Women and Girls Learn to Dinghy Sail Course – commencing Saturday 5 February and 19 February 2022

This course is being held to all Females (15 years of age plus), as part of the SheSails program, developing Women in Sailing.  

Commencing on Saturday 5 February 2022, our club is running a Start Sailing 1 – Introduction to Sailing Course at Fingal Boat Harbour.  The course consists of 2 x 6 hour sessions over 2 Saturdays –  05.02.22 (commencing at 9 am) and 19.02.22 (8 am start) – starting times work around the high tide and based on NSW day light savings time.

The cost is $150 for the 2 sessions, and non-refundable, should you not attend both sessions.   This will include Tweed Valley Sailing club membership which is $100 (membership runs out on 30 September each year).  Benefits of being a club member is you have insurance coverage when sailing with the club, and that once you are a confident sailor you can hire the club dinghies (which you will be learning in).

The course is limited to 10 participants only.  

If you would like to learn the basics of sailing, and start your dinghy sailing journey, you will enjoy this course.   

Intro to sailing:  By the end of this course you will be confidant in:

  1. Preparing to go on the water:  clothing to suit the conditions, use of safety equipment and the need for protection from environmental elements.
  2. Be able to rig a boat with assistance and identify the commonly used parts of the boat.
  3. Tie a figure of 8 knot and  a bowline.
  4. Perform a capsize recovery in shallow water and participate in single boat towing.
  5. Be able to launch and recover a boat with assistance; correctly tack and stop the boat; successfully sail a windward/broad reach course;  paddle boat around a marked course.
  6. Understand the meaning of port and starboard;  windward and leeward;  and overtaking vessels.
  7. Identify the wind direction;  able to source weather forecasts. 

There will be no official certificate issued, but the course is run within the guidelines of Discover Sailing syllabus.  

There will be safety boats and drivers, and a group of experienced sailor volunteers to assist you.  The dinghies we will use in this course are pacers and X3s.


. confidant swimmer (performing a capsizing is part of the course, but you will be wearing a lifejacket).

. agile and quite fit and strong (you will be constantly ducking under a boom and moving from one side of the dinghy to the other.  Lifting is involved too.)

If you require further information, please don’t hesitate to email or phone me, details below.  

To register: click on the link below:


Kind regards


SheSails Rep


e:  swell.lady16@gmail.com

Ph:  0409 761 908

Class Champions Day 1 and Sausage Sizzle Catch up

We’re racing this coming Sunday for day 1 of our shortened summer championship series. We’ll be racing until March with six racing days, of two races per day. With two drops, if you miss a day, it won’t affect your score.

After the racing, we will get out the BBQ and have a sausage sizzle/catch up.

Briefing at Midday (NSW Time). (Registration links are further down)

We will need someone to be the timekeeper on the day for scoring. If you’re available, then please contact Craig on 0413 052 898.

As a reminder, we will need volunteers for Duty Officer, Safety Boat, Time Keeping and Race Officer for one-off days during the season. Training will be provided. Please note your availability here so that we can organise a roster. (These roles are not restricted to just skippers, anyone can volunteer.)

Skippers, please register here.

If you’d like to crew, and don’t have an arrangement with a skipper, leave your details here and a skipper may get in touch. Skippers, please consult the list of the available crew here.

A Shortened Summer 21/22 Championship

We want to resume regular Sunday racing every second Sunday from the 9th of January 2022. The intention would be to hold two races, with every race day considered a Class Championship day through until the end of the season, near the end of March. We would then have a short break before getting into the 2022 Winter Season!

We will send out further details of the day the week before, but at this stage, since it’s been so long since we were all able to race together, we’d like to finish the day with a sausage sizzle/catch up after the racing.

There won’t be any Juniors Christmas Holiday Program as we do not have the Instructors available to run the course at this time. We hope to have regular Juniors running before Easter with an Easter Holiday program too. Juniors are welcome to race with us in their division or crew with available Adults.

Those NSW Juniors who have NSW Active Kids vouchers expire on the 31st of December. If you want to use them for sailing, then please submit them ASAP so that we can redeem them.

We will need a Duty Officer, Time Keeper, Start Boat and Safety Boat operators for the shortened season for each day. Skippers, if taking one of the roles means that you cannot race, we will still award you points.

Please provide feedback on this Survey to nominate days that you might be available for roles.

Fresh Conditions for the Last Sailing Day of the Year

Nine boats took part in Sunday’s race of two laps from Fingal to the motorway, with ideal conditions of an incoming tide against a fresh southerly wind.

Peter Fell led the single-handers all the way to the finish, with Lex Branch never getting in contention after an unfortunate pre-start capsize.

Doug Haig beat Peter Ross by a boat length in the Corsairs with Michael Grace
putting in a credible performance. Geoffrey Colwill and Aron in a club Pacer had to finish on just his jib having capsized on the last lap.

Dave Robinson on ‘The Gambler’ revelled in the strong wind, winning the multi-hulls!

New member Perry completed the race on the club laser 4.7 Tippy Too.

See you all in the new year for hopefully our first NSW/Qld combined fleet race for a shortened summer season.

Word by Bryan, photos by Gail.

Racing this Sunday, before the holiday break

Racing is on this coming Sunday, the last day before we break for the holidays. There are no juniors in the morning, though competent kids are welcome to join the sailing in the afternoon.

At the moment, with the border changes coming after this weekend, Qlders will be able to race in the new year, so we expect a shortened summer championship season to start from the 9th of January, with racing every second weekend until the easter break. We will send a separate email with further details, including requests for volunteers for Duty Officer, Time Keeping and Safety Boat operators.

Some of our Queensland Corsair boats raced at last weekend’s Monomasters at Lake Cootharaba. A write up is on the website with some great photos. The next away event will be at Big River’s Annual Regatta on the 26/27th of February weekend, so mark your calendars.

Details for this weekend:

Briefing at midday, (casual) racing from 1 pm. (NSW Time)

Skippers, please register your boat entry here.

Crew are welcome to register their availability here. (Skippers, the list of people looking for spots is here.)

If you’d like to hire a club boat for the afternoon, please check our website’s hire section.

Juniors and Qld Sailing This Sunday

Juniors are on this Sunday morning at Fingal, starting at 8:30 am NSW Time.

Please register your attendance here before the day. We also ask that any parents using one of the club boats, first organise to hire it via the website.

Some of the Queensland boats will be practising for the Monomasters, at Oxenford from midday on Sunday. Interested sailors are welcome to attend.

Sailing is on this Sunday, with Juniors and Parents Sailing in the Morning

We’re racing this Sunday at Fingal with a briefing at midday.  Skippers, please register here.

Juniors training is on in the morning, starting at the earlier time of 8:30.  No experience is necessary.  Please register here.

For Parents, John is happy to run a Try Sailing session at the same time as Juniors is on so that you can get out on the water too and show your children how it’s done!

This weekend is also when our own Tweedledums Team will represent our club at the Mooloolaba Women’s Keelboat Regatta.  Maddie Lyons, Monique Smith and Kate Ausburn will be racing against seven other teams on Elliott 6’s in three days of racing from Friday.  We wish them well!

Stay Safe.