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SheSails Day at the CYC

What an incredible day it turned out to be for Sunday the 2nd of February's SheSails Discover Sailing Day at the Canberra Yacht Club. We are so pleased to have been able to celebrate our club's female sailors, and introduce so many new women to the sport all in one day.

Over 80 women headed out on the water, with most participating in the afternoon race. Great conditions, fun racing, some nice prizes on offer and big smiles all round.

Thank you especially to our volunteers and those members who volunteered their boats to take new sailors out! In particular we would like to thank our Commodore Sue Hart, Race Officer Deb Blackman, and Office Manager and the day's coordinator, Mary Kershaw.

Our numbers were limited to ensure everyone had a safe and positive experience today, and we are aware that there was a number of women who missed out. With demand this high, the club will definitely be scheduling some more of these days, and similar SheSails courses and activities soon, so watch this space!

Register for the discover sailing day here

The Club is also running a SheSails Learn to Sail Course - a heavily subsidised womens only version of our popular two week learn to sail course. Come try out sailing on the 4th of February and if you like it, join the learn to sail course from 15 February.

Register for the learn to sail course here

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The Capital Brewing 2023 CYC Winter series

"The Capital Brewing Winter Series has been completed for another year, the results can be found via the Racing/Race Results page. Thank you again to Capital Brewing for some wonderful local brews on offer as prizes each week! "

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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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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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12 Apr 2024, 7:33 pm  True to an initiative launched last year by team owner and 52 SUPER SERIES champion Doug De Vos that aims to provide younger sailors with experience and learning at the highest level of grand prix racing.
Cup Spy Apr 12: Kiwis splash and sail
12 Apr 2024, 12:26 pm  Emirates Team New Zealand's new AC75 moved from first splash to first foiling tack in a single day, in Auckland on Friday.
Pen Duick VI triumphs in McIntyre Ocean Globe Race
12 Apr 2024, 6:33 am  Emotional scenes as Marie Tabarly skipper of Pen Duick VI FR crosses the Royal Yacht Squadron finish line at 22:52 UTC, 11th April after 37 challenging days at sea and 6814nm sailed, taking the treasured double - "provisional" first in line honours.

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