Adelaide University Sailing Club

Adelaide University Sailing Club


The Adelaide University Sailing Club is the oldest university sailing club in Australia, the Club was established in 1959 and hosted its first intervarsity competition in 1960.

A stronghold of Australian university sailing, the Club formerly maintained a fleet of dinghy boats at Henley Beach. However, since 2016 the Club has progressed to become a keelboat club, racing as part of the fleet of the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) in North Haven.

The club has a long tradition of producing first class yachtsmen and yachtswomen, with many present and former members having competed in prestigious and challenging ocean races including the Sydney to Hobart, Teakle Classic and the Three Peaks Yacht Race.

However, while the club still facilitates its members to compete in numerous state, national, and international races / regattas, the Club’s aim is to foster and promote the sport of sailing. The Club specifically supports novices and intermediate sailors to learn and build their sailing abilities and can facilitate professional training and certification through the CYCSA, from basic Day Sailing Qualification through to Yachtmaster Qualification.

The Club is based at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) in North Haven (where AUSC members enjoy reciprocal rights) and participates in regular, year-round yacht races in Adelaide during both the Summer and Winter Series on the Club’s 24-foot yacht. The Club also represents the University yearly at UniGames, Australia’s national intervarsity sporting competition.

The Summer Series runs from October to March and consists of a Wednesday Twilight Race and a Saturday Afternoon Race running each week over the season. The Winter Series runs from May to August and consists of a Sunday Race once a fortnight.

The Twilight Races are the perfect opportunity for novices and intermediate sailors to take part in competitive yacht racing in a relaxed and calm inshore race. Races run from 6 – 8pm and are followed by a buffet dinner in the clubhouse. The Saturday and Sunday races are more competitive and are a great chance to put your skills to the test against other sailors.

In addition to the Club’s racing calendar the Club organises a number of training days, cruises, lunches, and pub-crawls. The Club also participates in several social events through the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, such as the Sail Past, Presentation Nights and Commodores Dinner.

As a member you will be notified by email about all upcoming events and races. You can also find out details of club events by following the Club’s Facebook page.

For further information please contact the Club Secretary by email at We'd love to have you aboard.