Balmoral Sailing Club turns 70 this year – be a part of our celebrations!

Photo: Bob Oatley AO BEM* and Bill Buckle OAM* have been friends for more than 80 years. Their contributions were recognised in the Australia Day 2014 Honours' List. (Photo courtesy of

On the 24th July 1945 Balmoral 12ft Sailing Club, later to become Balmoral Sailing Club (BSC), was formed. Foundation member, Bob Oatley AO BEM said, “As teenagers, my great friend Bill Buckle and I joined Middle Harbour 16ft Skiff Club but it was pretty obvious that they didn’t want to encourage our division so a few of us got together to consider our options; the upshot being that we decided to start our own club.”

Bob continued, “The first major thing we had to do was to acquire the beachfront land for the clubhouse. The parents of several of the founding members then helped us lay a large concrete slab and, in 1947, we erected the first clubhouse – a second-hand Nissen Hut that we bought from Army Disposals for 92 pounds.” The hut was finally demolished in 1975 and replaced by the current clubhouse.

According to Commodore, Campbell Mackay, “Balmoral Sailing Club has been the launching place for sailors who have gone on to become Australian and World titleholders, Olympic competitors and ocean-racing champions (most notably, Bob Oatley of Wild Oats fame) but BSC is also the home of many recreational sailors who love nothing more than just getting out on the water and mixing with a great bunch of friendly people.”

The official 70th Celebrations will be held at the Club on Sunday 18th October 2015 commencing at 12 noon. BSC would like to make contact with anyone who has been involved with the Club, in any way over the past 70 years. Even if you can’t attend our get-together we’d love you to contact us and share your memories of your time at the Club. Please contact: Michael Batty by email: or phone: 0439 080 213 or visit the BSC website or Facebook Page.

Balmoral Sailing Club (BSC) is located at the south-eastern end of Balmoral Beach. Sailing is on most Saturdays from the beginning of September until the end of May.
Sailing at Balmoral is fun, safe, accessible and affordable for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. So, whether you are 5 or 85, or anywhere in between, you'll enjoy being a member and sailing at Balmoral Sailing Club.

You don’t have to live in Mosman to sail at Balmoral Sailing Club. We have sailors living in suburbs as far-flung as Wentworthvillle Leichhardt, Wahroonga and Longueville, and some who even travel all the way from Orange on a regular basis!

Classes currently sailed at BSC include Tasar, MG14, Moth, National E, Sharpie, 505, Mirror and Laser. The Club also offers an open division – racing under yardstick, and a cruising division. Balmoral Sailing Club welcomes volunteers on and off the water. New members are always most welcome!

*Bob Oatley was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the Australian wine and tourism industries, to yacht racing and to the community as a supporter of medical research and visual arts organisations. Bob was previously awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in 1985 for his contribution to the economy of Papua New Guinea.

*Bill Buckle was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the motor vehicle industry as a designer and retailer.

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