Port Cygnet Sailing Club

Tasmania


“On the right tack”

 

Formed in May 1863 on the shores at Robley’s Point, the first functions of the Port Cygnet Sailing Club were held in a tent with the first racing being in dinghies. The area around the foreshore at that time was overgrown with blackberries, gorse etc and had a rocky foreshore. Over the years many truck loads of sand have been dumped and spread along what is now a beach.


In the 1980s there was only a handful of boats anchored in the bay, now there are well over 100 registered moorings.


We have a fantastic purpose built clubhouse with unsurpassed views over the bay with cooking and bar facilities. These are available for hire for functions, etc. In addition there is a 2 bay slipway for hire with reduced rates for club members. This slip is undergoing modifications to make it a non polluting facility, as we are committed to keeping our splendid waterways as pristine as possible.


A new pontoon has been added, and the old pontoon has now been added slightly inshore on new piles, so there is now much better access to the clubhouse from the water. There is also more space for tenders and the 2 St Ayles skiffs. Well done to all the volunteers and businesses who have contributed to this.


The dinghies though, are congregating there in large numbers and committee has decided to formulate a policy so this facility is accessible to all members.


The club conducts races on most Sundays from early October until the end of April each year. Twilight racing commences on 28 November for 4 weeks, then again after the Christmas and New Year break on the first Tuesday in January and runs for 9 weeks with a very popular barbecue meal to follow. A Winter Race series is conducted fortnightly for 6 races from the end of May for the hardy.


A junior sail training program has been running for some years and has been accredited with Australian Sailing. This means that all instructors are qualified, have current first aid certificates and working with vulnerable people certification. We are now planning courses for Spring and Summer 2017, commencing Saturday 21 October. These courses are the Discover Sailing 1 & 2 basic sailing courses, as well as Green Fleet adventures and are open for all junior sailors. Regular dinghy races in our fleet of pacers are also now part of the sailing calendar, (available for hire @ $10, and open to other dinghies as well).


The club has decided to commence adult sail training and application will soon be made to Yachting Tasmania for the club to be accredited to run a keelboat sailing program. Click here for further details.


On the long weekend in March the club conducts the Cygnet Regatta with in excess of 50 boats competing and many more visiting boats enjoying the hospitality that the club provides. This Regatta is the biggest keel boat regatta in Tasmania.  In 2014 we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Regattas in Cygnet with a major week long series of events and it was one of the biggest regattas in southern Tasmania with lots of tall ships accompanying the fleet down from Hobart and Kettering.  Visit our Regatta page for further information. Visitors are always welcome.


Cygnet Sailing Club has an active St. Ayles skiff rowing (and sailing) program. Now  a very busy community activity and fitness program with 2 skiffs. See the St. Ayles Skiff page for more details.


There is also a very active radio controlled sailing boat group affiliated with the sailing club. They are talking about having a RC twilight series on Friday afternoons, to coincide with Rob Cooper’s happy hours at the club 1630 Friday evenings. Contact Len Brown about the RC boats, and Rob Cooper about the Friday evenings.


 

Happy hour Fridays

at 1630 - 1800

Drinks $5

BBQ facilities, BYO meat and bread etc

Radio controlled racers will be racing off the deck

The new pontoon is working well, with thanks to Len Brown, Gary Pritchard, and a hardworking crew of volunteers. But the dinghies are congregating there in large numbers and will have to be carefully managed. We are formulating a policy to ensure fair use of this new facility. Comments to Chris Wilson.

Boxing Day at the club, to watch the start of the Sydney Hobart Race. Bring any leftover Christmas treats. Bar opens at 12 midday

Twilight racing every Tuesday evening at 1800 hours