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Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club
Short NameMHASC
Physical AddressThe Spit, Mosman
Postal AddressMiddle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club Inc PO Box 920 Spit Junction NSW 2088
Date Formed1949

Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club

The Laser Sailing Club (From Website)

The Middle Harbour Amateur Sailing Club has raced centreboard dinghies from its premises at The Spit for over 50 years. The Club started racing Laser class dinghies in 1976 and has produced many fine sailors, including:

  • Glenn Bourke, triple World Champion 1988 to 1990
  • Michael Blackburn, 2006 World Laser Champion. Olympic representative, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 (Bronze Medal) and Athens 2004.  2004 World Laser Radial  Champion
  • Gabrielle King, triple World Youth Champion 2007 to 2008
  • Peter Heywood, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009  World Grand Master Laser Radial Champion

And more recently:

  • Vanessa Dudley, 2013 World Grand Master Laser Radial Champion and 2014 Australian Female Sailor of the Year
  • Robert Lowndes, 2015 World Great Grand Master Laser Radial Champion

Our club caters for all levels of sailing, from novice to sailors with a high level of skill. On the water the racing is keen, with the starting and finishing of the day's racing being done by each member on a roster basis.

Off the water, the club atmosphere is relaxed and congenial. Advice on rigging and trimming your Laser is freely available from any of the more experienced sailors in the Club. Storage space for your Laser is usually available within the Club. Racking fees are moderate.

The Club would particularly like to thank Rob McMillan of NB Sailsports and Brian Conolly of Zhik for their continuing support.

Contact any committee member (refer Club Admin) particularly, the Commodore, Nick Collis-George, by e-mail or 0421 008 485.


Middle Harbour Regatta 1959

The following is an excerpt from the Middle Harbour Regatta Program 1959


The Middle Harbour Sailing Club was formed by a group of enthusiasts led by Barry Wilson and Brian Baker on 22nd March, 1949, at Adams' Boatshed, The Spit, and held its first race on the following Sunday with six boats competing.

In its early stages the Club was affiliated with the N.S.W. Modified V.J. Association and just prior to the start of 1950-51 Season, affiliated with the V.J. & V.S. Amateur Association.

The first full season closed with a membership of 93 and 44 boats on the register. The second season saw this number increased to 200 members and 52 boats.

During the next few years there was a gradual decline in both membership and boat registration owing to the high cost of building a V.J. However, during the 1954-55 season a boat-building scheme was introduced by Don Fair-brother, then Club Captain, and this brought about an increase in both the number and quality of the boats.

Since then the Club has not looked back. It has had success in both State and Commonwealth Championships as well as Inter-Club events.

The Australian Championship, has, on three occasions, been won by members: J. Hartnett (J.W. III and Fantasy), and B. Holmes (Venture). Bob Holmes also won the State Titles three times consecutively.

The Middle Harbour Sailing Club is now one of the strongest clubs in Australia, with a membership of over 200 and 70 boats on the register.

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