Lake Macquarie History

Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club

From humble beginnings as a one room boatshed in the 1920s, the Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club has grown into an internationally respected club, considered to be one of the best of it's kind i NSW and Australia. It has developed iconic status around Lake Macquarie - even if you don't know your way around the lake, chances are you know the location of 'the 16s'.

photo: belmont 16' sailing club

At a meeting held on 13th May 1922, it was decided to form the club. The original one room clubhouse had been built in 1923, opposite Sharp Street - about 900 meters from the current facilities. The first shed was built out over the water opposite the intersection of Sharpe Street and Brooks Parade. The club was officially credentialed in 1922 after having its first race on October 7th of that year. There were 7 starters in that first race.

History of Belmont 16ft Sailing Club’s formation

It remained at the original location until 1952 when work on new, larger premises began on reclaimed land on Mill Creek. The new clubhouse opened in 1954. The first official representatives of the club were Mr Mark C. Reid (President), Mr Albert Smith (Hon. Secretary), Mr George Johnston (Hon. Treasurer).

There were major renovations in 1968 and then in 1976 the auditorium, kitchen and functions rooms received an upgrade with boat storage on the ground floor. In 1991, the club was extended out over the lake with Sails Eatery, the Lakeview Lounge and external decks being included. In May 2003 the Belmont 16' Sailing Club amalgamated with Swansea Bowling Club. Recent improvements include an extension to the car park, upgraded boatshed, additional eateries, new signage and a fresh coat of paint. First class facilities for members, sailors and guests are provided and continued growth in to the future looks assured.

Lake Macquarie Yacht Club located in Ada Street Belmont was established 7 years later in 1929.

Acknowledgement of Country

We remember and respect the Ancestors who cared for and nurtured this Country. It is in their footsteps that we travel these lands and waters. Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the Awabakal people and Elders past, present and future.

Council acknowledges traditional custodians throughout Australia. We commit to listening deeply to and collaborating with First Peoples in our work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website and Council's cultural collections may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

This website may contain place names, opinions and terms that reflect authors' views or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded. These may not be considered appropriate today.

If you experience any issues with the website or its content please contact us [email protected]