St George Sailing Club
At St George Sailing Club, we provide a happy and welcoming sailing environment for people to enjoy both the recreation, and the sport of sailing.
St. George Sailing Club has a long colourful and successful history of sailing and we hope to continue delivering an exceptional and rewarding sailing experience for a long time to come.
Our facilities include:
- A Family Friendly Bistro
- Courtesy Bus Available Friday through to Sunday
- Members Priced Beers 7 days a week
- Bingo 2 days a week Wednesday/Friday
- Monster Meat Raffle every Friday night
- Super Sunday Meat Raffle every Sunday afternoon
- Keno, TAB, ATM
- Ample Parking
- Not to mention… The best view overlooking Botany Bay!!!
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St George Sailing Club was founded in 1897 making it one of the oldest sailing clubs in Australia.
For its first 15 years its senior class was 14ft skiffs. In 1912, it changed to 16ft skiffs. Around then, boats were generally clinker or carvel-planked. In the 1940s, marine plywood became available, and lighter faster skiffs started appearing. At the time 16ft skiffs generally had no less than 5 people on board. In the 1950’s, the class rules were changed to allow a minimum of four hands. By the early 1980’s, 16ft skiffs were changing from plywood to fibreglass construction. Skiffs added a large double luffed spinnaker as well as the traditional ballooner style. In the mid-1980’s, 16ft skiffs became 3 handed and in the 1990’s, took on narrower hull shapes with a large asymmetrical spinnaker.
In the early 1960’s the club had to relocate to the east, to make way for the construction of the new Captain Cook Bridge. Before the bridge was built, the skiffs had to be cautious about not becoming entangled in the cables for the vehicle punts that ran between Taren Point and Sans Souci.
Later the club added new classes of boats including VJs, Skates, Gwen 12s, Cherubs, Flying Ants, Skyriders, MG14/NS14, sailboards and most recently Foiling Moths.
In 2010/11 the Club went into administration following losses int the licenced club. It emerged from administration some months later under the wing of Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club Ltd.