Double Bay Sailing Club aims to be among the best Laser sailing clubs in the world, hosting large Laser fleets in each rig size, with well-managed and competitive racing for sailors of all levels, supported by an inclusive volunteer culture and an active and social membership.
Lasers are the one design single-handed boat raced in the Olympics. We host fleets of Standard Rig Lasers, Radial Lasers and 4.7 Lasers. While Lasers are not the most forgiving boat to sail, it doesn’t take long for sailors of other dinghies to pick up the boat handling skills to at least complete our races.
We cater for men and women, junior and open fleets, and all divisions of the masters.
Members range from absolute novices who may have recently completed sailing lessons to national and international champions, including former and prospective Olympians. With approximately 100 members, we generally get at least 40 members to the starting lines each Saturday. We have storage in our clubhouse for 70 Lasers.
In addition, our small Big Boat Brethren Division host regular, relaxed racing on the Harbour and occasionally take on the elite sailors in blue water classics like the Sydney to Hobart. In 2014, two of our members skippered and navigated Wild Rose, the overall winner of the Sydney to Hobart. We offer eight yacht tender/dinghy storage racks to our yacht owning members.
The club's support fleet consists of Jazzman (2014 Arvor 215), the Dene Bergman (6m Avon RIB), and the Paul Adam (a smaller RIB).
The club is run entirely by volunteers, from a modest timber building in Steyne Park, Double Bay (adjacent to the Bay Street ferry wharf). The clubhouse was expanded and completely renovated in 2012 and our modern change rooms with continuous hot water are an immense source of pride. A history of the club can be found here and a wonderful photo of Double Bay in the 1940's is here
The Life Members of the club have been the driving force of the success of the club. We have started a history of the club as told by the Life Members: click here.
Our 2019-20 season Office Bearers:
Commodore: Andrew Cox
Vice Commodore – Mark Crowhurst
Rear Commodore – Pat Levy
Secretary – Emily Ball
Treasurer – Justin Davey
Canteen Captain – Paul Adam
Yacht Representative – Jonathan Stone
Laser Representative – Ian Alexander
Social Secretary – Peter Collie
Handicapper – Daryl Lawrence
Learn To Race – Martin White
Newsletter Editor – Kirk Marcolina
CTO – Nick Pellow
Safety & Training Officer – Christine Linhart
Race Management Officer – Matt Knight
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