12.10.2009



Southern Highlands Sailing Club now into its 34th year.





David Best a local life member of the SHSC has provided some details of the history of the Club which is about to commence its 34th season. David has been associated with the Club since its very early days and served as the Club’s Treasurer from 1981–1985, as Club Captain from 1989–2009. He spends many Sunday hours on the water conducting races and sailing his faithful 125 sailing dinghy.

The SHSC was formed in 1978 and the inaugural season 1978/79 was a huge success. Bryan Fryer was elected the first Commodore of the Club and Robert Jones the Secretary. Membership for an individual was just $10 for the season with a $10 boat registration fee. At season’s end in April 1979 the bank balance was $234.94cr. Insurance for the club in that year was a mere $100.15.

David along with past club officials and has provided continuity in the club.


The current committee headed by Commodore Greg Longhurst has embarked on a membership drive and the club has an seen influx of new highland residents and families with teenagers and young children. The Xmas holidays is the peak season for the Club as the weather is warmer and families get together for picnics on the shoreline.


Currently the dominant fleet is the Multihull division with Nacras, Windrushes, Maricats and Hobies. The Olympic Laser class is the Mono hull of choice. There is close racing among the catamaran skippers who regularly give the Lasers good racing. The Club handicap system results in close contests for the winners of the Commodore’s Cup and Point score trophies.


The Club has around 40 members and some dozen or so boats race regularly. Junior membership is led by Will Murton who sails Lasers, and crews for his father Michael with sister Adelaide and brother Osca. We welcome new members of all ages, shapes and sizes.


Safety on the water is provided by the Club’s rescue boat. Persons with a current Boat Licence are very welcome to participate in the maintenance of our safe aquatic activity. Please contact the Club if you can assist.

The Club’s website contains the Sailing and Social Calendar and is a valuable forum for members and also assists in fostering Sailing in the Southern Highlands.