Sailability Sunshine Coast

We are pleased to announce that the Maroochy Sailing Club are assisting the Sailiability Sunshine Coast group.

While we do not have the facilities to host this group from the beaches of Chambers Island, we are providing registered Memberships to the sailors who sail and practise in Mooloolaba Harbour and at Double Bay, Kawana Island, usually twice a week.

Australian Sailing membership through Maroochy Sailing Club will enable these keen sailors to participate in regattas throughout Australia, in their specially designed boats. It’s great to see them on the water, enjoying the wind and water, and maybe one day, someone from the group will be heading off to the Para-Olympics or another major Regatta.

We welcome the opportunity to work with them.

Back on the Water


Sailing resumes at the Maroochy Clubhouse this Sunday with a Shakedown Race to smooth the wrinkles in the sails after the winter recess, and test your sailing muscles after a few months out of the boat.

Rob Hagan has offered to wave the flags and take the times, and after a windy few days, the weather is looking great for Sunday!

Thanks to all those who have their Membership sorted for the 2019 -2020 Sailing Year. Remember, it is in your interests to attend to that Club Membership as there is no Australian Sailing carry-over period this year.

We have introduced two initiatives this year to assist with Membership. Family Membership provides a discount for members from the same family, and if immediate finance is an issue, we can help with a Payment Plan to extend the payment over a longer period. Further details are on the Membership Page, or contact Gard, David or Peter.

The following Sunday, 1 September, Tackers 3 and Green Fleet program commence, with Adventure Sailing in the Morning and Long Course Racing in the afternoon. Still a few vacancies for the Tackers 3 and Green Fleet programs, while the Tackers 1 Program over the Spring School Holiday is half-booked-out.

James Hodgson News - Updated

I am constantly amazed at the pathways and locations sailed by some of our Youth Sailors as they take opportunities in our Sport.

Only a few years ago, a young James Hodgson was a Optimist sailor sailing the Maroochy in his dinghy which is still still at the Club with a new owner.

James outgrew his Optimist, as young sailors do, but instead of Fleet Racing, he became involved in the very competitive discipline of Match Racing (boat on boat, like the America’s Cup).

His voyage has taken him from sailing Elliott’s at Mooloolaba, to competing in Brisbane at State Youth level. Success led to him invited to participate in National Youth Match Racing Regattas, including Hobart and Perth, testing himself successfully against the best Youth Match Racing skippers in the nation.

One of his usual competitors, Tom Grimes from Sydney, invited James to join his crew for the 2019 Youth Match Racing World Championships currents sailed in Ekaterinburg, Russia in August 2019.

When you launch your boat in this sport, you don’t know where you will sail to, given the numerous opportunities available to you!

James and his fellow crew members had a very successful Regatta, bringing home the Youth Match Racing World Championship Trophy

Congratulations from all at Maroochy!

Race Documents


The Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for Club Events for the 2019 -2020 Maroochy Sailing Year are now available. They can be accessed through the sidebar on this page.

Race sailors should check these documents, as there are a few changes from previous seasons.

A warm-up Rivers Runners race will be held on Sunday 25 August.

Remember to get your Membership/Registration sorted!

MEMBERSHIP --- 2019 -20 Sailing Year

Membership for the coming season is now open.

Check out our Membership Page for details of Memberships available in 2019 - 20.


A reminder that previous Memberships expired at 30 June, and to maintain your Australian Sailing Registration and associated Personal Accident Insurance, you should renew your Membership before starting to sail at the Club this year.

New members are welcome to join - just follow the links on the Membership page.

While our Membership category offerings may have changed a little, the process of payment through the revSports Management system remains the same, except this year any processing charges will be met by the club.

For any Membership queries or issues, please contact Peter.

Several ongoing courses run by our Discover Sailing Centre will commence in early September, including Tackers 2, Tackers 3 and Green Fleet. Links to enrol in these courses are also on the Membership page. Queries should be directed to Graeme, our Principal Instructor. These courses have limited vacancies.

A stand -alone Tackers 1 course is scheduled for the Spring school vacation.

Flinders Sailing Team

Congratulations to Flinders Racing team (James Beveridge yr10, Emily McGregor yr11, Hanalena Jenkin yr9, Eloise Jessett yr10) - all students of Matthew Flinders College - who have just competed in the Australian Schools Match Racing Championships hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania in Hobart.

Most of this team are current or past members of Maroochy Sailing Club

They raced very well, reaching the semifinals. Unfortunately the finals were cancelled due to high winds and results were determined on a count back, resulting in a fourth placing. Well done!

Logie connection for Maroochy!

Sam Moor (Hattrick) and her team on the children’s show Bluey has just taken out Australia’s 2019 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children’s Program!



Besides occasionally taking on a character in this incredibly popular series, Sam is the show’s Line Producer. Whilst I’ve no idea exactly what a Line Producer does, it seems like it’s a LOT! (See link below)

Whilst Maroochy Sailing Club is full of multi-talented members, I’m sure you’ll agree it’s extra amazing to have “a Sam” who not only commutes 100kms each way for this busy job but finds some kind of magical extra time beyond family and business duties to also run the club’s hall hire in an extra-fabulous way AND keeps us fed and watered on Sundays!

Sam truly epitomises the quote (of Benjamin Franklin, who’d have thought?!) “if you want something done, ask a busy person”!

The Club, on behalf of all members, has presented Sam with some flowers to congratulate her on this Logie Award...we often give Sam flowers don’t we?! Perhaps they’ll have to be gold plated flowers soon as our appreciation of Sam’s support to our club just keeps on increasing.
If you’d like to send congratulations yourself to Sam try emailing her at



Line Producer

Maroochy Trophy and Award Presentations

Great Day at Maroochy with good company and bright new trophies to mark our 60th year of Sailing on the Maroochy - our former trophies had little room for new plaques!

Final Series results for all 2018-19 Series (Spring and Summer) have now been posted - check the Results page.

Unfortunately, a number of our Trophy Winners were not able to attend the Presentation ceremony.

Our Tackers 3 group who recently finished their course received their Completion Certificates and Trophies.

Looking forward to seeing them sailing in our Green Fleet Division next season!

As well as Trophies for placegetters in the Racing Series held over the year, and the Club Championships, various Awards were presented to mark the efforts of members over the past year.

Youth Encouragement Award - Cody Novello

Youth Improvement Award - Alex Jones

Youth Sailing in the Open Fleet Award - Billy Richards

Service Awards

Youth Service Awards - shared by Taylor Rogers and Zac Edwards

(two Tackers Instructors who joined the Club 10 years ago as 8 year-old Optimist sailors)

Club Service Award - shared by Graeme Hattrick and Peter Brodie

Commodore’s Cup for Service to the Club - Gard Saunders

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.

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!