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Sailing Performance Program

Southport Yacht Club offers excellent facilities and a supportive learning environment through the Club’s Sailing Performance Program.

This cutting edge program is for those who aspire to be more competent Club racers, compete at State, National or World Championships, be selected to the Queensland or Australian Sailing Team, or even to become Olympic champions.

Led by Olympic Gold and Silver Medalist Mathew Belcher OAM in a Mentor role, the Performance Program is athlete focused and uses the experience and knowledge that Mathew has gained from being on the Australian Sailing Team for the past 12 years.

The Sailing Performance Program is inclusive from our cadet members who have come to us after completing the Australian Sailing Tackers Program Level 3 to those aiming to be included in the Queensland Sailing Team.

Sailing Team members are not required to have already proven themselves on the racecourse, all our coaching team requires is that sailing team members have the right attitude and be committed to hard work.

We have three distinct levels of opportunities for our members to reach their potential. Sailing Team, Development Sailing Team and Performance Sailing Team. These teams support and encourage every individual sailor to be the best that they can be while being a valued member of the Southport Yacht Club Sailing Team.

We have a core team of dedicated, highly skilled on-water coaches that are coaching to the session plans designed by Mentor Mathew Belcher. Our Coaches will be on the water ready to assist team members with training ensuring that all members of the sailing team are reaching their potential. Mentor Mathew Belcher will be on the water as often as his own training sessions in the 470 allow.

While training sessions are not compulsory, time invested on the water at these sessions makes the next level that bit more accessible.

If you have any questions or need any further information, please contact our Sailing Academy.