NMAFC Twilight Cruising - CYCSA


NMAFC Twilight Cruising

Photo thanks to Teresa Hamilton-Smith

CYCSA / Naval, Military and Air Force Club, Twilight Cruise, Wednesday 1st February 2023

Onboard Southern Investigator

It was a pleasure to host members from the Naval, Military and Air Force Club on CYCSA’s flagship training yacht, Southern Investigator. Members experienced the excitement of sailing our 43 foot training yacht in brisk conditions on a recent Twilight race evening.

They all helmed the yacht and participated in activities sailing Southern Investigator capably. We followed the racing yachts with the crew learning about how to sail a boat and we were able to be in close proximity of the racers witnessing some close racing and tactics .

The evening continued at the Club with excellent dining and excited conversations about the experience on the water and learning about the range of sailing opportunities offered by the CYCSA Marine Academy. 

It was a pleasure to sail and spend time with guests and I encourage more of our co-club friends to explore the sailing experiences offered by the Marine Academy.

Rod Hunter, Marine Academy Instructor

Photo thanks to Matthew Youens

Onboard Synergy

Aboard Synergy, a 40’ sailing vessel, we regularly host visitors who want to “see what sailing is about” in the Twilight races. In the Twilight series there are two opportunities for members from our reciprocal Adelaide club (NMAFC) to join us for a Twilight sail. On this occasion we had the pleasure of hosting three guests. Following a quick safety briefing and explanation of winches, we headed out for the race. Hoisting sail and a few practice manoeuvres before the start set the scene for the evening.

The start found Synergy in close quarters, with some excitement for the evening. Once the line was cleared and the fleet separated, we settled into a more relaxed mode and enjoyed the evening. This entailed a small amount of spray across the deck, some crew work as the urge dictated, a few friendly drinks, beautiful sunset and lots of banter with the regular crew. Sadly no dolphins! Although late to finish, the evening was completed with presentation to the winners and a delightful meal.

Mark Hutton – Skipper, Synergy

Photo thanks to Matthew Youens

“Thank you very much to Mark for welcoming us aboard Synergy for an excellent sail, it was very much enjoyed by us all. My partner and I especially enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere with the ability to be supported and guided through some basic sailing techniques.

Viviana had lots of fun and especially enjoyed hoisting the sail and learning to tack. Thanks again, it was an excellent night and we hope to join you again sometime.” – Matthew Youens, NMAFC Member

Photo thanks to Matthew Youens