Royal Yachting Association Competent Crew certificate.
As a young Sea Scout, Kathryn Cygan had the thrilling experience of sailing aboard a Bavaria 44 yacht through Pittwater, Sydney for three nights. It was enough to pique her interest in a sailing lifestyle. She’s now living the nautical dream in the Whitsundays.
Kathryn, who grew up in Canberra, joined Sea Scouts as a 10-year-old, sailing dinghies for fun and competitively, including taking part in Sydney’s annual Sirius Cup Regatta twice.
“The Sirius Cup was quite an adventure. I remember being in a dinghy with no motor, trying to dodge the Manly Ferry in Sydney Harbour – it was both terrifying and exhilarating,” she says.
Kathryn left the chilly climes of Canberra in 2015 and headed to Queensland to pursue a career in journalism. For 18 months, she worked as editor at the Barcoo Independent in Blackall in Queensland’s Outback before the ocean beckoned her eastwards.
“I really missed the ocean and the beach, so moved to Airlie Beach and worked at the local newspaper for a while until I joined WRAY. Working in this industry, in this location is everything I could have hoped for.”
Since joining WRAY, Kathryn has completed a Competent Crew course, learning the basics of skippering a boat during five days on the water. She also plans to volunteer locally as a crew member to further develop her skills.
“My dream is, to one day, own a small sailing yacht. There’s something special about boats with sails. You always have the option to turn off the motor and glide silently and enjoy the peace.”
Being onboard the media boat during Airlie Beach Race Week was an unforgettable experience. The colour and action was incredible and we saw whales breaching right in the middle of all the vessels.
Bring a pair of polarised sunglasses. They will reduce the glare and you’ll be able to see any changes in depth and if there are any bommies to watch out for.
Sales and Marketing Assistant, Kathryn Cygan.