THE COSTA BLANCA Yacht Association (CBYA) held its first TOMs Cruise and Raft- Up Day last week. Several members participated, sailing from the Real Club Nautico de Calpe (RCNC) to El Portet, Moraira, on four RCNC-owned TOM racing yachts.
These 8.5 metre boats were designed by Giovanni Ceccerelli and built at the Omega Ship Yard in Moden, Italy, by Paolo Pizzo and Matep Plazzi from ‘Team Prada’.
RCNC owns six TOMs, which are available to charter from their Sailing Centre in Calpe.
The TOMs were also joined by several privately-owned yachts and power boats for the raft-up and once out of the harbour, cut effortlessly through the water.
The raft-up took place in the bay at El Portet and a picnic lunch aboard the yachts was enjoyed by all.
The return trip to Calpe was equally memorable as the TOMs enjoyed a fast spinnaker run.
The winds were favourable and the weather glorious for this first TOMs Cruise and Raft-up Day. The CBYA is looking forward to many more raft-up events in the future.
The CBYA participates in regular regattas along the Costa Blanca throughout the year using both the TOMs and larger cruising yachts. There are activities organised at Les Basettes (Hobie Cats and kayaks), cruiser charters out of Denia, as well as social raft-ups around Javea bay when motor craft are welcome to join in the fun.
Whether you are an experienced sailor, or wanting to learn, there are plenty of opportunities to hone your skills. A nautical lecture is held once a month along with various other social events.
Members meet on the third Monday evening of each month at the Club Nautico de Javea.
The CBYA boasts an international membership, including Belgians, Brits, Dutch, Germans, Norwegians, Americans, Canadians and Spanish.
Owning a boat is not a prerequisite for membership, although obviously desirable.