Welcome to the Cairns Yacht Club!

For 116 years, the Cairns Yacht Club (CYC) has been a cornerstone of the Far North Queensland sailing community. At Marlin Marina and Ellis Beach, the club offers a variety of facilities, including two clubhouses, training amenities, a scenic beachfront lease, along with three keelboats (J24 and Masrm 720), 32 dinghies (Optimist, Pacer, Laser, Quest), two catamarans (Nacra 350), three power boats (rescue), and eight outrigger canoes. Over the years, the club has fostered a vibrant sailing community through a diverse range of events, training programs, social activities, and quality boating facilities. 

One of the club's long-standing traditions is Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing (WAGS), which has been a vital part of getting the community out on the water for over 40 years. It is estimated that since its inception, WAGS has provided memorable experiences on Trinity Inlet for over 28,000 people.

For keelboat enthusiasts, the club organises races every fortnight, catering for sailors of all skill levels. With the support of Australian Sailing, the club offers a range of keelboat crewing, helming, and skippering courses, enabling members to improve their sailing skills.

Dinghy sailing is another highlight at CYC, with the club holding off the beach races and regattas at a picturesque beachfront location at Ellis Beach. The facility offers camping opportunities to support multi-day regattas. Training programs in Australian Sailing Start Sailing 1 and 2 are offered to enthusiasts looking to expand their dinghy sailing skills.

The club is dedicated to nurturing the next generation of sailors through its Junior Sailing programs, which include Australian Sailing Tackers 1 and 2 (7 – 12 years old) and Youth Sailing (12 – 17 years old, Australian Sailing's Out There Sailing curriculum). Through an eight-week learn to sail after school program, the club participates in the Clontarf program, promoting healthy relationships and building self-esteem and confidence in young Indigenous men.

In 2023, CYC launched SheSails, a program aimed at empowering women in sailing. Since its inception, SheSails has made a significant impact, with over 400 women participating in land-based and on-water training and social events. In particular, SheSails has been instrumental in cultivating female talent in sailing, having supported the development of 2 female Australian sailing instructors and 2 female sailing mentors.

 

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Tackers 1 - Having Fun Term 3 2024
Fri 12 Jul 2024 16:00 — Fri 13 Sep 2024 18:00
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Tackers 2 - Tricks & Techniques Term 3 2024
Fri 12 Jul 2024 16:00 — Fri 13 Sep 2024 18:00
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Youth Sailing 2024
Sat 13 Jul 2024 09:30 — Sat 07 Sep 2024 12:00
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SheSails CYC Skills Building Program - On Water
Fri 19 Jul 2024 13:00 — 16:00
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SheSails CYC Skills Building program on J24 upskilling for experienced sailors
Start Helming
Sat 20 Jul 2024 09:00 — Sun 21 Jul 2024 16:00
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Advanced crewing including manoeuvring with the tiller helm.
"WAGS" - Wednesday Afternoon Go Sailing !
Wed 24 Jul 2024 12:00 — 17:00
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Ellis Beach Annual Regatta 2024
Sat 27 Jul 2024 08:00 — Sun 28 Jul 2024 18:00
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