Learn Sailing and Community Events


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Our Upcoming Events at a glance:

NEW Sailing Courses start May 11

USTC Start Sailing 1&2 Courses:

Starts 11th May 2024 – for 5 Saturdays 9:30am – 1pm

Register Start 1 and 2 sailing – Adults from 11yrs


Register Start 1 Sailing – 7, 8 to 10years


Learn to sail on the beautiful Kalang and Bellingen Rivers at Urunga. These Australian Sailing courses provide a safe and enjoyable introduction to small boat sailing. The course teaches you how to confidently skipper and crew a sailing dinghy with basic sailing manoeuvers. Learn about boat parts and rigging, safe boat launching and retrieval, capsize recovery drills, reading the tides and weather conditions, understanding ‘Rules of the Road’ and who has right of way on the water and more. The courses are for beginners and anyone wanting to brush up on their sailing skills – so no experience is necessary. The skills learnt can be transferred to crewing and sailing on larger boats. The Urunga Sail Training Club is a volunteer organisation, runs programs for people of all ages and all abilities and has been teaching sailing on the Mid North Coast for 13 years. The courses are run 3 times per year in February, May and October.

Sailing is a wonderful sport for kids from 7years, and adults. It encourages both mental and physical ability, in addition to promoting a healthy, active outdoors lifestyle. The sailing lessons have taught juniors and teenagers many valuable life lessons like decision-making, resilience, leadership, teamwork and communication in a fun, healthy environment and a wonderful way to explore and enjoy our waterways.

To register contact Kerry 0490 349 378 or email: urungasailtraining@gmail.com and she will send you a form

We do take Active Kids vouchers. 

Note: those that need to pay on the day please arrive at 9:30am so that we can get you registered. 

Community Workshops

“Weave the story of Bindarry Yurruun (Long River)” workshops

Other dates : Mondays and Fridays 10am to 1pm

This a cross-cultural Creative Place-making project funded through a grant with Bellingen Shire Council, focussing on Gumbaynggirr Bellinger Sea and River Country and shared histories of place, pre-contact, colonial contact through to contemporary times. The Urunga Sail Training Club with Gumbaynggirr Wenonah Head Aboriginal Corporation are holding workshops storying Gumbaynggirr maritime histories and enduring presence within contemporary Bellingen Shire through indigenous weaving, fabric sculpting and layering, social connections and approved elder knowledge holder storytelling and interpretation. The project aim is to decorate sails using repurposed fabrics and materials to create the story of our area.

The project will also include making rug mats for the ‘Reclaim the Void – Weave Country Whole’ project.

Please bring a plate of food to share for morning tea

Sailing for women and girls

“Women on the Water” Sailing – mid week sailing – 9:30am to 1:30pm

Contact Urunga Sail Training Club showing expressions of interest. Course dependent on numbers. Contact Derek 0427115892. 

Volunteering with Urunga Sail Training Club – Meetings and Annual General Meeting

The AGM is held in September 2024  – Volunteers are always needed to assist on the Committee and on sail training days. Our Volunteers have learnt many new skills on the Committee and welcome anyone who would like to learn about what it takes to run a sailing school, be involved and assist in all the behind the scenes activities to help out existing current Committee members and bring along your special experiences as well. We hold meetings 5/6 times per year.

At the AGM all members to attend the Clubhouse at 9 Bellingen Street, Urunga (15 minutes prior). Contact the Secretary 0490349378 or E: urungasailtraining@gmail.com for a list of positions on the Committee. 

Discover Sailing Experiences

Dependant on weather, numbers attending and skills of those wanting to participate. This is usually open for USTC members and their guests. Sailing Days require members to register. Watch this space for upcoming event days. 

Sundays 9:30-am – 1:30pm. Visiting – Ring and check with Connor: 

Please note that there is no supervised sailing for Social Sailing. All sailors using Club boats MUST be members of the USTC Sailing Club and MUST have done the SS1&2 sailing course or be otherwise approved to use the Club’s boats

School Holiday Sailing:

For sailing outside the designated Sailing Courses 3 times per year February, April (May) and October contact Derek 0427 115 892

USTC Fundraising events:

We periodically organise fundraising events for the Urunga Sail Training Club and Sailability Urunga, a not for profit organisation providing sailing opportunities for all ages, no matter what your ability.

We always need assistance on these days.

For further information, contact us via our USTC Facebook/Instagram page

or E: info@sailurunga.org.au  or Ross Bennetts 0412 421 478 or  urungasailtraining@gmail.com Derek Ridgley 0427 115 892

Would you like to hire our Club for a meeting or event?

Fully wheelchair accessible with accessible toilets and shower, comfortable seating for 60 guests, fire place, full kitchen facilities, access to big screen projector and sound system.

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The USTC Clubhouse hall has:

  • 8 fold out 1.8 metre long tables
  • 2 fold out 1.2 metre long tables
  • 100 PVC dining chairs
  • 1 Boardroom table (prior arrangement required to setup).
  • 3 lounges
  • 2 of 4 seater “club” tables and chairs
  • Big Screen Projector available. Conditions apply.
  • Separate sound system (radio and CD) is available. Please consider our neighbours when using this if booked during the evening.
  • Please note that any additional chairs/tables required are to be done so at your expense.
  • We have 2 fully accessible toilets, 1 ambulant toilet and 1 fully accessible shower with chair. The shower will not be hot unless prior arrangements have been made with the club.

The USTC Clubhouse kitchen has:

  • Gas stove with fan forced gas oven
  • Refrigerator – medium sized
  • Drip filter coffee machine and plunger
  • Microwave and dishwasher
  • 1 x 5 litre urn
  • Assorted plates, cups and bowls – will need to be washed and cleaned and returned to cupboards at the end of your function unless prior arrangements are made.
  • We have some wine glasses, but ask that you use your own.
  • Bring your own catering, tea, coffee, filter papers, sugar etc.

For all other enquiries contact:

USTC Secretary 0490 349 37

This page updated 12-3-24