Docklands Yacht Club overlooks Victoria Harbour with sweeping views of the Melbourne City skyline and the ever changing Docklands precinct. From January 2016, sailing will take place from the 60 metre pontoon at our new premises - the Community Boating Hub, 912 Collins Street, adacent to the Library at Dock Square. Community Sailing days are normally the second and fourth Sunday of each month year round from 11am but are subject to change (check Calendar page for more details). Everyone is welcome. We supply the boats, lifejackets and instruction.
Hooroo to Shed 2
Today we moved the last of our belongings from Shed 2, which was met with a mixture of sadness and joy.
Shed 2 has now passed into the short but interesting history of Docklands Yacht Club, along with Shed 3, 5 and 9 and the Docklands Service Pontoon/Marina directly across from the Colonial (now Etihad) Stadium.
Started on 7 May 2000 we were officially opened by the Minister for Major Projects on 6 September 2000, and sailed from the Docklands Service Pontoon/Marina directly across from the Colonial (now Etihad) Stadium. In 2001 our club location and access to Shed 5 between the docks and Colonial Stadium finished when that was demolished to become public space.
The Docklands Authority at the time kindly allowed us the use of Shed 3 for club rooms, boat storage and toilets/showers. In 2002 the pontoon was moved to the side of the south quay in front of Shed 9 up the middle of the north and south quays. The Colonial Stadium was renamed the Telstra Dome and we did most of our sailing directly in front of the it, in full view of its observation decks.
In January 2003 Sailing For Everyone merged with Sailability and became Sailability Victoria. In February 2003, Sailing for Everyone - under the auspices of the Victorian Yachting Council or VYC - decided to change their name, after almost three years of operation, to Docklands Sailability and to enter into negotiations with the newly formed Docklands Yacht Club (DYC). March 2003 saw the first joint sailing Regatta, with Docklands Yacht Club, S4E Ballarat and Geelong Sailability clubs, to help celebrate the Melbourne Osaka Two Handed Ocean Race farewell. It was a team event with DYC coming first, Geelong second and Ballarat third. Presentation of the trophies was held at the "Around the World in Eighty Dishes" festival at Shed 4 where the Osaka racing fleet was moored.
From there, we moved to Shed 2 at the end of North Wharf, and awaited the construction of the new Community Boating Hub on Collins Street.
Construction on our new building began in early 2015 and was completed later the same year. Since December 2015, when we were first given access to the 'Hub', we began moving our boats and equipment in, and today saw the final day in our history at Shed 2.
Shed 2 has played it's part in the story of Docklands Yacht Club and the final closing of the large (sometimes unco-operative) roller door, writes another chapter in our Club's history.
Many people - volunteers, instructors, sailors, friends and family (and some rodents!) - have passed through the doors of Shed 2 in our time there and, whilst we embrace the new facilities that have been generously provided for us, it would be remiss not to reflect on our time in Shed 2 and the things we will miss (and the things we wont!), about our time at the far end of North Wharf Road.
Hooroo, Shed 2!