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About Us


About Us

The Sailing Shop
ABN 60 712 514 591

Phone: Emma on 0422 995 711
Fax: 08 8131 0058

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1109
Stirling SA 5152

The Sailing Shop is based in Aldgate, South Australia, run by Andrew & Emma Short.

Our motivation in setting up The Sailing Shop was to assist Australian families to get their kids out on the water at a reasonable price and with the right advice.

All of our children started sailing in an Optimist, the most popular junior dinghy in the world. We are passionate about promoting the Optimist as the ideal first boat for children.

We've chosen to promote the Byte CII and 29er as well, as we love the concept of a "boat in a box" - where you know the costs up front of replacement sails, foils etc.

Andrew started sailing in 1966 with his Dad in a Heron and went on to compete in many classes of boat including 420, 470, Laser, Etchells, Flying Dutchman, J24 and sports boats as well as crewing in five Sydney to Hobart races. These days he gets out on the water when he isn't chasing after the children.

Emma is involved in the administration side of sailing and she's the National Optimist Registrar. She was awarded YSA Volunteer of the Year in 2013. Emma likes sailing when the weather is warm and the breeze is light!