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Introduction

Australian Sailing is the national sporting organisation (NSO) for sailing, and peak body for recreational boating at Clubs, in Australia. It is one of over 90 NSOs recognised by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC).

Australian Sailing is a Federation consisting of eight State and Territory Associations, often referred to as Member Yachting Associations (MYAs). In turn there are more than 360 affiliated Clubs, who between them have approximately 65,000 registered on-water members.

In 2014, Australian Sailing moved to a company limited by guarantee after a change to the Constitution.

Australian Sailing is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a voluntary Board with a mix of elected and appointed Directors.

Australian Sailing Team is the performance arm of Australian Sailing in partnership with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and with support from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) and the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC).

The Australian Sailing Team is the national representative team for Olympic and Paralympic class sailing.

Australian Sailing operates in accord with its Strategic Plan, developed and agreed upon with the Member State Associations. This plan and its Annual Report and Financial Statements are published on this website.

What does Australian Sailing do?
Membership and Funding Contributions
Assistance and Support
Direct Benefits to Club Members

 

WHAT DOES AUSTRALIAN SAILING DO?

Plan Strategically
By collaborating with the States and federal government agencies, Australian Sailing sets objectives, plans and priorities to deliver a successful and growing future for sailing and recreational boating at Clubs.

All Clubs, State Associations and Australian Sailing are governed by elected volunteer Boards or Committees who determine club and, ultimately, peak body plans and priorities.

Every Club member has a say in this via their own Committee, who in turn elect State Boards and Australian Sailing’s Board. Staff at Clubs and peak bodies work in accord with the plans and priorities determined by their relevant Boards.

Develops Plans Programs and Policies
Australian Sailing’s Strategic Plan, based on the input of its member State Associations, determines the Priority Programs and Policies. State Associations then support the Clubs in implementing them.

Represents sailing to the Federal Government
Government policy and regulations can positively and negatively impact the sport.

On behalf of the sailing and recreational boating club community, Australian Sailing advocates for the interests of its member States and their member Clubs on a range of national issues including those affecting the sport, safety, communication and the environment.

State Associations are responsible for advocating the interests of the sport to their respective State Government.

At the Federal level, Australian Sailing manages key relationships with the ASC, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Represents sailing internationally
As a member of World Sailing, Australian Sailing actively works to influence international sailing policy and regulations.

Australian Sailing also helps strengthen the sport globally by supporting key World Sailing programs and communicating international sailing policies to our member State Associations.

Supports Club based competitive sailing
Australian Sailing supports Club based competitive sailing by:

  • Providing input to, reviewing, and adopting for Australia, the World Sailing Racing Rules of Sailing.
  • Providing the framework for managing the Rules including the training and development of Club Race Officials, and providing the associated protest and appeals systems.
  • Formulating and providing Safety Regulations in line with world’s best practice.
  • Managing international ratings systems in Australia, including issuing boat rating certificates for IRC and ORC.
  • Providing Clubs with safety policies, templates and training to manage safety and minimise incidents.

Help Clubs Increase Participation in Sailing
The Discover Sailing Program helps Clubs promote sailing through:

  • Discover Sailing Days and Experiences to provide the initial taste of sailing.
  • Courses, a series of practical Learn to Sail classes for windsurfers, dinghies, powerboats and keelboats, offered at one of the over 200 Accredited Discover Sailing Centres throughout Australia.
  • Crewing, by matching people looking for crewing opportunities with boat owners.
  • Tackers, a fun based junior program for 7-12 year olds.
  • Sailability for including people of all abilities in sailing at Clubs.

Provides Pathways
Australian Sailing supports the long-term sustainability of the sport by providing pathways for sailors and officials, and providing relevant training and development opportunities for people to progress on these pathways.

Educates and Trains
Australian Sailing offers Programs for Club officials and members including:

  • The RYA-YA Yacht Training Program in Australia for further developing keelboat sailors, and providing internationally and commercially recognised sailing and boating qualifications.
  • Training, qualifying and developing Instructors.
  • Training, qualifying and developing Club and High Performance Coaches.
  • Training, qualifying and developing Race Officials including Race Officers, Judges, Umpires and Measurers.
  • Providing Powerboat courses for both the public, and Club members, to increase marine safety and skill Club Safety boat drivers.

Supports clubs and their members
Clubs have access to a range of services which seek to aid them in meeting the expectations of their members. These include:

  • A wide range of tailored insurance services for Clubs, Class Associations and individuals.
  • An IT platform (Sailing Information and Management Systems) providing management tools to support organisations and volunteers at all levels. This includes myClub, myCentre, myClass, myWebite, and mySailor for Club members.
  • A structure of National and State Committees that provide input to, and implementation of major plans, policies and programs.

Provides information and advice
Through a series of websites that are sources of information on the organisation of sailing and boating in Australia interested participants can keep up to date with developments.

Key websites include:

In addition, cardholders receive our regular monthly e-newsletter, Nautical News, which is sent to all Club registered members, who have provided an email address in myClub.

Develops policies
Australian Sailing seeks to ensure the proper governance and management of the Federation. National policies are available to Clubs and States to be able to protect the interests of members, such as: member protection, safety and risk management and anti-doping.

Sanctions National Events
Australian Sailing sanctions a range of national events such as the annual Australian IRC Championships and Australian Youth Championships.

Provides access to Funding Opportunities
Clubs affiliated with the peak bodies can access a range of grant funding opportunities at national, state and local government levels for volunteer or program development, running events, and participation programs through to major facilities improvement. The Australian Sports Foundation enables affiliated Clubs to register appropriate projects, such as safety boat or facilities renewal, to allow financial contributions to be tax deductible. The peak bodies play a key role in influencing government on grant funding programs, promoting their availability to Clubs and assisting Clubs' successful applications.

Reinforces Clubs Status as a Not for Profit Organisation
Affiliated Clubs with not for profit status, generally are not required to pay income tax and enjoy some other tax benefits, including land tax and local rates because Clubs promote sport and community well-being. This status provides recognition by government and the community, often resulting in potential access to additional services.

Develops world class athletes
Through a series of state and national initiatives, talented athletes are identified, supported and nurtured, receiving expert coaching, sport science support and financial assistance. Programs include State Development Squads right up to the level of the Australia Sailing Team (Levels 7-10 on the Sailing Pathway).

 

MEMBERSHIP AND FUNDING CONTRIBUTIONS

Australian Sailing is funded by grants from the Australian Sports Commission, Australian Institute of Sport, Australian Olympic Committee, Australian Paralympic Committee, our corporate sponsors and patrons, trading activities and membership fees paid by MYAs.

The membership fees paid to Australian Sailing by its State Associations are agreed and collected by the State Associations through their affiliated Clubs. Individuals can only access the membership benefits of Australian Sailing by being a member of a club affiliated with their State Association (MYA).

Fees from State Associations are spent exclusively on developing and providing services and programs delivered at State and Club level, but there is also a significant contribution to these activities from the Australian Sports Commission.

 

ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT

For assistance with anything Australian Sailing does your first point of contact is your Club.

In the event that your Club is unable to assist, it should contact its State Association (MYA) to seek assistance. If they are unable to assist they will contact Australian Sailing.

 

DIRECT BENEFITS TO CLUB MEMBERS

All of the benefits outlined above benefit members via their Club and State Association.

Australian Sailing Gold and Silver memberships are issued to all individuals whose details are recorded into the "myClub" system, the Australian Sailing online national membership system. For racing sailors the Gold or Silver membership provides proof of compliance with the Racing Rules of Sailing in:

  • Rule 46 for skippers in all races
  • Rule 56 for crew participating in more than three races

Cardholders also receive a personal accident insurance benefit and access to various discounts from Australian Sailing’s loyalty partners. The Personal Accident Insurance policy covers registered cardholders, aged 5 to 85 years, injured while sailing, cruising, participating and officiating in races, race training or while on the premises of an affiliated Yacht Club. The cover includes death and disability compensation, non-Medicare medical expenses and, for income earners, an accident weekly benefit.

There’s a range of other direct benefits to Club members such as:

  • Communication through websites, e-newsletters and printed material.
  • The Australian Sailing Online Shop that has a comprehensive range of over 140 yachting and boating publications and merchandise for sale
  • mySailor – an on-line facility for storing all your sailing and boating information and updating your Club’s records about you.
  • Discounts on products and/or services from a range of Australian Sailing partners.

These include:

  • Avis currently offer Cardholders special discounted rates on all domestic and international car hire through Australian Sailing's Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number P843900. Call 136 333 or go to www.avis.com.au
  • Yaffa offer Cardholders up to 40% off yearly subscriptions of leading sailing magazines including Australian Sailing+Yachting and Cruising Helmsman. Call 1800 807 760 (during business hours), visit www.mysailing.com.au or email subscriptions@yaffa.com.au. For your discount on Australian Sailing+Yachting please quote: ASC/ASYA. For Cruising Helmsman please quote: ASC/CHYA.

If you have any queries regarding your Gold or Silver card, need it replaced or think you should have received it and have not, please contact your Club.