be packed up. Everyone done in. Post race, Ian McFarlane tied up Kingurra to the RYCV marina for a post race meet up with everyone else in the RYCV Bar. A great way to finish up the season. To listen to Cam Smith skipper of Manu KaRere, the smallest on water line boat in the fleet, rehashing the race with Ian Macfarlane of Kingurra, Peter Lloyd of Marie Louise III and Ross Smith of Martini and then Martin Ryan of Mercedes III showed Classic Racing at it’s best and strongest. Michael McTavish later on put ih his account of how well Serifa went and how she picked off Manu KaRere.

The race was summed up by the RYCV Race Director, all boats sailed well in the hard racing conditions. From David Leroy that means a lot. Definitley not small praise. So CYAA thanks go to RYCV for using the short interval weather break window that allowed the fleet get racing before the cloud based front from the north hit the fleet.

That’s it for our 2019 Winter Series Now to our Summer Series First race Sept 28

Here’s the pre race notes for Race 6 Aug 18 and general CYAA news.

Aug 16 8:20 am BoM forecast for Port Phillip conditions at 5:14 am this morning (Friday) for Sunday August 18 indicates it’s all go for Race 6. For today’s 73 people already hammering on the door for the promised to be delivered on Friday morning Race 6 doc’s, here they are: Race 6 August 18 Sailing Instructions and the Race 6 Pursuit Start Group Start times. Don’t forget it’s a 10:00 am start for Group 1. More Race 6 details and CYAA news stories in the soon to be sent out in the Race 6 pre race notes.

Issued Aug 13 1400 hrs. Race 6 Scheduled for August 18 at RYCV. Group 0 start time 1000 Hrs. Race documentation publication status. SI’s prepared. Group start times based on predicted 15 – 20 knot northerlies forHobsons Bay.

August 11. The much delayed CYAA Winter Series Race 6, re-scheduled for August 18, is a pursuit start race conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria. As the Winter series aggregate status is now a close run affair, the Race 6 group start times, based on the Frid am BoM forecast for Sunday’s conditions Hobsons Bay, will be issued on Friday morning, Aug 16. This web site page will be used to send out a notice if the publication of group start times is delayed till the Friday afternoon. Cold comfort news to all, HBYC to cancelled yesterday’s Brass Monkey’s winter series race. Now four out of eight race’s abandoned We’re at two out of seven.

Aug 11 Latest Classic’s from Perth for Sale received from Manfred Spiecher, convenor of the Swan River Retro Yacht racing (Perth’s Classic Yacht Racing conducted by Royal Perth and Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht clubs.) Click on Pic’s for a full size rendition from the Col Anderson Cigarette Box collection “Classic’s on Port Phillip”

Acrospire IV Acrospire IV for sale notice

August 7 Alan Payne story Take a look at the story published in October 1957 issue of the Seacraft magazine. Here’s a recent story on the fate of the Alan Payne designed Metung. Check out the “Old Man of the Sea” pic of Marty Bryan, our well known CYAA member from Mornington. Hemingway would have met his match with Marty.

CYAA Queensland News

Our Queensland CYAA members have provided a CYAA Q’ld facebook link that tells us how they went in the recent Vintage Yacht Regatta conducted by the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club. A report prepared by Dan deBuriatte will soon be published on the Q’ld news page

CYAA 2019 Winter Series on Port Phillip Race 6 postponed to August 18.

Race 6 (Aug 4) Postponed to August 18
The classic’s featuresd in this Jane williamson pic are Cyan, Zephyr, Serifa, Avian, Dingo and the HBYC C’mmittee boat
Manuka Rere, Martini,Marie Louise III with Kingurra (B23) behind. Waiting for wind that cannot read.
Photo: Mark Chew
This Mark Chew pic was posted on the CYAA Instagram Site on Sunday night
104 Instagram likes and counting by 10:00am Weds Aug 7. Check across the page to the CYAA Instagram link.

Another jinxed day for the 14 classic’s intending to take on Race 6. Today (Aug 4) no wind and July 21 predicted gales. Our HBYC Race Committee waited till 11:00am. A wind zephyr came through that gave Zephyr a sail like she was in a gale. All 30 seconds of it . But the fleet weren’t moved. With no wind from the west or south in sight it was time to accept the second race 6 postponement call.

Hopefully third time lucky for our third attempt to complete Race 6 at RYCV on August 18. Will be fun time for the handicapper to work out those pursuit times for the last race of the Winter Series that has a very close series aggregate with a no worst race points score drop.

Zephyr,Cyan, Avia, Dingo (mast only) Serifa
C’mmittee Boat, Boambillee, Kingurra, Jedda and Manuke Rere
Fair Winds and Cyan
Mercedes III people know how to make things go better With or without wind
Sunday Aug 4 Marie Louise III All dressed up and ni wind to go Boambillee and Zephyr in backgraound.
Photo Roger Dundas

CYAA 2019 Winter Series Race 6 Scheduled 4th August Warning signal 1025 hrs. Rescheduled from July 14 Check out the Pre-race notes for Race 6 Aug 4 They cover the following items

CYAA 2019 Winter Series Race 6 Scheduled 4th August Warning signal 1025 hrs. Rescheduled from July 14 Check out the Pre-race notes for Race 6 Aug 4 They cover the following items

Race 6 Scheduled 4th August Warning signal 1025 hrs.

Rescheduled from July 14 Check out the Pre-race notes for Race 6 Aug 4 They cover the following items

Sailing Instructions and Entry list with allocated handicaps for Race 6 (4th August) are now posted. The Winter Series Locker 57 Trophy aggregate and Marie Louise III consistency status can be checked here.

Tandanya continues her purple patch of 82 Consectutive years on the RYCV Register.

Stop the presses. Tandanya will be adding more years to her time on the RYCV register. David Munro informs while ownership of Tandanya has changed She’ll be staying at RYCV.

Tandanya, designed by Henry Rasmussen, puts the hammer down on the International 8 Metre Frances

Click here for a full size rendition of the header image dated Boxing Day 1931. It’s part of the Phil Edwards documents his grandad collected when he sailed in Sonia. When available, we’ll post some pics of her being launched at the Royal Brighton Yachts Club.

A story about the race 6 postponement is being worked on. The takeaway is we need a plan B to cover these situations. While we all are unhappy but understanding about the circumstances that led to the loss of a race, it’s still not acceptable, particularly after the expense and work we put in to keep our classic’s going.

CYAA Winter Series Race 6 has been postponed to 4th August Gale warning for today and Monday killed any hope of racing during the lighter wind conditions. Experience has shown high chance of strong wind bullets in the race area during the Sunday 10:00am to 13:00 drop off in wind strength.

Check out these links to the combined BoM + Met Eye forecast images published on July 19 Friday pm July 20 Saturday am July 20 Sat pm July 21 Sun am

6:30pm Saturday status of Race 6 go/no go decision.

Expect wind conditions to lighten by Sunday 10:00am morning. Decision to be based on Sunday morning BoM forecast. will send out an SMS message at 6:30am approx.

Forecasts for Sundays wind conditions at the upper end of Port Phillip are being monitored by RMYS Race Director and CYAA Handicapper. A status SMS will be sent out this evening approx 6:00pm. RMYS conduct of race rules are: Gale warning forecast 4 fours before the scheduled start requires automatic postponement.

The Race 5 story with some CYAA Member activity news plus the Race 6 Sailing Instructions and Race 6 Entries with allocated handicaps are now available

Here’s a link to the short Race 5 wrap up story provided to HBYC. Work preparing the Race 5 wrap up story that includes other CYAA news will be published soon.

A Couta Boat 2019 Cup Regatta primer will be published soon

Results for Race 5 Locker 57 Series Aggregate status Marie Louise III Consistency aggregate status

Race 5 sees 16 seconds seperate the first four corrected times placings. Tumlarens feature big in the Race 5 results.

Congratulations go to the Tumlaren Zephyr for her first on corrected time by 3 seconds over the Tumlaren Dingo who in turn held off the Laurent Giles Manuka Rere by 4 seconds and who in turn held off the Phillip Rhodes Fair Winds by 4 seconds.

Line honours by a country mile go that clean skin Fair Winds. Dingo took out the Tumlaren one design honours.

A conspicous fifth on corrected time by one minute forty two seconds was the 1923 Alwyn. A Hobart A Classer designed by Alf Blore, Race 5 was Alwyn’s first time race with the Classic’s for many a year. She is still a strong PHF performer in HBYC long distance races.

More Race 5 stories and results analysis to follow asap.

Alwyn, the 1923 Hobart A classer, in full flight after blasting through a 25 knot gust. Jedda in distant background.
Photo: Eamon Pizzey from Avian

Three RMYS Notice to Competitiors applicable to race 5


RMYS Notice to Competitors 22 May 2019 Mark F has been re-instated

RMYS Notice to Competitors 20 June 2019 Water Quality Mark adjacent to RMYS Mark C.

RMYS Mark G Substitute Mark 25 June 2019 Mark G in Maintenance. Replaced with Mark S

Hobsons Bay Yacht Club will be conducting Race 5 on July 7. Race 5 Sailing Instructions.

Race 5 Entry list with allocated handicaps V2 Last minute entry. Alwyn

Click here for the Race 5 pre race notes

Current Thursday BoM Met Eye forecast for Sunday 10:00am indicates 15 to 20 knot northerlies with slight seas and 50% chance of rain.

2019 Cup Regatta news.

Stop the presses. Pete Jerebek has wired in to inform The Geelong Flyer Baranne intends to take on the 2019 Cup Regatta fleet. Baranne is the Arthur Robb Princess class design that took on the 1965 Sydney to Hobart Fleet. Check out her pic in the 2019 Cup Regatta Intention to enter page

Some Race 4 news.

Here’s the link to the June 16 Race 4 pursuit start results including corrected times Links to the 2019 Winter Series aggregate including Tumlaren series aggregate and the Marie Louise III consistency aggregate after race 4.

Below are some Race 4 grab points

16 classics compete in Pursuit start Race 4… Acrospire III takes out first across the line… Sail of the day goes to Manuka Rere… Honourable sail of the day mention goes to Zephyr… Dingo pips Marie Louise III by one second… Pip Todd flying the Asymetrical kite on Marie Louise III was MLIII event of the day...

Looking for a Race 4 pic to replace the web site header image. Send it to the handicapper.

Below is the top pic of the race 4 fleet. Thanks go to the skipper of Mercedes III for his timely prompting to his crew to grab this image of Acrospire III as she passed them by. Pity those who didn’t see the real thing. Acrospire III racing with lee gunnel down under full sail. Say no more.

Acrospire III picking off the Race 4 fleet on her way to take out Race 4 Line Honours.
Photo David McKenzie, Mercedes III

Special congratulations goes to the 16 classics who started in the Race 4 fleet of the Classic’s 2019 Winter Series.

Congratulations to Col anderson and his team for bringing Acrospire III home for her Race 4 win. No doubt about it Race 4 conditions gave her the opportunity to show how she thrilled the 1920’s racing scene.

Sail of the day goes to Laurent Giles Trekka class Manuka Rere under the helm of Cam Smith. Holding off the fleet in those light conditions was no accident. It was concentration on her beating in the light wind conditions and her shy kite reaching management hat allowed to fleet to watch the smallest waterline classic of the Race 4 fleet show, the forerunner of the JOG racing scene, a Honourable mention goes to Zephyr. Her brilliant after the second rounding mark R4 had her in contention for line honours. Anne Batson, Kath Solly and Pete Jerebek had Zephyr at perfect pitch. All up across the fleet every classic was a winner.

A Race 4 story plus results with series aggregate and Marie Louis III consistency aggregates plus how the fleet performed on corrected elapsed time will be published later.


Sayonara and Acrospire III face off May 23 2010

The latest 2019 Cup Regatta Intention to enter list has 27 Classic’s listed. The intent to enter list will be closed off after the end of June. The call for entries will begin after the Notice of Race is posted in August.

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