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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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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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World Sailing News

Light & challenging Pittwater to Coffs Yacht Race
31 Mar 2023, 7:53 am  A lovely 8-10 knot westerly marked the start of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's 37th Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Yacht Race, when it started off Barrenjoey Headland at 1pm today, the fleet cracking spinnakers at the start in glorious sunshine.
Australians set for Trofeo Princes Sofia Regatta
31 Mar 2023, 12:42 am  An armada of Australians is set to descend on Palma's famous Trofeo Princes Sofia Regatta, where the best Olympic Class sailors from around the world will lock horns to kick off the 2023 European summer season.
Danger Zone wins 2023 Harken Young 88 Nationals
31 Mar 2023, 12:25 am  The recent Harken Young 88 Nationals saw a typically competitive and on form fleet assemble to battle it out on the full length and mostly “Riviera free” racecourse North of Rangitoto.
Shirley Robertson talks with Dean Barker
30 Mar 2023, 10:17 pm  Shirley Robertson's Sailing Podcast hosts one of the sport's most recognisable talents as New Zealand's Dean Barker talks to double Olympic gold medallist Robertson about a career spent chasing the illusive America's Cup.

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