Bayside offers top-class sailing in one of the world’s safest and most picturesque bays.
World sailing championships have been held in Port Phillip Bay since 1999 and it’s been declared one of the world’s best yachting venues. Bayside sailing clubs welcome everyone who wants to discover the joy of sailing, be it for spectacular views, exercise or the challenge of competition. All clubs offer classes (some are free) and after a day’s sailing there’s nothing like relaxing in the clubhouse for a meal with new and old friends and family.
Sandringham Yacht Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham
(03) 9599 0999
The Sandringham Yacht Club (SYC) holds the title of Australia’s best marina. It’s certainly Melbourne’s premier sailing club, presenting world-class sailing programs, year-round social events and exceptional dining and event spaces.
The club has a 340-berth floating marina; waterfront support services; a clubhouse with a restaurant with panoramic bay views, and a member’s bar and lounge; and a boating academy with junior and adult classes. SYC offers reciprocal rights with yacht clubs worldwide, hosts year-round industry events, boating activities and sailing regattas, and its venues are available for event hire.
Royal Brighton Yacht Club
253 The Esplanade, Brighton
(03) 9592 3092
Royal Brighton Yacht Club (RBYC) is the oldest sailing club in Bayside and the clubhouse offers some of the most impressive views of Port Phillip Bay.
With state-of-the-art club facilities and a floating marina, the club enjoys an enviable reputation for its race organisation and caters to dinghy and keelboat classes in state, national and world championships. Race in Etchells, Dragons and Jubilees, or boats from the club’s mixed keelboat fleet, with handicapping to give opportunities for beginners, and the more experienced, to finish at the top of the pack. The club operates all week with twilight group sails and learn to sail instruction for all ages, including a free basics program.
Black Rock Yacht Club
Half Moon Bay, Black Rock
(03) 9598 0570
The historic Black Rock Yacht Club (BRYC) in Half Moon Bay provides some of Melbourne’s premier off-the-beach sailing facilities, including boat storage, a function centre, a concrete launching ramp, a hard stand rigging area, classes and parking.
With a long history of competitive sailing successes, there are regular races and twilight sails. Training for all ages and levels is available on weekends, and the bistro welcomes families and children.
Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron
Beaumaris Foreshore (opposite Cromer Road), Beaumaris
(03) 9589 5156
Nestled between Ricketts Point and Mentone Beach, the Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron (BMYS) clubhouse was designed to blend in with the natural landscape. It’s not visible from the road or easily spotted from the sea. However, members and their guests enjoy uninterrupted bay views from the glassed-in bar and dining areas, which is also a very popular venue for weddings and milestone events.
Nearly all forms of watercraft can be seen at the club, although most are trailerable power boats. BMYS runs the Ricketts Point Regatta and junior and senior sail training programs, and has two double ramps and parking.
The Hampton Sailing Club
Jetty Road, Sandringham
(03) 9598 6198
The Hampton Sailing Club (HSC) was originally founded in 1945 as the Victorian Ladies Yacht Club. It has since been extended to all sailors of all experiences and offers handicap competitions for entry-level and higher-classed boats. Members can also join as crew and the club is an excellent base for kayaking and sailboarding.
The relaxed, family-friendly clubrooms have magnificent views across Hampton Beach and Brighton, that are best enjoyed at club events including cheese and wine tastings, the opening of the sailing season and pizza nights.