Sailing and Community Events

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Our Upcoming Events at a glance:

NEW Sailing Courses start next Month

USTC Start Sailing 1&2 Courses:

Starts 6th May 2023 – for 5 Saturdays 10:30am – 2pm

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: 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 10am so that we can get you registered. All others arrive at 10:30am.

Community Workshops

Creative Placemaking “Weave the story of Bindarray Yurruun (Long River)” – series of 5 workshops

Workshop 2:  Sunday 21st May 2023 arrive 10:30, start at 11am – finish at 2:30pm 

Other dates : Friday 26th May, 9th June, 23rd June 2023

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 will hold a series of 5 one day 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.

Morning tea provided – please bring a plate of food to share for lunch

Subsidised Sailing for women and girls

“Women on the Water” Sailing – Office of Sport Grant

Over the next month the Urunga Sail Training Club will be putting out expressions of interest and dates for these new subsidised courses and training. Contact Derek 0427115892 for more details.

Instructor courses – June 30th and 1st July.

Learn to sail training for juniors and for senior women.

Sailing 10am to 2pm – mid week.

Rescue Boat training courses

Closed course for current volunteers same weekend.

Urunga Sail Training Club Annual General Meeting

The AGM is held in September 2023 (Date TBC) – 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 what it takes to run a sailing school and to be involved. We hold meetings 6 time 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: 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 10am – 2pm. 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 were recently part of the Greater Bank Community Fundraising Event – voting is now closed. We came in 2nd.

We always need assistance on these days.

For further information, contact us via our USTC Facebook page

or E:  or Ross Bennetts 0412 421 478

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 details contact:

USTC Secretary 0490 349 378