We can make getting on the water a reality.

Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron is a lot of things to different people. A great place to meet and socialise with family and friends. A world class Marina from which to explore the attractions of the Bay. A competitive Club that takes pride in training sailors and managing racing in all its forms.

If you’ve ever harboured a wish to get out on the water, we can help make it a reality. It’s never too late to start sailing!

BYS is an Australian Sailing accredited Discover Sailing Centre that offers courses and opportunities for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced sailors. Our diverse group of experienced sailors love to welcome new members who want to have a go and are committed to passing on the skills and sportsmanship needed to sail.

If you would like to chat about any of the courses offered, simply call the Sailing Office on 03 5925 9620.


Dinghy or Keelboat?

We run learn to sail programs using both small, off-the-beach dinghies and larger keelboats. Chose to learn to sail on the type of boat that suits you best!

Keelboat – big boat sailing

Keelboat courses use our J/70 Sportsboats, a 7m long keelboat, which allow participants to learn to sail on stable yet responsive vessels. The crew is comprised of several sailors so all participants can experience and master all roles on board. Teamwork is essential and allows for participants of all fitness levels to learn to sail. These vessels are called sportsboats for a reason through, more experienced crews will soon find out that these vessels are fast and lively!

  • Fun and social
  • Experienced instructors
  • Learn sailing and safety
  • Enjoy and explore

Due to the size of the boats the minimum age for participating in our keelboat courses is 16.


Discover Sailing Experience – Keelboat

Discover sailing in a larger boat, a perfect ‘taster’ for anyone who wants to discover sailing for the first time.

Start Crewing

The first step on the Keelboat pathway introduces you to the basics of sailing on a small boat, including boat handling, safety and sailing theory.

Start Helming

This course develops both your theory and practical skills to confidently take control on the helm.

Spinnakers Course – by demand

This course introduces you to the fun and challenge of using asymmetrical and symmetrical spinnakers.

Let’s Go Racing (BYS Members) – new!

You will now learn the basic racing rules, skills and tactics and gain an understanding of what is expected of a racing crew on a small boat. Join a regular crew for a 6 – 8 week block of racing onboard the Club’s J/70s. 

Youth J/70 Racing Squad (BYS Members, 16 – 30 years)

The Youth Squad have scheduled training sessions throughout the season and compete in the BYS J/70 racing program on Sundays.

Missed out on your preferred course dates?

If the course you were after is fully booked or you can’t find a suitable date, leave your name of our ‘Expressions of Interest’ form and we’ll be in touch when we add new course dates to our program.




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