Welcome to the Ballaarat Yacht Club.

We are on Facebook ~ Link Bottom Right (click on Ballaarat Yacht Club).

Take a look at our Racing Calendar2015 Racing Calendar

We have an extensive "Learn To Sail" programLearn to Sail page

 2014/2015 The Last Race ~ The Long Race Details. (click)


The Ballaarat Yacht Club is located on the southern foreshore on Lake Wendouree in the center of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia.

The club was established in 1877 and has had a continuous history albeit having been affected by droughts. Lake Wendouree is an artificially created and maintained shallow urban lake with a shoreline of 6.5 kilometers and covers 238 hectares. The lake has an average depth of 1.5 meters and is 2 meters at its deepest. The Ballaarat Yacht Club committee has a proud history in regional and State racing. The club is proud of its many champions and juniors who started and honed their skills in the variable winds of Lake Wendouree, who have gone on to glory in the world of yachting.

The club has a great tradition of being a family club with children a welcome part of sailing and the clubhouse. We strongly encourage juniors to come up through the ranks and become the future of our club as members and on the committee.

Like to give sailing a go? then come along to the club on a twilight evening (Thursdays during Daylight Savings Time) and "Go For A Sail".  Change your Thursday evening plans, come for a "twilight sailand after have a chat with other sailors over a drink! You may even choose to become a Social Club Member.

The BYC club's Cafe is now re-opened after a wonderful makeover!

The Ballaarat Yacht Club has an in-house café which provides a fantastic café menu for both yacht club members as well as the general public with drinks at member prices. Become a member and pay "Loyalty" member prices. Menu details are under [About BYC] then [Facilities].

Learn to Sail

Ballaarat Yacht Club has an extensive sailing program for juniors with club racing, learning to sail programs and social sailing.

BYC is strongly supported by Yachting Victoria having accredited sailing instructors leading the junior Learn to Sail program TACKERS. BYC has its own fleet of the very popular Optimist training dinghies which are an excellent platform for both new and existing sailors to develop their skills for both pleasure sailing and competition. Ballaarat Yacht Club is proud to boast the largest fleet of the Jubilee One Design Class Yachts which provides sailing experiences for sailors of all ages and experience.

Download registration forms for your child on the TACKERS Learn to Sail page. (click)


Sailing Events

The Ballaarat Yacht Club has a Summer Series from October to April followed by a Winter Series in May and is host to both State and National Championships. Our sailing calendar is developed in collaboration with other lake users and offers a range of sailing events including recreational sailing for members and visitors as well as attracting class state titles, special regattas and inter-school competitions.

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Notice Board


Commodore Lesley's May 2015 Update (click)

Ballarat Yacht Club is having its 138th Birthday ~ 29th May!

Come celebrate at the club from 6.00pm!

Nibbles and drinks at club prices!

NEW PHONE APP! see details. We have a "Phone App" for our club. Access BYC website from your phone. see details!

WINTER SERIES ~ Check It Out here! + Gallery Photos

2014/2015 The Last Race (Daily Sheet details)

Ballarat Yacht Club will have its Annual General Meeting on friday 24th July at 7.00pm at the club. At an AGM all committee positions are vacated with club members encouraged to nominate for positions. Nomination Forms will be available shortly.

Take a look at the new club Cafe "Menu" ( click here ). It's a winner! New Opening Hours! Tell your friends! Better still, bring them along to join up as Social Members! What a good idea! Cafe phone: (03) 5331 2208.

RACE RESULTS  Check out here! 

Ballaarat Yacht Club Sailing Calendar ( View )

Check out the "Sharpie" photos added to our website? The latest are in [Photo Gallery] then [Sharpie Shots].

Get A Life! (click to see)

Get A Sharpie! (click to see)

Get It At Wendouree! at The Ballaarat Bertie Sharpie Cup

Hey skipper!, "..which course are we meant to be on?.." or "...which bouy `A' or `C' ...?". Well members, come read the rules. Go to BYC website [Racing] [Rigging & Racing Advice] [Sailing Skills].


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