Our History

Club History

The Melbourne Trailable Yacht Club Inc (formally Western Trailable Yacht Club and before that the Western TS Group) is a family orientated sailing club formed on the 28th of June 1973. 

In the early years of the 1970's the most popular trailer sailer was the Hartley T.S. 16. A home built wooden 16 footer easily towed by a medium size family car. The T.S.16 Association held their monthly meetings at the Sandringham Y.C. which was often attended by 90 to 100 members. 

A small group of Hartley T.S.16 skippers who lived in the Western suburbs, decided that rather than travel down to Sandringham Y.C. each month for meetings (requiring a one hour drive each way), to form a club in the Western suburbs. Sailing out of Altona, Werribee and St Kilda they held their first meeting in an engineering workshop in Altona and called themselves the .Western T.S.Group. starting with 19 members. 

In the late 1970's the name was changed to the Western Trailable Y.C. however this name tended to mislead people into thinking of Western Port Bay or Western Australia. 
At the A.G.M. in May 2001 the members voted to change the name to Melbourne Trailable Y.C. Inc. 

The club now has a mixed fleet of Trailable boats ranging in size from 4 to 8 metres with members from all over Melbourne, and as far away as Yarrawonga on the Victorian / N.S.W. border and Sydney.