History of Horsham Yacht Club
2014 to present
Each October our season opens with the OK Dinghy State Inland Water Championships.
Every January Yachting Victoria's Mobile Boatshed comes to Horsham Yacht Club to teach 7 to 12 year olds to sail through their fun Tackers training program.
We now race most Sundays and some Friday evenings (see the calendar page for details) and are attracting many new members each year.
January saw the well represented Tackers training program with 19 local 7 to 12year olds attending a 4day training course.
We now race most Sundays (see the calendar page for details) and are looking forward to attracting new members
Club racing resumed in 2012-13 season. In October, Horsham Yacht Club was very proud to host the OK dinghy association National titles, with over 20 OK’s in attendance.
After a great deal of rain a small amount of water flowed naturally into the lake and GWM Water decided to run some water into it via the supply channel.
In January 2011 after two successive downpours the lake filled to overflowing with flood runoff from the inlet creeks and overflow running to
In March 2011 a meeting was held of people involved in the previous Yacht Club, and it was agreed that a new Horsham Yacht Club would be inaugurated, fees agreed and committee members elected. Social sailing commenced that season.
This year saw the last sailing season on
, but in the subsequent long drought it dried out completely, became covered with grass and small trees, including fairy grass, a serious fire hazard, at one time catching fire and causing much damage to the facilities of the Taylors Lake Football Club. Regrettably, the Horsham Yacht Club, that had been in continuous operation since 1967 was abandoned in 1997 and all club functions ceased. Fortunately the clubhouse survived the fairy grass infestation and the depredations of vandals, not without remedial work by some previous members, notably Mark Johns, who frequently spent time during the drought at the clubhouse on maintenance.
The drought saw the lake again too low for sailing and some races were run at
, but that proved unsatisfactory. By the end of the 80’s interest in sailing seemed to be decreasing and membership was reduced but the club was still active.
The original boat storage facility was full and a second shed was built to the east of the original building. This eventually filled up too requiring the restriction of storage to those boats being sailed regularly. Further clubhouse improvements were required and the Club set about raising money chiefly by running Saturday Night dances at the Town Hall, which turned out to be very lucrative. The Club ran the dances better than most other organizers and the City Council asked us to run them regularly.
There was a severe drought and the lake almost dried up, so it was decided to remove the large tree in front of the club by means of explosives. It was then sawn up and burnt on the dry lake bed. Following this, members of the Yacht Club and Motorboat Club and others decided to remove the rest of the dead trees, numbering around 100.
1956 - 1964
An arrangement was made between the then Shire of Arapiles and interested sailors for a site on the Natimuk Lake shore to be available for the construction of sail boat storage facilities. Low water levels subsequently prompted the idea that
may be a better permanent location for sailing. When Horsham Yacht Club first sailed at
, boats were launched from the bank adjacent to the western boat ramp. But the club was looking at alternative sites at
, finally opting for the eastern area of the pine tree section as being more satisfactory, separating yachts from power boats. However, a very large dead red gum was located in the water right in front of the selected area. Plans were drawn up for a two storied building, to include a clubroom and racing control area and verandah, with access to the upper level by means of an external staircase. Boat storage was to be provided, stacked three high if required. Approval was received in 1962, sufficient money was raised through debentures and loans from members and building began in 1963. Most of the work was done by Club members on a voluntary basis and was completed in 1963/4. Over the years the clubroom was gradually improved with gas lighting, and heating, electricity not then being available.