Giant Steps

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Experience a Fantastic Day Sailing on Sydney Harbour!

Need ideas for a corporate day out in Sydney?

Giant Steps Australia invites companies from all sectors to the annual Charity Sailing Regatta in support of children and adults on the autism spectrum.

2022 Giant Steps Sailing Regatta

Thank you to everyone who supported our 2022 Sailing Regatta. Together, we raised $36,000 to support the Giant Steps Vocational Education Program. This amazing result would not be possible without the generosity and support of so many, including our corporate sponsors, skippers and crew, sailors, volunteers, Middle Harbour Yacht Club and Zhik. We look forward to seeing you in 2024!

Raffle Winners

Jen Davidson
Ticket Number: #309

Tamara Vartuli
Ticket Number: #186

Neil Padden
Ticket Number: #457

Don’t miss the boat!

Giant Steps is a registered charity. All money raised from this event goes directly to Giant Steps Australia, providing world class services for children and adults on the autism spectrum.



The Giant Steps Sailing Regatta, set on Sydney Harbour, is an exciting event established to provide companies with a unique opportunity for entertaining or team building while raising funds for children with autism.


What’s included in your registration

  • Yacht supplied with skipper and crew (crew will only be supplied on some yachts or upon request)
  • Event entry for social, handicapped yacht racing on Sydney Harbour
  • An all-inclusive event with picnic lunch and beverages on board
  • Post race celebrations, drinks and gourmet BBQ on the foreshore of Middle Harbour Yacht Club
  • Photos of your team

We pride ourselves on our professionalism and tailoring the event to meet your needs.

register for regatta

Individuals & companies – register via our online form

Registration will re-open in 2024. Thank you for your support.

Boat owners – register via our online form

Registration will re-open in 2024. Thank you for your support.

Information for Skippers

Notice of Race   |   Skipper’s Guide   |   MHYC Mark Chart – Harbour Map

Information for Guests

Information Kit 2022   |   So You’re Going Sailing

Registration enquiries to:

Michelle Jocum   |   0415 964 883  |


Individuals & companies – register via our online form

Boat owners – register via our online form

Registration enquiries to:

Michelle Jocum   |   0415 964 883  |


We would like to acknowledge our wonderful yacht owners, skippers and crew, some of whom donate their yachts and time in support of this charity event. Without you we couldn’t do it.



Giant Steps Regatta Program

11.00 – 11:45 Registration at Middle Harbour Yacht Club
12:00 Official race briefing
12.30 – 13.00 Board yacht, meet skipper, Lunch
13:20 10 minute warning gun
13:30 Official race start (handicapped start)
15:45 Post race function
16:00 Food service begins
17.00 Trophy Presentation
17.30 Raffle drawn
18.00 Official close of function

giant steps & autism

Giant Steps Australia is a centre of excellence for children and young adults with autism. Through its multifaceted approach it aims to ensure that each individual is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.


Giant Steps

Giant Steps is a registered charity and receives only partial government funding, relying on corporate and personal donations and the success of parent driven initiatives such as the Sailing Regatta to help raise the more than $4 million dollar annual shortfall.

Giant Steps’ trans-disciplinary approach to education, combining music, occupational and speech therapy delivered across the programs offers a unique learning environment for students, adult participants, staff and professionals alike. Every day at Giant Steps, teachers, therapists and educators work intensively on the children’s individualised goals within a caring and supportive environment. Programs are offered from the age of 3 through to 35 years and services include Early Years, K-6 School, Adult Autism Services, Rob Llewellyn Jones Clinical Centre and Autism Training Hub. The Adult Autism Services Program provides adults with a relevant and engaging learning and recreational post school environment.

Giant Steps is proud of its inclusion program integrating students into mainstream primary schools across Sydney. Providing quality, appropriate education and intervention to as many children with autism as possible is one of the biggest challenges facing Giant Steps. Through the generosity of individuals, corporate donors and community, more and more children on the autism spectrum can be helped to achieve wonderful things.

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are a group of developmental disabilities characterised by significant impairments in social interaction, communication and the presence of unusual behaviours and interests.

The majority of people with ASD also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to different sensory information. The thinking and learning abilities of people with ASD vary significantly in the levels of severity. ASD can be present before the age of 2 and lasts throughout a person’s life.

Recent international research suggests an average prevalence of autism in 1 in every 58 children. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to affect boys than girls.

To date, there is no known cause of ASDs and no cure, but early intervention programs together with specific and ongoing specialised education ensures the best long term outcomes for each individual.

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