NYRC-Our-Story

Our Story

Back in the 1950’s a small group of dedicated sailors were unknowingly laying the foundations for the now Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club. As the Noosa River Sailing Club they had their first clubhouse, which was opened in September 1961 by the Chairman of Noosa Shire Council, S. Adams, and the Commodore, W. Hayter.

With the growing number of sailors the clubhouse was extended and the Club’s name changed to the Noosa Yacht Club.

At the same time, rowers were a big user of the Noosa River with their storage at Munna Point. In 1981 the Noosa Rowing Club was formed and members were looking for permanent storage and clubhouse.

After many attempts to join up with the Noosa Yacht Club, agreement was finally reached and the Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club was incorporated in February 1984.

Don Reed, a sailor in the 1950’s of the Noosa River Sailing Club; and Dr. Nick Kahl of Noosa Rowing Club, along with Simon Newcomb and Billy Griffiths, secured the river site which in turn became the current Club site.

After many years of hard work by a group of dedicated volunteers, the go-ahead was given by Government and Council to start work on our new clubhouse.

After a lot of hard work, sweat and tears, the first sod of the new site was turned by Noel Playford and Peter D’Arcey, the Noosa Shire Council Chairman and Club Vice Commodore and Hon. Treasurer respectively.

Ron Slinn, Construction Manager, and Ron Scholes, Building Contractor, correctly predicted Easter 1994 for completion of one of the most ambitious projects in the Club’s history.

On the first of April 1994, the sailors and rowers sailed past both the old clubhouse and the new clubhouse. At the Club’s Grand Opening, the Regional Manager of Queensland Department of Tourism, Sport and Racing, Steve Hoban, had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the clubhouse, along with the Commodore John Sheriff and the Hon. Secretary, Bruce Whitfield.

Ever since that Easter Saturday in 1994, the Club has grown progressively in size and membership.

It has also developed the best children’s sailing program in Queensland and has a disabled sailing program held in equally high regard.

Our Mission Statement

To build a long term financially viable Yacht & Rowing Club that provides boating activities, facilities and training programs for members and the community.

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