Welcome to the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club

About the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club

The Club is located in the historic river-port of Goolwa, near the mouth of the River Murray in South Australia.

The Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club was formed as the “Goolwa Regatta Club” some time prior to August 1854. In 1969 the club was renamed the Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club in order to cater for the booming interest in sailing in the area.

Today it is the home of Goolwa's Yachting community with modern Clubhouse facilities, including a licensed bar, lounge, shower, dining and barbecue facilities. Its dining room caters for up to 70 seated guests. Casual function for over 200 guests can be arranged.


The GRYC conducts a wide variety of regattas and events in both summer and winter, catering for trailable yachts, riverboats and OTB classes. Competitors from other clubs are welcome. Race types include point-to-point, out-and-return and around-the-buoys races. 

We race every Friday during Summer, with the pre-race briefing at 1730 for a race start at 1800.

We also schedule weekend races during both Summer and Winter.  See the Club Program for more information.

The Marina

The Club's marina accommodates 106 boats up to 12 metres in length. Power and water are connected, and berths may be leased or sub-lease, If you wish to keep your vessel anywhere in the Goolwa channel then the GRYC is very competitively priced. An excellent boat ramp allows the launching or retrieving of two vessels simultaneously in almost all weather.

The majority of vessels on the Club's register are trailer-sailers or other lifting-keel yachts which are well suited to the relatively shallow waters of the adjacent Lower Murray Lakes and Coorong areas. However an increasing number of power boats are kept in the GRYC marina as well.


Visitors from other yacht clubs and sailing clubs are welcome to use the Club's facilities. They are also welcome to participate in all of the Club’s racing, cruising and social events. On arrival at the GRYC contact should be made with either the Club Manager or one of the Committee members for advice and assistance. Twelve pens have been reserved for use by visiting boats.

Please note there are comprehensive cruising notes of the Goolwa area on the club website.

The club would like to extend an invitation to all who wish to visit GRYC, please review our club program for events throughout the season.