About the Club

home to the world's best 18ft Skiff Racing.

We were formed by a group of 18 Footer sailors in 1935 and our first Secretary James J. Giltinan was the founder of the first world championship regatta in 1938. The 18foot skiff class was born in Sydney in the 1890's.

The JJ Giltinan Championship has continued to be the world's premier 18ft Skiff championship with more than 20 nations competing for the coveted trophy since that first regatta.

We continue to lead and support the evolution of the boats to the present standard of technology and help promote 18ft Skiff racing throughout the world. The iconic 18ft Skiffs are world famous for their spectacular speed and the level of difficulty they require from the competitors. They represent some of the most challenging and competitive racing anywhere in the world today.

The purpose of the club today is unchanged since its inception decades ago –

  • Support the growth of 18 foot skiffs in Sydney, interstate and globally
  • Showcase some of Australia's best sailing talent in the racing on Sydney Harbour each week during the summer
  • Provide a welcoming club for members, guests and any visitors
  • To be helpful and active in the local community where possible

The Clubhouse

The original clubhouse was built in 1961 then rebuilt in 1990 to the modern, comfortable and sophisticated building it is today.

Situated alongside the Double Bay ferry wharf, we cater for our members and their guests, and are always happy to welcome visitors. We are open 7 days each week with Christmas Day and Good Friday being the only exceptions.

We have a fully licensed bar, restaurant and an outdoor deck which sits on a beautiful waterfront location on Sydney Harbour.

Please feel free to contact the club office if you have any further enquiries.

Financial Reports

 2014 Financial Report (1112 KB)

 2015 EOFY Financial Report (1121 KB)

 2016 Financial Report (1091 KB)

 2017 Financial Report (852 KB)


Club Gallery


Meat Trays + Prizes + Member Discounts

5:00pm to 8:00pm


Get up close to 2015 JJ Giltinan series