Welcome to the FSC Cruising Section

Do you want to cruise New Horizons – sailing the West Australian coastline? We provide resources to help you explore the beautiful waters of Western Australia.
The Cruising Section is open to all Club members – everyone is welcome to take part in events both on and off the water.
Our Cruisers range in experience from sailing beginners to world circumnavigators.


The Cruising Section’s three main activities are:

  1. Sailing in company – On-water Cruise in Company, from afternoon cruises to coastal voyages.

  2. Socialising – Off water events including evening information presentations and social meet-ups

  3. Providing resources to help cruisers – information booklets, charts, and book library, the famous West Australian Cruising Guide and The FSC Green Book of Safety Recommendations for Cruisers.

For more information go to: What We Do Page

Want to Cruise in the company of more experienced sailors? To get to know other cruisers at the Club:

  • Join the regular Sunday Afternoon 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).

  • Every Thursday come to the casual Cruisey 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, and join us for dinner in the Galley

  • Come to the Section Committee meetings First Thursday of the month: 7 to 9pm. Everybody welcome.

  • Bring friends and Guests to The Monthly Cruising Topics night on the Third Thursday of the month 7.30 – 9pm.

  • Dine in the Galley from 5.30 pm before the presentation: Bookings Essential for the meal 9435 8800.

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 otness@iprimus.com.au

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


Committee Responsibilities






Robbie Hayes Hearse

0411 838 400




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


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