National Championship Jan 2-6 2018, Woollahra, Sydney Harbour



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Pacer Australia has negotiated special rates at nearby University of NSW and University of Sydney campuses. For more information CLICK HERE.

Pacer Australia is also finalising accommodation at nearby college boarding houses. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express an interesting in joining us.






Pacer Pursuit

The Pacer Pursuit is a high performance version of the traditional Pacer developed by long time Pacer Builder Jim French in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with 400mm extra on the mast, new larger fully battened mainsail, new larger jib, new larger asymmetric spinnaker and trapeze using the same Pacer hull. It is the intention for the Pacer Pursuit to be developed as a completely new and separate class alongside the traditional Pacer Class. This will allow the traditional Pacer to remain in its long established current format.

We asked Jim French to tell us about how he developed the Pacer Pursuit.

After sailing Pacers for many years, it became obvious to me that the class could do with a bit more sail to make sailing a bit more exciting. A lot of people were leaving Pacers because of this, and the class has taken on a training boat image in some areas. The pacer hull is a really good design, it is really stable and can easily take a lot more sail.

As the Pursuit was already a class in the 70`s (a not very successful  boat) I thought it was time to re-visit the concept and modernise it. The single luff kites of the skiffs are so much more modern than the old balloon spinnakers, much faster and much easier to handle. Mylar fully batterned main and jib were the way to go.

I first thought, to make the boat successful I should make it affordable, so I tried to do a rig using the same mast as the Pacer, gaining the extra area needed from a big roach on the main, and the biggest jib I could fit with the same sheeting position.  The mast needed spreaders and a different spin set up, but that was all. For the bowsprit I drilled a hole in the bow of the boat, and set up the retractable pole the same as the skiffs.

The boat worked brilliantly, especially off the wind, upwind it was just a little faster than a pacer. I sailed it for a few months, lending it to as many people as I could, their comments were noted , mostly the comment was that it should have a trapeze, so I added one.

I kept sailing the boat as often as I could and continued to lend it to as many that would try it. After the State Champs, I finally came to the conclusion through the feedback that it needed more sail to use the trapeze effectively and to be significantly faster than the pacer upwind.

A longer mast was the only option, so I made it 400mm longer, so people who didn`t want to buy a new mast could sleeve their old one. I ordered a new set of sails 400mm longer in the luffs and the kite longer in the foot as well to give it a bit more go off the wind.

The result is that the boat now is much faster than the Pacer upwind and amazingly quick downwind. It is really stable, especially off the wind, and is easy to sail, but not too much of a handful in a breeze.

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Victorian Championships 2017 - Parkdale Yacht Club

The 2017 Victorian Championship will be held March 11 - 13, 2017 at Parkdale Yacht Club.

Results here:

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City sail

Albert Park Yacht Club is running this event. Pacer's are invited.


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National Championship 2016-17 - YMCA Sailing Club, Canberra

The Pacer and Pacer Pursuit National Championships were held at the YMCA Sailing Club, Canberra from December 28th, 2016 to January 3rd, 2017

Current results can be found here:

Congratulations to:

Eamon Gray and Jospeh McCauley winners in the Junior/Junior division

Graeme Cox and Sophie Cox in the Pacer Pursuit division

Peter Kemp, Lauren Kemp and Eliza Kemp in the Open division.





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Winter sailing 2016

Albert Park Yacht Club invites Pacer members of other clubs to join them for Winter Membership from 7th May to 24th September on the protected but challenging water of Albert Park Lake, for good sailing & good fun over the winter months. They race Saturday afternoons with a 2pm start. All single hull dinghies up to 5.5 metres are welcome. They offer modern club facilities with disabled access. Boat storage is available.

Application form is available on
For further information, please contact John Dixon on 0402 008 808

If anyone else knows of other Pacer clubs that sail over winter, happy to post here. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.