Founded in 1872, ‘The Amateurs’ is one of the oldest sailing clubs in Australia. It’s aim has always been to encourage sailing amongst “amateurs and ordinary folk” whilst promoting the twin ideals of good seamanship and sportsmanship on the water.
The club has around 400 members, brought together through their shared love of boats and yachting. The Amateurs also continues to open its doors to members of the local community to come and try sailing.
The historic clubhouse and surrounding deck and boating facilities have been very largely cared for and maintained through the volunteer efforts of our Members. In addition, the SASC works closely with our immediate community. We make the premises available to the local Precinct Committee for its meetings as well providing a base for the NSW Police Force and Roads & Maritime officers during major events such as New Year’s Eve.
Overview of the Green Shed Project
Club working bees have recently succeeded in repairing and refurbishing a property at the northern end of Mosman Bay known locally as the ‘Green Shed’ (formerly the now defunct Mosman Sailing Club). The site and its infrastructure were previously in a state of serious disrepair. Through our volunteer efforts the building and surrounding deck areas have become a valuable facility for both Club members and the general public, providing access to the water and a launching platform for small craft such as dinghies and recreational kayaks.
The pontoon area is increasingly used by our older members who can no longer access the club directly down the 97 steep steps from nearby Kareela Road. By contrast, the Green Shed can be reached via a relatively flat pathway. The facility is also used by the Sailors With Disabilities organization as an embarking and disembarking platform for wheelchair-confined crew.
However, the pontoon area itself and its associated ramps and deck areas now need to be significantly refurbished to provide safe, secure access to the water for everyone who uses the facility, but particularly for the disabled and those with limited mobility.
The estimated cost of this refurbishment is 250,000.
The project would include:
* the repair and upgrade of the two existing floating pontoon structures
*upgrade of the Green Shed dinghy storage, and work area .
*Installation of a small Palfinger crane to assist embarkation and disembarkation of wheelchairs,
* providing a wheelchair-friendly access on either side of the two ramps
* fitting new ramp timbers and non-slip grating on the pontoons themselves
* supply and fixture of stainless steel rails on the two pontoon ramps to aid those with
* grab-rails for passengers embarking and disembarking the club tender services
* rails and fencing around the open deck area to improve public safety
* installing limited security floodlighting