Sailability is a non for profit volunteer-based organisation and through the activity of Sailing enriches the lives of people of all abilities. If you have a disability and wish to experience “Freedom on the Water”, you are especially welcome. Sailing is conducted typically on a Sunday morning during the warmer months. Download the full 2017 - 2018 Sailing program here.

To participate in these sailing activities REGISTER BELOW - leaving your contact details and preferred session time.

Important - also tell us if you have sailed with the CYC before and if you need any special assistance to sail? Are you interested in more sailing days or training courses?

Any Questions for us? Contact the CYC office by email at or call us on 02 6273 4777.

Sailing dates for 2017/2018 with Booking Links below.




Sep 10 Sun

Canberra Yacht Club

First Day of 2017 – 2018 Sailing Season  Racing commences 

Usual sailing and “come’n’try”  No 1

Book hereSailability Session 1 & Come'n'Try Day 10th Sept 10am-1pm

Sep 17 Sun

Canberra Yacht Club

Usual sailing and “come’n’try”  No 2

Book hereSailability Session 2 & Come'n'Try Day 17th Sept 10am-1pm

Sep 24 Sun

Canberra Yacht Club

Usual sailing and “come’n’try”  No 3

Book hereSailability Session 3 & Come'n'Try Day 24th Sept 10am-1pm




Oct 1 Sun

Canberra Yacht Club

No Sailing October Long weekend

Oct 8 Sun

Canberra Yacht Club

Usual sailing and “come’n’try”  No 4

Book hereSailability Session 4 & Come'n'Try Day 8th October 10am-1pm

Oct 15 Sun

Canberra Yacht Club

Usual sailing and “come’n’try”  No 5

Book hereSailability Session 5 & Come'n'Try Day 15th October 10am-1pm

Oct 13-15


Peace Cup Kannon Marina Japan

Oct 22 Sun

Canberra Yacht Club

New Volunteers Day – Usual sailing and “come’n’try”  No 6

Book hereSailability Session 6 & Come'n'Try Day 22nd October 10am-1pm

Oct 29 Sun

Lake Tuggeranong





Nov 4-5 Sun/Sun

YMCASC Lake Burley Griffin

ACT Dinghy Championships

Sailability Volunteers

Volunteers are essential to making the sport accessible and there are many different ways you can become involved, including roles that don’t require any prior sailing experience.

CYC Sailability welcomes new volunteers and many will be offered training to assist them in their roles.

The types of training for volunteers may include:
  • Rigging boats
  • Welcoming sailors and carers
  • Dock hands helping getting sailors into boats
  • Safety boat drivers and crew
  • Administration of daily operations
  • Boat maintenance 
Some of the other volunteer opportunities with Sailability include: fundraising, media and public relations, general administration, social activities organiser, volunteer recruitment and event support. People of all abilities are encouraged to become volunteers.
 Those wishing to help and volunteer for the Sailability Program at the CYC will have to obtain a Working with Vulnerable People Card, this can be done on-line and is FREE for those volunteering for this activity with Sailability CYC. Click here to get your card. 

To volunteer please contact the CYC office by email at or call us on 02 6273 4777. 

It would be great to see CYC members also to assist with Sailability activities, aside from race duty. We are looking forward to expanding this program with the ‘CYC Sailability Centre’ and the discussion of incorporating ACT Sailability under the CYC operations with their ACT committee chaired by James Allen. It’s a great program, please contact the office if you would like to assist in the shore based admin, sailing or rescue boat driving. Download the full 2017 - 2018 Sailing program.

Sailability Shelter and Jetty at CYC                           

The CYC is aiming to raise money for a shelter, which is the on-land component of the 'Inclusive Sailing' project at the Canberra Yacht Club. The on water jetty aspect of the project is being funded by the National Capital Authority and planning is well underway but the shelter component is currently unfunded.

The shelter will be an important part of the project with an area for disabled sailors and their carers to assemble before and after they go sailing. It will also be used for the pre-sail safety briefings and an area for the sailors, carers and Sailability volunteers to view the activities on the water.

If you would like to help provide this shelter, please make a tax deductible donation - click here

The plan is to install the shelter and jetty on the southern side of the existing hardstand jetty. The concept drawings give an indication to the scope of the project with a designated shelter for sailors, volunteers and carers providing protection from the rain, wind and sun during the typical four hour sessions the CYC hosts on a Sunday morning. The jetty is a purpose built structure designed for the easy access for the sailors to be craned using a hoist while allowing volunteers easy access to both sides of the boat, the low freeboard also makes this easy for more able-bodied sailors to get into the boats.

For more information about this Sailability project contact:

Matthew Owen, CEO Canberra Yacht Club: