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Classic Yacht Association NZ
Newsletter April 2020
Newsletter of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand


On behalf of the CYA committee, I hope you are all keeping healthy and safe during the current lockdown. It certainly is an unprecedented time for everyone and we are all finding different ways to adjust.  

I'm sure there is many a garage project out there being worked on, or people tinkering with boat bits from their homes.

We'd love to hear from you and what you've been up to - perhaps send some photos and stories in and we can share these around. 

The committee have been using this time to plan ahead for next year and get our event calendar organised. 

We hope there will still be some winter racing this season, and perhaps, once we are safely able to again, we will all have to gather somewhere on the water and get our wooden boat fix, even if we have to say hi and share a few stories from a distance.

I know, like all of you will be, I am longing to get back out on the water, get the sails up, and feel some sea air on my face. Until we can do that again, stay safe and well!

James Mortimer

Chair, Classic Yacht Association

Coming Events

Sat 2 May Race 1: RNZYS Winter Series – CANCELLED

Tuesday 5 May Boat Owners Meeting - POSTPONED

Sat 16 May Race 2: RNZYS Winter Series – see note below

Wed 20 May CYA Annual Prizegiving- POSTPONED

CYA Club Nights

These will resume when the Covid level drops to the allowable level and the RNZYS is permitted to host groups.

RNZYS Club Marine Winter Series

It's time to get your Club Marine Winter Series entries in!

The start date has been pushed back to Saturday 16th May (pending further government announcements), and the season has been adjusted to ensure all races are completed.

Online Entry + updated NOR & Amendment HERE

Yachting NZ COVID update,
including checking boats 
moored or on Marinas

See what Levels 3, 2 and 1 will mean to the sailing community Read more

In reference to checking boats, Question 8 refers to boat owners checking on their vessels......

I'm a keelboat owner and want to check on my boat which is moored or at a marina. Am I able to do it?
YNZ: We think it is reasonable for those with boats on moorings and marinas that need essential servicing and ongoing maintenance to be able to access them. Making suitable arrangements with the local police, marina operators or security personnel should be all it takes to access your boat.

Chad has been in communications with the Ministry of Culture & Heritage and their response:
Can I relocate or check on my recreational vessel?
On 3 April 2020, the Director General of Health issued a notice which outlined that people were to stay at home during Alert Level 4:
The terms of that notice require people to stay at home, with some limited exceptions for essential personal movements. Owners should not be accessing their vessels, in order to relocate, check or maintain them during Alert Level 4 restrictions as this would fall outside the scope of the Director General’s order.

Maritime New Zealand does not have authority to review or approve requests by vessel owners to travel to areas where their vessels are berthed to check, maintain, or relocate them while the Director General’s order is in force.

If you believe that you have compelling reasons to check on your vessel, you should email outlining the situation and your safety plan.

Summer Prizewinners

CONGRATULATIONS to the SERIES trophy winners and placegetters listed below, and to all those who participated to make it such a great summer of sailing.


Premiere Series

A Division & Winner of Arch Logan cup: RAWENE



B Division & Winner of Robert Logan Trophy: TUCANA

2nd: TEAL


Modern Division & Winner of Des Townson Trophy: STARLIGHT

Summer Series

A Division & Winner of Ranger Tiller: RAWENE



B Division & Winner of Koefoed Bowl:


3rd: TEAL

Modern Division & Winner of John Brooke Trophy: STARLIGHT

2nd: LEDA



Our sincere thanks to those of you who responded to our plea for help. As you will see the site is now up and running (see it here) and our grateful thanks go to Karen from Karebou Website Designs for putting it back together. Thanks heaps Karen –


Thank you to all who have paid your subs for the 2019-20 season……a reminder invoice for those who haven’t has been sent as these are now overdue. 

The 2020 Classic Vessel Register has been posted to all current members and will be forwarded to you on receipt of unpaid subs.

Look forward to hearing from you:


You will notice the Forum has been archived and we will use Facebook for your queries and comments. The forum was bombarded with spam and eventually became unusable. Hopefully we will be saved from this by using our facebook page in the future and look forward to your comments CYA Facebook

It has come to our attention some members missed the notice and link to complete the form to ensure your updated contact & vessel details were included in the 2020 Register.

It is very important to us to have your vessel in our Register so please contact Joyce if you were one of these unlucky members so we can ensure you will be contacted prior to the next Register being published and included.
Reach Joyce via

The Buchanan Collection of yacht photographs is now online and highly recommended for viewing – a wonderful way to spend any spare time. Read more.


Details of future courses will be advised when to hand.
For further details and information


It is with sadness that we acknowledge the death of Roly Moreland, a very long-time and loyal CYA member (member #184). Roly was in his 95th year and passed peacefully on 17 April 2020.


We would love to hear what you are doing in Wellington, Lyttelton and absolutely anywhere there is a classic boat in the water!

Your contributions and ideas would be so welcome - and please do let us know if you are restoring a vessel, planning an event or would just like to share a classic experience with us. We would LOVE to hear from you and share your story


With a changing of the guard in the production of Sheerlines, it's time to acknowledge the enormous commitment made for some time by our hard-working CYA Chair, James Mortimer. He took Sheerlines from a basic news bulletin to a classy production. Thank you SO MUCH, James.

We are delighted to announce that as of this edition of Sheerlines we have a new editor – welcome Robyn Pearce, and a big thank you from the committee.

Robyn is an experienced writer and we’re sure you will enjoy her input and management of the newsletters.

(Joyce wrote those kind words, and is the main scribe.  My role is primarily to get the newsletter out - I'm just the keyboarder, learning more refinements of email newsletter systems and happy to help in this way. Robyn.)

CYA contact details

Secretary: Joyce Talbot

Yacht Captain: Andy Ball 

The Classic Yacht Association is proudly supported and sponsored by the following organisations

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