Welcome to Garden Island Yacht Club

Adelaide's friendliest yacht club for sailing enthusiasts

Life and facilities at Garden Island Yacht club

Welcome to our website and our club. 

Garden Island Yacht Club (GIYC) was founded in 1978 as an affordable club for sailing and boating enthusiasts. Since then, it has developed to include marinas, significant hardstand space, slipways, workshops, and a fine clubhouse. Pretty much everything a sailing and boating enthusiast needs. The club prides itself on its friendly members and welcoming atmosphere, partially due to the club being run by volunteers.   

The club is close to the Barker inlet dolphin sanctuary, and members often interact with these and other marine organisms when enjoying their sport. While GIYC is set in a natural mangrove environment subject to tides, the waters of the Barker Inlet and St Kilda basin, along with the Section Bank, provide sheltered sailing with good winds without large swells and short sharp seas. Many members enjoy sailing the gulfs stopping off at the clubs at North Haven before crossing and returning.

Organised club events include cruising in company and casual racing; these events are a great opportunity to get to know the club, its waters and tricks and techniques to sail your boat more efficiently. Working ‘bees’ are very social and allow members to reduce their fees while contributing to the upkeep of the club.

Friday club nights and formal functions are always enjoyable, with catering from our large commercial-sized kitchen and our cosy bar. The club has an on-site caretaker; gate keys and cameras provide security. Feel free to contact us for a guided tour of our facilities; you might even see a Dolphin or two fishing around our marinas.

GIYC's Roodberg Boat lift in action

GIYC Easter Regatta

Please ensure your crews or visiting crews enter their details on SAILPASS. This is Australian Sailing’s personal accident insurance scheme which is free for GIYC racing crews and visitors. Click HERE

Sailing events

Australian Sailing and GIYC

Garden Island Yacht club is a member of Australian Sailing the sport’s representative body in Australia.
All of our members are covered by Australian Sailing’s personal injury insurance scheme.
More details click here  



Contact: please email our helpful and friendly secretariat with any membership queries: assistantsecretary@gardenislandyc.com

Click on the buttons below for the application forms and our fee structure for 2023 / 2024

Where we are

Our special environment


Postal Address: PO Box 1531, Port Adelaide SA5015

Contact by email: secretary@gardenislandyc.com