There are few experiences that compare with being on the open water when sailing for fun and recreation. Sailing is also becoming increasingly popular as a competitive sport for people with a disability.

Download our sailing fact sheet for more details.

Local programs

Contact your local sailing club for information about come and try opportunities and membership. Sailability specialises in providing come and try opportunities for people with a disability. For a list of sailing or Sailability clubs in your area, visit:


Coaching and development opportunities are provided through local sailing clubs and governing bodies for the sport.

Competition opportunities and pathways

Sailors can compete in state, national and international events including NSW State Championships, Yachting Australia’s National Championships and the Paralympics.

Sailors need to be classified to compete at state, national and international level.

Image of members in Cairns on a small sail boat during a come and try sailing day


Local sailing and Sailability clubs provide access to boats and lifejackets for new sailors. Specialised boats (eg. Access dinghies) and hoists may be available at your local club.

Other roles

You don’t have to sail to be involved.  You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information, contact your local sailing or Sailability club.

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