Meet the Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania

Mike McKiernan
Posted September 29 2015

The Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania (CYCT) was formed in 1975 when a group of Tasmanian cruising sailors decided that more people should know about the joys of sailing in Southern Tasmania. The club now has over 150 members with a variety of power and sail boats. However, you don’t need to own a boat to be a member.

Their common interest is a love of the cruising life, even if this does have to be restricted to weekends and holidays for many members.

Club Activities

The club arranges ‘cruises in company’ lasting from one to many days, and do their best to cater for all experience levels and all boat types and sizes. Cruises almost always involve one or more trips ashore for a bushwalk or barbecue.

At Easter and other long weekends the club tries to go further afield – Maria Island or a circumnavigation of Bruny Island are popular options. The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month (except January) for a short business meeting followed by a boating related presentation and a chance to socialise.

The group also organises forums on a regular basis that cover a whole range of cruising related subjects aimed at beginners, experienced sailors and everyone in between. They are able to draw on an immense store of knowledge from within their membership.

There is also the popular Women on Boats (WoBs) group for women who enjoy boating and would like to learn new skills and meet other like-minded women. You don’t need to own a boat! Once or twice a year there is the opportunity to put theory into practice when WoBs take to the water and enjoy cruising to a local anchorage for the weekend.

Regular cruises, as well as their annual Anniversary Dinner and the Christmas party in December, are great opportunities to get to know other cruising sailors and learn from their experience.

Every once in a while the club organises visits to places of interest to sailors. In recent times they have visited Aurora Australis, and Investigator, the new CSIRO research vessel, the Maritime Museum and the rescue helicopter service.

Every month (except January) CYCT publishes the Club newsletter 'Albatross', which is always full of articles, reports of club activities and snippets of interest to cruisers.

Learn more about the CYCT

More information and resources can be found on the CYCT website. You can also contact Vice Commodore Tony Peach at

To get an idea of the variety of cruises the club organises, you can also view the CYCT 2014-15 cruising calendar here.

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