Racing Association - CYCSA

Racing Association

The Racing Association oversees all racing activities at the CYCSA. A comprehensive calendar includes Windward/Leeward and Fixed Mark course racing, Offshore, Twilight and Short-handed series, Ladies Helm events and Regattas.

Racing is conducted in Winter and Summer seasons on the following days:

Wednesday (Twilight Series from 1800)
Saturday (Club Championship Racing from 1300)
Sunday (Regattas only)

Saturday (Short-handed Series from 1300)
Sunday (Winter Series from 1200)

Series Raced at the CYCSA

Yalumba Club Inshore Series
This series consists of a combination of windward/leeward and fixed mark courses over the course of 17 races for Div 1 and Div 2.

Short Offshore Series 
The Short Offshore Series is made up of 5 races. All Offshore Races are Category 4, except Adelaide to Port Lincoln (Catergory 3).

IRC Series
While all boats can compete under the Club handicap (PHS), an IRC division is also offered for Division 1 and Division 2. Boats competing under IRC may nominate for the elite South Australian IRC Championship. This series is open to all boats in the State who hold a current IRC and Category 3 Certificate.

AMS Series
An AMS division was established in season 2013-14 and is also offered for Division 1 and Division 2. Boats competing under AMS may nominate for the South Australian AMS Championship. This series is open to all boats in the State who hold a current AMS and Category 3 Certificate.

Women’s Series
This series consists of a combination of fixed mark and windward/leeward courses for 8 races run in conjunction with the RSAYS. Commitment of one Sunday a month, with a woman at the helm.

Twilight Series 1 and 2
Twilight racing is extremely popular during the Summer season. The CYCSA offers two Wednesday Twilight Series – one pre-Christmas and one post-Christmas. The Twilight Series is a great opportunity for novice racers and casual sailors to experience the thrill of competing in a large fleet. No spinnakers are allowed in this series, thus alleviating the need for experienced crew on board. Races start around 6pm and the evening culminates with a meal, presentations and prizes. Twilight Racing is a great opportunity to break up the working week and make some new friends.

Winter Series
From May through to August the CYCSA conducts the Winter Series.  This series runs parallel with a Combined Winter Series held in conjunction with the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron. Typically the combined Winter Series fleet sees 35+ boats out on the water every second Sunday. Prize-giving happens on the patio after the race.

Short-handed Series
The Short-handed Series is run on sporadic Saturdays from May – August. Conducted as a Category 6 series it is open to boats crewed by two able persons 18 years and over. In 2012 the Racing Association introduced a Category 4 Short-handed Destination Race to Pt Vincent.


Highlights of the CYCSA racing calendar include the Yalumba Great Southern Regatta, the Premier’s Cup Regatta, the South Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta and the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race.


The fleet at the CYCSA comprises of the following divisions:
Division 1, Division 2, IRC, AMS

Crewing Opportunities at the CYCSA

Regardless of skill level, there are always plenty of opportunities for people who are interested in sailing to participate as crew members at the CYCSA. Please contact the Race Office to register your interest.  The Twilight Series is the best series to ensure a position on a boat and meet skippers. If you have more experience and are interested in crewing for the Summer Series and Offshore Series, please contact Race Administrator. 

We also have a variety of courses available through our Marine Academy if you would like to learn how to sail or improve your current skills. Click here to visit the Marine Academy’s page.

To view the crewing register [click here]

Racing Membership Fees

CYCSA Racing Membership is payable per annum. Senior members of the CYCSA may join the Racing Association upon payment of the Racing Participation fee.

Find out about Youth and Intermediate membership for ages under 30 years [here]

To provide flexibility and incentive, the Racing Association will also be offering a casual membership scheme through Australian Sailing. The CYCSA Day Pass will be provided at a minimal cost, which will enable prospective members to sail at the Club and use the Clubhouse Facilities after racing. There are two types of passes; Race Day Sail Pass (see below) and Twilight Sail Pass (which are free).

The CYCSA Day Pass cost is $25 per race day

The benefits of the CYCSA Day pass Membership:

  • You will comply with CYCSA Club policy
  • Australian Sailing Personal Accident Insurance for the day
  • AS number for the day (necessary for all who race)
  • Facility access (showers etc).

CYCSA Casual Day Pass Memberships are available from the Racing Office on race days.

It is mandatory that all who sail out of the CYCSA have either a CYCSA Day Pass Membership or are a member of the Racing Association.