Lyons 54 Kayle – make a change
Available for charter and special packages
- Kayle is a 54ft Lyons grand
prixoffshore racing yacht.
- She was designed and built in 2000 to be ergonomically sensitive to the needs of the disabled, yet in every sense of the word to be an ocean racer.
- Kayle can carry up to 5 wheelchairs and is accessible to any disabled person.
- When racing, a crew of up to 16 is on board, but when cruising, Kayle can easily cater
for25 crew and passengers.
- Moored at CYCA, Rushcutters Bay, NSW, Australia.
For those disabled and abled sailors who wish to compete at the elite level, Kayle has an impressive list of achievements including:
- 2010 Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta 2nd
- 2009 Rolex Sydney to Hobart 2nd in Division
- 2009 Audi Winter Series- 3rd overall
- 2007 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race – division winner, 20th overall
- 2007 Audi Sydney to Mackay race – divisional winner
- 2006 Audi Sydney to Mackay race – divisional winner
- 15 consecutive Sydney to Hobart races
- 1998 Sydney to Hobart – divisional winners, 9th overall (one of the few to finish)
- 2003 World Record –
non stop, unassisted circumnavigation of Australia in 37 days 1 hr that still holds
It is a no compromise yacht designed by David Lyons some statistics are:
- Designer: David Lyons
- Year Built: 2000
- Length (LOA) : 16.2m
- Waterline Length: 13.426m
- Beam: 4.3m
- Draft: 3.3m
5 tonnebulb keel
- Displacement: 9,700kg
- Weight: 10 ton
- Water Ballast Capacity: 1300 litres
- Mast height: 28m
- 2.5m rudder
- 7m boom
- J 6.2m
- Number of winches: 7
- Maximum speed: 26.57kts 2008 S2H (08 S2H max wind 42 knots)
- Engine capacity: 48hp Bukh turbo diesel
- Racing crew: up to 16
- Berths: 10
- Personal EPIRBs: 16 PLB (406MHz)
- Communication system – VHF, HF, Sat phone and Next G
- Computers: Toshiba and IBM Laptops for Navigation, weather and email communication
- 2 computers running on board (however for the documentary “DisAbled Bodied Sailors” we had 3)
- Silva instruments – 6 strings of info at the mast and another 4 strings at the steering stations
- 2 GPS running at all times
- Power consumption is 7 amps per hour which means we have to charge our batteries twice a day for 1.5 hours
- Fuel range capacity – 160 litres at 2.5ltrs per hour @ 7.5knots
- 130 litres of fresh water is stowed in 2 stainless steel tanks
- 50 litres of emergency fresh water
- 2 first aid kits- 1 day kit and 1 Category 1 AYF safety kit
- Smoke, orange, parachute and white flares
- Safety harnesses and Personal Floatation Devices (PFD) for all crew + spares
- 4 burner gas stove and oven
- 100 litre freezer
- 16 man life raft
- Every crew has their own 406 EPIRB (provided) and a bum bag containing a disposable knife, a small torch, cyalume sticks, sea dye, a bright fluro cap and several empty wine bladders.
Why? It is proven that the fluoro cap will be seen far better, night or day, to improve search and rescue in the event of a MOB (man overboard). As for the empty wine bladders? A versatile little personal floatation device.
All meals are precooked and frozen in individual foil trays then re-heated in the oven and served during watches.
The crew mostly wear shorts and t-shirts, non-slip shoes, good gloves and a secure cap or hat to sail. In colder climates, thermals are the 1st layer, a fleecy mid-layer, then specially-designed quality wet-weather gear. It doesn’t matter if you’re wet, but you must stay warm.
Crew safety training
All the crew has certified sea survival training. A lot of the crew has senior first aid training, a radio operator’s licence, and a good working knowledge of the yacht and the technology required to save lives. Man overboard drills and all aspects of safety, in harbour and offshore, are part of our daily routine. Yachting is a great sport, but needs to be carried out in a safe environment.
Offshore, the boat carries a life raft for 16 people. Our crew numbers range from 12-16 people, depending on circumstances. Corporate days can go as high as 20.
- Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
- More to come
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Package
Introduction and training will start 10 days prior to the race start on 26thon Tuesday 16thDecember
- Training: 16th – 25th December from the Cruising Yacht Club Australia
- Start: 26th December in Sydney
- Finish in Hobart totally depending on the weather conditions, reasonable expected time would be 4 days, but there have been years when it has taken the average fleet longer
- Prizegiving: 31st December at the Grand Chancellor Hobart from 3 pm
- 4 professionals of one of whom will be the skipper
- 12 guest sailors
- race boat entry
- additional insurance for the boat
- safety equipment
- 10 day training schedule
- provisioning onboard while training and racing
- flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
- accommodation ashore. There is no accommodation on the boat as she will be kept in racing trim and on arrival in Hobart will be handed over to Winds of Joy program immediately
- meals ashore
- clothing and wet weather gear for offshore racing
- personal insurance that covers yacht racing. We recommend Topsail
- all other fees
Sail Race Crew & Sailors with DisABILITIES
Sail Race Crew partners with Sailors with disABILITIES (SDW) for special packages.
Sailors with disABILITIES is an Australian registered not-for-profit organisation that, through sailing, becomes a catalyst for change in people’s lives.
Why They Do It
SWD exist to offer
What Do They Do?
SDW use sailing as a tool to build confidence, self-esteem and new relationships.
Through sailing, people start to forget about what they can’t do and focus on what they can.
SWD provide free sailing and training programs for people with a disability, disadvantaged children and adults, and their carers.
With the Sail Race Crew & SDW partnership and
SDW has been very fortunate over the last 18 years of our existence. They have had great sponsorship from Aspect Computing, KAZ, NRMA Insurance, Australian Sports Foundation, 3M, Brokenwood Wines,
If you wish to make an extra contribution this is possible in several ways:
- Signage on the boat. Current signage on the boat will remain and we invite any other organization/company to discuss with us signage for the event at cost.
- Making a donation to SWD. Sailors With disABILITIES has tax deductibility for direct donations. They appreciate all assistance and will work with you to make donating as easy as possible.
Would you like to have some more information?
+31 85 301 56 36