Yachting Australia is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) for sailing and peak body for recreational boating at clubs in Australia. It is one of 90 NSOs recognised by the Australian Sports Commission.
Yachting Australia is a Federation consisting of eight State and Territory Associations, often referred to as Member Yachting Associations (MYAs). In turn MYAs have nearly 400 affiliated Clubs, who in turn have nearly 60,000 registered sailing members. Yachting Australia does not have personal members.
State Associations pay an annual fee to be members of Yachting Australia. Clubs pay an affiliation fee to their State Association. The method of calculating and collecting this fee varies across the States, as do the ways Clubs charge their member fees.
Silver and Gold Cards
Registered Club members receive a “Silver Card” in recognition of their Club membership, and in the case of Club Officials and Yachting Australia Qualified Officials, Instructors and Coaches, this is a “Gold Card”. For Club members interested in racing, this card provides evidence of their compliance with the Racing Rules 46 (skipper) and 55 (crew).
Club Members who are under the age of 19 years as at 30 June are referred to as a Youth, and also receive Gold and Silver Cards. For people who are members of more than one Club this card only refers to the Club they nominate as their primary Club. Club Members who are not involved in on water activity do not receive a card and are referred to as social members.
Clubs register their Members through an Australia-wide system called MyClub. Club Members normally receive a card in the month after their Club registers or annually updates them as ‘current’ in MyClub. The cards expire each year on 30 September, except for the Northern Territory’s which expire on 31 December.
Club Members can update their records in this system through MySailor. MySailor also holds records of qualifications and other sailing related personal information.
If you have a query regarding the issue or renewal of your card, or the fees you are charged, please contact the Club of which you are a member. Please also contact your Club if you lose or misplace your card. A fee may be charged to have your card reissued.
Yachting Australia holds a Personal Accident Insurance Policy that provides insurance to all current registered Club Members.
For a detailed explanation of what this policy covers please click here. For a more comprehensive explanation of Insurance for Sailors please click here.
For a detailed explanation of what Yachting Australia does please click here.
For a detailed explanation of the direct benefits, including a range of shopping and service discounts, available to Club members because of their Club’s affiliation with a State Association, please click here.
Yachting Australia is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a voluntary Board, elected by the Member Yachting Associations. Yachting Australia operates in accordance with a Strategic Plan, developed and agreed with its MYAs. This Plan, the YA Annual Report and Financial Statements are published on this website.