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What's available to you at the Dinghy Division
2014/2015 Sailing Program
Who to contact

Dinghy sailing for sailors of all ages

Our Dinghy Division offers dinghy sailors from 7 through to 70 years of age a great sailing program! We are a family friendly Club dedicated to encouraging children to start sailing in Optimists, and develop their skills as they grow into a larger class of boat. Dinghy sailing is exciting and challenging for adults as well, as adults can race Tasars and the Olympic Class Lasers on our dinghy race days.

In the Summer Season, dinghy sailing activities regularly occur on a Sunday with boats rigged and launched from the lawn area in front of Dinghy Division club rooms. Parents and family members are welcome to enjoy the Club hospitality while their sailors are enjoying racing or training out on the water. See our sailing program below for more details…

We sail on Matilda Bay in front of RPYC as well as at the Fremantle Annexe, both of which provide some the best sailing conditions in the world catering for beginners through to high level competitors. Dinghy Division sailors will tell you there is no better place to be than out on water either in Matilda Bay with the city of Perth as a backdrop or enjoying the thrills of ocean sailing. Royal Perth Yacht Club offers the best of all worlds.

Our training and coaching programs actively support and foster Club participation in interclub, state, national and international sailing events.


Dinghy classes sailed

 RPYC currently hosts 5 fleets –Optimists, Lasers, Pacers and 420s and Tasars. Each class of boat has a fleet representative who co-ordinates fleet activities at Dinghy Division.  Pacers are primarily used by the Club for learn to sail and team racing events.

If you are new to sailing and are not sure which fleet you would like to sail in, we have Club boats in each class available to sail during training sessions.  Contact Chris Goldacre our Club Development Officer to find out how to get involved.

Our Club fleet representatives are listed below:

Class Fleet Representative


Andrew McAullay


John Winteringham






Roger Best


To contact any of our Club fleet representatives either email  or call (08) 9389 1555.

For more information on any of the classes sailed at RPYC visit the following websites:




What's Available to you at the Dinghy Division

  • Rig up your boat on our extensive grass area.
  • Enjoy our world class facilities complete with training equipment and change rooms.
  • Boat storage for your dinghy in either racks (dry storage) or near the water’s edge. An annual fee applies.
  • A lunch bar serving lunches and confectionary is open on race days, manned by friendly Club volunteers.
  • The Club maintains a fleet of rigid inflatable boats to support dinghy training, and provide on-water safety during racing.
  • Our start boats are fully equipped with the latest race starting technology.
  • A new dinghy launching ramp is now available at the Royal Perth Yacht Club Fremantle Annexe, giving dinghy sailors the opportunity to sail on the ocean.


2014/2015 Sailing Program

Our summer Dinghy Division program commences Saturday 11th October 2014 and continues through to Sunday 19th April 2015.

Our dinghy program includes:


  • Organised coaching sessions every Sunday morning, before racing in the afternoon.
  • Coaching sessions are held after school during the week.  
  • Learn to sail dinghy programs in Optimists and Pacers are run year round. 
  • A comprehensive winter training program is conducted at various venues.


  • Fleet racing on a Sunday afternoon (short course Olympic format)
  • During the first half of the sailing season training and racing is conducted at the RPYC Fremantle Annexe. .
  • Our major dinghy regatta is the RPYC Mini Series, is held on the second weekend in February each year. Dinghy classes from all WA yacht Clubs are invited to attend.


We encourage members to participate in interclub, state, national and international sailing events.

For a listing of all the Dinghy Division races scheduled for the year just click on the Red Book.

Who to contact




General Enquiries

Captain Dinghies Shawn Offer

(08) 9389 1555

Training and Development

Chris Goldacre

(08) 9423 5519



Our Address

crawley map

Royal Perth Yacht Club
Australia II Drive, Crawley
Western Australia
Ph: +61 8 9389 1555

annexe map

Fremantle Annexe
Mews Road, Fremantle
Western Australia
(Opposite Kailis Brothers)
Ph: +61 8 9430 4590
Fax: +61 8 9430 4567

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