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Over 60 YEARS of history as a dinghy sailing club

Woollahra Sailing Club had a very humble beginning. It was founded at a meeting on the 8th of May 1953 by some very enthusiastic Moth Class sailors resonating from the Woollahra Municipality, with Victor Friezer becoming President and Henry Arthur being appointed Club Captain. Racing during this period was typically conducted on Sunday mornings and consisted of no more than seven or eight boats sailing short courses in Rose Bay.

Rose Bay B&W

Old Club house B&W
Moved locations

In December 1958, Woollahra Sailing Club underwent a decisive change. It moved locations from a shed near the Rose Bay Police Station and took up occupancy over the other side of the Bay in the old RAAF officers Canteen Building of the Rose Bay Flying Boat Base which was leased to the Club by Woollahra Council. Until 1974, the appearance of the Club house was that of a humble weatherboard building. Smaller boats were stored inside, with a number of the larger boats being stored on the grassed area. With the acquisition of the new Club House, membership numbers soared. In 1964 the first sailing camps were conducted over the Christmas/New Year break. The camps focused on teaching the skill, and some say, the art of sailing to beginners, just like the camps we run today. Emphasis during this time was placed highly on competitive sailing at the Club, and as a result we have since produced many state, national, and Olympic champions. Additionally, the Club involved itself heavily in the administration of important regattas for many different classes, with the Woollahra Sailing Club Annual Regatta in 1968 being the high point, drawing 509 entries in 27 classes.


Construction of a new Clubhouse

In the late 1970s with membership and boat numbers continuing to increase and the proposed redevelopment of Lyne Park, the Club acquired a special lease until 2021 and embarked on the construction of a new Club house and adjoining facilities. The construction begun in 1980 and required the relocation of the Club house back from its previous position where it hugged the foreshore (near our current jetty) in order to make way for a public walkway. The new and current Club house was built first as a large terracotta brick structure which is bisected by a long sloping glass pane.

Rose Bay B&W

Last updated 20:54 on 26 April 2022

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