The Originals: Sailing on through the years

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PICTURESQUE: Cronulla Sailing Club boasts a beautiful location and excellent facilities for its members.

PICTURESQUE: Cronulla Sailing Club boasts a beautiful location and excellent facilities for its members.

Cronulla Sailing Club was established in the 1960s to develop the sport of sailing with the Shire.

Run by volunteers the club has grown both in terms of the clubhouse and in the types of boats which are sailed there.

Members raised money or donated services in order to complete the new upstairs section and interest in the sport continues to attract new generations of sailors every year.

Club secretary Bronywn Elford said the Cronulla Sailing Club and the Port Hacking Ocean Racing Club joined forces around 1991 to bring together both Skiff racing and yacht racing and achieve what they have today.

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"We have a club that caters for everyone from seven to 90 and from beginner to the most experienced sailors," Ms Elford said.

"Our location is one of our key assets and we have sailors that take part in the Sydney to Hobart race.

"Many have been part of crews that have won handicap or line honours. We have world champions as well as State and National title holders."

The club also runs a Learn to Sail program that is going from strength to strength.

Sailability sessions are held at the club two days a week. This is an opportunity for people with a disability to access sailing in a safe and positive environment. The club is also open to the public every Friday night in the summer for twilight sailing.

Cronulla Sailing Club is at 50 Waratah Street, Cronulla. For details you can email secretary@cronullasc.com.

CHAMPIONS: Many successful sailing competitors have come from the club.

CHAMPIONS: Many successful sailing competitors have come from the club.

ACCESSIBLE: The club hosts sailability sessions for people with a disability.

ACCESSIBLE: The club hosts sailability sessions for people with a disability.