CYCT burgee Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania Photo of Derwent Lighthouse on Iron Pot Island.


The Cruising Yacht Club of Tasmania (CYCT) aims to:
  • promote and encourage safe cruising generally in Tasmania
  • encourage sailing and boat building by amateur boat builders
  • organise cruising of boats and disseminate knowledge relating thereto.


  • Meetings: The Club meets each month (except in January) normally on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 8pm. The normal venue is the Derwent Sailing Squadron, Marieville Esplanade, Sandy Bay. Occasionally meetings are held at other venues. Visitors are welcome, but are advised to check the Club Calendar and/or contact a Club officer to check on the time and place beforehand.

    Most meetings include a presentation by an invited speaker, covering a range of topics of interest to cruising people.

    Next Meeting Details

    Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017
    Time: 00:00
    Venue: DSS
    Guest Speakers for this meeting will be club members Chris Wilkie and Margie Beasley of Stormbay. Their title " The restless wind- cruising Patagonia, Cape Horn and the Falklands aboard "Storm Bay of Hobart". Margie and cruised high latitude S. America in summer 2015/2016, before heading north around Brazil, through the Panama, and arriving back in Tasmania at the end of 2016. They will talk about preparations for sailing, mooring and anchoring in wild places, along with showing some inspiring photos to encourage you to set off!

    Next Forum Details

    Date: Tuesday 23 May 2017
    Time: 18:00
    Venue: DSS training Room
    Winter Forum Number 1: The 6 Ps: Passage Planning Prevents P... Poor Performance. Join Alan Gifford (chairman) and a panel of experienced long-distance sailors to discuss the many essential elements of Passage Planning. Not to be missed!

    Next Women on Boats Session Details

    Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017
    Time: 17:30
    Venue: DSS
    Lights and Shapes
  • Cruises: Club members meet regularly on the water at anchorages around southern Tasmania. A calendar of events is organised well in advance, so any sailors wishing to meet with the Club with their boat should contact a member.

    Next Cruise Details

    Date:Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 May 2017
    The CYCT Women on Boats group annual cruise down the channel is being held on this weekend. For more details please contact Wendy Le Cornu, Jo Topp or Kim Brewer.
    Date:Friday 19 - Monday 22 May 2017
    Destination:Great Bay Channel Cruise
    Cruise the channel for a weekend in company. Meet at Quarantine Bay for a on shore BBQ then sail to Great Bay for the Saturday night/Sunday.
  • Donald Sutherland Memorial Cruise: This event, which is a friendly competition based on navigational skills and knowledge is held annually.

Club Calendar

A full calendar of Club events is available here.


The cruising guide Cruising Southern Tasmania has been updated, and the coverage extended to include Frederick Henry Bay, Norfolk Bay, the Tasman Peninsula, and the east coast up to Wine Glass Bay. Edition 4 of the guide is now available. You can purchase it on-line from the CYCT here.

Cruising Southern Tasmania cover

A list of updates to this guide can be downloaded here (PDF).


The Club magazine, the Albatross has been published since the Club's establishment in 1975. It appears 11 times per year. All back issues are available, and can be searched.

The Club was responsible for assembling the cruising guide D'Entrecasteaux Waterways. A Guide to the waterways of the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and its tributaries, 1st and 2nd editions. The 3rd edition has considerably increased coverage and has been renamed Cruising Southern Tasmania.

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