About Hillarys Yacht Club
Formed in 1986, Hillarys Yacht Club resides in the Hillarys Marina overlooking the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean.
The Club has come a long way since then and it is renowned for its range of social and competitive sailing activities as well as diving activities, angling, power boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, social events and on water training courses.
Hillarys Yacht Club is an active family recreational facility and a thriving enterprise. It boasts a large Clubhouse as well as 270 on the water pens, boat lifting and racking services and junior club house.
Hillarys Yacht Club’s second storey restaurant, function room and ocean view bar showcases some of the best views along the northern coastline and is the premier water sports Club of the Northern Suburbs.
To be recognised as a vibrant and respected yacht club, encouraging a wide range of sea sports with a high percentage of participation.
The values considered important to the Club are:
- Pursuit of excellence in all things
- An emphasis on fostering and training youth
- Family participation in Club activities
- Friendly competition
- Safe practice
- Conservation of the natural environment
- Provision of a social outlet for members
Following the Department for Marine and Harbours proposal of the construction of Hillarys Boat Harbour in 1983, a submission was put forward from members of the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club for the provision of additional boat launching facilities to be included. 1985 saw the forming of the Hillarys Boat Harbour Association and it was with the enthusiasm and commitment from these members that the Club progressed. In 1986, members of the Hillarys Boat Harbour Association held a meeting to inaugurate Hillarys Yacht Club Incorporated and elected the Club’s first Office Bearers.
During the next three years, monthly meetings were held by the new Committee at the Castle Hotel North Beach and the Mullaloo Tavern where they discussed the construction of a clubhouse and jetties and saw a steady increase of membership with the forward advertising of its proposed facilities. By October 1989, plans had been finalised for a clubhouse, a lease had been signed with Department for Marine and Harbours, and two rows of jetties, comprising 112 boat pens, were opened to the members. The Clubhouse was finally constructed in 1990 and members were able to enjoy the start of what was to become the premier water sports facility in the Northern suburbs.
The Club Burgee, a blue pennant with a yellow cross and the letter “H” in yellow superimposed in the top left quadrant was designed by a member and only being altered once since its conception, remains the emblem of Hillarys Yacht Club today.
Honorary Life Members
Alan Dodd – 1991
Ron Gasking – 1997
Peter McDonald – 2000
Chick Hoath – 2003
Barry Vaisy – 2005
Bob Audas – 2008
William (Bill) Mott – 2008
Lindsey Kennewell – 2014
Jim Suffield – 2019
Tony Sheehan – 2019