THE Costa Blanca Yacht Association (CBYA) held its annual Summer Regatta recently as teams took to the waters in Calpe.
A total of four teams competed in this year’s edition on the 8.5 metre RCNC-owned TOMs racing yachts.
The regatta mixed sailing novices with sailors who are only novices on TOMs, novices with spinnakers and experienced, highly-skilled racers.
The competition proved to be fun-filled and provided many learning opportunities for all, whatever the experience level.
The TOMs graced the waters with their full spinnakers of red and white in a downwind sail to the marks and a quick sail change brought out the jib and main sails for tacking and gybing through various sailing manoeuvres throughout the race.
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, Canadiansand Spanish.
Owning a boat is not a prerequisite for membership, although obviously desirable.
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