• Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
  • Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club
  • Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club



St George Sailing Club was founded in 1897 making it one of the oldest sailing clubs in Australia.


For its first 15 years its senior class was 14ft skiffs. In 1912, it changed to 16ft skiffs.  Around then, boats were generally clinker or carvel-planked. In the 1940s, marine plywood became available, and lighter faster skiffs started appearing.  At the time 16ft skiffs generally had no less than 5 people on board. In the 1950's, the class rules were changed to allow a minimum of four hands. By the early 1980's, 16ft skiffs were changing from plywood to fibreglass construction. Skiffs added a large double luffed spinnaker as well as the traditional ballooner style. In the mid-1980's, 16ft skiffs became 3 handed and in the 1990's, took on narrower hull shapes with a large asymmetrical spinnaker.


In the early 1960's the club had to relocate to the east, to make way for the construction of the new Captain Cook Bridge. Before the bridge was built, the skiffs had to be cautious about not becoming entangled in the cables for the vehicle punts that ran between Taren Point and Sans Souci.


Later the club added new classes of boats including VJs, Skates, Gwen 12s, Cherubs, Flying Ants, Skyriders, MG14/NS14, sailboards and most recently Foiling Moths.


In 2010/11 the Club went into administration following losses int the licenced club. It emerged from administration some months later under the wing of Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club Ltd. 




Following the merger in 2011 with Manly 16ft Skiff Sailing Club, the Board of Directors have supported the club with large emphasis on sailing again.  


As at 2016, we have commenced growing our sailing in a number of areas such as regrowing our junior fleet with learn to sail programs plus the appointment of a Sailing Operations Manager to attend to all our aquatic and sailing areas. Our Board of Directors are also contining to ensure the long term viability of the club with the development of a new renovated premises for all members to enjoy providing secure income for sailing for many years to come.

This is an exciting development for the club that not only will all our members enjoy a new modern waterfront facility but will also provide a club that can allow sailors to focus on sailing advancement plus programs to entice and welcome new sailors.


The clubs current sailing classes are :–


- 16ft Skiffs Our high performance senior class
- MG14 & NS14 High performance dinghy suits all ages
- Skates Fast boat for two
- International Moth Very fast one man foiling boat
- Sailboards As simple as it gets
- Flying 11s For children 11yrs and up
- Manly Juniors For children 7yrs and up
- 13ft Skiffs A small version of a 16ft skiff ready for 15yrs up









The Club’s junior classes are Manly Juniors (MJ’s) and Flying 11’s.  The club also owns a small fleet of junior boats that we offer as a short term leasing program at a very afforable cost. This scheme allows you to try sailing first before the commitment of boat purchase needs to be made.  

For enquiries, please contact our Sailing Operations Manager, Brad Andrew on 9529 4911 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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