AGM, Trophy Presentations - Sunday 26 May

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This Sunday 26 May is our AGM, Awards Presentation and Celebration Lunch.

AGM is a chance to hear what the club’s achievements and challenges have been, vote in a new executive and is usually a fairly short affair. Then join us for the Presentations and cheer your trophy winner, get that special trophy-photo, applaud the club workers and then relax and enjoy a BBQ lunch. 11.00 am AGM 11.45 am Set up for Presentations 12 midday Awards Presentation 12.30 Lunch - Please bring a salad to share. BBQ meats are supplied by the Club and the drinks fridge will be open with drinks sold at club prices. Help with setting up lunch, cooking and cleaning away is required and always! (Everything will take place downstairs this year). Seeyouontheriver! Gärd

Tackers 3 News

Congratulations to 4 young sailors ( Tyson, Finn, Zach and Luke) who have just completed their final Tackers program under the watchful eyes of Junior Instructors Zach Edwards and Matt Hattrick. They undertook the Tackers 3 course fortnightly on Sunday mornings during our Summer season, and are now reasonably competent young sailors.

Next step for these young sailors is to join our Green Fleet in Spring, and learn about how to use their sailing skills to sail a course, and how to start and finish a race.

They will be following in the footsteps of last year’s Tackers 3 who completed their Green Fleet Training and are are now enthusiastic young Optimist sailors joining our racing fleet most Sundays on the Maroochy River.

Cootharaba Junior Regatta

Several of our Youth sailors participated in the May Day weekend Junior Regatta at Lake Cootharaba Sailing club. While boats at Maroochy were faced with no wind, they did have some breeze on the Lake and completed three races.

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Congratulations to Riley House sailing his Laser 4.7, who was placed second in his Division.

Other members participating were Optimist sailors sailors Joy Jessett and Cody Markey who didn’t make the podium but added to their racing experience in sailing at different venues against strong opposition.

Also competing were Sabot sailors Sean and Jasmin Saunders who are part of the School’s Sailing Training Group at Maroochy. Sean finished in a creditable 5th place in the large fleet of young sailors.

Congratulations to all the young sailors.

Sailing Report - Sunday 5 May


On Sunday a group of sailors gathered at the Club for a final sail before we enter our Winter Recess.

Unfortunately, the winds gods had a day off, with the fleet becalmed on the Maroochy River and drifting with the tide towards Twin Waters Resort at the mouth of the River.

The Race was abandoned and the support vessels assisted boats back to our Clubhouse on Chambers Island.

This completes our scheduled sailing for the 2018 -19 Sailing year, but there could be some Tackers coaching and our die-hard sailors sometimes launch on a Sunday afternoon for a scratch race around the cans!

Scheduled Racing is due to resume in late August.

Instructor/Assistant Instructor Course


The club has arranged with Australia Sailing to hold a Dinghy Instructor and Assistant Instructor Course from our club house over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd of June this year.

This is a fantastic opportunity to become a qualified Instructor or Assistant and help the club grow. The club also provides financial assistance in some cases. Other prerequisites for the Instructors are Blue Card, 1st Aid and Power Boat Handling course. No prerequisites are required for the Assistants course.

If you are interested, please contact Graeme for further information  -

ILCA Dinghy

Laser Sailors may have been following the dispute that has arisen over the past couple of months between the International Laser Class Association (ILCA) and the formerly licenced European builder.


As that builder held the rights to the Laser Brand name, and the familiar red logo, the ILCA has been forced to rename it’s dinghy and adopt a new logo for all new boats , to be manufactured in Europe by a newly-licenced builder and the existing licenced builders in Australia and Japan who were not involved in the dispute.

Hence the decision has been made to rename the boat the ILCA Dinghy and adopt the initials as the Class Logo. All existing previously licenced Laser Dinghies will be automatically be given ILCA registration by the World body. New boats and sails will carry a new name and logo.

Somehow explaining to a relatively sailing-newcomer that you sail an ILCA Dinghy has suddenly become a lot more complicated!

Further information re the dispute and recent developments can be found on the internet and on-line sailing publications.

Sailing - Sunday 28 April

Maroochy Club is back on the water after the Easter break.

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Morning - Tackers 2 and Green Fleet Training.

Afternoon - Final 2 heats of the Summer Short Course Series.

Next weekend - Sunday 5 May - will be the final day of our 2018-19 Summer Season.

Morning Training for Tackers 3 and Green Fleet.

All members( Racers, Adventurers and Tackers) are invited to join in an afternoon Fun Race to mark the end of the Season.

State Opti Championships

Three young Maroochy sailors took to the water in their Optimist Dinghies to compete in the Qld State Optimist Championships held at RQYS recently.

Congratulations to all three - Cody Markey placing fourth in the Green Fleet Division, Joy Jesset mid-fleet in the Intermediate Division and Riley House in the hotly contested Open Division. All gained great experience through participtaytion in this regatta.

Regatta Results

Tackers 1 - Easter 2019

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Ideal conditions for the first day of the 2019 Easter Tackers program - clear skies, warm day and gentle breezes - for the latest group of Tackers 1 sailors to take to the water for the very first time.

Amazing how quickly the youngsters adapt to the water environment on the safe waters of the Maroochy Rive just off Chambers Island at the Maroochy Sailing Club.

Under the watchful eyes of our Junior instructors, they will be soon spreading their wings and venturing further from shore. exploring both the river and extending their skills.

Check out the Gallery of the Easter Tackers course.

Now including some pictures from Day 2.

Sailing Report - Sunday 24 March

Nice day on the water - warm, with a moderate ENE breeze to keep the boats moving.


Morning activities with Adventure Sailing, Tackers 3 Training and Green Fleet Training.

Members enjoyed a lunch-time visit from Casey Sutherland and 2 month-old daughter Eden who was introduced to the Club where her Mum was such an active participant for many years. Still a little young for her first sail, I’m sure Eden will be on the water before many years pass!

Afternoon racing was 5 heats of the Summer Short course Series. A strong fleet contested the races, with a Windward-Leeward course set by Race Officers Gard Saunders assisted by Bruce Markey.

Division 1 - the Lasers- were closely contested as usual with podium positions shared among the fleet, but Neil Noble had a good afternoon with a couple of Flags and a Second placing.

Division 2 - Former member and Sabre sailor John Campbell joined the club racing for the afternoon, with 8 Sabres and 2 Pacers contesting the races. Phil Gray led the early races home, ahead of John Campbell before he had to leave for work commitments. Most sailors would be happy with at least some of their performances during the afternoon.

Division 3 - the Mixed Youth Fleet. Tex Granger (Optimist) and Riley House (Laser 4.7) each shared a couple of Flags, while Cody Markey had one. Baden Johnson sailed consistently to score 3 Second placings in the 5 races.

NEXT WEEK - Sunday 31 March - Tackers 2 and Green Fleet Training from 9.30am; Afternoon Racing with 2 heats of the Summer Long Course Series - RO needed!

A Sailing Voyage!

It seems only yesterday that Sarah Johnson walked across the footbridge to Chambers Island - a young lady just entering her teenage years, and wanting to try this sailing thing as an Adventure Sailor. She enjoyed the experience and was soon regularly crewing for then-Commodore Gard in a Club Pacer, learning some boat and racing skills.

The following season saw Sarah move into her Uncle Bob’s old wooden Sabot, but she was determined to keep up with some pretty competent Opti sailors we had at that time. I had the pleasure of taking her out in my Thorpe one day, and although we capsized under spinnaker at the second gybe mark, she clambered back in and finished the afternoon’s racing in impressive fashion in a difficult-to-sail boat.

Always growing as a teenager, Sarah moved into a Laser 4.7, and and her determination led to some impressive performances in this boat. Participation in some Laser regattas, and some sailing at RQYS for experience led to her inclusion in the Queensland Youth Training Squad and High Performance coaching sessions.

Sarah has always had wider visions of her sailing, and taken opportunities that arose. She became involved with the Mooloolaba Yacht Club Elliot’s Match Racing scene, and their Women’s Keel-Boat program, which led to participation in regattas in Brisbane and inter-state, and also opened up crewing in Etchells at Mooloolaba

Following an invitation, Sarah had the offer last weekend of a crew position for her first Ocean Race - the Bass Strait dash from Melbourne to King Island on the Melbourne yacht Faster Forward - an experience which has her enthusiastic for more!

This weekend, she joins her MYC Women’s Squad team-mates (including Maroochy members Tanya Kelly and Eloise Jessett) at Manly Yacht Club's 24th annual Helly Hansen Women's Challenge.

We have seen less of Sarah on the Maroochy these past couple of years, but she dusts off the Laser on occasions to enjoy our waters and competition. Sarah now manages the difficult task of balancing the demands of study with participation in Sailing at competitive levels and the training required. However, her family’s commitment to sailing at Maroochy has now been taken on by her young cousin Baden who is already showing he has the aptitude and focus to take on the sailing world too.

Sarah’s story well illustrates the pathways that can arise within our Sport for the young sailor who is prepared to commit and follow through. And whilst Sarah’s shown she’s organised and skilled, her cheerful good-natured personality has also been a vital ingredient to opening up these and many more sailing opportunities!

Good luck Tanya, Sarah and Eloise!

Tackers Gallery


A gallery of photographs compiled from a number of different Tackers Courses has beem added to our Photographic Gallery pages.

Since the arrival of our Tackers Dinghies in August 2017, they have certainly been well used, and given a lot of enjoyment and learning to our younger novice sailors.

Our first Tackers 1 Course for 2019 commences on 22 January and is fully booked.