Welcome to the Cruising Yacht Association of Victoria
Good day members
Christmas is almost upon us which means many people are getting their boats ready to go cruising or racing. 
If you want to listen to someone who has certainly ticked all the boxes for cruising come to the December meeting on Monday 4th to listen to David Isom talk about his world circumnavigation on Eliana.  We will be making this meeting a bit of a celebration for David so it would be great if lots of members could attend.
If you want to experience some cruising yourself join other CYAV members and cruise to Wyndham Harbour on Saturday 2nd December, overnight in the marina and experience comraderie from other members, as well as access to the on-site facilities (including free wifi in the lounge area).  Let me know if you're interested in attending and check out the details in Ebb Tidings.
Also a reminder that the raffle for the Christmas hampers will be drawn at the December meeting so make sure you get your tickets - only $3 each or 3 for $5.  Egils Stokans has kindly donated a gorgeous bonze ship's bell and this is one of the 3 prizes on offer for the raffle.
Look forward to seeing you either at Wyndham Harbour or at the meeting at 8pm on Monday 4th at Bells Hotel in South Melbourne or at the pub for dinner from 6pm.
Remember no meeting in January as everyone is meant to be out sailing!
Seasons greetings!

Ian R and the editorial team


Ian Reichelt, Editor and Webmaster
The Cruising Yacht Association of VIctoria is made up of many yacht owners and people who sail, who also belong to other yacht clubs around Australia.  There is a common bond with many yachties wanting to meet or obtain information from fellow cruisers on trips that may take place in the future or cruises that have already taken place.
This cruising association was formed in 1977 by Geoff Stewart at a meeting at a Melbourne Yacht Club and started with 40 initial members.
The philosophy of the cruising association is to provide its members with an environment where information about cruising journeys and technical advice on equipment is provided via a number of forums, including a monthly meeting to meet and hear interesting and educational speakers.
This monthly meeting is held eleven times a year at Bells Hotel in South Melbourne on the first Monday evening of each month at 08.00pm.  In November, due to Melbourne Cup, the meeting is held on the second Monday.
Membership of our association also provides a monthly Newsletter published eleven times a year.  This newsletter includes cruising stories, news of member's whereabouts, commercial contacts for obtaining products or work done on their boats and articles submitted by members and many other sources of interest.
We also share information via a video library which is available to loan to all members and is accessed by meeting the Video Librarian at each of the monthly meetings.  There are also some club items available for sale at meetings.
The cost to be a member is $40.00 per year payable in advance on the 1st July each year
This web site will contain a copy of the current newsletter, Ebb Tidings,  each month for current members to download in colour.  Previous editions will also be available for download. You will also find a page of committee members to assist with your inquiries along with a membership form to join the association .
Everyone is welcome to attend our meetings at no cost.  We look forward to new members joining and are very willing to receive information from members and other yachties for the newsletter.
Welcome to our website.
Your Editor
Ian Reichelt