Cruising-logoWelcome to the FSC Cruising Section

Are you a yachtie interested in sailing the West Australian coastline? We aim to provide resources to help you explore the beautiful waters of Western Australia.

The Cruising Section is open to all Club members – power, sail, dive, everyone is welcome to take part in events both on and off the water. There is no formal joining process, so you are already a section member! Our participants range in experience from sailing beginners to world circumnavigators.

The Cruising Section concentrates on three activities:’

  1. On-water cruise in company, ranging from afternoon cruises to three-week voyages.
  2. Off water events such as evening information presentations and social events
  3. Providing resources to help cruisers – information booklets, charts, and book library, and the famous West Australian Cruising Guide and The FSC Green Book of Safety Recommendations for Cruisers.

Find out more details about the activities on our What We Do Page.

Want to Cruise in the company of more experienced sailors?

  1. Make contact with one of the members of the Cruising Committee.
  2. Join the regular Sunday Afternnon sail on the second Sunday of the month and participate in The planned cruises for the year that are listed in the Event Calendar and the Fremantle Sailing Club Sailing Handbook (The Red Book).
  3. Every Thursday we have a casual ‘Thirsty’ Thursday get-together in the club bar from 5:30 pm to talk about anything that comes to mind and any cruising event coming up. This is followed by:
  • Joining us for a meal in the Galley
    • Our committee meetings First Thursday of the month: 7 to 9pm. Everybody may come along.
    • The Monthly Cruising Topics night on the Third Thursday of the month 7.30 – 9pm.


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Cruising VS Racing Regulations

All Cruising Section sailing events are held under the International Rules for prevention of Collision at sea (Col Regs.) All other club sailing events are held under the Racing Rules of Sailing (The Blue Book.)

Participation in Cruising Section on-the-water events, including Sunday afternoon Jib and Main Sailing, requires that your boat complies with the current DoT requirements. We recommend that you also have the appropriate equipment described in the  ‘The Green Book,’  Safety  Recommendations, available online and in hard copy at the section notice Board in the club foyer, or from Ole Otness, Cruising Safety Officer email

To participate in the FSC Inshore Section Races, Including the TWILIGHT Events, an appropriate safety certificate of category 6 or above as per Para 1.6 and 3 on Page 22 in the FSC Red Sailing Handbook, and Racing Insurance cover is required as per Para 6 Page 23. This includes other events such as Terry Fisher Series, Friday afternoon sailing events, and any other Inshore Race.

Competitors are reminded that any vessel (power or sail) that is not taking part in a race, is operating under the International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea ( ColRegs). A yacht that is racing in the proximity of a non-racing yacht is required by law to follow the ColRegs, not the racing rules.

FSC Cruisers communicate actively via the FSC Cruising Facebook Group and the Cruisers Email List.

Join the online discussion in either or both of our Google Group or Facebook Group. These Groups will not only provide you with email reminders alerting you to Cruising Section events, but also allows you to introduce and discuss topics of general interest to the FSC Cruising community. We have well over 200 members on these forums who find it an invaluable resource.

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Office Bearer Roles and Responsibilities

FSC rules require that the positions of Captain, Secretary and Safety Officer be elected at the AGM. All other roles and responsibilities listed here may be merged or moved at the discretion of the newly elected committee based on numbers and skills of people elected.

Cruising Committee

Positions Committee Responsibilities Name Mobile Email
Captain Captain Robbie Hayes Hearse 0411 838 400
Secretary Secretary Claire Henderson 0410 927 607
Safety Officer Safety Officer Ole Otness 0412 942 484
Committee 1 Vice Captain Phil Hearse 0438 838 600
Committee 2 Treasurer Steve Parkinson 0413 877 359
Committee 3 IT Officer Robert Morales 0401 702 079
Committee 4 Chief Cruise Coordinator Doug Rey 0409 664 432
Committee 5 Events Coordinator Dale Lovett 0407 085 505
Committee 6 Publicity Officer Annie Hill Otness 0412 942 484
Committee 7 Long Distance Cruiser Rep Jim Putt 0438 922 271
Cruise Coordinators’ Group
Jib and Main Sailing Ole and Annie Otness 0412 942 484
Marine Environment Annie Hill Otness 0412 942 484
Bunbury Cruise Group Chair Robert Morales 0401 702 079

Role Descriptions



  • Chairs Section meetings and events
  • Coordinates and leads the committee and section activities
  • Represents the Section’s views to Rear Commodore Sail and thence to the Board
  • Represents the Section at Club events and meetings
  • Liaises with the Club Administration on behalf of the Section
  • Develops & leads participation to increase activities within the Club Cruising community
  • Develops & leads integrated club sailing & social events with other Sections within the Club
  • Co-ordinates and develops the future direction of the Cruising section & updates the 5 year plan
  • Co-ordinates the annual Cruiser of the Year award
    The Cruising Captain can be contacted at:



  • Prepares meeting agenda
  • Records, checks and publishes minutes of Cruising Section meetings
  • Provides administrative support to the Captain and other committee members as required
  • Maintains the Section’s Calendar of events
  • Books venues for Section events
  • Maintains and archives all electronic documentation


Safety Officer

  • Promotes safety education and training wherever possible
  • Maintains the Section’s safety documents (Green Book and associated Checklists)
  • Liaise with cruise organisers to ensure that safe practices are strongly encouraged


Vice Captain

  • Represents the Cruising Captain when necessary
  • Assists in all Cruising Captain activities
  • Takes on specific tasks and projects as requested



  • New Treasurer meets with Club Accountant for guidance on how section account operates & to arrange signing authority at bar and restaurant
  • Liaises with the Club Accountant on all matters relating to Section expenses
  • Prepares the Section Budget for ratification by the committee prior to submission to the Sailing Committee
  • Informs Committee meetings regarding income and expenditure relative to the budget
  • Administers Section expenditure to ensure probity, transparency and accountability
  • Presents the accounts at the Section’s Annual General Meeting
  • Manages the collection of cash where required for section activities


IT Officer

  • Administers the Cruising Section web site
  • Manages the Cruising Section Google Group forums
  • Ensures the proper archival of important Cruising Section documents


Chief Cruise Coordinator

  • Organises the Cruise Programme for the year
  • Convenes working group activities (recruit volunteers, meetings as required, online discussions)
  • Maintains Cruise Leader “How to” notes
  • Coordinates ideas about cruises from section members
  • Coordinates maintenance of the cruise notes for regular cruises
  • Ensures that cruise post event reports are prepared and submitted to the committee
  • Delegates volunteers (Cruise Leaders) to manage specific cruises (activities, advertising, notes, post event report etc.)


Events Coordinator

  • Organises the Events Programme for the year (including Social events, Topics nights)
  • Convene working group activities (recruit volunteers, meetings as required, online discussions)
  • Coordinates ideas about events from section members
  • Ensures that event post event reports are prepared and submitted to the committee
  • Delegates volunteers to manage specific events (venue, theme, advertising, post event report etc.)


Publicity Officer

  • Co-ordinates and produces section publicity: assists committee members in publicising cruises, events, and topics
  • Liaises with marketing and memberships staff with publicity material
  • Contacts other clubs and organisations to promote events open to non-members
  • Produces publicity material for the section as required


Long Distance Cruiser Representative

  • Meets, greets and welcomes the visitor/s at the earliest opportunity to Fremantle Sailing Club
  • Inquires about length of stay
  • Offers assistance from the FSC cruising group during their stay
  • Maintains periodic contact with the visitor/s if necessary
  • Advises the committee of the presence of new visitors
  • Maintains the Club’s limited selection of paper charts
  • Manages access to computer based Australian charts



Working Group Roles and Responsibilities


Jib and Main Sailing Coordinator

  • Organises the monthly Sunday JAM Sails and Cruising JaM sailing events in conjunction with Inshore Section on FSC Opening day, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, etc


Marine Environment Coordinator

  • Liaises with club section and management, and appropriate organisations, to promote and execute activities in line with the club motto ‘Fremantle Sailing Club is a community devoted to the ocean.’
  • Co-ordinates and administers the Big Beach Day: a whole club event that involves all active Sections in conjunction with Sea Shepherd Marine Debris, Tangaroa Blue, and Jervoise Bay Sailing Club.
  • Promotes addressing the problems of Marine pollution and degradation within the sailing community.


Bunbury Cruise Coordinator

  • Chairs a working group in the planning and preparation of the annual Bunbury Cruise
  • Oversees the smooth functioning of the cruise
  • Submits a post event report to the Cruise Coordinator
  • Ensures the archival of all important documents pertaining to the cruise


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