Sail Training School - Race Practice - Competition


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 *** OTB Dinghies & Catamarans, Para 18ft SKUD (Deep Keel) with Spinnaker, Hansa (Access), Laser, all classes welcome*** 

Welcome to Varsity Lakes (Lake Orr) central Gold Coast near Robina

About us - Our Sailing School offers Sail Training Lessons to the Community and provides pathways from Recreational Sailing through to World Race Competition. The Gold Coast Academy trains Youth to Adult Sailors and our Venue assists Sailors with a Disability.
Family Sailing School - Saturdays from 9.30-11.30 am.  Single person boat $25. Larger boat $35 ($40 for two person)   1Hr session with basic Sail Training Lessons included.
Race Practice - Saturdays from 12 noon. Book a Club Boat or bring your own. Entry $5.00. Various courses, Olympic Triangles, through to Bermuda Triangle Marathon.
Learning Pathways - We offer continuous learning pathways from Recreational Sailing (after-school and on Saturdays) to World Race Competition. Our community based Charity also assists Sailors with a Disability (Disabled) with individual and group bookings throughout the week.
Staff and Competition Venue - Yachting Australia Dinghy and Tackers Instructors, Race Officials, Special Olympics Coaches, Disability Support Workers, plus (4) Coaches with World Games experience. and wonderful Volunteers. Central Gold Coast, Rigging Lawn - Sandy Beach - Boat Ramp - Gazebo - Pontoon
Community Sports House - 337 Christine Ave, Varsity Lakes (near Robina), Gold Coast, 4227
Meet the Team (Tues-Sat) - Contact Chris 0400289963   Email:  

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Our Club - has currently the only protected location on the Gold Coast that can host "Olympic Triangle" racing for off-the-beach (OTB) dinghy and multihull boats. We rarely see a power boat, jelly fish, sandbank or tide. This is an exciting "Short Course" venue with viewing all around the lake for great media coverage. Our location in the Community Sports House provides a welcoming Social atmosphere.
Our ProgramsTo the best of our knowledge our "Disability Sail Training and Special Olympics Programs" have produced the most "Solo Sailors" of any similar program in the World. We are a Not-for-Profit registered Charity assisting Sailors with a Disability, Persons out of work, and Volunteers by providing suitable boats and equipment, Club and Disability work experience, inclusive FREE sail training, and competition at international level. Special School Students are shown a life pathway to continue sailing as a career after graduation and our specialist Volunteer Coaches sail as buddies and mentors with the Disabled as required. The Club also provides basic Sail Training and Disability support work experience for Volunteers.
Results - We produced the largest State Sailing Team at the Special Olympics Nationals in Melbourne 2014, and had the largest State representation at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in LA2015 (The largest sporting event in the World in 2015). Our Volunteers include the Australian Teams Head Coach who trained Nine Sailors to win 4 Gold Medals and 5 Silver Medals. However its not all about winning medals, we want sailors of all abilities to enjoy their chosen sport from Recreational Sailing to advanced Competition and this is why we offer Pathways of Learning for both Sailors and VolunteersWe never give up, miracles do happen.     
Enjoy - a large rigging lawn, gazebo, boat ramp, sandy beach, pontoon, sheltered sail training area in front of the Clubhouse adjoining the expansive Lake Orr International Olympic and Bermuda Triangle clover-leaf "Marathon" 5Klm race course. (Average Water Depth 3-5Mtrs)  After School, Corporate, and Disability Groups
Venue - this Gold Medal winning venue is centrally located on the Gold Coast (near Robina) at the "Community Sports House" 337 Christine Ave, Varsity Lakes, 4227, adjoining Aldi Shops (Drop & Shop), almost opposite Varsity College, bus at door, near Christine Corner shops (Medical centre) and Robina Central Shopping.
Registered Training Organisation (RTO) Provider for The EAGLE Academy Outdoor Recreation Sailing Experience plus CERT 3 & 4 Training & Assessment Courses, Yachting Australia accredited Club Coach and Instructors, home of the Special Olympics World Games Australian Sailing Team, Sailors with a Disability and their Volunteer Coaches, BOND University SONY Camp & Adventure Tourism Groups, Australian University Games, Varsity College SEP and Duke of Edinburgh Award, HANSA (Access) State and National Championships.
Approvals - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and Centerlink approved however we have never received any recurrent funding from them.  DS 3998-2014 3.01 3.02 7.02    Centerlink 9351 
Donations - This Charity is run solely by Volunteers and there are no permanently funded staff positions, so your donation, sponsorship, or grant is greatly appreciated. Please make a Donation, or Sponsor a new set of sails to display your company logo.
Registered Charity & Not for Profit - ABN 83880159147 - Sailing Volunteers always needed.

Home of the Special Olympics World Games Australian Sailing Team

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to loose sight of the shore"


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NOTICE - Change to NOR item 10 - COURSES  The courses to be sailed will be Trapezoid, Windward/Leeward or Triangle as described in the Sailing Instructions.  C.Ruston 4/2/2016

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  • Social Club $35.00 (Recreational Boat use, Polo, Training Sessions & Race Practice) plus $5.00 Club Insurance per session
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  • Youth (<18) $116* (Regattas - YA Silver card)
  • Adult - Family/Pensioner Discount $178*
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