WSC update – May 25 2020

Membership and storage renewals – prize draw – holiday for two on Hamilton island

It is time to renew memberships. The Club’s financial position is solid post the significant investment in 2019 to build the ramp and pontoon. However, the Club’s future would be grim without its primary source of funds which is membership and storage fees. The timing is not ideal but we appreciate the prompt payment of your membership and storage fees. Most fees remain unchanged from last year.

If you pay your membership by 31 May 2020 your name will go into a draw to win a holiday for two on Hamilton island.

If you have not paid by 31 May 2020 your security access may be disabled until payment is received.

Help the Club open sooner

The #COVIDSafe app has now been released, and will assist state and territory health officials to quickly contact people who may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Australian Sailing are encouraging the sailing community to download the COVIDSafe app, but note that doing so is completely voluntary.

Downloading the app is something you can do to protect you, your family and friends and save the lives of other Australians. The more Australians connect to the COVIDSafe app, the quicker we can find the virus.


Return to Sailing – Get in, Sail, Get out

The NSW government has further eased restrictions to allow sailing in the community to resume with a phased approach.  Commencing (phase1) with “small group” non contact outdoor activities,  individual groups with a maximum of 10 participants (inclusive of coaches and support staff).  Please continue to view the clubs policies via our website prior to arrival

Woollahra Sailing Club looks forward to launching the winter sailing programmes. These courses comply with NSW government policy and guidance from Australian Sailing.

Further detailed information & bookings can be made here:

More courses coming soon.

OPTIMIST – Open, Intermediate, Green fleet

The future of sailing is bright with Woollahra Sailing Clubs junior Optimist programme.  Junior programme manager & Coach Alex Zimmerman with his team of instructors have been busy planning the year ahead and will bring all the fun and skills the kids need to develop and perform.

Further detailed information & bookings can be made here:

WSC Junior coach in the Spotlight- Miles Davies

Kids did you know your coach Miles has represented Australia at 2 Youth World Championships winning a bronze medal in Texas 2018 as well as being the 2 time Australian 29er champion.  Miles is a great role model for our Junior sailors, his enthusiasm, knowledge and experience was fantastic over the summer and we look forward to supporting Miles further as moves into a senior coaching role winter programmes.

420 – Development and Performance Programmes

Looking to try a new class or time to transition from the Optimist?  The WSC 420 development programme is well recommended.  This dynamic class is the world leader in creating an optimal foundation of techniques, tactics and tuning.  420 Performance sessions are back and the WSC Team look forward to supporting your goals.  
Saturdays 30th May – 27th June 1400 – 1600
Sundays 31st May – 28th June 1100 – 1300

Further detailed information & bookings can be made here:

Windsurfing – Wind foil, Techno 293, Plus

Wind foiling has taken the world of windsurfing by storm and attracting new people to the sport everyday. Where excited to launch the new ‘Windfoil’ winter sessions along with the Techno 293, Plus programme.
Leading the sessions is coach Dan Wilson, since arriving in Australia from the UK last year Dan has been supporting the (NSWIS) NSW institute of sport windsurfing programmes and where delighted in welcoming him to the WSC Team.
When: Saturdays 30th May – 27th June
Time: Windfoil 0700 – 1000, Techno 293/Plus 1100 – 1300
Want to try windsurfing ask about our recreational and learn to windsurf courses. 
Further detailed information & bookings can be made here:

Windfoil Webinar

Join Aaron McIntosh Olympic bronze medalist, 2x Olympic gold medalist Coach for this 1hr webinar on wind foiling for members.  Aaron is one of the best in the business sharing his knowledge & experience from New Zealand to Woollahra Sailing Club.

When: Friday 29th May
Time: 6pm (AEST)

Waszp winter sessions

The Waszp class with it’s growing popularity has been a welcome addition to sailing activities at the club.  Keeping you warm this winter and taking your skills to the next level these Waszp sessions are sure to set you on fire.
The humble shores of Woollahra Sailing Club is home to some of the best sailors in the world and where truly appreciative of senior members Tom Slingsby, Scott Babbage, Rob Greenhalgh joined by experts Luka Damic for sharing there time giving back to the sport and Woollahra Sailing Club.

When: Sundays 31st May – 28th June
Time: 0800 – 1000

Further detailed information & bookings can be made here:

Pontoon use

You may have noticed that we have removed the gate from the foreshore end of the pontoon gangway.  This was not an action of the Club’s choosing.  We were directed to do so by NSW department of transport.  We have a licence to use the ramp, pontoon and jetty.  The licence is issued by Transport NSW who also contributed 2/3 of the cost of the new ramp and pontoon.  For political reasons they require the ramp and pontoon to be accessible to the public at all times.  That said, The Club believes that this introduces safety concerns and increases the cost of maintenance.  Please note – fishing is not an authorised use of the ramp, pontoon, or jetty.  The Club is not happy with the removal of the gate and we are working with local council and transport nsw in order to resolve our differences.  If you believe, as the board does, that the safety and maintenance concerns are genuine please contact:

Minister for transport:;
The local member:; and
Woollahra council:

Share your photo and videos

Moon Ferry Opera house

You are a sailing/paddling legend!!  We would love to share your photos and videos on the Club website, Instagram and Facebook accounts.  There is a lot happening at the Club, lets show the world that Woollahra Sailing Club is a great place to Sail and Paddle.

Please send you photos and videos to [email protected]  By doing so you will be giving the Club the right to use this content for promotional purposes.  We will not pass on that right to any other organisation.


Australian Sailing Courses

Australian Sailing have launched a variety courses to gain further knowledge, experience and qualifications from Club Race Officer to Dinghy instructor qualifications.
The Club is always looking for volunteers to support regattas, club racing and programmes. Book in to secure your spot!

Private lessons available for members

A great form of exercise while fast tracking your performance.

Complying with the current Covid 19 government policies & restrictions all sessions will be completed in single handed dinghies. Woollahra Sailing Club coaches Alex Zimmermann & Dan Smith. For more details regarding sessions email [email protected] or [email protected]
Booking can be also made here Book now

SUP & KAYAK RENTALSDinghies, SUPs and kayaks

Members can hire dinghies, SUPs and kayaks at discounted prices. Please book and pay online.

While staying at home is most recommend during the Coronavirus outbreak, exercise and staying healthy is still possible.
So…take advantage of your member discount for kayak/sup or hire a Pacer or Laser dinghy.
Booking and payment made under ‘member hire’ at the following link or for further details please contact [email protected]

Book dinghy, SUP and Kayak hire.

Winter series

The Sailing Committee published the ‘Winter Series’ Notice of Race in preparation for the winter season. With the NSW government and Australian Sailing recently updating its policy and guidance to returning of community sport an expected return to our normal combined winter series racing is in phase 3. With the situation being fluid the NoR starting date will be updated and advised when possible, currently expected mid July.  The committee will continue to assess and monitor the return of club racing with management and are preparing further class specific training leading into the racing series with dates to be released soon. 

For further details please view NOR and other documents here
Competitors may enter online at the following link or via the club website

COVID-19 Policy

The Club is principally operating as a storage facility with some limited training courses.  Due to the continually changing nature of the Coronavirus situation and the fluidity of the advice being provided by health authorities, we ask that you review this policy before each visit to the Club.  Please read the full policy
The Club is principally operating as a storage facility with some limited training courses.
• Members may remove and return craft to storage.
• Comply with government regulations regarding social distancing.
• Maximum group size of 10 people.
• No rigging or unrigging in the yard.
• Move in and out of the yard rapidly. No loitering, discussions, gathering or boat work permitted.
• The Club building is closed and access to the storage yard requires member’s security access card/fob.
• There is no access to the ramp or yard for road trailers.
• No assistance can be provided by staff in the yard or on the water.
• No rescue resources are available.  Use of the facilities and the harbour is conducted at your own risk!
• Failure to comply with this policy may result in temporary suspension of membership!
• Failure to comply with this policy may result in very significant penalties for individuals and the Club!
• Failure to comply with this policy may result in complete closure of the Club!  Nobody wants to be responsible for that.

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