Lakeside Sailing Club – Pakenham was launched in January 2011 and we commenced sailing on the Lake in September that same year. We are now in our tenth-sailing season.
We are proud of the fact that we can offer a low barrier, accessible and all-inclusive environment where people can learn and shine in dinghy sailing regardless their ability, gender or age. Additionally we have a number of Seaflo tandem kayaks for more variation and water activities.
Whilst most other clubs often require the purchase of a kayak, sailing dinghy or boat, our club members receive free access to numerous sailing dinghies and kayaks, life and first aid equipment, thus requiring no big investments from our members. Membership fees have been kept as low as possible, thus mainly covering the required insurances. This has proven to be a winning formula attracting and keeping people involved in the great sport of sailing.
Club activities are mainly concentrated in the Pakenham region. More specifically at the Lake in the Lakeside Estate (More on the Lakeside Recreation Reserve can be found here....).
Pakenham is a satellite suburb of Melbourne and is on the edge of the West Gippsland region of Victoria. It is 56 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the Shire of Cardinia local government area.
Pakenham has become a major growth area in south-eastern Melbourne as new housing developments have boosted its population and infrastructure, as exemplified in the development of the Lakeside Estate.
Whilst Lakeside is our home base, sometimes we attend events organised by other clubs. as a result we sometimes sail at Rhyll, Lysterfield or Westernport.
Our club strongly believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the great sport of sailing.
Therefore, in 2017, the Lakeside Sailing Club - Pakenham launched a new floating pontoon jetty with hoist. Krista Bailey was our guest of honer, officially opening the new facility.
This jetty and hoist, combined with our 2 Hansa Class Access dinghies, ensures that people with all abilities can join the fun on the water.
Do reach out to us if you want to attend, ensuring that our volunteers can bring the right equipment to the lake.
More information about Sailability can be found here: https://www.discoversailing.org.au/sailability/
Every week our members and volunteers go to great lengths to make our club a wonderful and inclusive environment where everyone can enjoy.
Whilst we have great camaraderie, a competitive drive is never far away!
The young ones learn the ropes from the more experienced sailors and everyone is always ready to help our where needed.
Not forgetting our social members whom always ensure a warm welcome on-shore, often accompanied with refreshments.
Rear Commodore & Social, H&S Officer
Over the years, our club amassed numerous sailing dinghies and 2 tandem kayaks which are freely made available to all our members. Some of these dinghies or kayaks were acquired, whilst others were generously donated. The Lakeside Sailing Club - Pakenham wishes to thank everyone involved for these kind donations.
Corsair 080 + SpinnakerDonated by Jeff Mackevicius
SabreRestored & *Privately Owned by Max Wilton
Cherry 16*Privately Owned by Todd Z.
Our Dinghy Storage Facility (Shed)
Thanks to Sport Australia (https://www.sportaus.gov.au/ ) our club was able to construct a dinghy storage facility.
We can now use this facility to safely store & maintain our club boats and equipment. The ultimate goal is to increase community participation by offering low barrier, safe and well maintained equipment to our members.