Docklands Yacht Club overlooks Victoria Harbour with sweeping views of the Melbourne City skyline and the ever changing Docklands precinct. From January 2016, sailing will take place from the 60 metre pontoon at our new premises - the Community Boating Hub, 912 Collins Street, adacent to the Library at Dock Square. Community Sailing days are normally the second and fourth Sunday of each month year round from 11am but are subject to change (check Calendar page for more details). Everyone is welcome. We supply the boats, lifejackets and instruction.
102 Races in Two Days!
The Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Championship this year packed 102 races into two school days to select Victoria’s best secondary school sailing team.
The winner in the final race of the series, by just one point, and determined by the last two boats in the last race was St.Bedes over last years’ winners Haileybury. St.Bedes will go on to represent Victoria at the National School Team Racing Championships in Adelaide this July. St Bedes was captained by James Sly, a member of the Victorian Junior Sports Team of the Year – an award he won from all sports in Victoria, as part of a successful 29er campaign over the last few years.
The eighteen schools selected for the State Championship included past multiple winners St.Leonards and a number of new entrants including Melbourne Grammar, Brighton Grammar and SEDA (a vocational schools program in Aquatics with participants from Life Saving, Swimming and Sailing)
Victoria Harbour Docklands again provided a great venue for the regatta. Students, coaches, club officials, parents and the public aboard the refurbished Sydney ferry ‘Lady Cutler’ cheered their teams at close quarters. And it was good for the promotion of sailing as the three fleets of six boats with their team based coloured sails kept the visual action going right in front of the office windows of the Melbourne business district, and the pedestrians of the Docklands precinct.
The high speed action for the two day was coordinated by Andy Hunting, a past successful schools teams sailor. It was Andy’s great organising skill together with a fleet of 18 Pacers from the Boat Shed that enabled quick changeovers and continuous racing in a round robin format from 10am to 4pm each day. The breezes helped too - a light northerly for the first day and even lighter southerly for the Friday.
The regatta was organised by Yachting Victoria and hosted by the quickly developing Docklands Yacht Club who are working towards a greater future role in hosting teams racing regattas. The event enjoyed the support of Yachting Victoria’s team from the Boat Shed, headed by Rod Austin-and a star studded team of Race Officials headed by International Race Officer, Bill Bell.
Docklands Yacht Club volunteers were closely involved. By the race Officer's calculations, David Ashburner raised and lowered 317 flags for the two days. Coral and ray Allen were busy in the finish boat sorting out some close placings on the line. And David Staley coordinated the team changeovers on the dock.
The Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Championship is in its third year and is sponsored by Lend Lease and the City of Melbourne. This years’ event certainly built on its past successes and reinforced Docklands a great venue for presenting sailing to the public. Yachting Victoria is working to build schools team racing in Victoria even further with a number of clubs now offering regular weekly coaching and competition programs.
2010 Victoria Harbour Schools Sailing Championship Final Results:
1. St Bedes College
2. Haileybury College
3. Mentone Grammar
4. Firbank Grammar
5. St Leonards College A
6. Trinity Grammar
7. St Michaels Grammar
9. St Leonards College B
10. McKinnon Secondary College
11. Xavier College
12. Kardinia International College
13. Melbourne Grammar
14. Peninsula School
15. Geelong Grammar
16. Brighton Grammar
17. Toorak College
18. SEDA/Mordialloc Secondary College