‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.’(Mark Twain)
Ever dreamed of sailing over the horizon and exploring the world?
You can start right here! The Yachting Victoria Women & Girls in Sailing Committee have launched a new ‘Discover Cruising’ initiative to encourage females looking for a sailing experience other than racing, to discover the joys of cruising.
You will be surprised at the number and variety of cruising and recreational boating activities available around Port Phillip, Corio Bay and Westernport or the 'travelling' trailable yacht division who sail on inland waters as well as the bays.
Many of the keelboat clubs in Victoria have a Cruising or Recreational Boating group that hosts regular monthly social events with guest speakers, cruises within the bays and several offer cruises in company with other vessels, beyond the bays to explore the Victorian coast and Bass Strait islands.
The Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania (RYCT) in partnership with Royal Geelong Yacht Club (RGYC) conducts the Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation (VDL-C) every second year, an 800nm cruise in company around the stunning Tasmanian coastline, with the next event to be run in February 2017.
And for the more adventurous, opportunities abound for sailing away out of the sight of land.
For those smitten by the romance of sail,Tall Ships Victoria provide a wide range of acitivities from dockside volunteering restoring and maintaining vessels to leisurely cruises before-the-wind, immersing yourself in maritime history and the wonders of nature whilst being actively involved in the running of the ship.
The Jubilee Sailing Trust Australia (JST) is a recent arrival on the local cruising scene. As an international, United Nations accredited disability charity, the JST established its first global base outside the UK in Melbourne partnering with Australian Sailing Victoria and Sailability Victoria. In July 2016, the trust's specially built and the world's largest wooden tall ship Tenacious arrived in Australia, providing voyage opportunities for aspiring sailors of all ages, backgrounds and levels of physical ability to participate fully and equally in sailing around the Australian coast on a range of voyages visiting Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart for a period of ten months.
Hooked on the dream but lack the experience? The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria (ORCV) run a comprehensive training program, Beyond the Bay over the winter months with both theory and practical on water training and mentorship.
Want to dip your toe in the water and see what this is all about? Come and join the girls for our annual September event, Queenscliff Ladies Discover Cruising (QLDC) for a leisurely weekend cruise to the little piece of paradise at the bottom of Port Phillip at the Queenscliff Cruising Yacht Club
'The world is your oyster. It's up to you to find the pearls.'
(Chris Gardner -
Dream on! Get Active and come and join us - you never know what you might discover on your journey.
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