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Life Member | Andrew Saies

During the 2020 Annual General Meeting, Cruising Yacht Club of SA Members recognised Andrew Saies contribution the Club when he was elected to become a Life Member.

Joined CYCSA in 1981
Board Member 2005 – 2010
President 2010 – 2017

Andrew Joined the CYCSA in 1980 and became a Senior Member in 1995.

He joined the Board in 2006 and served as Board Chairman and Club President from 2011 until April 2017, a term of 7 years, and became the longest serving President since the Club’s occupancy of the basin in 1980.

During those years he worked with the Board and Management to successfully steer the Club through the following:

  • Re-focussing from an expansive whole of club infrastructure plan to one that was an affordable, staged approach culminating in the new Admirals Bar and Bistro;
  • Formation of the Admirals Club and hosting its inaugural function, raising 80k in funds towards the new Bar and Bistro;
  • The governance process, responsibilities and risks associated with the Marina West break water extension to a satisfactory conclusion that protected club finances and reputation;
  • The strategy and representation required to achieve a legislative change that protected the interests of berth owners from new Council rates on marina berths;
  • A course of action and strategy to optimise the crystallisation of value held by the Club in the Boat Ramp asset, culminating in sale of this asset in 2018.

Andrew chaired the inaugural Marine Academy Committee, tasked by the Board with establishing a viable sailing and power boat training program and centre, accredited by and delivering Sailing Australia and, where relevant, RYA approved courses.

Such a sail training academy had been the vision of successive CYCSA boards for over 10 years.

The vision was to deliver boating safety and enjoyment enhancing programs to members and market the program to the general public as a way of introducing more people to boating with a view to increasing club membership and competent racing crews.

He remains a member of the Marine Academy Advisory Committee.

His contributions to Sailing and Club Life include the following:

  • Founding the Flinders Baudin Challenge and publishing a log book to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the discovery and charting of South Australia in 2002;
  • Initiating the Ballast Head Regatta  in 2002 at Kangaroo Island and taking on the role of event organiser every year since then;
  • Winning the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart;
  • Australian Ocean racer of the year 2010;
  • SA yachtsmen of the year 2010;
  • SA boating Industry person of the year 2010;
  • Nominated for SA Sportsperson of the year 2010;
  • Hosting the ‘Two True Shout’ free drinks for all club members in attendance, at the bar prior to the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart at the CYCSA every year from 2010 to 2018;
  • Competing in all major keel boat regattas in Australia under the CYCSA flag and in the 2013 Fastnet yacht race;
  • Performing as keynote speaker at a number of Club dinners and functions (Club 40th birthday lunch, Sydney Hobart dinners, Naval and Military Club (Encounter dinner x2); 
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