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Wagga Wagga Sailing Club

The Wagga Wagga Sailing Club Inc. has approximately 40 members.
Twenty to twenty five sailors race on a regular basis.

The sailors race each Saturday throughout the season. Briefing is at 2pm and racing starts at 2.30pm each Saturday.

Visitors are welcome to attend. Bring your own boat or use one of the club boats.
Crew positions are also available. Please contact the sailing secretary for more information.

Learn To Sail.
The Wagga Wagga Sailing Club Inc. conducts learn to sail courses on a regular basis during the warmer months. The Learn To Sail Courses are delivered by skilled coaches trained to give you the fantastic opportunity to learn and enjoy the sport as much as you want to, regardless of your starting point.

Some of the skills taught during the program are, Plan and Prepare. Group and individual Safety Awareness, Clothing, Safety Equipment, Rigging, Wind awareness, Awareness of of parts of and Rigging of the training boat, Rope work, Figure of Eight Round Turn and Two Half Hitches, Sailing techniques and maneuverer, Paddling and Rowing, basic Heave-To, primary Boat Controls, Reaching, Helming under supervision, Rescue procedures and drills, Capsize recovery drill, Towing, Launching and recovery, Leaving and returning to the beach with instructor guidance, Effective launch and recovery of craft, Lifting, Sailing theory and background, Basic rules: Avoid Collisions, Right Of Way, Exceptions, Meteorology, Storm clouds, Reading the conditions. Wind's, tides and currents. Wind awareness, Direction and relative strength indicators. For more information please contact the sailing secretary..


Lake AlbertLake Albert (35°09′S 147°22′E) is an artificial lake near Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, Australia. Covering 125ha, the lake was built in the 1890s on what was known as Swampy Plains and was named after Prince Albert.

Surrounded by parkland, the lake is a venue for water sports, fishing, walking and bird watching. The lake is home to the Boat Club and one of the town's two golf courses, Wagga Wagga Country Club, is situated on the western shore of the lake.

Lake Albert is also the name of a suburb of Wagga Wagga on the shores of the lake. The suburb is home to three schools, Lake Albert Primary School, Mater Dei Primary School and Mater Dei Catholic College. A shopping centre located within the suburb houses Foodworks supermarket and specialty shops.


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Courtesy Wagga Wagga City Council.

Wagga Wagga is a place for the young and young at heart, enjoying the exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle that exists within the city. The geographical location of Wagga Wagga is ideal for keeping in touch with the trends that filter out of the major metropolitan cities of Sydney, Melbourne,Canberra and Adelaide. Wagga Wagga is the ideal base for exploring one of Australia’s emerging holiday destinations – the Riverina. An easy day trip in any direction can take you through the extremes of Australia’s natural and cultivated environment. To the east rises Mount Kosciuszko in the Snowy Mountains. To the west lies Griffith, the heart of New South Wales’ biggest wine producing region. An easy drive takes you to great Australian towns like, Junee, Lockhart and Temora.

Wagga Wagga Local History

In December 1829, the early colonists first sighted the land on which the flourishing City of Wagga Wagga now stands. The persons thus privileged consisted of Captain Charles Sturt, 39th Regiment, stationed in Sydney; Mr. George Macleay and six others. This party passed over the site of future Wagga Wagga on its expedition of discovery down the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. Settlement swiftly followed. Wagga Wagga was proclaimed a town in 1849 and in the same year surveyor Thomas Townshend marked out the town. In the 1860s the population totaled approximately 700, but by 1881 it had increased to 3,975. In 1879 the railway line was extended south of the river. The name of the City is derived from the language of the Wiradjuri tribe, which was the biggest aboriginal tribe in New South Wales, embracing the Riverina area.

"Wagga", "Wahga" or Wahgam" in aboriginal dialect means "crow". The repetition of a word was the method of expressing the plural or emphasis, thus Wagga Wagga means "crows" or "the place where crows assemble in large numbers". The Murrumbidgee River which runs through the City also derived its name from the aboriginal language and means "plenty water" or "big water".

Wagga Wagga is 518km by rail from Sydney and 432km from Melbourne on the main Southern line. It is 185.6m above sea level and situated on the Sturt Highway, which joins the Hume Highway 48km to the east. It is the junction of the Sturt Highway and the Trunk road known as the "Olympic Way", which enables travellers by road to proceed to and from Sydney via Cootamundra, Cowra, Bathurst and The Blue Mountains area, instead of travelling via the Hume Highway.

The City, incorporated as a Borough in 1870 and proclaimed a City in 1946, has an area of 488,600 hectares, and at the 30th June, 1998, and estimated population of 58,000.

On 1st January, 1981, the existing City of Wagga Wagga became amalgamated with the adjoining Shires of Kyeamba and Mitchell.

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