Yacht Racing in Australia
Want to go Yacht Racing in Australia?
Test yourself and discover your potential and join Ocean Gem racing team
When a lot of sailors think about racing; skippers with short tempers, high blood pressure and excessing yelling and screaming come to mind. This picture of a high-stress environment can be etched in our minds from a bad experience earlier in life or just the behaviour we witness at our local yacht club on a windy weekend.
On cohesive, well-trained racing teams this behaviour could not be further from reality. The Ocean Gem racing team that has been shaped and developed over the past 5 years, over the course of 400+ races has created a culture of talented amateur sailors, that work well together and who are crossed trained and able to cover most positions on the boat. When you join this racing team for an ocean race or regatta, you will quickly settle into a role, surrounded by capable team-oriented people who will support and train you to quickly become a contributor to the team.
With the latest in carbon racing sails, racing rigging systems and advanced electronic technology, they are a competitive and consistent performer in local, coastal and long-distance ocean races. You’ll enjoy great team morale, plenty of humour, a comfortable warm dry, bunk and excellent food as you compete in comfort and style on a solid boat you can count on to be reliable. They have picked up plenty of inshore and offshore club championship and regatta titles, won Queensland State titles and won a number of long-distance ocean races and its seldom because they have the fastest boat and often because they have a great team that works well together, give it 100% and who refuse to give up when the chips are down. They never give up and often come from behind when others have.
There is nothing more exhilarating than being on the start line with 50 other large yachts as the 5-minute gun goes off… or battling your way around the top mark with your competitors and getting your spinnaker up first… or surfing downwind under spinnaker in 20-30 knots of wind… or winning a long ocean race by just a few seconds and realise you it was that one tack you did a little bit better than the other boat.
They have taken first-time sailors, on day one to racing regatta performers from the get-go. Yacht racing is really a bunch of simple steps, carried out in the right order in coordination with the rest of the team. That takes communication, training and a willingness to listen and learn. That’s all.
Yacht Racing Schedule Ocean Gem
- Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race: 25 Dec 2019 – 2 Jan 2020
- Brisbane Hamilton Island Yacht Race: 29 July – 5 Aug 2020
- Hamilton Island Race Week: 15 – 23 Aug 2020
- Sydney to Auckland Race: 26 Jan – 10 Feb 2021
We also provide passages onboard Ocean Gem
- Southport to Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef and Lord Howe Island Passage: 17 – 24 Nov 2019
- Lord Howe Island to Sydney Passage: 23 – 28 Nov 2019
- Tasmania Circumnavigation: 27 Jan – 10 Feb 2020
- Hobart to Picton Tasman Sea Passage: 8 – 22 Mar 2020
- Picton New Zealand to Southport Australia Passage: 12 – 26 April 2020
Yacht Racing Australia, how it began
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia was formed in 1944 and, despite its name, quickly became the leading exponent of ocean racing in Australia, at that time a little-known sport both here and elsewhere.
In 1945 a planned cruise to Hobart quickly turned into a race and the famous Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was born. The race captured the imagination of the Australian public, it soon developed into an international yachting classic, attracting competitors from around the world.
With 72 years experience conducting ocean races such as the Sydney Hobart Race the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has built an expertise in race organisation and sea safety. Which is internationally acclaimed and widely emulated. Some techniques are adapted world-wide following CYCA development.
To the surprise of the major ocean racing nations, a Cruising Yacht Club of Australia team came close second at the Admiral’s Cup in England in 1965 and returned in 1967 to win the Admiral’s Cup.
With this result, the CYCA established Australia as a force in international ocean racing. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia began when some keen sailors started meeting informally in a photographic studio in Sydney. They soon acquired a boatshed in Rushcutters Bay and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Clubhouse developed into a stylish and practical headquarters where races and regattas are organised and conducted.
These days, the CYCA is the ‘Club of choice’ for its almost 3,000 members, sailors and non-sailors, who enjoy the world-class facilities, the extensive sailing calendar and the social programme of member’s nights, prize givings and just relaxing in the Sydney Hobart Bar after a hard-fought race.
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