The Bay Sailing Centre, formerly known as Port Stephens Sailing and Aquatic Club, has a 40-year history of hosting local dinghy sailing as well as major world, national and state championships.
Situated on the shores of Salamander Bay, it faces east towards the majestic Port Stephens headlands and a body of water that is widely regarded as offering one of the best sailboat racing tracks in Australia.
Fluctuating tidal conditions provide a degree of challenge, yet race officers have myriad opportunities to set fair courses for all wind directions and distances – include passage races.
A long stretch of white sandy beach and two grassy reserves either side of the clubhouse provide ample rigging and launching opportunities for dinghies, skiffs, catamarans and sailboards alike. In addition, there is a public wharf and concrete boat ramp 100 metres to the north of the site.
Trailer sailers and sports boats can also launch at nearby Soldiers Point boat ramp and overnight at the adjoining Soldiers Point Marina, gaining shelter from the prevailing summer nor’easters.
As part of a new chapter, Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) has attained the licence to run the community club, renaming it the Bay Sailing Centre to signify the change. It is bringing a higher degree of professional staffing and resourcing to the sailing and sail training operations, while enhancing community access.
The ultimate vision is to create a facility that showcases and enhances the sport’s presence, with anticipated flow-on benefits for local and regional recognition, participation and visitation.
The Bay Sailing Centre conducts point-score racing throughout the summer season and also offers a raft of sail training opportunities for junior sailors keen to try the sport.
Our renowned Sailing Academy and on-water race management team has expanded to this Centre, bringing O’Pen Skiffs and Tacker dinghies.
The upper floor of the facility is the perfect place to watch the sailing activities or enjoy a post-race get-together, either inside or on the veranda. It has a café serving barista-made coffee and snacks, while also being available for catered functions.