Try Sailing

Interested in trying sailing?
No problem!  Simply provide your details and agree to our Try Sailing Risk Warning online to get you started...
Once we receive your information, we'll be in contact with you to discuss your sailing experience and interests, which will enable us to match you as a crew member with the right yacht and skipper.
There are options for cruising or racing on one of our member's keel boats.  We look forward to chatting with you.
Everyone is welcome!
Both experienced sailors and those newer to sailing are invited to crew with our mixed fleet of keel and sports boats, sailing on the enclosed waters of Botany Bay and beyond.  We’ll help you find a yacht that suits your experience and get you in contact with the skipper.
If you haven’t sailed for a while or have had a couple of lessons and want to build your skills, crewing is an affordable way to get into sailing.  BBYC is the biggest keelboat sailing club in Botany Bay and there is always room for anyone wanting to crew.
It’s easy to get started; you just need to bring a hat, sun screen and water.  Please wear shoes with white soles, e.g. trainers, plimsolls or volleys.  And it’s always a good idea to bring a spray jacket and an extra layer.  You may be on the water for a while, so you might like to bring some snacks and drinks.  Most boats have room down below for a sail bag with a change of clothes.
Usual Crew Positions
On a racing yacht there are a number of different positions: the skipper or helmsman; the fore-decker or bowman; the tactician; the main trimmer; headsail trimmer; and the spinnaker trimmer.  On smaller yachts most of these positions are combined.
Racing can improve your sailing skills
Friday Twilight Racing
Twilight racing takes place during the October to March Daylight Saving period and is an ideal way to hone your sailing skills in a fun social environment.  If you’re new to sailing, this is a great way to get started.  Twilight races are held over shorter courses on the sheltered waters of the Georges River and Kogarah Bay.
Saturday Bay Racing
If you’d like to experience the thrills of flying a spinnaker, then come and try crewing on a Saturday afternoon bay race.  Whether you want to try trimming, a foredeck position, or just being out on the water, we’ll match you with a skipper and over a few weeks you can try other boats to find a casual or permanent crew position.
Need Gear?
If you need gloves or want to upgrade your wet weather gear or shoes, visit Herrick Sailmakers for the latest Slam gear.  Call Graeme Herrick on 0419 419 373 for opening hours or to check your size is in stock.  Herrick Sailmakers is located on the ground level of the BBYC clubhouse.