Sailing on the Swan

Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Ever thought about trying your hand at sailing?

Perth's yacht clubs offer plenty of opportunity for sailing novices.

In Peppermint Grove, the Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club has a crew experience program that matches yacht owners with crew members — the perfect free way to experience sailing. No sailing experience is necessary, with owners and willing crew matched up through the club’s online bulletin board.

In addition, you can put your name on the casual crew register for Saturdays from mid-October to mid-April.

According to RFBYC yachting operations manager Debbie Blaauw while some skippers are looking for experienced crew, many are happy to teach beginners. Saturday is the busy racing day but they also sail Thursday afternoons, which she says is a great way to break up the working week.

“Sailing has so many health benefits, from muscle strength and endurance, cardiovascular fitness, mental wellness, relaxation and agility to concentration and communication,” she says. “We have people sailing from the age of seven to over 80 years.” 

Nedlands Yacht Club also encourages new and novice sailors. It holds an annual Try Sailing Day (in September this year) where you can enjoy a free day of sailing on a catamaran with friends and family.

The club also encourages first-time sailors to come down on Sunday afternoons from October to April. Visitors are encouraged to have a free go on any boat at the club for two races. After two weeks, if they’re keen, they can seek membership.

South of Perth Yacht Club also has a Discover Sailing Day (held last month), with learn-to- sail, club racing and cruising activities.

Picture: Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.