The Club was originally mooted in early 1991 by a group of regular yachties who got together whilst anchored off one of the beautiful beaches in Sydney Harbour. A few keen boaties decided to seriously try to start an Australian gay sailing club. The Sydney Star Observer agreed to print an article on the proposal, and invited interested men and women to attend our inaugural meeting at the Unicorn Hotel in Paddington, on the first Friday in July, 1991. This proved a great success and since then the Club has become properly structured with our own Commodore and committee members. This committee meets regularly to look after the general business of the Club as well as to organise and oversee events. We encourage input from all our members to helping us organise new events, trips away, and socialising.
We have been successful in becoming affiliated with the Yachting Association of NSW. We believe we are the first openly gay sporting association to be recognised (at least in Australia) by its controlling sports body.
One of our main events is the Annual Mardi Gras Regatta, which we now run in Elliott 6.0s (3-person keelboats) hired from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Youth Sailing Academy.
First run with only four S80 yachts in 1992, this event has grown to be very popular, winning Mardi Gras “Best Sporting Event” award in 1997. Partly because of the success of this event, sailing was accepted as a new sport for the 2002 Gay Games in Sydney, an event hosted by the ASCC.
The club membership is about 25% women, including several boat owners and committee members. About 25% of the membership are boat owners.