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The Mickey Ink Port Douglas Race Week

The Mickey Ink Port Douglas Race week will be held 24th-29th May, 2015.  The Mickey Ink Port Douglas Race Week is held over Port Douglas’s Carnivale, so it is a fabulous time to be in Port Douglas, the town comes alive with a plethora of events and of course the regatta is the highlight.

Please click here for the NOR Port Douglas Race Week 2015

Keel Boat Instructor Training – Feb 2015

In 2015 the CYC plans to conduct a series of training session in partnership with Yachting Queensland (YQ), the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron (CCYS), and Mission Beach Sailing Club, for Keel Boat Instructors, Dinghy Instructors, Power Boat handling and safety boat certification and race official Training. This is part of our commitment to building sailing capacity across all our fleets and will support our application be re-accredited as a Discover Sailing Centre. The first course being held in 2015 is the Keel Boat Instructor Course at the CCYS from Friday the 27th of Feb – Sunday 1st of March 2015. Please fill out the form below if you are interested and register via the link below. I (Scott) have not be able to find information on cost of the course as yet (estimated around $380), but at this stage registering is the first step. The CYC executive is currently considering a proposal to reimburse training cost for those member who then in turn offer their skills to the club to run course. YA Keelboat Instructors Course – Cairns 2015 or use the following link to the YQ expression of interest form

Anniversary Regatta Sailing Instructions

Race 1 Sat 15 Nov  1100 hrs

Race 2 Sun 16 Nov  1000 hrs 

Race 3 Sun 16 Nov (15 mins Following Race 2)

1          RULES   The Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016, and CYC Local Rules shall apply for the             duration of this event.

2          NOTICES TO COMPETITORS may be posted on the official notice board located at CYC and on the CYC  Yacht Division page.


Any change to the sailing instructions will be advised at the briefing at 0830 hrs at CYC Boatshed, or posted on the notice board before 0800hrs on the day it will take effect, except that any change to the schedule of races will be posted by 2000hrs on the day before.

3      NOMINATIONS  forms are available from CYC clubrooms or downloaded from the website. Nominations may be lodged in the nominations box located at the CYC Boathouse or by email before 1800hrs Tuesday prior to the event.

4            SCHEDULE OF RACES

Saturday15 Nov 2014 Keelboats and multihulls Race 1 10.55 Hrs. Yorkeys Knob Return
Sunday16 Nov 20014 Keelboats and multihulls Race 2 0955 hrs Bay
Sunday16 Nov  2014 Keelboats and multihulls Race 3 Fifteen minutes after the last yacht has completed the first race B

4.1 Briefing :  1000 hrs at the boatshed on Sat 15 Nov.

5            CLASS FLAGS

Both Class flags will be required to signal the 5 minute warning

6            RACING AREAS :  Trinity Bay

7         THE COURSE  – (Race 1)  CYC Start – C# 9 (P) – Yorkeys Knob Port Channel Marker (S) – C# 5 (S) – Finish….. 2 laps  (all marks to Starboard)

– (Race 2)  Windward – Leeward.  CYC Start – C#4 (S) – Windward mark (P) – Leeward Mark (P) – Finish

– (Race 3)  Windward – Leeward.  Start – Windward Mark (P) – Leeward Mark (P) – C#3 (S) – CYC Finish

  • Shortened Course: As per Racing Rules of Sailing

8          THE START:

8.1   Race 1 Start Time: 11:00 hrs on 15 Nov.

8.2  The start for Race 1 will be the CYC Start.

  • Race 2 Start Time: 1000 hrs
  • The start for Race 2 will be a line between the start boat flying CYC Burgee and T2 to its port side. A clearance buoy will be set at the stern of the start boat.
  • Race 3 Start time: Fifteen minutes after the last yacht has completed the first race.
  • The start for Race 3 will be a line between the start boat flying CYC Burgee and a buoy to its port side. A clearance buoy will be set at the stern of the start boat.

8.5  Races will be started by using rule 26 with warning signal 5 minutes before the start.

9        THE FINISH:

9.1  Race 1 – Finish as per start line.

  • Race 2 – Between Start Boat and C#4 (P)
  • Race 3 – CYC Finish between the northern end of Sailfish Quay and the port channel marker T2.

(Take own GPS Finish Time – Text to 0411 524 262 ASAP)

10        TIME LIMITS:  1700 hrs


11.1 Protest forms are available at the race office. Protests shall be delivered there within the protest time limit.

11.2 For each class, the protest time limit is 90 minutes after the last boat has finished the last race of the day.

11.3 Decisions of the protest committee will be final as provided in rule 70.4.

12        SAFETY

12.1       Participating Yachts shall comply at all times with:

  • Transport Operations (Marine Safety) Regulations 2004
  • International Regulations for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (COLREGS) 1972
  • Cairns Port Procedures Manual
  • Cairns Yacht Club – Safety Management Plan

12.2     Participants shall comply with   directions issued by the Regional Harbour Master (RHM) Cairns or   his delegate.

12.3     Participating Yachts shall comply with Yachting Australia (YA) Special Regulations – Safety    Category 6.

12.4     A Yacht withdrawing shall notify the race officer as soon as possible on VHS Channel 72.


13.1     All yachts are required to carry VHF radios as per YA Special Regulations – Category 6.

13.2     All Yachts will call the race officer on channel 72 VHS ten minutes prior to warning signal for                    Race1 and Race 3 indicating number of crew.

13.3     A boat shall not transmit or receive radio or phone communications not available to all boats during a             race.


Competitors participate in the race entirely at their own risk. See rule 4 – Decision to Race. The organizing authority will not accept any liability for material damage or personal injury or death sustained in conjunction with or prior to, during, or after the regatta.

15        INSURANCE

Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party insurance with a minimum cover of $5,000,000 per event or the equivalent

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