Port Cygnet Sailing Club


“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.

The club conducts races on most Sundays from early October until the end of April each year. Twilight racing commences on the first Tuesday in January and runs for 8 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 just been accredited with Yachting Australia. The new courses were run in Spring & Summer 2015 and we are now planning courses for Spring and Summer 2017. These courses are the Start Sailing 1 & 2 Yachting Australia basic sailing courses, and are open for all junior sailors.

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 model sailing group affiliated with the sailing club.