Williamstown Sailing Club was established in 1910 and is situated in the heart of historic Williamstown on Hobsons Bay. There is a strong history attached to our club, involving both sailing and fishing activities. Over the years, boat classes and styles have changed, members come and go, buildings have been upgraded, but the constant is our great location combined with our strong community focus.
With our focus on community, our club membership covers a broad range in age, interests, backgrounds and abilities. We have a mix of singles, couples and family members, with members joining for sailing, fishing and social activities.
The location of the clubhouse, boat ramps and jetties provides excellent access for sailing and fishing members. We also have one of the best views in Melbourne from our upper deck and function room. The club runs a variety of social activities for members, including after race BBQs, Friday night bar nights, Christmas and New Year celebrations and more.
The fishing members are active as the fishing seasons allow – they are often out early in the morning or late at night. Many spend enjoyable hours pottering around their boats and the club. Some members have boats on moorings they rent from Parks Victoria, and we also have a controlled number of fishing members registered to use our boat ramp. Our club has a maximum allowed boat length of 5.5 metres or 18 feet.
Our summer sailing program occurs from October to May with organised racing every Saturday. For those who don’t mind the cold we also have winter sailing. Some members sail purely for social and recreational reasons and are not interested in racing. Our sailing members own a wide variety of boats, including trailables and ‘Off the Beach’ boats. The Club extends invitations to other clubs and class associations to join in the races and conducts National, State and local championship regattas.
We cater for sailors with different levels of ability and experience, run sail training programs for adults and children, and participate in Discover Sailing days. Our focus for new members is to help you get into boating activities and provide support and encouragement for you along your journey. We have a number of members who belong to the club for purely social sailing activities, whether individually, or in groups.
If you want to find out more about the club, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange for you to be contacted. You are also welcome to visit the club any Saturday morning.
Lois Hunt | Commodore