Our Club

About the club

The Vienna International Sailing Club unites people who are enthusiastic about sailing, with international background, in Vienna and the surrounding. The outcome is our motto: Sailing with friends.

The club was established in 1998 to promote sailing amongst the staff of the international organizations and missions. Membership is open to all staff of the VIC and other international organisations who hold a VIC grounds pass, members of missions and embassies, their dependants and invited guests.

The club arranges training in dinghy sailing (in English) in cooperation with the local sailing school, Hofbauer powered by Boats2Sail, leading to the Austrian BFA (A-Schein) certificate, recognized throughout Austria for the hiring of sailing dinghies. The club also assists members to obtain other qualifications, such as the RYA Day or Coastal Skipper, that enable the holder to obtain an International Certificate of Competence (ICC) recognized worldwide for chartering boats.

The club holds weekly sailing sessions on the Alte Donau at the Hofbauer Sailing School and arranges other sailing events in Austria and on the sea at various locations according to members’ demands (see the Programme).

The Vienna International Sailing Club is approved and adheres to the guidelines set by the Vienna International Centre Recreation Committee (VICREC). The annual report and financial statement are submitted to the VICREC. The financial statement is subject to audit.

The club statues as accepted  at the AGM on 4 March 2021 and approved by VICREC on 21 April 2021:


Proxy voting form

Connect with our team


Andreas Wippel


John Plumb


Davide Parise


Robin Keith


Frank Honan

Rear Commodore (Training)

Melanie Smith

Rear Commodore (Programme)

Guergana Broelz

Rear Commodore (Liaison)

Peter McNeill


Helmut Seifert


Bret Grimshaw


Our favourite locations in or close to Vienna

Meet us in Vienna

Alte Donau

An der Oberen Alten Donau 191,
1220 Vienna
This part is subject to change in 2020 as Segelschule Hofbauer is now Segelschule Hofbauer powered by Boats2Sail.

To be reviewed: The VISC has a close association with the Segelschule Hofbauer. The Thursday evening sailing sessions are held there and they also organize the training in English, both theory and practice, for the Austrian A-Schein qualification.

VISC members are entitled to a 10% discount at Hofbauer Segelschule for renting sail boats at any time.

Meet us in Burgenland

Neusiedler See

The VISC also has a close association with Boats2Sail in Rust. Some of our regattas are organised by them and among others they offer training, lectures and a boat renting service.

VISC members are entitled to a 10% discount at Boats2Sail.


Join the club

Membership is open to all United Nations staff of the Vienna International Centre and of other international organizations who hold a VIC grounds pass, retirees, members of missions and embassies and their dependants. Others may join as affiliate members if sponsored by a full or associate member and are accepted by the committee.

Complete the membership form, sign the waiver and send it to the Logkeeper along with a receipt for payment of the membership fee.

Club fees

The annual membership fee 2023

is € 20 (including dependants),
The club offers a € 5 discount if the member attends the Annual General Meeting and pays by the end of February.

VISC Account

The fees should be paid into the VISC’s account Bank: BAWAG/PSK
IBAN: AT73 6000 0102 1043 6214

Be sure to put you name in the “Purpose of Payment” (Verwendungszweck) field if you pay on-line or at the bank (Zahlschein) so that your payment may be associated with your application.

Disclaimer: Non-members who wish to participate in events open to non-members (i.e. Thursday sailing and Bart’s Bash) must provide the committee with a signed waiver form. Waiver forms are available during the registration at the events.