It is with much sadness that we note the passing of Jeannette York on May 3.

Jeannette  crewed on the Etchells ‘Rob Roy’ at GFS in Twilight racing with her husband Mick until recently and regularly came back to the club for dinner following the race.

In yachting circles she was renowned for her commitment and her knowledge.

The York family is part of the fabric of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s history. Jeanette joined the CYCA in 1952, serving 43 years on the Associates Committee, filling the role of President for six years. She became the first woman to be given Life Membership of the CYCA in 2002. Jeannette was awarded her Order of Australia Medal in 2015 ‘for service to the community of Drummoyne and to local government’.

Michael York OAM is the longest standing member of the CYCA, having joined in 1945. He competed in 14 Sydney Hobart yacht races and has represented Australia at the highest level, including the America’s Cup, Admiral’s Cup and Olympic Games, as well as many other international regattas.

A committal service for Jeannette was held at Macquarie Park Crematorium (Ryde), Camellia Chapel on Monday, 14th May 2018 at 11:30 AM.

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