The Western Australia Yachting Foundation Inc. (WAYF), trading as Swan River Sailing, was established in 1988 in the wake of the America’s Cup Challenge in Fremantle with the aim of promoting Perth, Western Australia as a world acclaimed yachting venue and promoting the sport of sailing.
Operating from the grounds of the prestigious Royal Perth Yacht Club on the shores of Matilda Bay, the day-to-day running of Swan River Sailing is managed by our experienced team, headed by Executive Officer, Andersen Fethers.
Swan River Sailing owns a fleet of ten identical Foundation 36 yachts which are carefully maintained and licensed under the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Domestic Commercial Vessel) National Law Act 2012.
After more than two decades of operation, we have grown from strength to strength, attracting a vast range of corporate clients and running a number of successful annual events.
We perform the following activities:
Our two major international events are the Warren Jones International Youth Regatta and the Australia Cup.
The concept for the Foundation 36 yachts was developed by Swan River Sailing in conjunction with the designer Brett Bakewell-White and the boat builder Peter Milner Yachts. In 1995, when the time came to replace our fleet of Farr 36 yachts, it became apparent that there was not a yacht available that satisfied our needs for a fast and easy to sail yacht that was both suitable for match racing events with a crew of 5, while also comfortably accommodating up to 12 people for corporate sailing functions.
The first fleet of Foundation 36 yachts built in 1995 were sold to Malaysia in 2005, at which point our current fleet were commissioned.
We have a board of eight members who meet regularly to oversee the direction of Swan River Sailing:
Grantham Kitto (President), Michael McAullay (Treasurer), Peter Leonhardt, Mark Fitzhardinge , Cameron Shephard, Keith Swinton and Ben Durham.