Our Club

History

The Geographe Bay Yacht Club, established in 1959 as the Geographe Bay Sailing Club, is a progressive, family oriented yacht club and is located on a large area of ocean front land with direct access to the beach.  It has a large expanse of well kept grassed frontage for rigging boats, and also for entertainment.  The Club House consists of a brick building including hall, galley, licensed bar and lounge for the use of members.  Sailing is controlled from a tower that overlooks Geographe Bay and from which radio contact is maintained with the Club's rescue boats.

Undercover boat storage is available for dinghys, and a secure hardstand compound provides safe storage for larger boats. The Club maintains tractors for launching the many trailer-sailers that compete from the Club.  Ample car parking is provided in the grounds, and for special sailing events, camping is available by arrangement.  There are ideal vantage points for viewing sailing.

The Club caters for both Social members and Sailing members, with a strong emphasis on family involvement.  It is open every Friday and Saturday evenings for drinks from our licensed bar and delicious, affordable meals from our galley.  The Club has a large number of Social (non-sailing) members who enjoy the family friendly atmosphere and entertaining social program and, of course, the spectacular outlook over Geographe Bay.

Situated on the picturesque shores of Geographe Bay in Busselton Western Australia, Geographe Bay Yacht Club is home to the largest yachting regatta in Western Australia - "Geographe Bay Race Week".

In addition to Geographe Bay Race week, the Geographe Bay Yacht Club sailing season incorporates an annual Australia Day Weekend Regatta plus the youth focused Geographe Bay Championships for Pelicans hosted over Easter each year.

The Club's current membership stands at approximately 350 members and you are welcome to view our Club constitution here.

The Club offers regular sailing to the following classes:

Mixed dinghy fleet
Keelboats and Sportsboats
Sharpies
Mixed Catamarans
420's
Pelicans
National 125
Trailable Yachts

Yacht races for Junior and Senior members are held every Saturday afternoon from October through to April. 

GBYC is an accredited Sail Training Establishment, affiliated with Yachting Association of W.A. and Australian Sailing.  Juniors are well accommodated at the Geographe Bay Yacht Club with one of the best equipped Sail Training Centres which also caters for sail training of teenagers and adults in dinghy, catamaran and cruiser sailing.  Junior coaching lessons and Learn to Sail courses are held on Saturday mornings during the sailing season. 

Both members and visitors alike are always welcome.

Become a Geographe Bay Yacht Club member

Become a Member

The Geographe Bay Yacht Club warmly welcomes
both sailing and non-sailing members.
See Membership Categories explained (pdf)
   

Sail Pass (Casual Crew & First Time Sailors)

GBYC encourages first time sailors and offers three (3) races at no cost provided participants:
   Are persons over the age of 18 who are first time sailors on participating vessels.
   Apply for an active sailing membership if they wish to sail for remainder of sailing season.
   Are competing in Geographe Bay Yacht Club Regattas. (Cover for up to 5 days sailing)

Honourary Life Members

Geographe Bay Yacht Club recognises its' members who selflessly give outstanding service, time and energy to the Club without any expectation of reward. These members are the quiet achievers who stay out of the limelight but are always the first to volunteer for any project. Honorary Life Membership is a rare honour.

Honourary Life Members

AE (Bert) Weston

William George Moore

Arthur Wainwright

Robert (Bob) Bleakley

Eddie Kemp

Les Peaker

Ron Forster

AW (Alec) House

Albert (Bert) Morris

James (Jim) Cuthbert

Kathleen (Kath) Cuthbert

Robert (Bob) Starr

Heather Starr

Lee (Shirley) Forster

James (Lofty) Lofthouse

Trenwyn Fahey

Roy Morris

William (Bill) Steele

Brian Lucy

Kathleen (Kath) Armour

William (Bill) McSwain

Rob Rose

Kevin Rose

Ian Meiklejohn

Gwyn Cracknell

Ted Francis

Anne Staniforth-Smith

Terry Compton

John Compton

Barry Brown

Office Bearers

Office bearers & committee members

Affiliated Clubs

Clubs that are affiliated with Geographe Bay Yacht Club

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