About CYCA

Executive Committee

e = elected    c = co-opted    n = nominee

ChairmanJames Cochrane
Vice ChairmanPaul Rae
Hon Secretary & TreasurerDonald McLaren
MembersBill Bower (c)
 Chas Batchelor (c)
 Clive Reeves (e)
 David Lightfoot  (n)
 Ian Mackenzie (c)
 Murray Caldwell (e)
 Norrie Hollywood (e)

Meetings at Abbotsford Hotel, Dumbarton

Last meeting: 20th September 2017

Next meeting: tba - January 2018

Handicap Committee

ChairmanBill Bower
MembersAlan Rennie
 Frank Shields
 Jim McIlwraith
 Joey Gough
 John Douglas
 John Highcock
 Mark Homer
 Mike Forbes
 Ricky Gray
 Stephen Corson
 Twig Olsen

last meeting: 22 March 2017 (Abbotsford Hotel)

next meeting: in virtual mode (email) for now

Delegates Meeting

Meetings at Abbotsford Hotel, Dumbarton

Last meeting: 16th March 2017

Next meeting: tba - March 2018

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The CYCA was founded in 1898. It is a non-profit organisation run by yachtsmen for yachtsmen and comprises constituent clubs, one-design class representatives and like-minded bodies on the Clyde and further afield on the west coast of Scotland.

Clubs wishing to join the Association should contact the office, either by using our enquiry form or on 01436-673424 for further details. An annual subscription is payable other than for Associate Members.

Classes wishing recognition as One Design must meet criteria set by the Association.

The Association is RYA-affiliated and is represented on the council of RYA Scotland. It is also a member of the Clyde Moorings Committee, the Clyde River Marine Safety Committee, and the Clyde Forum, providing an effective working relationship with all major marine bodies in the area.

The CYCA is authorised to issue internationally-valid C-suffix sail numbers, and manages the CYCA Handicap System for monohull yachts.

Preparation of the annual racing and muster calendar is coordinated by the CYCA with Constituent Clubs. In conjunction with the clubs, the Association also seeks to achieve consistency in Race Management practices reflecting local circumstances.

Dragon Gold Cup

dragon gold cupThe CYCA owns the Dragon Gold Cup and has a sub-committee which works with the International Dragon Association on organisation of the event.

In 1937 the Clyde Yacht Clubs' Conference (which became the CYCA in 1968) donated the perpetual International Gold Cup in perpetuation of the good feeling which existed at the first International Clyde Fortnight in 1936.

The Dragon Gold Cup is contested annually - see the International Dragon Association website for details.


The name of “the Association” is THE CLYDE YACHT CLUBS’ ASSOCIATION.

The Flag of the Association is five pale blue horizontal wave patterns on a dark blue background, with a white flying gannet superimposed in the centre. It may be flown by any Constituent Member Club, and by a present or past member of the Executive.

The objects of the Association are to act on behalf of Constituent Members in the promotion, administration and dissemination of information regarding water-based activities, including interaction with all relevant bodies, without interfering with the individual functions of member clubs. Specific activities in pursuit of these objects are the management of C-series sail numbers and CYCA handicaps.

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