Over the past five years the Property Industry Foundation has raised well over half a million dollars for projects to assist homeless and disadvantaged kids through their beneficiary partners.

Yacht owners enabled this to happen by making yachts based on Port Phillip available for an afternoon along with a skipper and one or two competent crew for the Annual PIF Melbourne Sailing Challenge and to host the who-is-who of the Melbourne building industry. In previous events, over 400 guests have been accommodated here at Royal Brighton Yacht Club.

For 2017 we are aiming for a fleet of more than 50 yachts. The day involves a simple short, social sail around a series of marks near Royal Brighton Yacht Club. Complimentary berthing is provided for all visiting yachts that we can accommodate, and lunch and beverages are provided on-board.  Following a short friendly sail, the day concludes with a late afternoon festive cocktail event with live music that concludes in the early evening. There is absolutely no cost to yacht owners and the crew will also be issued with a quality Sailing Challenge polo shirt.

This year, we will hold a dedicated safety briefing for skippers in the morning, allow more time for lunch on board, and are planning a wonderful Jamaican theme for the after party. You can therefore anticipate day of safe sailing, wonderful company and a great time, all for a great cause.

The date set is Friday 24 March. The Notice of Race can be downloaded below.

America’s Cup legend John Bertrand will again serve as patron for the event, and will help helm one of your yachts, alongside one or more sailing celebrities.

This year we hope to attract large yachts mainly over 36 – 38 ft, but we do need some smaller yachts as well for so-called solo sailors and for up to two groups of youth here to represent the charities. If you can help out and provide your yacht, and indeed maybe refer another skipper from your Club who may be interested in joining the fun for the first time, that would be absolutely fantastic.

We hope to see you here to help facilitate the event and to enjoy the wonderful (indeed legendary) PIF hospitality on the day and into the evening.

To download the Notice of Race – COMING SOON

PIF Sailing Challenge