Voted the 2019 Australian Sailing Club of the Year, the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC) is universally recognised as a welcoming haven catering for a diverse community of cruising, sailing, racing and social activities.
It has previously hosted the prestigious Australian IRC Championships and NSW Country Yachting Championship. In addition, it provides organisational expertise and resources to the annual Sail Port Stephens, NSW’s fastest-growing regatta over the past 13 years.
Located at 95 Hannell St, Wickham NSW 2293, the Club was incorporated in April 1994 and underwent various phases of development, beginning with the completion of four marina arms, boatyard, and commercial centre. The second phase, in 2008, saw the addition of two more marina arms and a clubhouse.
NCYC’s marina comprises 180 berths, all with power and water, a 24hr self-service fuel wharf dispensing diesel and unleaded petrol, and an effluent pump-out facility. The privately operated Midcoast Marine boatyard is equipped with a 40-tonne travel lift, a concrete hard-stand area, and an indoor maintenance area and paint shop.
Following the opening of its Stage 3 harbourfront development, the club now has facilities to rival the best in Australia in terms of size and style,.
With the building doubled in overall size, bar, dining and lounge space has actually tripled as the new upper storey is available for members and guests rather than being dedicated to corporate offices.
It allows the club to host anything from intimate weddings and functions, right up to gala dinners and corporate events catering for 300 people. There is also a newly opened Nautica Dining restaurant, offering high-class a la carte meals and bar classics.
It’s one of the biggest and best all-weather club spaces you’ll find, especially right on the waterfront.
Included in the development was an all-new kitchen, which is centrally located in the lower, open-plan bar and dining area.
The area formerly occupied by the kitchen is now the Foredeck room, with high bar tables and glass doors that flood the area with light and air. To cater for functions, it can be enclosed. The bar has new café-style tables, flowing into a relaxed, sunlit drinking space, then the new Regatta Room dining area. Full-width glass doors lead to an outdoor zone, which has a mix of table settings, bar stools and lounges.
Frameless glass panels can enclose the Regatta Room for functions of up to 150 people. The nearby Trophy Room is also glass-enclosed and suitable for corporate meetings or private dining groups of up to 10 people.
Upstairs has a new space called The Bridge, with a long table flanked by leather chairs. It is ideal for training, board meetings and corporate entertaining during the day, or private dining functions at night with 10-20 people. Glass doors again lead to a balcony with tree-filtered views of the marina and trawler jetty.
The Retreat is a smart-casual, members-only space with a piano surrounded by dining and coffee tables. It can be reserved by members for private banquets and stand-up cocktail events, while visiting regatta sailors also can use it as a dedicated area to mingle.