Every summer in the early 1960′s a group of friends sailed together from the beach opposite the shop at Safety Beach. With the popularity of sailing, Roy Bean suggested they start a sailing club. They invited any interested sailors to attend a meeting in front of Frank Brunning’s boat shed. A much larger group than expected were very enthusiastic about the idea of a sailing club. At this meeting Roy Bean was elected the first commodore of the Safety Beach Sailing Club. Other families involved were the Stoddarts, Barnes, Peltons, Beans, Andersons, Quinns, Frank Brunnings and Mick Richardson.
Sailing off the beach at this location attracted such large numbers that the Mornington Shire was approached with a view to forming a Club and building a permanent club house. Approval was granted by the Shire, however, due to objections from residents and the caravan park, the Shire allocated land on the foreshore at the present site beside Tassells Creek. In 1974 a Co-Operative was formed by members and funding arranged to build the clubhouse that has served the members for the past 30 years. Around 1990 the Co-Op Loan was repaid and the Co-Op dissolved.
Over the next decade or so, the Club grew in size and boasted large fleets of mirrors, paper tigers, mosquitos, 145′s, sabres and several other classes of yachts. In addition the Club became renowned for holding both State and National Titles of many classes of yachts together with the annual Southern Peninsula Regattas that attracted up to 180 boats.
Although membership is now much smaller, the Club has retained its strong commitment to family values, safety on the water and development of active racing classes. Regular social activities are enjoyed at a location second to none on the Mornington Peninsula and with the current development of the Martha Cove marina and residential estate situated on Tassells Creek, the Club looks to the future as it plans extensive renovations/extensions to the clubhouse, inclusion of the Coast Guard and greater involvement as a resource for the local community.
Come and pay us a visit, as a sailor or potential social member. You will find us ready to welcome you to a wonderful part of the peninsula.