The Capital Brewing 2023 CYC Winter series

It’s time again for the very popular Capital Brewing Winter Series, 8 races held every two weeks from the 7th of May until August 13. Capital Brewing has kindly signed up to be the series sponsor once more, so some wonderful local brews on offer as prizes each week! Please note that first warning for these races is 1pm, and all sailors are required to Sign On and Off each race.

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The Matthew Owen Autumn Regatta 2023

This annual charitable regatta, is a three race series starting on March 26th followed by April 2nd and April 16th. Not only do we get to enjoy some great autumn sailing but all entry proceeds are donated directly to Rare Cancers Australia to honour Matthew Owen's outstanding and long term contribution to the CYC. The Online Entry is by way of a donation, see clause 4.1 in the Notice of Race document, along with the Sailing Instructions to be found on our special regattas and events page. Online Entry | Special Regattas Page

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CYC Sailors Regatta Results and Report

The Canberra Yacht Club's members often participate in interstate regattas and racing. Here are some recent results and a report from the 2023 Marlay Point overnight race.

Victorian Waszp Titles at Sorrento: Mark Louis 7th overall, 1st Youth Division

NSW OPTI states at Lake Macquarie Dexter Swinsburg 31st Open fleet, with some top 20 results. Jeremy Jorand attended his first interstate regatta and sailed well in the Opti green fleet.

Laser Metros held at Double Bay SC Ed Alexander – radial - 6th of 38; 1st under 17yo. Matt Power – radial - 13th of 38Charlie Walker - 4.7 - 13th of 23

From Juan Guerschman - Mate’s story from Marlay Point

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The Champion of the Lake

With the final Pointscore Race of the 22-23 CYC summer season completed it was time to run the annual Champion of the Lake series. Each leading divisional winner from the CYC and YMCA sailing clubs, compete to decide who is the champion of the the lake. Using the CYC Sailability Hansa one design yachts, the racing was held in good conditions that led to enjoyable and intense racing with plenty of shouting fans on shore.
Andrew Reed triumphed and retained the Champion of the Lake trophy for the CYC as well as securing the America’s Mug. Chris Sant came 3rd and won the YMCA SC Champion of Champions trophy.


  1. Andrew Reed CYC
  2. Shane Gaddes CYC
  3. Chris Sant YMCA
  4. Michael Forster YMCA
  5. Peter Russel YMCA
  6. Col Durran CYC
  7. Nick Ward YMCA
  8. Dexter Swinsburg CYC
  9. Will Howard CYC
  10. Bronwyn Ponder CYC

Congratulations to all of our Canberra Sailors for an outstanding summer season. Photos below.

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Seaplane Trial Flights

The National Capital Authority has announced a period of Seaplane trial flights on Lake Burley Griffin from 14 March to 19 March. During the trial there will be a number of flights each day, most likely a far higher number of takeoffs and landings than we might expect if normal operations go ahead. The CYC has been working closely with seaplane operators and the NCA around these trials, and they have come about as a result of meetings held between the operators and CYC in February. Of particular importance to the club was the inclusion of Central Basin as a landing and take off option for the planes, and we look forward to seeing how this will work in practice. The trial flights will examine options for take-off and landing including the viability of Central Basin as an alternative to West Basin, at times that the pilot judges Central Basin to be a safer and less disruptive option.
For those sailing or using the lake during the trials, the instructions from the operators are simple; do not modify your activities. So we will be running all of our usual training and racing activities during the week, and members are encouraged to sail as they normally would. The operators will then select a landing site on the lake that they judge to be the safest and least likely to disrupt activities. There will be more information for CYC Members around these trials in the lead up to the 14th, including possible information sessions for members, or organised opportunities to view landings and take-offs.

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CYC Member Overseas Regatta Results

Three of our CYC sailors attended the ILCA Masters in Thailand earlier in February. Martin Linsley (9th Great Grand Master fleet), Rick Longbottom (12th Grand Master fleet) and Tony Ryan (20th Great Grand Master fleet) had some wonderful sailing – see if you can pick them out in the videos. There were 117 entries from 24 countries in the five age divisions, including two 85 year olds (inspirations). There were more legends (over 75) racing than both Apprentices (35-45) and Masters (45-55) – Grand Masters had 42 entries and Great Grand Masters had 32. Here is a highlights video of the event and more information and results can be found at . Have a thought towards participating in Masters racing events when you hit a certain age (35). They are always a fantastic experience.

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Boom Gate Parking

Parking Update for Sailors - important changes

The Canberra Southern Cross Club has implemented paid parking to reduce unauthorised use of the car park area. We have worked closely with them on planning the change to ensure continued access for sailors.

Here is a summary of how it will work - please read!

Any questions contact the office.

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sailing school enrollment

CYC Sailing School Enrolment Open

Enrolments now open! The CYC's very popular family, adult and children's sailing courses plus youth sailing squad places are now available for application. If you are not sure where to start then have a look at our Sailing Pathways page here. Places fill quickly on all our courses! Book online today - Adults/Family & Children Term Time & School Holiday Programs.

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Sailability at the CYC

The Canberra Yacht Club offers Sailability, an international program to assist people of all-abilities to get into sailing. This is by providing an additional level of support, an established network of volunteers, and resources to assist participants. Equipment is provided to assist those with limited mobility to get into and out of boats, with modified docking areas that are accessible and affordable options to participate. Different types of boats are provided including the Hansa Class that are easy to sail. If you have a disability and wish to experience “Freedom on the Water”, you are especially welcome typically Sunday morning. Find out more and Book Online here.

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Buoyed Up with Tackers

Buoyed Up at the Canberra Yacht Club
Buoyed Up with Tackers, is an initiative which assists vulnerable children aged 7-12 years to participate in the Junior Sailing program as a way to build confidence, self-esteem and engage in an active lifestyle. The program provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds with a unique fun-based opportunity that will enhance their general life skills and capabilities. Please click here - for a video about Buoyed Up and how you can help this important initiative. The Australian Sports Foundation supports the CYC’s Buoyed Up with tax deductibility for your donation – please click here to find out more.

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boat shop

CYC Boat Shop

The CYC Boat Shop has a comprehensive range for all your sailing requirements. We stock boat fittings, stainless wire, clothing, fiberglass repair kits, nuts & bolts, rope, paint, bags, and much more. We are located downstairs beside the CYC office. Monday to Friday 9.30 am to 4.00pm - Sunday 9.30am to 12.00 noon race days only. For all your boat repair needs or simply because you cant help yourself, come and check out the shop! Phone 6273 4777

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Sailing School Twilight Racing Regattas