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The Club and the YMCA

The Sailing Club operates as a club under section 8.1(a) of the constitution of the YMCA of Canberra. The Sailing operates under a set of rules approved by the Board of the YMCA of Canberra.

Club Objective

The primary object of the Sailing Club shall be to provide a club for members of the Sailing Club to engage in competitive and non-competitive sailing and other aquatic recreation activities.

In pursuing the primary object, and without limitation, the Sailing Club shall:

  1. cater for family groups; and
  2. encourage the participation and training of young people in a manner consistent with the YMCA of Canberra Objects as set out in the Constitution.


The Club was founded in 1963. The initiative to form the Club came from two members of the YMCA of Canberra, Val Paral and Ralph Weston. who were keen sailors and worked together at the ANU. A key topic at the time was the building of the Lady Denman dam and the possible recreation activities once Lake Burley Griffin was filled. They gathered together a band of like minded people and rest is history.

Club Structure

The Sailing Club rules require an Executive Committee to manage the affairs of the Club on behalf of the Board of the YMCA. The Committee operates under a Charter and within the Constitution of the YMCA of Canberra and the Sailing Club rules.

The Club has two major activities: Sailing and Training. Each activity is governed by a committee (effectively sub-committees of the Executive Committee).

The Committees are:

  • Sailing Committee
  • Training Committee
  • Youth Committee
  • Executive Committee


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