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Power Boating at PFSYC

Although we are a Yacht Club we also provide a comfortable base for power boat owners, with a range of pens suitable for most boat types and sizes.

The Club has excellent facilities for power boat owners and boasts its own fuel jetty accessible to all Members for the ease of filling up before beginning a break away or day on the river.

Members of the power section are less focused on competition and instead use their versatile craft to enjoy a number of relaxing and enjoyable pursuits such as cruising and fishing.

Cruising is popular among our launch fleet. Our Rear Commodore Power is a keen event organiser and plans cruises and power Member get-togethers regularly. These include cruises down to Mandurah or over to Rottnest Island, with berths and entertainment planned over some of the holiday periods. 

We also hold an annual Club Raft Up which is a great way to socialise and get to know other power boaties within the Club. The event is open to all Members and we organise Member's boats for non-boat owners to attend.

One of the major events of the season is the Cork Evans Invitational Time Trial, which is always a great family day. Competitors from other Clubs around the Swan River join in the event, which is followed by a luncheon with prizes and presentations back at the Club. 

Power boaties are encouraged to play a full part in Club life and are required to participate in at least one of the power events during the year. 

Cork Evans Time Trial Power Race

The Cork Evans Time Trial has always proved to be a fantastic day at the Club and is a great opportunity to come down and mingle with your fellow Club Members while enjoying some time out on the river with some healthy competition.

Time trialing provides you with a fantastic opportunity to use your boat during winter on the river, whether it be big or small. 
Time trialing is a test of accuracy rather than concentrating on speed. It requires that you arrive at checkpoints at precisely the right time, based on your nominated speed which can range from 8 to 15 knots. Each boat will start individually at an allocated time and completes a set course around ‘Checkpoints’ on the river. A full sheet of times due at each Checkpoint and a chart is provided prior to the event.
Your team will consist of a skipper and a navigator. It is the role of the skipper to drive the boat, and have knowledge of the river marks as well as speed restrictions. The navigator is responsible for timekeeping either by using a modified clock, stopwatch or various phone apps.
A one point penalty is applied for every second that a boat is early or late at each checkpoint. This means that the boat with the lowest number of points lost wins the event.
Getting the perfect zero score is actually quite difficult, but handicaps may be allocated for particular races. Very quickly you will find yourself developing a knowledge of the river and improving your boat handling skills.
On the day of the Cork Evans Time Trial we will provide a briefing of what the day will entail.
The late B.P Cork Evans joined the Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club during the 1917 Season. Mr Evans was appointed Secretary at the age of 50 in 1935.
When the W.A Square Metre Sharpie Association was formed in October 1945, Mr Evans was elected Hon. Secretary. The records show that he together with Mr. H.A Walker (Past Commodore) acted as Official Starters for the Power Yacht time trials for a number of years.
It was only appropriate that the name ‘Cork Evans’ was perpetuated by a shield in memory of a man who served as Secretary for the Squadron for 23 years.

Run by Jacob Matan from Skippers Ticket Now.

Price - (includes DoT fees)
Members = $230
Non Members = $280


The Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST) is a nationally-recognised certificate of competency which shows that the holder has the minimum knowledge and practical skills needed to operate a powerboat safely. It is the minimum qualification needed to operate a powerboat in Western Australia. Note: The RST is not a licence, so there is no need to renew the Ticket or pay ongoing fees.
A person must have a Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST) if:
  • He or she is the person in charge of an RST vessel.
  • The vessel is being operated in the water.
An RST vessel is any boat that is:
  • Registered with the Department of Transport, or required to be registered.
  • Used for recreational purposes.
  • Powered by has an engine with more than 6 hp (4.5 kW).
Only the person-in-charge of the boat (the 'skipper') needs to have an RST, but he or she must have it with them the entire time the boat is in operation. The skipper is responsible for what happens on the boat during the voyage, but this doesn't mean that he or she must be at the wheel the whole time. The minimum age to obtain a Recreational Skipper's Ticket (RST) is 14 years old.

Please ensure you read the Skippers Ticket Workbook and prepare for the theory assessment by completing some practice quizzes online. If you have a valid Australian Driver's Licence and are of normal health you do not need an Eyesight Test or a Medical Declaration. If you don’t have a driver's licence you will need to provide proof of identity and get an eyesight test done.


Practice Quizzes
The Skippers Tickets Now practice quizzes are a great way to get ready for the Recreational Skippers Ticket theory test. Completing these quizzes will give you a very high chance of success on the day of your assessment!
Many people who open the Skippers Ticket Workbook are surprised by how much information they need to take on. The Practice Quizzes are designed to help you know which areas of the workbook you need to focus on and help to lock in the knowledge. Each question has the page number of the workbook where you will be able to find the answer. That way you will not only find the answer but also learn and remember the material!!
I.D./ Eyesight
If you have a valid Australian Drivers Licence and are of normal health you do not need an Eyesight test or a Medical Declaration.
A valid Australian Driver’s Licence (Learner’s Permit included) is all you need for proof of identity and having adequate eyesight to be able to operate a boat. If you have a valid Australian Driver’s licence you DO NOT need to get an eye test done. Your Australian Driver’s Licence is the only document you will need to bring to the assessment. If you don’t have a driver’s licence you will need to provide proof of identity and get an eyesight test done. Proof of identity: You need ONE full proof of identity document, no other I.D. required. Please see below for some examples:
•             Australian Driver’s Licence
•             Australian Passport
•             Proof of Age Card
•             Australian Defence Force Photographic Identity Card
•             Federal or Western Australian Police Officer Photographic Identity Card
•             Marine Certificate of Competency (with a photograph of the holder)
If you don’t have any of these items, you can still get your Skippers Ticket. Follow this link to get all the information on I.D. requirements: You can also call 0449 174 350 to speak to someone who can give you all the information you need.
Eyesight Test
If you don’t have a valid Australian Driver’s Licence you will need to get an eyesight test done. This MUST be on the correct DoT form or the Department of Transport won’t accept it. The eyesight test can be done with any medical professional- G.P., Optometrist, or registered nurse.
Medical Declaration - Most people DO NOT need to do this
If needed, the medical declaration can be done with your local GP. You will need to bring the original copy as filled out by the doctor. Please note that the Declaration of Medical Fitness is attached to the eyesight form. The Declaration of Medical Fitness only needs to be done if you have a serious medical condition that would affect your ability to skipper a boat. Such conditions include:
•             Epilepsy, fits, Giddiness, Fainting, Seizures,
•             Heart Disease
•             High/Low Blood Pressure
•             Arthritis
•             Type 1 Diabetes
Skippers Tickets for Under 18’s
Anyone aged 14 and over can get their Skippers Ticket. If you are under 18 you must have a letter of consent signed by your parent or legal guardian before you can be assessed. If you don’t have an Australian Driver’s Licence (Learner’s Permit accepted) you must get an eye test done (this is the same for over 18 or under 18). This must be on the correct form, as mentioned above.

The Assessment Process
- Theory Revision (approximately 30 minutes) - to go over the workbook to pass the theory test
Theory Assessment - 40 question multiple choice test
- Practical Training Session (approximately 1-1.5 hours) - to familiarise yourself with the operation of the boat and practice all the tasks to pass the practical assessment
Practical Assessment (approximately 20 minutes) - safely perform 11 tasks and 62 criteria. 
- Re-Assessment - if you don't pass on either the theory or practical tests, you may come back on another day for re-assessment, free of charge.

Register by calling Reception on (08) 9386 6437, email, or register directly by clicking here.


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Power Cruisers Facebook Community

Perth Flying Squadron Yacht Club prides itself on its family based community. When you become a Member of our Club we want you to feel welcome and part of our family which is where our Power Cruisers Facebook Group Page originated as it provides a great avenue to interact with your fellow Club Members.

This private Facebook Group provides a great opportunity for you to meet fellow Power Boat Members from around the Club, ask questions, share knowledge, make friends and talk everything boats. This page is a great way to stay informed on what is happening at your Club by continuously staying up to date with -

  • Future Events

  • Tips for maintenance

  • Shared activities and support

  • Fishing ideas


If you are interested in meeting and gathering with other Members of your Club as well as staying in touch with all our latest news than this is the right place!

  • Facebook