Off The Beach Racing
Off the Beach racing at the RQYS is all year long!
Whether it’s late in the summer or early Winter, sailors at the Squadron aren’t too fussed by the labels of what sport they should play in what season. It was great to see over 100 boats on the water most weekends, taking part in Squadron racing and youth training; a little bit of “cold” weather wasn’t enough to deter our sailors from getting involved. Many of the sailors are backing up Saturday racing with training on Sunday ahead of various championships.
Sailing is a sport for any age and the development of the Youth Sailing Pathway continues with record numbers in our Sailing Academy over the last season, over 1700 course participations occurring during the last 12 months (to 1st April) with over 100 new sailors entering our academy through Tacker 1 and almost 250 participating in our School Holiday Sail and Play program, a great first step in being involved in sailing at RQYS.
With our Optimist green fleet now numbering over 30 sailors, and over 50 sailors participating in Youth Pathway classes as well as the more than 150 involved in Schools racing, Youth Sailing at the Squadron has never looked better, but it is a constant effort to ensure that participation remains for the winter ahead, and that those playing seasonal sport return each season to renew their efforts. It’s not just the kids beginning their journey however, over 50 adults completed the Start Crewing and Helming Course over the last 12 months on the way to being involved in sailing as a lifelong activity.
When you combine this with the busy Etchell schedule of Winter regattas, and of course our premiere events Queensland Youth Week, Sail Brisbane, and the Brisbane to Keppel Tropical Yacht Race it’s clear that the season for sailing is 12 months long at the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.