Goolugatup Sailing Carnival

3 – 14 January 2021

Congratulations to the team from the South of Perth Yacht Club for this Goolugatup Sailing Carnival, headed by Steve Grover. It has provided you sailors with a wonderful sailing event that filled the gap that COVID has created. The regatta brought us together, with 13 different fleets made up of 167 boats competing. It included 2 State Championships and 4 Youth Championships. Logistically, it was a huge undertaking and the team worked hard to make it happen in difficult circumstances. Thank you, Steve, South of Perth Yacht Club, your organising committee, race management team and the wonderful volunteers– and well done!

The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation was pleased to be the Principal Sponsor for this event.

COVID ruined our plans to support WA sailors during 2020, with the majority of the $100,000 awarded in grants not paid out. Only 4 sailors actually managed to travel overseas and fulfil their award conditions.

During this regatta, some of the sailors have been competing against many incredible sailors. There are some that have even been chosen to represent Australia at the next Olympic Games.

The regatta was an inspiration for younger sailors. The opportunity to watch and learn and try to work out for yourself, what it is that makes them go faster than you and realise the huge amount of focus, determination, and hours of training that ultimately makes them successful. One of the extraordinary parts about sailing is the camaraderie, sailors help each other. That’s what makes it a great sport.

A large part of the criteria the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation uses in determining each financial award, is how much the sailor ‘puts back’ into the sport of sailing. Our aim is to promote excellence in sailing in Western Australia, by encouraging you to aim high, learn, enjoy, but also to put in the hard yards to enable you to achieve. Share your experiences, share your knowledge, share your competitiveness but never forget to share your fun and respect for others.

Now you have a better idea what we do, can you encourage your Sailing Club and Class Association to support us by including a small donation to RTYF with your annual subscription. And if it is not there, please can you ask why not? You help us to help you. The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation is an independent, unbiased, pro-WA Foundation of people passionate about sailing and assisting sailors to achieve their dreams of success. We also believe in the on-going benefits of sailing throughout life.