Sailing is in our DNA
Georges River 16ft Sailing Club was formed in 1927 originally racing 16ft Skiffs. In 1964 we became recognised as one of the top Sailing Clubs in NSW and certainly one of the leaders and the biggest 16ft Sailing Club in Australia. Today, we have active class sailing for Lasers, Tasars and Optis as well as a growing learn to sail program where juniors of all ages can progress. In 2018 we had 4 juniors representing Australia in Europe, Mexico and Hong Kong.
The open sailing waters of Botany Bay are recognised as ideal for juniors to learn and progress. With the sandy beach area in front of the Club and a large grassed rigging area adjacent to the Club with direct access to the water, the Club has hosted regattas for many interstate and international teams including the recent 2018 East Coast Championships and the 2018 NSW Secondary Schools Team Racing Championships.
If you or any of your family would like to discover sailing, we are a Discover Sailing centre and you can have a go at our free Discover Sailing Days accompanied by an experienced sailor. You will find out how much fun sailing is.
The Optimist dinghy is the most popular basic trainer for children worldwide.These little boats are very stable and simple to sail. They inspire confidence in sailing and children can quickly get the hang of tacking, gybing and sailing around a course.
The Laser is a single-handed racing dinghy that rewards athleticism, subtle steering and trimming techniques, as well as tactical excellence. It is a singlehanded Olympic class boat, also sailed at club, national and international levels. With over 200,000 boats in 140 countries, it is clearly the world’s most popular adult and youth racing sailboat. The youths sail in the 4.7 Laser.
The Tasar was designed to be sailed by a man and a woman and it delivers exciting performance without either spinnaker or trapeze. The hull has a fine angle at the bow to reduce wave impact drag with clean and sharp chines to ensure free planing and stability. The foam cored hull is stiff and light. The wide beam and a cockpit designed for comfortable hiking make the Tasar easy, fun and exciting to sail in winds up to 25 knots.
The Flying Ant is a 3.2m long double-handed sailing skiff with a sloop rig comprising main, jib and spinnaker, and the crew on trapeze. Its high performance hull shape makes it a great intermediate dinghy for young sailors wanting to sail with someone else and experience the thrills of performance skiff sailing.