The Derwent Sailing Squadron has one of the most comprehensive sailing programs offered by any club in Tasmania and is renowned for its racing quality and professionalism.
Most weekends of the year, DSS boats can be seen battling it out with each other and the elements on the River Derwent. Whilst the Pipeopener Series, Melbourne to Hobart, Launceston to Hobart and King of the Derwent rightly enjoy pride of place in the calendar, there are more than 150 events enjoyed over the course of a season by sailors of all abilities.
Racing takes place in divisions depending on each boat’s individual specifications, and with all craft individually handicapped, it makes for some invigorating and very close racing. With many designs needing crews of three or more, there are always skippers on the lookout for reliable crew. For those who cannot afford to buy or run their own boat, this is one of the most cost-effective routes into sailing.
The club’s racing series, many of which are run in conjunction with other clubs, include:
- Summer long race series (every second Saturday from October-March)
- Summer harbour series (every other Saturday from October-March)
- Summer midweek series (every Wednesday from October-March)
- Summer twilight series (every Thursday evening from October-March)
- Summer twilight series for SB20s (every Thursday evening from October-March)
- Autumn short handed series (5 weekends in autumn)
- Winter series (every 3rd Sunday from May-September)
For those who cannot or do not wish to race, there are ample opportunities to be an integral member of the racing fraternity, with volunteers required as administrators, race officers, marshals and rescue crew.
Regattas and event management
The Derwent Sailing Squadron is able to manage and organise major regattas and boating events.
The club recently hosted the 2015 SB20 State and National Championships involving a week-long event of daily races.
The club has a dedicated and hard-working race management team who have considerable experience to draw upon. It is this professionalism that enables organisers of major events on the national and international stage to feel assured that their event is in good hands.