There are approximately 50 yachts listed in the cruising division. Yachts range in size from 24 feet up to about 45 feet. Most are owned and sailed by couples but several are sailed single handed.
The Cruising Division attracts those who enjoy cruising in company with other yachts and members regularly sail in company to Rottnest, Mindarie, Garden Island, Fremantle, Mandurah, Rockingham and Quindalup. On average, about 15 yachts would sail together at any one time. Some members of the Cruising Division are currently circumnavigating Australia and sailing across the Pacific.
The Cruising Division is an extremely sociable, active and colourful bunch and, in addition to sailing together, they hold numerous land based activities such as progressive dinners between their yachts, annual Christmas and New Year's Eve parties and dinghy trips up the Swan River.
We meet at the Club every second Thursday evening of the month for dinner, a guest speaker and information on upcoming events. If you're considering joining Cruising in Company, you are most welcome to come and say hello at any of our meetings, or just get in touch with Geoff, our Cruising Captain! We hope to welcome you soon!
Longreach Cruise: Saturday 4 November 2018
On Saturday 4th November, two yachts - Banco and Sailfar - left Hillarys in the morning and set sail for Rottnest Island. The sea conditions were comfortable with a low rolling swell and smooth sea however the wind was from the south-west so it was a slow trip to the Centaur Mark. From there, the two yachts headed towards Rotto, still sailing close to the wind. They made their way until positioned north west of Longreach Bay , tacked onto a easy reach arriving in the bay early afternoon .
Once the mooring buoys were secured and the yachts settled down, an odd beverage was enjoyed with conversation about the day’s sail. A few other motor launches came into the bay and the afternoon slipped by without event. A pleasant night was had on both yachts and the crews retired to their bunks.
Overnight, the weather conditions improved in that the sea flattened slightly but the wind stayed in the south west. Breakfast was enjoyed, washed down with warm coffee and the skippers decided to cast off the mooring and head out of Longreach Bay, north east back to Hillarys. The trip home was much easier than the day before, running before the wind and arriving back in the Hillarys pen in a pleasant two and a half hours.
Another pleasant cruise with great company and reasonable weather conditions. Unfortunately the cameras did not get used but great memories remain..
Your Cruising in Company Correspondent, Rex Fredericks
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- Hillarys to Stark Bay & Return Cruise - 15/16 December
- Hillarys to Rockingham & Return Cruise - 26-28 January 2019
- Pot of Gold - 2 February 2019