The Classic Yacht Association of Australia Qld Branch
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CYAA Queensland Branch
The CYAA was formed in 1997 and introduced to Queensland by John Devers and Tom Stephensen in 1999. The Classic Yacht Association (Qld branch ) continues to encourage the enjoyment of sailing classic yachts of all types as well as social events and general sharing of our common interests. The Queensland group is trying to encourage as much participation by yacht owners as possible without losing its central classic yacht identity. We have adopted a broad definition for classics as being yachts designed or built before 1970 or built to a design clearly originating from this era. While these are intentionally inclusive criteria, to any sailor observing our events we are unmistakably, a fleet of classic yachts.
The Queensland activities have necessarily centred around the south east corner and the yacht clubs on Moreton Bay. Queensland does not have the rich history of racing grand cutters of Melbourne & Sydney a century ago, and the harsh Queensland weather has resulted in many earlier classics “disappearing”. Queensland does have a rich history of ocean racing beginning with the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht race beginning in 1949 and there are significant fleets of yachts, including many classics, sailing out of the Moreton Bay clubs including QCYC, RQYS, Wynnum Manly Yacht Club and the Moreton Bay Boat Club.
The CYAA Queensland activities have developed around a series of events spread through the year. With the exception of our December event these are run by the local clubs and supported by sponsors. Several prominent and active classic boat enthusiasts are regulars on the event sponsors lists.
In past years RQYS had conducted a classic regatta that was held on the Australia Day weekend. After a hiatus the event will be held in early March 2014. This year will be a single day race and it is envisaged that next year there will be a return to a full program regatta. The restoration of this event to our classic’s calendar is a sign of the enthusiasm of our group. This year an event is proposed for March.
2013 was the inaugural year for an event conducted by the Wynnum Manly Yacht club and the Little Ships Club. It was held in the first weekend of May and has been confirmed for 2014. This was a pursuit race with boats over-nighting at the One Mile anchorage using the Little Ship Club facilities. It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
The biggest annual event involving classic yachts is the Vintage Yacht Regatta run by QCYC and held on the Queen’s birthday weekend. 2014 will be the 39th running of this event. The two day regatta attracts our best numbers and is run in two divisions. The Sandgate sailing club which shares waterfront with QCYC has a long tradition of racing ‘Flying Fifteens’ and they join this regatta.
QCYC conducts the Bribie cup, one of Morton Bays premier events and includes a classic division. Boats are able to moor at Scarborough following the cup and compete the next weekend in a two day regatta. This is supported by the MBBC and the Scarborough marina.
The Wynnum Manly Yacht club conducts the largest Teams event held annually in Qld., the St Helena Cup. In 2014 the event will include a dedicated classic division. The total fleet-numbers for this event regularly exceed 100. CYAA will put plenty of effort to encourage classic owners to make good use of this offer of support from WMYC.
The Deanbilla Bay race is an annual event held in December and is the only event on our calendar hosted by CYAA itself. It has a history back to 2001 and has run each year since 2004. It is a pursuit with a strong emphasis on the social gathering that follows on the beach at Deanbilla bay.
In 2013 one of our members volunteered to take on the duties of local branch secretary. He had already established a website promoting activities for traditional boats. He has now included the CYAA (Qld branch) on that site and also advertises the calendared activities here and interstate both on the site, by direct email and the occasional newsletter. While CYAA Qld has had a dedicated core group over the last several years we hope that this additional communication will see more enthusiasts at the classic yacht events. As noted the local website carries information about our southern cousins and the events held out of state. We aim to encourage greater ties with our southern counterparts both in Melbourne & Sydney as well as New Zealand.
I would like to thank our core group and their clubs who look after us through the year.
Ivan Holm ‘ Laurabada’ Branch coordinator Coochiemudlo.
Email contact for CYAA Qld branch is via firstname.lastname@example.org
Inquires can be directed by e-mail to the CYAA Qld branch hon secretary Greg Doolan ‘Karunda’ who is web coordinator of this site from this page.