Fostering the sport of sailing since 1859
        The Honourable Linda Dessau A.C Governor of Victoria
25 Eastern Beach Road Geelong Victoria Australia
Phone: 03 5229 3705 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SailConnect is a free app for skippers and crew to connect for racing and events. 


The sailing specific app provides a single point of contact for the sport, especially around major sailing events such as the Festival of Sails. It allows boat owners to find and register for events of interest, manage all crew communications in one place, even find crew if required. Individual sailors can register their interest in events and outline their experience, ready to be found by boats needing crew.


SailConnect is free to download and use via the App Store and Google Play.

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Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for Education Hon James Merlino today announced that the Victorian Government will invest a further $3.5 million in the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct Redevelopment.


The investment will be made by the School Building Authority and will directly fund the redevelopment of the Victorian Sailing School (VSS). The new VSS facilities will support the expanded delivery of extensive education, training and safety programs for secondary students from the region and throughout the State.


A total of $13.5 million has now been committed to funding the Precinct redevelopment. The RGYC is investing $3 million in the project, together with commitments of $3 million from the City of Greater Geelong and $4 million previously committed by the Victorian Government.


RGYC Commodore John Kint thanked the Victorian Government for its ongoing support and welcomed the Ministers announcement,  which will enable the Club to proceed with Stage One of the redevelopment masterplan.


“This is terrific news and to know that we can get going now on a major project that will have real economic benefits – not just for the club and the sailing community – but also for the wider Geelong community, is a real win.


“Apart from the obvious benefits for local students and young sailors with the development of the new Sailing School, the wave attenuator is a six metre wide floating breakwater that will also function as a public promenade. It will be a real attraction and bonus for the Geelong waterfront, Mr. Kint said.


The first stage of the Geelong Waterfront Safe Harbour Precinct redevelopment will include:


-          A new, shared facility for RGYC and Newcomb Secondary College to use for Off The Beach sailing, junior training and Victorian Sailing School education programs

-          Safe Harbour wave attenuator

-          29 new floating berths

-          public access and facilities which will be detailed in the final design

Detailed design work on the project is expected to get underway immediately with construction likely to commence in June/July 2018.


The funding announcement is yet more good news for RGYC.


The Club recently won the prestigious title of Victoria’s ‘Yacht Club of the Year’ and the RGYC’s learn to sail program was crowned the best in the State, winning the 2017 ‘Discover Sailing’ Centre of the Year.


“We’ve had a very successful year and this announcement just caps it off!’ Mr. Kint said.




Artist's impression of the proposed new Victorian Sailing School

In recognition of an outstanding year of sailing, the Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) has been named a finalist in the Australian Sailing 2016/17 Club of the Year Award.


RGYC is competing against Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in New South Wales and Western Australia’s Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club for the prestigious title, which will be announced at the Australian Sailing Awards in Sydney on Friday, November 3.


Yachting Victoria nominated the Geelong club for the award, which follows hot on the heels of RGYC being crowned the 2017 Victorian Yacht Club of the Year and the RGYC Sailing School also named as best in the state after winning the 2017 Discover Sailing Centre of the Year.


RGYC Commodore, John Kint said the Club was extremely proud to be recognised for its efforts and delighted to be nominated as a finalist for the national accolade.


“It’s a wonderful acknowledgement for our members and our achievements and contribution to the sport of sailing. I want to congratulate all of our staff and members for all of their efforts and continued support.


“To be recognised by your peers and fellow yachting enthusiasts as a Club that stands out above all others in the country would be the highest praise indeed, and I know all of our members would be incredibly proud of that accolade.”


In August, RGYC won a global bid to host the 2022 Fireball World Titles, after securing the national Championship event for 2019.  

The club is also in the bidding to host two other significant World Title events in 2020, which, if successful would bring an estimated economic benefit to Geelong of almost $3.7 million. In January 2018, RGYC’s iconic Festival of Sails will also celebrate its 175th anniversary.


Mr Kint says RGYC has seen participation in its courses and programs nearly quadruple over the past three seasons.   


“We had a great response to the four new women’s programs we introduced this year,” he says. “And our new Tiny Trackers program for kids aged from four to seven, ran in both the March and October school holidays because it was so incredibly popular.”


“Added to that the number of students coming back to their sailing training courses has been very strong so we have every reason to expect that interest in our programs and participation will continue to grow.”


According to Mr Kint, the Club of the Year nomination is also a timely affirmation of the Royal Geelong Yacht Club’s ambitious growth plans.


“It’s no secret that we have major development plans in our sights, which we believe will deliver significant economic and social benefits to Geelong,” he said.


“An accolade like this nomination gives us that extra confidence to keep fighting to push ahead and make it finally happen.”

Friday 20th October 2017

Further to the article in last week’s Sea Chest, we have had to move the Member’s Information Session to Thursday 26 October 2017, commencing at 6.00pm.

I apologise if this change is inconvenient for you. We will be conducting regular member information sessions regarding the project from here on in.

I strongly encourage our members to attend and participate in the planning and delivery of this exciting project.


John Kint 


Sailability is an entry level program for people of all abilities to get into sailing and all activities at clubs. Approximately 20% of Australians are classified as having a disability, and this program aims to include all people who want to give sailing a go!

The objectives of the Sailability program at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club are: 

  • To encourage and facilitate sailing for people with a disability.
  • To educate the broader community to the needs and attitudes of people with a disability
  • To promote the inclusion of people with a disability within mainstream yachting activities.
  • To promote yachting as a fun, safe and rewarding activity in which people with a disability can safely participate
  • To imbed the safety procedures of Royal Geelong Yacht Club within all Sailability activities


Our program is run by passionate volunteers from October to March, over the warmer months of the year, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Royal Geelong Yacht Club supplies the boats, PFDs (personal flotation device), hoists and slings. 

For more information, or to book a session, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

An information sheet for participants and carers can be downloaded HERE


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