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We have gathered up our most frequently asked questions, to assist you in getting the most out of your Sailability WA experience.

Check out the below frequently asked questions below or download the printable fact sheet. Still have a question? Not a problem, fill out the contact us form and we will gladly help.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where are You Located?

The address for Sailability WA activities is: Royal Perth Yacht Club, Australia II Drive, Crawley WA 6009.

The meeting point for participants is the shaded area in front of the Dinghy Division Clubhouse. Which is to the East (or right-hand side) of the main clubhouse when facing the river.

Parking is available in the carpark opposite the Club gates, from here you can walk through the pedestrian gate to enter the Club grounds. There is also some ACROD parking available near to the sailing pontoon/ meeting area. Please contact the Sailability WA Coordinator to gain access through the main gates on activity days.

Register for membership and participate

Places in our Supported Sailing programs are generally booked for the whole season, with an annual membership fee applicable from the 1st October each year. Our Summer Supported Sailing program includes sailing every week on a Wednesday and Thursday and occurs between October and April each year. 

Once we have received a membership form, we can book you in to our weekly supported sailing program on a Wednesday or Thursday AM, at your preferred time (either 10AM or 11AM). Our Sailability Co-ordinator will contact you by phone and/ or email to confirm your place in our Summer Supported Sailing program.

We also run once off sailing events, such as Come and Try Days, and social sailing days. You can book into each event as it advertised either on our facebook page or via our website or in our newsletter….we usually use Humanitix as a booking platform for these events.  Participants do not need to be a member to Try out sailing or join in with our social sailing days!

Invitations to renew or become a member and booking information is issued in September each year before the start of our Summer Season in October.  People can join in on activities at any time through the Summer Season if places on boats are available!

Become a member of Sailability WA to register for our activities. Invitations to register are issued in September each year, in time for the start of the Summer season in October.

Different membership options are available to suit, such as Individual and family memberships or a disability support agency membership. 

Register for membership here

Membership provides…

  • – Registration for Summer Supported sailing programs, or once off sailing events throughout the year
  • – Ability to use our equipment during our sailing events

  • – Discounts on Learn to Sail Programs offered in conjunction with Royal Perth Yacht Club

  • – Ability to book a boat for sail training and Club racing offered at Royal Perth Yacht Club

    • – Financial Support for sailors with racing experience in W.A. to attend national and international championships that are keen to learn more.

  • – A quarterly newsletter of events and all things happening at Sailability WA

Memberships are for each year starting the 1st October through to the end of September the following year. Including a full Summer season of activities (October to April):

  • Individual membership – $130
  • Family membership – $210
  • Agency Membership (1-5 places) – $615
  • Agency Membership (6-10 places) – $750

Further questions about the programs

The Sailability WA Summer season runs from October until April, in line with the Summer sailing season at Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Our first week of sailing starts after the Royal Perth Yacht Club Summer Opening Day in October.

The 2024-2025 Supported sailing season dates are as follows:

Supported Sailing starts: Wednesday 17th October and Thursday 18th October 2024

Break:  Wednesday 18th December and Thursday 19th December 2024

School holiday program:  January 6th to 31st January 2025

Supported sailing recommences: Wednesday 5th February and Thursday 6th February 2025

NO mid-week supported sailing: Geographe Bay Race week, February 15th to 21st February 2025

Supported sailing recommences: Wednesday 26th February and Thursday 27th February 2025

Season end dates: Wednesday 23rd April and Thursday 24th April 2025

Membership and registration for the new season opens in September.

Act, Belong, Commit Supported sailing on Wednesday mornings is for mobile participants able to board the boats without hoisting. 

Act, Belong. Commit High Support Sailing on Thursday mornings is for wheelchair users who require assistance to hoist aboard boats. There is also a rigid motorised floating pontoon called the Nev Thomas, which we use for electric wheelchair participants who wish the remain seated in their wheelchair.

Each supported session has a 1000 departure and an 1100 departure time. You will be allocated to a time by the Coordinator upon registration. 

Don’t miss the boat! Please arrive haf an hour earlier than your departure time, to allow time for pre-sailing preparations. Late arrivals may miss their sailing opportunity as boats leave on time. 

Sailability WA activities provide placement for participants on a variety of vessels. Sailability WA possesses a fleet of keelboats,  Hansa 303 dinghies (2 person), and Hansa Liberty dinghy (single person)

On a keelboat, a support person can accompany a participant. 

In smaller two-person Hansa 303 dinghies, a participant sails with a volunteer skipper and their support person stays ashore.  If a support person has sailing experience they can sail a Hansa 303 dinghy with the person with a disability they are supporting to be Active!

A support boat is on the water during all Sailability WA activities in case assistance is needed.

Sailability WA supplies all the boats and sails needed for your sailing experience!  We also provide sunblock, chilled water and a shaded, seating area. 

All participants and their support people are fitted with Personal Floatation Devices (PFD’s) before going on a boat, or entering the floating jetty area. 

Due to COVID-19, we encourage participants to purchase their own PFD, either from Sailability WA at a discounted price, or from any boating/ outdoor store. 

As we are an activity that is outside in the elements, using the wind to sail, we have safety guidelines for all activities we operate. This means that is the wind strength is “strong”- gusting consistently 16knts and over = 30km per hour, or if the temperature is forecast to be 35 degrees and over for an activity then the activity will be cancelled.

A cancellation notice will be posted on our website and on our facebook page the day before an activity around 3PM. We rely on weather forecasting from BOM, and Seabreeze, and Willy Weather to make a decision about a cancellation. Sometimes conditions can change quickly overnight, and a cancellation for an activity needs to occur on the day of an activity, in that case a cancellation notice will be posted on the day an activity happens around 7AM.

Please check our website home page or the facebook page to check to make sure sailing is ‘ON’ before each activity day. No cancellation notice means sailing is ON.