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History of Chipping Norton Lake Sailing Club

The Lake  :

Chipping Norton Lake is a man made lake. It is the result of extensive sand mining along one bank of the Georges River during the sixties, seventies and eighties mainly in the suburb of Chipping Norton.

When the sand mining was completed, the area was taken over by the Chipping Norton Lakes Authority. In conjunction with the mining company the area was landscaped with new native vegetation and the whole area was generally developed for passive recreation.


The Club :

The Club was incorporated on 18th Jan. 1995 as Liverpool Boating Association Inc. after a meeting of local people in the Liverpool area, including John and Lee Bowles who all expressed an interest in water activities on the new lake.

As the lake was being developed as a passive recreation area, the clubs aims fitted in perfectly with that of the Authority by promoting community based water activities which were not previously available to residents in the Liverpool area.

With a Federal Government Grant to the Authority and funds from the local council, a two storey building was erected, known as the “Boat Shed”, by council with the Club occupying the ground floor area. The upper floor area being set aside for community hire.

As an affiliated club to Yachting Australia, racing under ISAF rules, and using a set of sailing instructions setting out local conditions, the new club was actively working with the local council and other government authorities on ways it might grow.

Shortly after the formation of the Club, an arrangement was entered into with All Saints Catholic Boys College who had a sailing program and more importantly had eight (8) Puffin Pacers for student use available.

Under the arrangement with All Saints Catholic Boys College, the Club maintained and insured the Puffin Pacers as an offset for being allowed to use them for Club activities.

Racing commenced around September 1995 after a notice was placed in local papers for people to come and have a test sail in the club’s boats.  

There was an open regatta sailed at the club in October of 1995, when 18 foot skiffs, B14s, and other classes came to race over a weekend.


We have had many different  types of boats race at the club in the ‘early’ days, including catamarans and trailer sailors, as well as Lasers, Leaders, NS 14s, 420s, Sabres, Fireballs, Enterprises, Flying 11s, etc.

We have also hosted a number of regattas and state championships on the lake and many of our sailors have competed at various State, National and International championships over the years, some with great success.


With the assistance of a federal government grant and club funds, additional junior boats were purchased as well as an access dinghy for the use by disabled persons interested in sailing.


Training and practice sessions for all ages were organised on Saturday mornings in the warmer months. It was an AYF approved training centre, with approval to run learn to sail and coaching for dinghy and catamarans, and TL3 powerboat course

including rescue boat endorsement, with the training carried out by qualified instructors on a voluntary basis.


In 2001 the club made an agreement with All saints Catholic College to purchase the eight (8) puffin pacers and powerboat for a sum of $1000, payable over a four (4) year period.


It was (and still is) a very social club with every race day afternoon concluding with a BBQ and hot or cold drinks. This is a very important fundraiser for the club. The yearly affiliation fees were structured on a per member basis to help cover the costs of running the club.


The club conducted about 35 Saturday races per year, split into 3 short series with breaks in July and August and December-January. A championship series for NS14, Puffin pacers and multi hull classes was conducted in the warmer months between September and April. Trophies were awarded to winning skippers and also to the winning crews under a separate point system.


An autumn series attracted up to 20 entries per race and they welcomed any class of small craft including catamarans and small trailer sailors in open handicap racing.


In 2001 the name was changed to Liverpool Boating Association Chipping Norton Lake Sailing Club Inc.

On 10th Jan. 2002 the name was changed again to Chipping Norton Lake Sailing Club Inc.

In 2002 the club received a grant from Sport and Recreation to enable a gazebo to be built at Ascot Point where the races are started and finished. 

The club occupies the ground floor of “the lakes boatshed” which is leased from Liverpool council. We pay for rent and electricity to the Council now and fees to Yachting NSW, yet our only income is from membership fees, sailing fees collected and canteen sales.

Our championship classes now are NS14, Laser, Open and Pacer divisions where the results are based on Scratch (1st over the line), Yardstick and Corrected time (Handicap).

In 2014 we received a grant from Sport and Recreation to help us purchase a new duty boat, trailer, motor and bimini cover as the old boat was corroding away.

Our current sailing season commences on the first (1st) Saturday in September and concludes on the last Saturday in June of each year starting at 2 – 00 pm Eastern Standard Time or at 3 – 00 pm during Daylight Saving Time with a short break over the Christmas period.


We would like to thank all those people who have played a major part in establishing the club and keeping it running over the years.

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