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The club is open on Sundays during terms 4 and 1 from 8.30am until about 4pm.

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Term 4 Sailing School

Jules Hall

The Sunday morning sailing school program kicks off on Sunday 13 October.

You can read about the different courses here and make your online bookings here.

We’ve very slightly tweaked the run sheet for the new season:

8.30am - 10.00am Discover Sailing, Start Sailing 1 & 2

10.00am - 11.00am Better Sailing, Start Racing, Better Racing
(we will be encouraging kids in these programs to join the Sabot race starting at 11am, off the water by 12.30pm).

Over winter we acquired an additional 8 PJs, bringing our total fleet to 15 boats. This will enable us to use PJs for both Start Sailing 1 & 2 (if you already have a Sabot you can use that instead if you prefer!).

Any questions on the above, drop an email to

October Holiday Camps

Jules Hall

Don’t forget to sign up for the holiday camps:

  • 30th Sept - 4th Oct 2019 (choose 5,4 or 3 day camp)

  • 8th Oct - 11th Oct 2019 (choose 4 or 3 day camp)

Click here for more details and an online booking.

October Holiday Camps

Jules Hall

It’s that time of year again…and holiday camps are kicking off this school holidays.

If you are looking for a drop and go facility for your kids this hols, with the added bonus of some quality nautical time, check out the holiday camps here and book in your kids.

We’ve already had quite a few registrations. As places are limited it’s worth getting in quick to ensure you get a place.

Kitchen Under Construction

Robert Ugarte

Dear Members,

As some of you know, we were able to secure a grant to update our kitchen facilities - how lucky are we!

The renovations are well underway, however, the kitchen won’t be usable until October.

So, please, BYO food and beverages for the next few weeks when you are at the clubhouse.

The lovely Fiona Nearn and Sasha Paul have agreed to head up our beloved canteen so keep an eye out for the canteen roster to sign up and ensure all our young sailors are fed!

Many thanks and here’s to a great season ahead!

Sailing School - Help Needed!

Jules Hall

We’re looking for a parent to assist with the sailing school for the upcoming season.


  • Manage participant enrolments

  • Liaise with Australian Sailing to order logbooks

  • Manage sign on/off of kids on Sunday mornings during Term 4 & 1

  • Maintain instructor database (contact details, qualifications, availability)

The processes are established so the jobs wont take too much time, but the nature of the responsibilities mean it will suit someone who likes being organised - and who wants to help make the sailing school experience lots of fun!

If you’re interested, please email Jules Hall on

Feel free to dob in / suggest others who you think might be keen!

Spring has sprung

Jules Hall

A glorious day at the club on Sunday morning for Father's Day.

The children kindly cooked the Fathers a gourmet breakfast. Then they rigged their boats without any help, set up the ducks, loaded escort with the course markers and untangled the anchor ropes*.

Reluctantly they finally agreed to stop doing all the work, and to have some time for themselves, climbing into their boats and going for a sail.

Max Nearn opened the season with a pair of bullets in the Sabots.

The Cherub fleet decided it was too light for skiffs and opted for PJs. As did some of the kids too young for Sabots.

Lots of laughter and good times.

*As if!


Father's Day Cup this Sunday

Robert Ugarte

This weekend we celebrate Father’s Day at the VA12SC with the Father’s Day Cup!

Come down for a BBQ Breakfast from 9 am then make Dad proud out on the water.

As usual there will be a briefing for Sabots at 9.30 am The starters gun will fire at 11.

Flying 11s and Cherubs will follow on in the afternoon.

It’s the first day of Spring and the weather looks great so lets all get the new season off to a great start.

See You There!

New Season. New Committee.

Jules Hall

On Sunday 18th August we held the AGM, welcoming in new committee members and bidding farewell to others.

Richard Steyn stepped down as Commodore after four years in the role, replaced by Robert Ugarte.

Richard has invested an enormous amount of time into the club during his time as Commodore. Notable achievements include the growth of the Sailing School, the integration with Australian Sailing and their associated coaching programs and perhaps most significantly, the re-introduction of a 12’ skiff fleet with the Cherubs.

On behalf of the members we extend a very big 'thank you to Richard and look forward to seeing him back at the club enjoying more sailing and less organising!

James Hammermaster stepped down as Treasurer, replaced by Ian Manovel. We welcome Ian and thank James for bringing the club’s finances into the digital age. James has also been a key driver of the increasingly positive financial position of the club. James remains on the committee as a general committee member.

Club Committee - 2019/20

Commodore - Robert Ugarte

Vice-Commodore - Jules Hall

Rear Commodore - Alex Badger

Club Captain - David O’Loughlin

Treasurer - Ian Manovel

Secretary - Ian Hedges

General Committee Members

Martin Walsh

James Hammermaster

Sunday 18th August - Registration Day & AGM

Jules Hall

The new season is nearly upon us!

On Sunday 18th August we have the Annual General Meeting and registration for the new season.


10.00am Rig & check your boat. Registration open for 2019/20 season.

11.30am Annual General Meeting

Look forward to seeing you back down at the club!