What are they? Want to Cruise in the company of other sailors?

A cruise in company is simply a group of Boats setting out for a common destination at roughly the same time. There are usually a few social activities when we get there, ranging from a quiet little drink to a full dinner or BBQ with entertainment.The cruises can be divided into three types:

  • Day or half-day Cruises, such as our Monthly Sunday Afternoon JaM Sailing (Jib and Main, no spinnakers). See next page for details.
  • Weekend and Long Weekend Cruises to local destinations such as Rockingham, Rottnest, Hillarys and Warnbro Sound.
  • Cruises further a field to delightful places such as Bunbury, Geographe Bay, and the Abrolhos Islands.The planned cruises for the year are listed in the FSC Sailing Handbook the FSC Sailing Handbook on our website

How do I join in?

For the weekend and longer cruises, our notices will include a link to an online registration form. You fill in your boat and contact details, then submit it. We will then email you the Cruise Notes and any other information about the cruise. Or if you want to find out more, you can always just send an email to our Captain at  FSC Cruising or contact one of the members of the Cruise Committee. Their contacts are listed in the FSC Sailing Handbook on our website.

Jib and Main sail

We also run a regular local Sunday Cruising JAM every Second Sunday each Month followed by a social get together at a Free BBQ back at the club after.

We hold many events on land, such as boat jumbles and social dinners; and especially

Topic Nights

On the third Thursday of each month there is a Topic Night at 7.30pm. Varied and interesting presentations on subjects or voyages of interest to cruisers. Topics may range from local and international cruising destinations to technical topics,These, besides providing an opportunity to get to know some like minded sailors, cover a wide variety of subjects such as navigation, sail making, anchoring techniques and boat maintenance, safety issues and to talks by cruisers who have made ocean passages and visited interesting places in Australia and around the world.These evenings are free for all members and their guests and are a great place to meet fellow cruisers. Details are advised prior to the events – friends and family welcome. Before the topic you can join in a meal in the Galley from 6pm (bookings usually required).

We offer access to information in many ways:

FSC Library

The Club Library has a vast selection of books, magazines and videos; members can borrow items at no cost. It also holds, on a dedicated computer, a comprehensive folio of electronic charts of Australian waters and beyond. Use them to plan your voyages, or just dream about setting off!The Library is often open during the day but you can access it anytime if you take your core key to reception and ask them to program it for Library access.

Publications

We issue several publications packed with useful information. A few examples are:

  • The Visitors Information Booklet which includes contacts for local restaurants, transport and boat services; this is useful for members as well as Visiting Boats. It is free.
  • The Green Book Cruising Safety Recommendations; this is the ultimate guide to equipping Your Boat and Crew for cruising. It is free.
  • The Western Australian Cruising Guide; now in its 4th edition, this is the definitive Guide for Cruising the waters from Darwin through the Kimberley and across the Bight to South Australia.

FSC Website

Our Cruising Section website is an invaluable source of cruising information, much of it not found anywhere else on the internet. Just go the Club website > On Water > Cruising > Useful Information. Most of the publications above are downloadable from the Fremantle Sailing Club website Cruising Section.

People

Perhaps the most valuable resource is our members themselves. Amongst our regular cruisers we have people who have sailed our coast for decades, others who have circumnavigated Australia, and more than a dozen who have sailed around the world! We also have several members with technical sailing, boat building and design expertise. By joining in the cruises, attending the topic nights or simply joining our Google group, you will gain access to arguably Australia’s most knowledgeable sailing community. If you are new to Cruising don’t be put off by all those experienced boat people around you – about one third of our participants have only recently taken up boating.