2019 Heritage and Community Open Day

Sat 11 May 10:00 2019


Saturday 11 May 10am to 4pm – 1 Hobbs Place, Keane's Point, Peppermint Grove


In partnership with The Grove, we will be hosting an open house event, the Club is on show and open for everyone. A day to share the wonderful history of Keane's Point and show the grounds and activities of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club.

We invite the local community and public to visit us. You do not need to be a sailor or a boat owner to enjoy the Club, many of our members are in for the social scene, the events and the bar and restaurant. Come along and meet us, be our guest for the day and see what a beautiful place and family friendly community we have here at RFBYC

A great opportunity to take a look and find out about the activities of Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club. We welcome new members to join. 



Collect a venue map at the welcome tent. Come in and enjoy the Club for the day. 

Parking in Manners Hill Park is available between 10am and 4:30pm, enter off Lilla Street opposite Hobbs Place. 


Classic sail and power boats on display along the main wharf, representatives available to discuss these beautiful vessels.  

Meet the owners and ask questions, first 15 mins of every hour starting at 10am and last one at 4pm. 

St Ayles Skiffs on display on the main clubhouse lawn. Built by the members, regulary rowing group who travel for competition and enjoyment. 

Listen to an interesting presentation about the boats at 1:30pm. 


Live music from 12:30pm. Shahirah Jazz – Smooth, sophisticated, sultry performance. 


Enjoy a meal. Morning tea (assorted muffins, carrot cake, tea and coffee) from 10:00am. Kitchen opens at 11:30am.


Giant Games on the upper lawn, fun for the whole family.


Socialise. Members' Bar and Outdoor Bar will be open for you to enjoy. 10:00am to 4:00pm

Find out about our Training Centre and learn to sail activities. Information available from the Off the Beach clubhouse. 

Information available about social and competitive sailing in a variety of yachts, power yacht time trialling and other on water activities. 


Heritage Tours. RFBYC member tour guides will host two heritage tours of the grounds.

  • Early history of Butler's Hump and "Cappoquin" house. 
  • Beginning of the Freshwater Bay Boating Club at the foot of Irvine Street in 1896.
  • Later to become Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club on Keane's Point. 
  • Tour of the grounds and history of the Clubhouse. 

Guided tours only, bookings are essential. Bookings can be made online with The Grove, please use these links:
10:30am tour CLICK HERE 
2:00PM tour CLICK HERE


Learn about club membership and activities:

  • Social activities, bar and restaurant, Club events. 
  • Beautiful grounds, clubhouse and marvellous views of Freshwater Bay.
  • Sailing – racing, social twilight sailing and crewing on yachts. 
  • Training Centre – learn to sail for all ages, yachts and off the beach craft. 
  • St Ayles Skiff rowing. 
  • Community, volunteering opportinities. 
  • Power boat time trialling. 
  • Sailing for kids. 
  • Offshore yacht racing. 
  • Young adult sailing and life skills mentoring programmes. 
  • and so much more……………..





The day is part of the Australian Heritage Festival, run by the National Trust of Australia. 

CLICK HERE to visit the main event website and download the Official Program.

"This year’s festival will bring together an array of events across the nation from 18 April – 19 May 2019. Our theme this year is Connecting People, Places and the Past.

Events across Australia will be held at historic buildings, landmarks, shipwrecks and sacred sites. The festival will bring together communities from all walks of life to recognise and celebrate heritage and culture through ceremony, song and dance, performance art, art in various media and artefacts, talks on books and stories, and guided tours of towns, places and spaces.

The Australian Heritage Festival will bring to life all chapters of Australian culture and history, telling the stories of diverse and distinctive experiences that make up our communities."






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