Why Us?

 As a family club we provide a wide range of activities for all ages, genders and abilities. Saturdays are our sailing days from October to June and you are most welcome to come and join us early in the morning to learn to sail with our Dinghy Sailing program. Join us afterwards for a light lunch at the canteen in the Sailor's Bar on the Clubroom's Lower Deck. Email the Training Director and let him know you and/or your family are interested.

In the afternoon, come racing on the protected waters of Princess Royal Harbour or King George Sound as a crew member or social sailor.  If racing is not your idea of fun, a group of more seasoned sailors, our Cruising Division, depart from the Club Wednesday mornings (weather permitting) for a leisurely cruise.  Enjoy a leisurely sail on the Harbour from 5-5:15pm, weather permitting, when you join us for Twilight Sailing on Fridays, followed by a relaxing dinner in the Club restaurant catered by Sally Francis of Runes at the Sailing Club

The board invites you to dine on Friday nights at Runes at the Sailing Club with a delicious menu in a relaxed environment, enjoying the magnificent view of Albany across Princess Royal Harbour. Check out the menu, or better still, email Sally with numbers and come visit.

Our Sailability Division provides a sailing opportunity for people of all ages and abilities. Saturdays from October to April  and Thursdays from February to June 9am-12noon (weather permitting) during the sailing season.  Run by a dedicated team of volunteers, there is always an opportunity to learn new skills whether on the water or on land. Participants and volunteers enjoy a cuppa and chat as the morning ends. Email Mark and find out all you need to know about Sailability.

Fishability may be more to your liking if you prefer to motor on the Harbour, guided by our experienced skippers and fish finders.  Operating on Fridays, twice a month from September to June (weather permitting) using Responder a recent acquisition by the Club to support all on-water activities. Email coordinator JK for details.

 

Weather and Sailing Conditions

Albany's sailing conditions can best be spilt into three time zones.

Early summer (September to mid December) is a period of change. Gradient easterlies prevail, interspersed with frontal passages that decrease in strength as the continental highs move southward.

Summer (mid December to early February) is a period of steady easterlies, 8-12 knots before lunch shifting south-east at 12-25 knots in the early afternoon is the rule for this time of year, creating exhilarating planing conditions for dinghies.

Autumn (mid February to May) is the most attractive sailing season as the highs move north, light airs prevail, 5-12 knots of breeze provide challenging shifty conditions to test the skills of all yachtsmen.

Any of these combination of fair winds, open flat water and proximity to the club facilities make Albany the perfect sailing, racing and regatta venue.

Our History

Princess Royal Sailing Club was formed in 1909 by Frank Dymes with the Club’s first meeting held at the Royal George Hotel on Stirling Terrace. Club races were conducted in those days from the Town Jetty. During the 1950’s the Shire of Albany granted the Sailing Club a lease of land at Pagoda Point in Little Grove, where we are now located. Over many years the Clubrooms and Marina have grown to what we see today.The Princess Royal Sailing Club forms part of the proud maritime history in the city of Albany.

During 2009, we celebrated our Centenary with highlight, the reinstatement of WA’s most prestigious and challenging Ocean Races, the Fremantle to Albany Yacht Race.  The first Fremantle to Albany Race was conducted in 1968 and during the 1970’s & 1980’s became the States’ premier Ocean Race.  The last race was held in 1997 so it was a welcome return after an absence of 12 years.

Maritime Background

"The finest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere" ... was the appraisal of King George Sound by George Vancouver when he sailed into its blue, protected waters in 1791. This description, further enhanced by Matthew Flinders survey in the early 1800s led the British to choose the site of Albany for their first settlement in Western Australia in 1827 - two years before that at the Swan River.

Since then, Albany's waterways have been the focus of the region's development.  Always well placed as a port of refuge from the stormy Southern Ocean, Albany became a major commercial coaling port in the late 19th century. The monument on Mt Clarence testifies to the port's role in the Anzac invasion of 1914 whilst the submarine fleet activities of the '39-45 conflict are remembered by the American lookout at the Forts. This history, overlaid on the whaling traditions of the town, make Albany's waterways a living history book of maritime tradition.

Board Members

To see current PRSC Board members, please visit here

Sailability Project Coordinator: Mark Paynter

Office Manager: Rod Hedderwick
Restaurant & Galley: Sally Francis

Bar: Sue Vickers

Office hours: 9am-3pm Monday | 9am-12noon | Tuesday 9.30am-12noon Friday
Bar hours: Friday 5pm-close | Saturday 4pm-close
Restaurant hours: Friday 5.30pm - 8.30pm