Sail Melbourne

Event Background

 Sail Melbourne is Australia’s premier Olympic and Invited Classes Regatta, held annually in the waters of Port Phillip, Victoria. Established in 1992 it has become the largest annual ‘Off the Beach’ regatta in the southern hemisphere and is critical to the growth and success of junior and youth sailors, enabling them to race alongside their Olympic heroes. Sail Melbourne attracts and conducts numerous World Championship Regattas each summer, with over 30 hosted to date. Sail Melbourne also played host to the Oceania leg of the Sailing World Cup from 2012 to 2015 as well as hosting the Sailing World Cup Final in 2016. The Sail Melbourne Regatta now known as the ‘Sail Melbourne International’ (SMI), will this year be run from Royal Brighton Yacht Club from 12th December to 16th December as the inaugural leg of the new Asia Pacific Circuit.


About World Sailing

World Sailing is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee as the governing authority for sailing worldwide. World Sailing is responsible for the promotion and development of the sport internationally, including managing sailing at the Olympic Games, developing the International Yacht Racing Rules and Regulations as well as the training of judges, umpires and other administrators.

Olympic class sailing is different to the larger yachts that compete in events such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. They are small one or two-person dinghies sailed ‘off the beach‘. All in all, there are 10 classes eligible to compete in the Olympics as well as three Paralympic classes.

A Sailing World Cup event includes a series of races taking place over the course of the week for each of the participating classes. All boats of the same class are known as a ‘fleet’ and compete against each other on the same course at the same time. The race courses incorporate a variety of different sailing angles including upwind, downwind and reaching, and races usually last between 30 and 75 minutes.


World Sailing Website