Pacer States '24 - Rhyll Yacht Club

States 2024


Results table is HERE


Notice of Race is HERE

Enter HERE

Pacer association membership is available HERE

Sailing Instructions - Coming soon

Notice of PAcer Victoria AGM
To be held at Rhyll YC 
Saturday March 9, 2024, at 6pm


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.

Pacer Nationals 2023/24 - Chelsea YC


Congratulations to Matthew and Freddie Otto, winners of the 2023/24 Pacer National Champtionship.

Results are HERE



Rigging a spinnaker


Dear Sailing Centre Principal / Instructor,

After competing in Pacer events, non-spinnaker sailors were able to see that a Pacer, equipped with a spinnaker, is transformed into an exhilarating and competitive racing boat. 

Close and exciting competition is the result!

Several enquiries on “how to make the transition to a fully-fledged racing dinghy”, has led us to this:

The Pacer Association is seeking expressions of interest from Clubs / Training Centres / individuals who wish to participate in a demonstration of spinnaker rigging and operation.


This would simply be an on-the-beach session followed by questions and answers.

It is anticipated that this could occur during mornings at the beginning of the next sailing season and can be scheduled so as not to disrupt racing or sailing programs.

Perhaps interested parties could be grouped locally into a combined session. 

There will be no charge.

If you believe this will be of value, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

to register your interest.  A short message will be enough.

Pacer Association

Videos has a channel on YouTube.


Victorian Championship 2023 - Mordialloc SC


Pacer Victorian State Titles 2023 - Mordialloc Sailing Club - March 11th - 13th

Congratulations to Paul & Emma Taig, the 2023 Victorian Champions!


We are looking forward to fair winds and warm weather for the March Labour Day weekend. Our family-friendly Pacer fleet will be there to welcome new sailors, and to enjoy the great sailing conditions.
Entry, Notice of Race and Sailing instructions are all available on the Mordialloc Sailing Club site:
Pacer Association membership is available here:

National Championship 2022-23

Pacer National Championship Regatta 2022-23, Altona Yacht Club, Melbourne, Dec 28th to Jan 3rd

Update: Congratulations to Paul Taig, Emma Taig and Steve Cui, the 2022/23 Australian Champions 

The Pacer National Championship Regatta 22 ~ 23 has been confirmed! The event will be sailed at Altona Yacht Club at the top of Port Phillip Bay and will begin on the 28th December.

We anticipate great sailing conditions at the northern end of the bay and good representation from Altona and the surrounding clubs.

Regatta documents are here:

Notice of Race.pdf

More information is available on the Altona Yacht Club Page here:

Shortcut to the entry form is here:



Winter Sailing 2022

The Pacer association supports the following regattas:

Altona Autumn Series. Visit

Albert Park YC Winter Series. Visit

Victorian Championships 2022 - Yarrawonga YC


Congratulations to Lauren and Eliza Kemp, the 2022 Victorian Champions.
Results are HERE.



CitySail 2021

Pacer Australia supports the 2021 CitySail Regatta.
11th-12th September, Albert Park Yacht Club, Vic

We're back! We have all been in lockdown way too long, so come get some 'air in your hair' with your sailing sisters. 
CitySail is a coaching and racing regatta for women and girls of all abilities.
We are looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces as well as new ones. The more the merrier.
Spread the word to your friends, fellow sailors and your Clubs.
We can't wait to see you all.