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.
With wonderful sailing waters, an expert and vastly experienced race management team, superb sailing and hospitality facilities, Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron can take care of all your regatta needs.
RQYS hosts many major regattas including World Championships, Australian Championships and State Championships. We rarely have a weekend free!
Musto Sail Brisbane – Olympic & Invited Classes
South Pacific Laser Masters – usually in June
Up to four off-the-beach courses can be raced on Waterloo and Moreton Bay simultaneously. We have access to more than 80 trained volunteers, including State, National and International Race Officers, as well as State, National and International Judges and Umpires. Find out about Volunteering here.
Due to its location on the water’s edge of Waterloo Bay, the Squadron is able to offer a range of courses for all types of yachting – including inshore protected dinghy courses on Waterloo Bay where tidal influence is minimal and prevailing winds are from the south-east with occasional north-east sea breezes. Wind strength varies between 5-20 knots.
For open water sailing, east of Green Island there is a vast bay with plenty of room to run more than one course at a time. Tidal flow in these areas is mainly north-south and runs between 0.5 and 1.5 knots depending on seasonal conditions.
With the professional assistance from the RQYS Sailing Manager, preparing for a major event is no longer a burden. Come to us with your needs and we will take care of the rest. It’s a pain-free experience and the result will be stunning!
For more information on holding your next regatta please contact the RQYS Sailing Manager on (07) 3396 8666 or email email@example.com