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Balmain Sailing Club is a sailing club in Municipality of Leichhardt in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Balmain Sailing Club
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Founded 1885
Clubhouse Water Street, Balmain, NSW 2041
Country  Australia
Website http://www.balmainsailingclub.com

The club currently has approximately 300 members and races a keelboat fleet and a dinghy fleet. The keelboat fleet races as one division on Sundays, and as three divisions in the Friday Twilight Series during summer. The dinghy fleet races in one division.

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LocationEdit

The club is located in Water Street on the northern side of the Balmain Peninsular in the suburb of Birchgrove, with water-front access directly into Sydney Harbour

HistoryEdit

The club was originally formed in 1885. After a long period of little activity, the club was re-formed in 1995.

 
Balmain Sailing Club

Balmain RegattaEdit

The club hosts the annual Balmain Regatta, which is claimed to be the oldest in Australia, on the last Sunday in October each year. The event was first held in 1849 and ran continuously until the outbreak of World War I. With the revival of the club in the 1990s, the regatta restarted in 1996 and has run annually ever since.

The event includes classic 18 and 10 foot skiff, dinghy and yacht races and is a celebration of the local community connection with Sydney Harbour and the local boat building industry.

ReferencesEdit

  • Solling, M; Reynolds, P; Leichhardt: On the margins of the city, Allen & Unwin, 1997, ISBN 1-86448-408-X.
  • Balmain Sailing Club website [1], Accessed August 2006.

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