TSASA Cruising

A wide range of cruising locations are visited by the TSASA.  A calendar of planned cruises is prepared each year and major cruises are proposed over a year ahead.  The Sailing Captain is responsible for the overall scheduling of cruises and races however all members are also encouraged to propose cruises to add to the calendar at any time and sometimes cruises are conducted at short notice when conditions are favourable and a number of members are interested.  Members may be given approval by the Committee to lead an event based on their prior experience 

Major Cruises  (one is planned for each year)

Every second year a major long distance cruise will be conducted to locations such as Whitsundays (Qld), Tin Can Bay/Fraser Island (Qld), Moreton Bay/The Broadwater (near Brisbane) or Tasmania.  These cruises, including travel, will take about 5 weeks in total for the official cruise.  We plan these well ahead so that annual leave can be booked and preparations made in plenty of time.  Generally any destination that warrants 3 weeks of cruising time will fit into this category as will most destinations that require more than 3 days of travel.

Every other year the major cruise will be an intermediate distance cruise to locations such as Myall Lakes/Port Stephens (NSW), Gippsland Lakes (Vic), Sir Joseph Banks Group (SA) or Coffin Bay (SA).  These cruises, will usually take no more than 2 travelling days and a total duration of 2 weeks for the official cruise.

Short Cruises  (more than one every year).

  • Every June long weekend we have the River Murray Funsl (fun sailing) cruise.  This includes a Quiz to be completed as you cruise, Campfire Cooking Competition and the annual Pentaque Championship.
  • Every Easter we have a trip in the Lower Murray Lakes or Coorong based from Clayton Bay or Goolwa with a visit from the Easter Bunny guaranteed.
  • Other short cruises may be arranged to locations generally within a few hours drive from Adelaide such as the SA border area of the River Murray, Glenelg River or Port Vincent.

All sailing events endorsed and organised by the TSASA and included in the official TSASA Calendar comply with the TSASA Safety Management System and Code of Practice.

Frequently members extend official cruise period by arriving early or departing later to enable more time exploring the area independently.

Individual members also attend cruises organise by other sailing organisations and some of these events are supported by the TSASA, although they are not part of our official calendar. These events are referred to under the 'Non TSASA Events' page and generally include links to the external club to enable members to access information and register for the event. Typical examples include the Milang Goolwa Classic in January each year the Spencer's Gulf Trip each March, and the Port Vincent Saltwater Classic held in April.

TSASA Racing Events usually have a cruising component as well, because they are usually extended beyond the actual race day to include the whole weekend so there is plenty of opportunity to explore the area, socialise and ample time to rig up and prepare.

Cruise Destinations

 The following is a guide to some possible cruise destinations and the recommended best times of the year to go based on previous experience.  Members are encouraged to put together a cruise that is not on the current calendar.  All they need to do is contact our Sailing Captain in the first instance, who will in turn gain approval from the Committee for a Event Leader to be appointed.  A cruise can involve as few as two or three boats and be run in parallel with other cruise events that may be taking place at the same time in other locations.

South Australia

  • Lower Murray Lakes, Goolwa and Coorong   November through to May
  • Upper River Murray                                March through to December
  • Coffin Bay, Pt Lincoln, S.J. Banks Islands    January through to May
  • Upper Spencer Gulf                                March through to May
  • Gulf St Vincent                                      January through to May
  • Glenelg River                                        October through to June
  • Ceduna and the West Coast                      March and April


  • Gippsland Lakes                                    January through to April
  • Western Port Bay                                  January through to April
  • Mallacoota                                           December through to May

New South Wales

  • Sydney Harbour and the Hawkesbury         October through to May
  • Lake Macquarie and Myall lakes                September through to November


  • Brisbane, Moreton Bay area                     September through to November
  • Sandy Straits, Harvey Bay                      September and October
  • Whitsunday Islands                                August through to October


  • All locations                                        January through to March


TSASA Calendar


Printable 2017 - 2018 Calendar is available by clicking here


April 15th - 20th POST EASTER GLENELG RIVER CRUISE in the SA School Holidays.  See Cruising Events page

28th April Annual Presentation Dinner at the British Port Adelaide.  See Social page

1st May General Meeting Tuesday at 8 pm  At the Henley Beach Sailing Club.  Presentations will be made about the Ceduna and Hawkesbury cruises. BYO supper to share.  Bar open


June 5th General Meeting Tuesday at 8 pm  At the Henley Beach Sailing Club.  BYO supper to share.  Bar open

June 9 - 11th  LONG WEEKEND CRUISE ON THE RIVER MURRAY See Cruising Events page

July 3rd General Meeting and Annual General MeetingTuesday at 8 pm  At the Henley Beach Sailing Club.  BYO supper to share.  Bar open

Sept 15th - Oct 12th MAJOR CRUISE 2 DIFFERENT MURRAY RIVER LOCATIONS See Cruising Events page


Preliminary plans

September/October Moreton Bay/ Clarence River or Pt Stephens/ Myall Lakes / Macquarie Lakes.