Every Wednesday of every year (weather permitting), enthusiastic yachties take the afternoon off work and venture to RQYS for a fun and friendly race around the local islands of Moreton Bay.
Rearrange your schedule and get on down to the RQ Bar from 12 noon to enter your yacht or register your interest to sail. Our WAGS Team will do their best to place visiting sailors on a yacht. Please note, we cannot guarantee that a position will always be available.
How WAGS Works
The first thing to do when arriving at the club is to sign-in at Clubhouse Reception.
- We would recommend that you arrive between 12 and 12:30 pm to complete this process, as the subsequent crew registration is between 12 and 1:00 pm.
- If you are not already covered by Australian Sailing’s on-water insurance and liability, our friendly Receptionists will sign-you-up for an RQYS Sail Pass Day Membership, which will provide you with insurance cover for the day.
- This RQYS Sail Pass Day Membership essentially initiates newcomers to the Squadron as a crew member for that day, affording the individual the opportunity to enjoy the on-water activities on offer.
There are four (4) options available to assist you in participating in a WAGS event; those being:
- Join as a Crew member of RQYS (pricing is available at Reception)
- Provide evidence of membership of an Australian Sailing affiliated yacht club
- Be signed in by an RQYS Member and complete a Sail Pass Day Membership form. This also grants you the first three (3) sails as complimentary.
- Purchase a WAGS Sail Pass Day Membership (Fee of $25 per day is applicable for the first six visits – this fee includes a $10 Food and Beverage Voucher. Fees increase to $45 for the next six visits, subsequent participation must be facilitated by membership in the appropriate category
Secondly, you will then need to register with the WAGS coordinators in the RQ Bar. They will assign you to a vessel, if one is available.
- Placement on a vessel for WAGS will be prioritised in order of the four (4) options above; and as such we cannot guarantee that you will make it onto a vessel to go sailing.
- The number of spaces available is completely dependent on the number of boats entered in WAGS and if the skippers of those boats have any available spots for extra crew.
- Depending on weather and the vessel you are assigned, the sailing event / competition can take anywhere between 2 to 4 hours.
In terms of what to bring, we recommend a bottle of water, clothes that can get wet and shoes with non-marking soles (so as to not mark the deck of the boat).
Why WAGS is important
WAGS is a vital strategic pathway for on-water participation in the sport of sailing. It provides an avenue through which individuals and families can engage in an intensive but light-hearted interpretation of the sport, before ultimately committing to a learn-to-sail course or RQYS membership.
It is the intention of WAGS to introduce newcomers to the joys and excitement of sailing on Moreton Bay, both competitively and recreationally. We hope that all WAGS participants fall in love with our sport and choose to belong to our rich, vibrant community here at RQYS.
WAGS also provides an avenue for avid sailors to regularly compete as a crew member, developing their skills and experience, in the absence of owning their own vessel.
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