About CYCA

Executive Committee

e = elected    c = co-opted    n = nominee

ChairmanIan Macdonald
MembersClive Reeves (c)
 Colin MacDonald (e)
 Ian Mackenzie (c)
 Ian White (n)
 John Readman (e)
 Norman Cowie (e)
 Rufus Redman (n)
 Twig Olsen (c)

To be decided: Zoom / hybrid?

Handicap Committee

ChairmanTwig Olsen
MembersAlan Rennie
 Bill Bower
 Frank Shields
 Jim McIlwraith
 Joey Gough
 John Douglas
 John Highcock
 Mike Forbes
 Ricky Gray
 Stephen Corson

Last meeting: via email conference

Next meeting: as required

Delegates Meeting

To be decided - Zoom / hybrid?

Last meeting: 19 April 2022

Next meeting: March 2023

  • Previous Chairmen

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 by using the enquiry form on the Contact Us page. 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 and participates in harbour authority Port Safety meetings on the Clyde, plus It contributes to Marine Planning and Tourism initiatives as these evolve.

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.

The CYCA is all about you and the boating you do. So why not get in contact and let us know what’s important to you.

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