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News @ DSS

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Silver for Cooper in SB20 French Cup

The SB20 International fleet is on notice following an impressive silver-medal performance from Tasmanian crew Brett Cooper, Darren ‘Twirler’ Jones and Jock Calvert, sailing the chartered boat Aeolus in the French Cup championship at Hyeres, near Marsaille. The failure of the breeze to fill in until early afternoon dashed Cooper’s hopes of three races on […]

Temptation best from far south

Steve Harrison and his crew are members of Australia’s southernmost sailing club, Port Esperence Sailing Club at Dover in southern Tasmania and for five weekends during Tasmania’s chilly winter they have driven from Dover to Hobart to sail Temptation in the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Winter Series.  And four times they have gone home winners of […]

L2H Race Entries Open

The 2019 Riversdale Estate Launceston to Hobart yacht race has this year moved to online entries via TopYacht. Entries can be made at https://www.topyacht.com.au/db/kb/1182 and are open until Friday 8th November 2019. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Spring Squadron News Out Now!

In this issue – Reports from the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Boating Services, Member Profiles, Boat Shed @ DSS, Sandy Bay Sailing Club and Club Notices along with New Members and all your upcoming not to miss social events. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

DSS Volunteer Pre-Season Briefing

We welcome current and new volunteers interested in learning what will be involved in running the many races this season to a volunteer Pre-Season Briefing with drinks and nibbles provided at the Squadron. ~ Explanation of events in the Calendar for Season 2019-20Pipe-OpenerTasmanian Yachting ChampionshipsLaunceston to Hobart / King of DerwentSB20 NationalsClub racing ~ Safety […]

Sam Tiedeman – Sailor of the Year

Champion young Hobart keelboat helmsman Sam Tiedemann last evening was named 2018-19 Tasmanian Male Sailor of the Year, culminating a remarkable season of yacht racing. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Philposopher enters Sydney Hobart

Champion Hobart yacht Philosopher this week became the eleventh Tasmanian entrant for this year’s 75th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. It is the biggest contingent from the state since the 50th edition of the bluewater classic in 1995, with the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia announcing this week it had already received more than 100 […]

Chef Scott has made his choice… will you too??

This mouth watering 3 course dinner is available for one night only – Friday 12th July. To book contact the DSS on 6223 1977 ENTREEFresh Tasmanian Scallopsin a garlic chive cream sauce MAINMarble Score 7 Wagyu Scotch Filleton a bed of mash, wilted spinach and potato galette with choice of sauce DESSERTApple and Rhubarb Crumblewith […]

Farr 40 fleet back on Derwent

The high-performance Farr 40s are back racing as a fleet on the river, with five of the big boats entered in the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Battery World Winter Series which opened today. For the first time in several years, the Farr 40s had their own class and today they enjoyed extremely close and competitive racing with […]

‘Jo’ and Co’s close third at AWKR

Joanna (‘Jo’) Breen has led her team aboard Chutzpah38 to a fighting third overall in the premier AMS division of the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Queen’s Birthday Honour to ‘Biddy’ Badenach

Derwent Sailing Squadron and Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Life Member, Robert ‘Biddy’ Badenach AM, has been recognised for his services to yachting and Australian Rules football in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Winter Squadron News – Out Now

In this issue – Reports from the Commodore, Vice Commodore, Rear Commodore, Member Profiles, Boat Shed @ DSS, Sandy Bay Sailing Club, Club Notices along with New Members and all your upcoming not to miss social events. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Battery World Winter Series Entries Open

Entries are now open for the 2019 Battery World Winter Series to be held every 3rd Sunday between 23rd June to 15th September. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Father’s day in Mothers Day race

It was father’s day on Mother’s Day for Hobart yachtsman Angus Sprott today when he and his teenage son Fynn sailed Sea Temple to their second win of the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Autumn Short-Handed Series on the River Derwent. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Winter Solstice Championship

Entries are now open for the 2019 Innovative Electrical Winter Solstice Championship to be held on the weekend of 22nd & 23rd June. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Midnight Rambler’s Short-Handed win

Twenty years ago last December, the then Sydney-based yachtsman Ed Psaltis skippered AFR Midnight Rambler through 80-knot winds in the Tasman Sea to win the tragic 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Father and son success in Short-Handed Series

Father and son crew of Angus and Fynn Sprott scored an impressive outright win on a torrid opening day to Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Autumn Short-Handed Series on the River Derwent yesterday. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Midnight Rambler joins Short-Handed fleet

  Hobart’s yacht racing fleet has a prominent newcomer, 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race overall winning skipper Ed Psaltis with his Sydney 36, Midnight Rambler. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Tasmanian crew for women’s keelboat regatta

A talented crew of Tasmanian yachtswomen, headed by international sailor Jo Breen, has entered for the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on Melbourne’s Port Philip in early June. They will race the well-performed Sydney 38 class yacht, Chutzpah, in what is shaping up to be a record fleet of boats, crewed by women from all States […]

Young Lion roars on River Derwent

Derwent Sailing Squadron Commodore Steve Chau yesterday sailed his Young 88 Young Lion to victory in the final race of Division 3 IRC of the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant, scoring an outstanding eighth win out of nine races over the season. Young Lion also won the Division 3 AMS pennant, finishing second in the final […]

Philosopher casts its spell on Derwent

  Another day on the Derwent and another day of wins for Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr Philosopher on Saturday as she sailed to an overall victory in the Combined Clubs Inshore Series for 2018-19. Philosopher convincingly won all three Division 1 races under AMS ratings on corrected times and two out of three under IRC […]

2019 Barnes Bay Regatta

Entry Form Sailing Instructions Poster Notice to Competitors Results Entries are now open for the 2019 Barnes Bay Regatta to be held on Saturday 6th April starting with a pursuit style feeder race from Wrest Point to Dennes Point at 0900 and then onto the Barnes Bay Regatta Race commencing at 1400 hours. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Three generations of Calverts on winner

  Three generations of Hobart’s bestknown sailing families, the Calverts, were aboard champion yacht Intrigue when she notched up yet another double rating win in the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant on the River Derwent yesterday. Sailing with owner/skipper Don Calvert where his son David and grandson Angus, son of the late Bruce Calvert, with Don […]

Who’s Who of Derwent yachting win again

  Roger Jackman’s Doctor Who and Don Calvert’s Intrigue on Saturday on Saturday showed they still head the who’s who of yacht racing on Hobart’s River Derwent, each notching up another win the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant. With two more Pennant race days to complete the summer season, Doctor Who, skippered by Rod Jackman, has […]

Heatwave enjoys hot day on Derwent

Bellerive Yacht Club member Matthew Keal and his crew obviously enjoyed Hobart’s hot weather  on Saturday, scoring a double handicap win with the aptly named Heatwave in the Combined Club’s Summer Pennant race. Heatwave, a Mumm 36 design, sailed well above her rating to take out the Division 1 IRC category by almost seven-and-a-half minutes, […]

Philosopher retains IRC title – now for Hobart 2020

Tasmanian yachtsman Shaun Tiedemann and his young, but highly experienced crew, today sailed Hobart’s ‘gun boat’ Philosopher to its second consecutive IRC rating win in the prestigious Australian Yachting Championships on Victoria’s Port Phillip. Philosopher, a Sydney 36cr, will now go for a unique hat-trick in the 2020 championships to be sailed on Hobart’s River […]

Elderly Natelle Two’s PHS, IRC double

Launched back in 1975, Glenn Roper’s elderly yacht Natelle Two today showed she still has a spring in her bow wave, winning both the PHS and the IRC categories of Division 2 in the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant race. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Royal Hobart Regatta 2019 Sailing Program

The 2019 Royal Hobart Regatta Sailing Program has been released and can be found – here –    From the President In its 181st year, the Royal Hobart Regatta is in the midst of generational change. We are proactively reviewing each of our water events, and also the weekend on which the event is held – […]

Derwent Sailing Squadron’s unique ocean racing wins

Derwent Sailing Squadron last weekend achieved a unique tally of ocean racing victories, its members and their yachts scoring overall handicap wins in the Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Melbourne to Hobart, and the Squadron’s own race, the Riverdale Estate Wines L2H (Launceston to Hobart). DSS member’s boats also took line honours in the Melbourne to […]

Philosopher’s brilliant day in Inshore Series

Australian IRC champion yacht Philosopher looks right on target to retain her national title in Victoria and also must rank as favourite to win the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race on corrected time. Philosopher, a Sydney 36cr owned and skippered by Derwent Sailing Squadron general manager Shaun Tiedemann, had a brilliant final pre-Christmas race day […]

SB20 Nationals to be hotly contested event

The Australian SB20 fleet returns to the River Derwent this weekend to contest the 2018 Australian Championship. The Derwent Sailing Squadron will host the three-day regatta, sponsored by Performance Automobiles Subaru, which is shaping up to be a hotly contested event. This event comes after a spectacularly successful 2018 SB20 World Championship held earlier this […]

Intrigue’s winning tribute to Elson Kiddle

The late Elson Kiddle,  skilled yachtsman and good friend to so many in the Hobart yachting fraternity, would have been delighted by the performance yesterday of Intrigue, the yacht on which he sailed most of his life. Intrigue, skippered by longtime friend Don Calvert, won the Division 1 AMS category of the Combined Clubs Summer […]

Hat-trick to Derwent doyen Don Calvert

The doyen of Hobart keelboat racing, Don Calvert, has given himself an early 83rd birthday present, scoring a hat-trick of wins with his 34-year-old yacht Intrigue in the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant on the River Derwent. Skillfully skippered in the variable River Derwent breezes by the near 83-year-old Calvert (his birthday is on 26 November) […]

Tasmanian yacht brings Sydney Hobart fleet to 92

  Champion Tasmanian yachtsman and Sydney Hobart veteran Greg ‘Enzo’ Prescott’s latest racing yacht, 2Unlimited, is the last of 92 boats to be entered for the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Entries closed at 5.00pm last Friday….”I believe I was the last boat to enter….right on five o’clock”,  Prescott said yesterday,  adding “and this […]

Entry Now Open

Entry is now open for the 2018 SB20 Australian Championship to be held on the River Derwent Friday 30 November to Sunday 02 December. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Wild day for River Derwent sailing

A near galeforce sou’-wester came roaring up the River Derwent at more than 30 knots this afternoon, playing havoc with the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant race, with a man overboard (MOB) situation, a dismasting and other gear damage that forced five yachts to retire. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

New Course and Instructor for SailTrain

We are excited to announce our two newest additions to SailTrain the Australian Sailing Start Crewing Course and Tasmanian Female Sailor of the Year Jo Breen who will be taking this small group (3 people) course on an Athena Sailing SB20. Let us help you on your first step in the Australian Sailing Keelboat Pathway today. This all womens course will teach boat […]

Isle of Caves double to Philosopher

Judging by her double win overnight in the Isle of Caves race. Shaun Tiedemann’s Philosopher is already showing the right form to successfully defend her Australian Yachting Championship IRC division title on Melbourne’s Port Phillip next January. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Mem-orable day for Paul and Michelle Boutchard

Derwent Sailing Squadron members Paul Boutchard and his wife Michelle today returned to yacht racing on the River Derwent in their J35 Mem after a break of more than a year, and scored four Division 1 wins. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Alive Yachting joins 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart fleet

Tasmania now has two boats in the fleet for the 74th Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with Alive this week joining Black Sheep as entries for the Boxing Day ocean classic pass 70, including five 100-footers. Alive is a powerful Reichel Pugh 66, owned by South-East Asia-based, Derwent Sailing Squadron member Philip Turner and skippered […]

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Huge combined effort produces IRC certificates

A total of more than 50 Tasmanian yachts now have IRC certificates, near 30 for the first time, thanks to the combined efforts of Tasmanian IRC measurer Fred Barrett, Australian Sailing and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) in the UK. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Summer Pennant Race 1 Photos

Sunny skies and light winds greet the large fleet for the start of the Summer Pennant Series.  FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Doctor Who – Time Lord of yachting

The Time Lord of Hobart yachting, Roger Jackman’s Doctor Who, on Sunday sailed to a double handicap victory in the opening race of the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant on the River Derwent. Flying her new masthead spinnaker, the Davidson 52 excelled in the light breeze, with helmsman Rod Jackman picking the right wind shifts to […]

Young Tasmanians show match race skills

What a great couple of weeks, interstate and overseas, for Will Sargent and his crew(s) from the Friends School,the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and Sandy Bay Sailing Club in the Interdominion Schools Team Racing Championships in New Zealand, followed by the Australian Schools and Open Youth Match Racing Championships in Sydney. With Will on […]

Summer of Sail launched on Derwent

A grand day afloat on a sparkling River Derwent today launched Hobart’s Summer of Sail for 2018-19, with sailors turning out in their hundreds for their traditional Opening Day of the Sailing Season. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Friends leads Interdominion team sailing

Hobart school, Friends, has maintained its lead on day two of the open division of the 2018 Interdominion Schools Team Racing Championships being sailed on Algies Bay, north of Auckland, New Zealand. Fellow Hobart school Fahan slipped from equal first after day one to fourth in the all-girls division, but their round-robin two competition was […]

Tassie Too to join Opening Day fleet

One of Tasmania’s most famous racing yachts, the 21-foot Restricted Class boat Tassie Too, will join Derwent Sailing Squadron boat Young Lion in leading the fleet on the Opening Day of the Yachting Season on Hobart’s River Derwent. Opening Day, a grand tradition on the Derwent, will be held on Saturday week, 6 October, with […]

Talented school sailors off to New Zealand

Teams of talented teenage sailors from two of Hobart’s leading private schools, Friends and Fahan, are flying to New Zealand this week to prepare for the Australia versus New Zealand 2018 Interdominion Schools Team Sailing Championship. After training this coming weekend they will compete in four days of intense team racing, sailing two-crew 420 dinghies, […]


Bugg, Symonds conquer at Para World Sailing

Tasmanian disabled sailors Matt Bugg and Chris Symonds have won gold medals in a brilliant final day of competition at the 2018 Para World Sailing Championships on the USA Lake Michigan. Bugg, from Hobart, clinched victory in the Norlin 2.4mR single-handed keelboat class, his greatest win since his silver medal at the Rio Paralympics, including […]

John Cole-Cook’s winning comeback

Former prominent ocean racing yachtsman and radio-controlled yacht racing enthusiast John Cole-Cook made a winning return to keelboat racing today in the coveted Cock of the Huon sailed off historic Shipwrights Point on the Huon River. Skippering his cruiser/racer Barcoo, a Jarkan 46, Cole-Cook won Division 3 of the race on the Huon River and, […]

Big fleet for 50th Pipe Opener Series

Tonight’s 50th Pipe Opener Series race down the River Derwent and D’Entrecasteaux Channel has attracted the biggest fleet in years, with 35 yachts due to set sail from off Castray Esplanade at 7.00pm. The 32 nautical mile race to Garden Island near the mouth of the Huon River is a lead-up to the coveted Huon […]

Tasmanians in the hunt at Para Worlds

Tasmanian sailors Matt Bugg and Chris Symonds continue to be in the hunt for medals at the 2018 Para World Sailing Championships being sailed on the US Lake Michigan. After six 2.4 Norlin OD races, Damien Seguin (FRA), Matt Bugg (AUS) and Dee Smith (USA) are separated by just two points at the top of […]

Our sailors start well at Para Worlds

Tasmanian disabled sailors Matthew Bugg and Chris Symonds have made impressive starts to the 2018 Para World Sailing Championships being sailed from the US town of Sheboyan on Lake Michigan. Symonds, from Wynyard Yacht Club, scored two wins, a second and a fifth place in the Hansa 303 class and is just one point the […]

Keelboat owners embracing IRC ratings

Hobart yacht owners are quickly embracing the international rating rule, IRC, as the major handicap system for Combined Clubs racing this coming season. At least a dozen owners have already signed up to get an IRC rating with the Combined Clubs working group anticipating there will be between 40 and 50 boats racing under IRC […]

Yacht Racing & IRC Web-Conferance

Australian Sailing – Tasmania have organised a online web conference next Tuesday with Jason Smithwick Technical Director from the RORC Rating Office appearing from the UK, Jeff Cordell and Fred Barrett discussing: FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Combined Clubs Documents and Entry now available

The Hobart Combined Clubs have worked tirelessly to provide a range of high quality racing options for the beginner to advanced sailor this coming season. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Oskana powers up for West Coaster

Michael Pritchard’s canting keel Cookson 50 Oskana today gave a classic display of downwind power sailing under spinnaker in the final race of the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Battery World Winter Series. On the first spinnaker run Oskana was hitting 20 knots-plus as she surfed across Sandy Bay, gybing downwind towards the leeward mark off the John […]

DSS Pipe Opener celebrates 50th

Derwent Sailing Squadron and Huon Yacht Club’s opening event of the yachting season, the Pipe Opener Series, is celebrating its 50th this month, with an added status. The Combined Clubs have included the popular Friday night race as part of this summer’s Offshore Trophy, with the finish of the race down the Derwent and the […]

Pilates and Zumba @ DSS

The Squadron is now holding the following with instructor Hiroko at the Squadron: Zumba Gold @ DSS WHEN: Every Monday from 9.30 – 10.30am These sessions are open to both genders, all ages and levels of fitness. COST: $10 per session WHAT TO BRING: a towel. WHY DO ZUMBA GOLD: This class is suitable for […]

Trainer: Oliver Burnell

Course Instructor: MAST Motor Boat FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Another Tasmanian crew win at Cadet Worlds

Sand Bay Sailing Club’s Archer Ibbott and James Gough have become the second Australian crew to win a race at the International Cadet World Championships at Bodstedt, Germany. Ibbott (15) and Gough (12) won race eight, the last race on day three of the championship to lift them to seventh overall in the 63 boat […]

Aussie Cadets’ mixed results in fickle winds

On a day of very shifty winds, the Australian team has had mixed results on day two of the International Cadet World Championships being sailed at Bodstedt, Germany. Three races were sailed overnight, with five Australian crews in the top 20 of the 63-boat fleet, two in the top six. Peter Allen and Ashton Rowstron […]

Paul Burnell sets pace in SB20 mid-winters

Paul Burnell, his sons Oli and Toby and Bayley Fisher, sailing Honeybadger,  set the pace in the inaugural mid-winter championship on the Derwent for the high-performance SB20 sports boat class. Burnell won the first two races in light north to north-westerly winds, following these with a seventh and a fifth for a 14 point total, […]

Cadet sailors prepare for action in Germany

Eight young Tasmanian sailors, all members of Sandy Bay Sailing Club, are about to represent their country in the International Cadet World Championships in Germany. The championship, which has attracted 120 Cadet crews from 13 countries, opens overnight with a practice race and the opening ceremony at Bodstedt. The first day of competition will be […]

SB20 basck on Derwent for Mid-Winters

Hobart’s fleet of high-performance SB20 sports boats is back on the Derwent this weekend with crews returning to championship racing after the hiatus that followed the spectacular world championships last summer. A fleet of 14 SB20s, smaller than expected but high in quality, will contest the inaugural mid-winter championship over eight races today and tomorrow. […]

Hobart 29er girls impress at Youth Worlds

  Hobart sailors Alice Buchanan and Dervla Duggan have produced impressive results on the penultimate day of the 2018 Youth Sailing World Championships being sailed off Corpus Christie in Texas. Sailing in the 29er skiff class, the Sandy Bay Sailing Club members finished the day with a brilliant 3-5-2 score to jump from 14th to […]

Fahan top girls in schools team racing

A team of seven girls from Hobart’s Fahan School have won the all-female division of the Australian Secondary Schools Team Racing Championships at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron in Victoria. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Rain, wind, chill and snow deter most sailors

Only nine boats and their hardy crews out of 25 entries turned out for this morning’s DSS/Battery World Winter Series on the Derwent, with heavy snow blanketing Mount Wellington, rain squalls and WSW wind gusts of up to 30 knots on the river. As the race started off Castray there was a brief burst of […]

Sandy Bay sailors taking on the world

Hobart’s Sandy Bay Sailing Club has a remarkable record in producing Australian and World champions in various off-the-beach racing dinghies, and this week another team of talented and dedicated young sailors is heading overseas for another World championship. Four crews of International Cadet Dinghy sailors from Sandy Bay, a small club nestling in the sand […]

Trainer: Jeremy Parker

Course Instructor: RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship RYA Day Skipper RYA Yachtmaster Discover Coastal Navigation Inshore and Coastal Navigation Discover Celestial Navigation Celestial Navigation for Yachtsmen Fundamentals of GPS Navigation MAST Motor Boat SROCP ICC FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Tasmanian sailors line up for Kiel Woche 2018

Olympic aspirants, Tasmanian high-performance female sailors, Jasmin Galbraith and Chloe Fisher, begin their European campaign in the 49erFX skiff Olympic class in Germany this week. Joining them at the huge Keiler Woche (Kiel Week) regatta is another young Tasmanian with Olympic aspirations, Jock Calvert, this week ranked as 29th in the world in the single-handed […]

Few hardy sailors out for Winter Series start

Only six of the 25 boats entered for the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Battery World Winter Series braved today’s miserable winter weather for the opening race. Who could blame those crews who stayed at home, in warmth, rather than heading out onto the Derwent on such a bleak, cold and wet morning. But heaps of praise for […]

Top class fleet entered for DSS Winter Series

An excellent fleet, in quantity and quality has been entered for the opening race of the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Battery World Winter Series, which starts on Sunday. In change from recent winter series, races will start and finish off Castray Esplanade, with ‘Biddy’ Badenach again the race officer. The first division of the 23-boat fleet starts […]

Winter Squadron News OUT NOW!!!

The 2018 Winter addition of the Squadron News is now available online. Check it out today!! FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Kids Eat Free – End of School Term

Have a night off and bring the family to the Derwent Sailing Squadron where children under 12 can enjoy a free meal from a choice of ships, nuggets or pizza. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

2017/18 Summer Prize Night Photos

A great night was had by all who attended the 2017/18 Summer Prize Night held at the Squadron last Friday Night. The special awards were given to: FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Quiz Night – 30 June

Join us for an evening of fun, trivia, raffles and prizes while raising funds for Cancer Council Tasmania who will receive $5 from every ticket sold as well as all the proceeds from the Silent Auction. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Last race wins clinch Autumn Short-Handed Series

Last race wins on Sunday clinched overall victories in four of the six divisions of the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Quantum Sails Autumn Short-Handed Series on the Derwent With the five races sailed in mostly light, at times very light, breezes, the light displacement boats did well in overall results. Winning the last race hinged on finding […]

Mother’s Day Short-Handed win for Felicity Allison

  Hobart sailor Felicity Allison celebrated Mother’s Day today with a win in the SB20 sports boat division of the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Autumn Short-Handed Series, with her husband Will has crew, helming the rather appropriately named boat, Cook Your Own Dinner. “I think Will will be cooking dinner tonight,” quipped the mother to two […]

Safety and Sea Survival Course – July 2018


Dynamic Dynamo couple sailing short-handed

  Husband and wife team Steve and Trina Davidson on Sunday sailed their I550 sports boat Dynamo to a second successive win on in the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Quantum Sails Short-Handed Series. Revelling in the light and rather flukey breeze, the Davidson’s took out a line and handicap double in Division 5 (non-spinnaker). On handicap they […]

Short-Handed Sailing in Autumn Airs

Come autumn and many keen Hobart yacht owners find they don’t have the problem of rounding up a full crews to help them race on the Derwent. It’s now all about two-handed racing with just two sailors on board (in some divisions three) as against summer racing crews of between three and ten crew, depending […]

Melbourne to Osaka Race re-starts

Yachts competing in the Melbourne to Osaka ocean race that were forced to shelter in Queensland ports from Cyclone Ibis early this week re-started their 5,500 nautical mile voyage to Japan on Friday. They headed out to sea from Southport, Brisbane, Bundaberg and Gladstone for a designated re-start from their suspended racing latitude, irrespective of […]

Osaka Race yachts dash for shelter from Cyclone Iris

Almost half the fleet in the 5,500 nautical mile yacht race from Melbourne to Osaka in Japan have sought shelter in ports along the south Queensland coast as reformed Cyclone Iris moves south. Iris has become a Category 3, potentially category 4, cyclone with fierce winds and high seas off the Queensland coast between Bowen […]

Zephyr wins at Barnes Bay in more than a zephyr

Zephyr means a ‘light, gentle breeze’ but it was quite the opposite when the yacht named Zephyr won the Barnes Day Regatta on Friday. In fact, it was howling out of the north-west at 25-38 knots in the afternoon, with Division 2 yachts not racing because of the near galeforce winds and several Division 1 […]

Easter regatta sailing in historic Tasmanian waters

Yachts competing in the Barnes Bay Regatta and the Port Esperance Regatta over Easter will be sailing in some of southern Tasmania’s most historic waterways, the DÉntrecasteaux Channel. The two regattas offer a weekend of racing and cruising with social activities ashore at the one-time Quarantine Station on Bruny Island on Good Friday and at […]

Second Tassie yacht heading for Osaka

  Tasmania’s second entrant in the Melbourne to Osaka Yacht Race, Force Eleven, will set sail tomorrow (Sunday) with the main body of the fleet in the double-handed, 5,500 nautical mile ocean race to Japan. Sailed by Tristan Gourlay and Jamie Cooper, the modified Adams 11.9m sloop will join 15 of the 19-boat fleet in […]

Derwent Pennant winners for 2017-18 summer season

Hobart’s senior racing yachtsman Don Calvert today added yet another summer pennant (two, in fact) to his remarkable career with his 33-year-old Castro 40, Intrigue. Calvert and his long-time crew sailed Intrigue almost perfectly in the perfect sailing conditions on the River Derwent for the final race of the Combined Clubs summer pennant series, winning […]

Great day for spinnakers on the River Derwent

What more could a Hobart sailor ask for on an early autumn day – a spinnaker run down and back up a sparkling River Derwent in mostly 10 knots of breeze, 25 degrees of temperature and a clear blue sky. That was how the crews of 47 yachts would have enjoyed yesterday’s Combined Clubs long […]

Autumn Squadron News Out Now

The Autumn addition of the Squadron News is jam packed with action from the Summer sailing season and all the amazing event that were held and the ones to come over the coming months. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

SB20 Champion decided in Crown Series Bellerive Regatta

  Tasmania’s champion in the one-design SB20 class was  decided over the weekend on the River Derwent as part of the Crown Series Bellerive Regatta. Tasmania’s largest regatta saw close to 150 boats, involving more than 600 sailors, young and old, contesting three days of close racing to decide to top boats in nine keelboat […]

Saga wins Regatta’s historic Lipton Cup

Bellerive Yacht Club member Chris Sheehan today sailed his Young 88 Saga to victory in the Royal Hobart Regatta’s historic sailing trophy, the Lipton Cup. The Cup is decided on the best corrected time under PHS scoring by yachts in all four divisions of the Combined Clubs summer pennant series. Multiple, but unsuccessful America’s Cup […]

Long race win to Crusader, the Derwent’s newest yacht

The River Derwent’s newest addition to its racing fleet, the Melges 32 Crusader, scored her first win on the river in today’s Combined Clubs series. It was only her second pennant race since Huon Yacht Club and Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania member Scott Sharp bought the fast boat from the mainland only weeks ago. […]

Australian Yachting IRC & PHS titles to Philosopher

River Derwent racing yacht Philosopher, skippered by Shaun Tiedemann, yesterday became the first Tasmanian boat to win an Australian Yachting Championship. In a boat-for-boat, last race finish on Melbourne’s Port Phillip,  the Sydney 36cr from Derwent Sailing Squadron won the IRC category of Division 3 of Australia’s premier yachting event on a countback of placings. […]

Derwent sailing hat-trick to Mumm 36 Madness

  Hobart yachtsman Gavin Adamson, one of the driving forces in keelboat racing on the Derwent, yesterday received a well-deserved reward for his efforts – a hat-trick of handicap wins with his Mumm 36 Madness. Madness won the Group 1 AMS, PHS and IRC categories on corrected time of the Combined Clubs summer pennant,  at […]

Philosopher’s young crew ready for final duel

Philosopher’s young crew ready for final duel Tasmanian yachtsman Shaun Tiedemann is confident his youthful crew of Philosopher can bring their windward/leeward racing expertise to the fore in today’s final three short races of the Australian Yachting Championships on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. Philosopher found the going ‘’sticky’’ in very light winds of yesterday’s long race […]

Philosopher takes on Port Phillip Bay

Champion Hobart racing yacht Philosopher is about to start its bid to win IRC Division 3 of the Australian Yachting Championships on a extremely hot and windy Port Phillip. Skippered by Shaun Tiedemann, General Manager of the Squadron, the Sydney 36cr faces a fleet of eight boats, with Division 3 scheduled to start at 10.40am […]

Down to the wire in SB20 Worlds on the Derwent

Tasmanian sailor Michael Cooper has fought back in his bid to win the 2018 SB20 World championship, but the competition is fierce with two French and a British boat his rivals for victory on the Derwent tomorrow. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

French crew hit top of SB20 leader board

The French crew of Le Grand Reservoir.Mazet & Associas,  skippered by Achille Nebout, has moved to the top of the leader board after race nine of the SB20 Worlds on Hobart’s River Derwent. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


For the third consecutive day, the 59 boat fleet in the SB20 Worlds are enjoying great sailing conditions on Hobart’s spacious River Derwent, a freshening sou’-wester sweeping up the river at 13-19 knots with gusts of 24 knots. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


Export Roo, Tasmania’s major hope to win the SB20 World Championship 2018 on the River Derwent today slid down the leader board from first to sixth place overall. Export Roo, skippered by Hobart yachtsman Michael Cooper, began day three with consistent sailing, notching up a second and a seventh place in the 59 boat fleet. […]


British yachtsman Richard Powell snatched victory on the final spinnaker run of race five of the SB20 Worlds today, ending a boat-for-boat duel between Tasmanians Brett Cooper and Michael Cooper. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


The starting line for the 59 boats contesting the 2018 SB20 World Championships on the River Derwent is providing a spectacular sight for Hobart residents living up the hillsides of Sandy Bay and across the river at Howrah. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


Hobart yachtsman Michael Cooper today made an impressive start to winning the SB20 World Championship on the River Derwent that he so narrowly missed at Cowes, England, last August. Steering Export Roo, with the same crew of David Chapman and Gerry Mitchell, Cooper scored two third places and a win on day one of the […]


Russian sailor Vasily Grigoriev, sailing MST, has finished first across the line in race one of the 2018 SB20 World Championship on Hobart’s River Derwent. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


As a six-year-old, Seisia Mair cruised the Pacific on her parents’ yacht and today, now aged 13, she will be the youngest skipper in the SB20 World Championship on Hobart’s River Derwent. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


French youth sailor and former world champion Robin Follin has emerged as hot favourite for the SB20 World Championship on Hobart’s River Derwent, starting on Sunday. Helming Give Me 5 – French Youth Team, Follin (FRA) this afternoon won his third out of six races in the SB20 Pre-Worlds regatta, taking out the last race […]


The waterfront lawn of the Derwent Sailing Squadron has proved a popular place to relax for local and international crews following the past two days of intensive racing on the Derwent in the SB20 Pre-Worlds regatta.   Each evening the top performing skippers overall and in various divisions have been presented with a photograph of […]


Day two of the SB0 pre-Worlds regatta has provided competitors with two exhilarating races on Hobart’s River Derwent today. A north-west to west-nor’westerly breeze averaging 16-18 knots, with sharp gusts as high as 30 knots, has seen spectacular downwind sailing. There was plenty of high speed sailing onday of the Pre-Worlds. Photo Jane Austin Positions […]


Sailors from around the world are contesting the SB20 one-design sportsboat world championship on Hobart’s River Derwent, including two young members of the Tamar Yacht Club, Joe Breen and Bailey Fisher. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


French youth sailors showed their sportsboat skills on the opening day of the SB20 Pre-Worlds regatta on Hobart’s River Derwent today, with 2015 world champion Robin Follin heading the leader board and Hugo Feydit third in the standings. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail


Two times World champion in the SB20 one-design sports boat class, Englishman Jerry Hill had good reason to smile when he arrived in Hobart this week for the 2018 Worlds on the River Derwent.’ FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Sailing champions line up for SB20 Worlds

World and National champions, present and past, from many different international sailing classes, will be lining up on Hobart’s River Derwent tomorrow for the start of SB20 World Championship regatta for 2018. Run jointly by the Derwent Sailing Squadron and the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, the regatta starts with a three-day pre-Worlds. The 2018 […]

18 international crews for SB20 worlds

Eighteen international crews will be among the 59 boats contesting next week’s SB20 one-design sports boat world championships on the River Derwent. Many of the crew of the crews from France, Ireland, Italy, Britain, Germany, Singapore and Russia have already arrived to rig their boats and test the waters of the Derwent.  The Russian crew […]

Jeff Cordell lining up for decade of L2Hs

This year’s Launceston to Hobart yacht race will be the 11th edition, but for prominent Bellerive Yacht Club member Jeff Cordell and two of his crew of B&G Advantage this will be the their 10th. It’s a significant year for Cordell as he was the winner, line and handicap, of the inaugural race in 2007, […]

Now for the SB20 Worlds in January

In just on a month’s time Hobart yachtsman Brett Cooper and his talented crew of the SB20 Aeolus will be lining up on the River Derwent as one of the local favourites for the World championship in this spectacular one-design sports boat class. Cooper and his crew of Darren ‘’Twirler’’ Jones and Nick Corkhill yesterday […]

Frustrating start to SB20 Nationals on the Derwent

Crews of the 35 SB20 sports boats contesting day one of their Australian championships yesterday spent around six hours on the water for eight attempts to start a race – and just two affirmative outcomes. It was a most frustrating day for all concerned, the sailors, the race officers and the volunteers who manned the […]

New sponsor for 40th anniversary for King of the Derwent

Hobart’s iconic yachting event, the King of the Derwent, in January next year will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first KOD, with a new sponsor, Derwent Boat Sales. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Don celebrates 82nd birthday with winning double

Hobart yachtsman Don Calvert gave himself an early 82nd birthday gift today with a convincing double win with his 33-year-old yacht Intrigue in the Combined Clubs pennant race on the Derwent. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Commodore’s Cup to Tamar Yacht Club

The Derwent Sailing Squadron and the Tamar Yacht Club today launched the Riversdale Estate Wines Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race 2017, with Hobart’s Lord Mayor Sue Hickey doing the honours. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Great race day for Derwent Sailing Squadron

Not only was it the turn of the Derwent Sailing Squadron to run yesterday’s Combined Clubs summer pennant river race but club members and their boats dominated results. On a perfect day for sailing on the Derwent, DSS club manager Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 35cr Philosopher won each handicap category of Group 1, PHS, AMS and […]

Summer Pennant double to Don Calvert’s Intrigue

Octogenarian yachtsman Don Calvert obviously has lost none of his tactical sailing skills on the River Derwent and Storm Bay with his 33-year-old Castro 40 Intrigue. Calvert steered Intrigue to a double handicap victory in Group 1 of today’s Combined Clubs Summer Pennant race, winning both IRC and AMS scoring categories of the 29 nautical […]

Philosopher dominates short-course racing

Hobart’s newest yacht racing format, the Combined Clubs Short-Course championship, got off to a cracking start on the River Derwent yesterday. In Group 1, Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr Philosopher dominated corrected time results in all three handicap categories. Philosopher placed first in two out of four races under PHS scoring, and had three wins in […]

Excellent fleet for first Summer Pennant river race

Doctor Who, one of Tasmania’s most successful racing yachts of the past three decades, yesterday made a winning comeback in the opening race of the Combined Clubs Summer Pennant, a river race on the Derwent. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Riversdale Estate Wine to sponsor L2H Race

Three Tasmanian enterprises, the Derwent Sailing Squadron, the Tamar Yacht Club and Riversdale Estate Wines, have joined forces to conduct and promote the 2017 Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race, known as the L2H. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Women on the helm for SB20s Pennant

Women sailors have thrown down a challenge to Hobart’s leading yachtsmen in the Derwent’s most exciting and competitive one-design class, the SB20 sports boat. Joining already experienced and successful SB20 skippers, including Colleen Darcey, Clare Brown, Claire Debner, Jill Abel and Alice Grubb in the Summer Pennant is teenager Issi Declerk. Issi is one of […]

DSS boats win Pipe Opener Series

Derwent Sailing Squadron boats Emotional Rescue and Wings Three today each clinched overall first place in their divisions of the Ronald Young & Co Builders Pipe Opener Series. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Pipe Opener to kick off ‘spring/summer’ sailing

The Derwent Sailing Squadron and Huon Yacht Cub will kick-start the ‘spring/summer’ sailing season this weekend when they join forces to conduct the traditional Pipe Opener Series. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Winter Winners at the Derwent Sailing Squadron

And the winners are – B&G Advantage, T42 Another Toy, Vistula and Team Musto – each taking out their respective divisions of the Derwent Sailing Squadron Winter Series that ended today. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Export Roo loses SB20 worlds by just two points

Tasmania’s Export Roo, skippered by Michael Cooper, has lost the 2017 SB20 world championship title by just two points after a final day of frustrating competition on The Solent, off Cowes, England. In a surprise result, prominent British yachtsman Jerry Hill came from fifth place going into the last Gold fleet race day to snatch […]

Export Roo ‘praying for no wind’ on final day

Tasmania’s Export Roo, skippered by Michael Cooper, goes into the final day of racing at the 2017 SB20 world championship at Cowes with a slender three-point lead in the Gold fleet. Cooper notched up a 3-2-10-24 scorecard on the penultimate day of competition on The Solent which, with a carryover score of five from the […]

Export Roo on a roll on The Solent

With two wins and a second, Tasmania’s Export Roo has moved further ahead on the overall rankings after day three of the SB20 world championship on The Solent in England. Michael Cooper has steered his boat to a net 5 points after Royal Yacht Squadron race officers finally managed to run three races in improved […]

Export Roo sails to lead at SB20 Worlds

Tasmanian yachtsman Michael Cooper and his crew of David Chapman and Gerry Mitchell have sailed Export Roo to an overall lead after two days of frustrating competition at the SB20 world championship in England. So far racing has been limited to just one race each day because of light winds on The Solent, the famous […]

Tasmanian sailors to the fore in SB20 worlds

Tasmanian sailors have made a great start to the 2017 SB20 one-design sports boat world championship which began on The Solent off Cowes, England, overnight. Only one race was sailed because of light winds, with Michael Cooper, at the helm of Export Roo, winning the Yellow qualifying fleet. Nick Rogers finished second in the Blue […]

Tasmanians in SB20 Worlds at Cowes

Eight Australians, seven from Tasmania, are among the 80-plus international helmsmen who will contest the 2017 SB20 one-design sportsboat world championship in the UK next week. Britain’s most exclusive yacht club, the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes, is conducting the championship on The Solent,  the intensely tidal, sandbank-strewn waterway between the Isle of Wight and […]

Braving Hobart’s chilly winter

The J24 class yacht T42 Another Toy and her crew from the Latham Syndicate, are certainly enjoying Hobart’s winter chill in the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Battery World Winter Series. T42 Another Toy notched up its fourth successive win of the Winter Series in a 6-10 knot NNW breeze – straight down  Mount Wellington.. The mountain was […]

Yachting Hall of Fame honour to Matt Bugg

Rio Paralympic silver medallist Matt Bugg has been inducted into the Tasmanian Yachting Hall of Fame and also again named Tasmanian Male Sailor of the Year. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Tasmanian SB20 helmsmen on podium at Cowes Week

Tasmanian SB20 helmsmen Elliot Noye and Michael Cooper fired a warning shot over the bow of the international SB20 fleet during the Lendy Cowes Week 2017 Grand Slam Regatta which ended yesterday. Sailed as part of the full sailing program at historic Cowes Week, the Grand Slam comprised eight races sailed in total and two […]

Discards tighten lead in SB20 Cowes Grand Slam

With discard races coming into effect, the overall pointscore position had tightened going into the final day of racing in the SB20 Cowes Grand Slam on England’s famed waterway, The Solent. After six of the scheduled eight races, Tasmanian entry Porco Rosso has had its lead reduced to just one point ahead of the British […]

Hobart helmsmen dominating SB20s at Cowes

Prominent Hobart yachtsmen continue to dominate results in the SB20 one-design sportsboat ‘Cowes Grand Slam’ being sailed on The Solent off Cowes on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. The SB20s are racing as part of the historic Cowes Week with The Solent overnight turning on very windy conditions – 20-plus […]

Tasmanian SB20 crews lead at Cowes Week

Tasmanian SB20 one-design sports boats, Export Roo and Porco Rosso,  are equal first on points after day one of class racing at historic Cowes Week on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England. Export Roo, skippered by Michael Cooper,  had two second places while Porto Rosso, with Elliott Noye on the helm […]

Close racing in DSS Winter Series

Only one point separates the two top-placed yachts in Divisions 1 and 3 of the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Winter Series. Sunday saw day three of the DSS series, sailed in a steady northerly breeze on a bleak and showery morning on the Derwent. The forecast saw all three divisions depleted by non-starters. A third place […]

New program for Combined Clubs racing 2017-2018

Major changes have been made to Hobart’s Combined Clubs racing programme for the 2017-2018 summer yachting season on the River Derwent, aimed at boosting fleet numbers. Instead of separate Combined Clubs Harbour and Long Race Series, nine Pennant races will be scheduled over the summer, approximately every second Saturday, comprising five long day races and […]

Women skippers show their skills in SB20s

  Hobart women sailors today continued to demonstrate their skills in the SB20 one-design sports boat class, gaining top placings on the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s second day of its winter racing on the Derwent. Champion sailor Rob Gough, steering Difficult Woman, had a fight on his hands to two win the first race (race four […]

Bugg’s silver medal at Para Worlds

Two Tasmanian sailors, Matt Bugg and Chris Symonds,  have won silver medals at the Para World Sailing Championships at Kiel, Germany Bugg, from Hobart finished on equal first points with German Heiko Kroger but was placed second a countback in the singlehanded 2.4 Norlan one-design keelboat. Third overall was Frenchman Sequin, the gold medallist at […]

SB20 champion to sail for UK at Worlds

SB20 sports boat mid-winter champion Paul Burnell will contest this year’s one-design sports boat class world championship at Cowes, England, steering an English boat rather than an Australian entrant. Burnell, with his sons Toby and Ollie and young Optimist sailor Bailey Fisher in the crew, today won the mid-winters on a chilly River Derwent by […]

Close racing in Hobart’s SB20 mid-winters

The depth of talent in Hobart’s SB20 sports boat fleet has been underlined on day one of the class mid-winter championships on the Derwent today The first three races of the weekend event for the 15-boat fleet produced three different winners and seven difficult placegetters. The racing was in the near perfect sailing conditions, a […]

Derwent workout for SB20 Worlds contenders

Hobart yacht watchers will see some talent in action this  weekend, with five of the seven Tasmanian helmsmen entered for this year’s SB20 sports boat World championship taking part in the SB20 Mid-Winter championship on the Derwent. The Mid-Winters are being conducted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and the Derwent Sailing Squadron with […]

Hobart women set for AWKR win

With four wins out of five races so far sailed, the Tasmanian crew led by Colleen Darcey, look set to win the IRC division of the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta. Sailing Absolut, an Archambault 35, the Tasmanians crew of mainly SB20 sports boat sailors today were in top form,  winning both the IRC and AMS […]

Jo Breen already a ‘Cape Horner’

  At the age of 28, Tasmanian woman Jo Breen has already sailed 30,000 nautical miles in oceans around the world, including rounding Cape Horn. In May next year she will skipper her own small yacht Morning Star in the 5,500 nautical mile two-handed race from Melbourne to Osaka, Japan, with a Russian woman as […]

Clean sweep for Rob Gough in SB20s

World sailing champion sailor Rob Gough yesterday made a clean sweep of the SB20 sports boat division of the Derwent Sailing Squadron’s opening day of its club Winter Series. Gough steered Difficult Woman to three straight, albeit narrow, wins off scratch and was also the topscoring boat of the day on corrected times. It was […]

Hobart women sailors heading for national regatta

A crew of talented Hobart women sailors is heading for Melbourne late next week to compete again teams from all States in the 27th annual Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on Port Phillip. Heading the crew is Derwent Sailing Squadron member Colleen Darcey, a past winning regatta skipper contesting her fifth AWKR, as is foredeck hand […]

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Invitation to profile in the Derwent Sailing Squadron Corporate Brochure

  Hi All We are doing a membership and functions push this year for the Derwent Sailing Squadron and we are putting together the Squadron’s Official Corporate Brochure and wanted to offer existing members and sponsors a chance to profile in the publication for a 16 month period. Also if members know of any businesses […]

Pritchard buys Sydney Hobart winner Victoire

Prominent Hobart surgeon, yachtsman and motor sports enthusiast Michael Pritchard and his sailing wife Bianca have bought the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race winner Victoire. The powerful Bruce Farr-designed, New Zealand-built Cookson 50, with a canting keel, now berthed at the DSS, will begin its Tasmanian racing career in spring this year after crew […]

Octogenarian sailor’s IRC pennant

Senior Hobart yachtsman Don Calvert, now in his early 80s, yesterday added another pennant to a long and successful local and international career with his Castro 40, Intrigue. Intrigue won the IRC rating category of the 30 nautical mile Betsey Island race, the last race of the Combined Clubs Long Race Series, to gain a […]

Family Sail Day ~ Cancelled~

Unfortunately we have had to cancel this event due to the predicted weather on Sunday. We hope to run this event in Spring so we can all enjoy some finer weather. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Zephyr excels in more than a zephyr of breeze

A yacht named after that most gentle of breezes, Ian Johnston’s Zephyr, again excelled in wild westerlies gusting to 35 knots on the Channel yesterday. Zephyr finished top yacht in the Tassal Barnes Bay Regatta, finishing third in the morning Wrest Point to Dennes Point pursuit race and then winning Division 1 of the afternoon […]

Alive fights back to win ORCi championship

Tasmanian yacht Alive has won the Division A ORCi handicap category of the Australian Yachting Championship which ended in Sydney yesterday. The powerful Reichel/Pugh 66 is owned by Derwent Sailing Squadron member Phil Turner and skippered by fellow DSS member Duncan Hine. With young Hobart sailor Oli Nicholas on the helm, Alive fought back with […]

Big plans for Harbour champion Philosopher

Owner/skipper Shaun Tiedemann already has big plans for next season with harbour racing champion yacht Philosopher, contesting the 2018 Australian Yachting Championships and the Festival of Sails in Victoria. Philosopher, sailed by Tiedemann and his crew of under 25 year old talented sailors, yesterday won the Combined Clubs Harbour Series 2016-2017 in the AMS and […]

Export Roo wins SB20 Tasmanian championship

Two world championships in the SB20 one-design sports boat class are now firmly in the sights of prominent Hobart yachtsman Michael Cooper – the first on The Solent off Cowes in England, the second on Hobart’s River Derwent. On the Derwent today, Cooper steered Export Roo to a convincing win in the SB20 Tasmanian State […]

SB20 states – Export Roo leads after day one

Consistent sailing has placed Michael Cooper and his crew of Export Roo at the top of the leader-board after the first four races today in the SB20 Tasmanian State championship on the River Derwent. Cooper returned to top form in winning the SB20’s final summer pennant last Thursday evening and has maintained that on day […]

Burnell family’s Honey Badger bites in SB20 fleet

The Burnell boys from Sandy Bay Sailing Club chose the name of their father’s SB20 one-design sports boat – Honey Badger –  a little animal that fights ferociously above its weight. Honey Badger, the SB20 one-design sport boat,  has proven it can do just that in racing over the summer sailing season for owner/skipper Paul […]

Nick Rogers winner with brand new boat

SB20 class founder in Tasmania Nick Rogers sailed his brand new boat, again named Karabos, to a first-up win in Thursday’s twilight pennant series. The win has given Rogers a commanding point score lead going into the final race (or two) of the summer pennant for the one-design, sports boat class next Thursday. “If there […]

Perfect sailing on the Derwent

  The penultimate day of racing for yachts in the Combined Clubs Harbour Series produced near perfect sailing conditions on the Derwent today – with four different boats sharing the spoils in Division 1.   Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr Philosopher was again the dominant boat in the two windward/leeward races for Division 1 and 2, […]

Cleopatra rules on RIver Derwent

The light to moderate winds on the Derwent and Storm Bay could not have been better for the Mumm 30 Cleopatra in yesterday’s Combined Clubs Long Race Series.   Owner Matthew Denholm and his crew capitalised on an early spinnaker run down river in light winds and then a spinnaker run home in a freshening […]

Historic Lipton Cup win to Engenue

  The prestigious Lipton Cup, one of Tasmania’s oldest yachting trophies, sailed for each year at the Royal Hobart Regatta, has been won  by Engenue, a fast cruising yacht. Skippered by her senior Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania member Nigel Johnson, Engenue won the Cup in Monday’s Regatta Day race for the Combined Clubs Harbour […]

Derwent calms frustrate Long Race fleet

A spinnaker run down the Derwent, a spinnaker run home, but in the middle of the race a big windless patch in Seacoft Bay, near the mouth the river. That was the frustrating story from many Group A yachts in yesterday’s Combined Club Long Race, the fourth of the season due to abandoning races because […]

Record SB20 fleet predicted for Crown Series

  A fleet of more than 40 SB20 one-design sports boats, including several mainland crews, is expected to contest the Banjo’s Crown Series Bellerive Regatta later this month. SB20 State champion Scott Brain predicted the record fleet for the River Derwent at this week’s launch of the Banjo’s Crown Series.. The Banjo’s Crown Series is […]

Classic yachts winners on River Derwent

Two yachts built to the classic metre design, Serica and Juana,  added a touch of nostalgia to yesterday’s Combined Clubs Harbour racing on the River Derwent,  and there  could more of them next month. Juana, a ‘modern’ 8-metre class yacht with state-of-the-art keel and rudder but retaining the classic hull lines and rig, took line […]

Philosopher starts well at Festival of Sail

Tasmanian yacht Philosopher, Shaun Tiedemann’s Sydney 36cr, made a promising start to the Festival of Sails regatta today with a fleet of around 200 boats competing in the Williamstown to Geelong passage race. Sailing in the most competitive Rating 1 division, Philosopher finished second on corrected time under AMS scoring and third under IRC scoring. […]

Year to go and SB20s on fire

If the SB20 one-design sports boat ‘Grand Slam’ on the Derwent last Sunday was any example, Hobart is in for exciting and exceptionally close racing in the Worlds, to be sailed here on the Derwent in January 2018. Unfortunately, a gale on the Saturday reduced the competition to five races on the Sunday for a […]

Emotional Rescue, Mr Burger share L2H victory

  Emotional Rescue (Michael Hutchinson) and Mr Burger (Wings Three) have been declared joint overall winners of the National Pies 10th Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race. In a decision that must reflect the Wisdom of Solomon, the racing rules jury have clearly recognised the sailing skills of Hutchinson’s Emotional Rescue and the seamanship of Haros’ […]

Philosopher crowned King of the Derwent

Shaun Tiedemann’s Philosopher yesterday proved herself to be this summer’s champion yacht of Hobart’s River Derwent, out-sailing a crack fleet to become King of the Derwent for 2016. With Shaun’s son Sam on the helm, Philosopher was named King of the Derwent after winning the IRC handicap category of the National Pies King of the […]

National Pies 10th Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race

Start: 10.30am, 27 December, at Beauty Point A record fleet of 48 yachts has entered the National Pies 10th Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race, representing yacht clubs in the north and south of Tasmania and also including entries from Victoria and Queensland. The L2H is a coastal race of 285 nautical miles  around the North […]

iWest Insurance Bridge Race

The iWest Insurance Bridge race is on this Saturday 17th December 2016 with a start time of 2pm from Castray Box. ~ Enter Here ~     ~ Sailing Instructions ~     ~ Results ~ FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Illusion”s bag of tricks in Long Race

On a day that favoured the lower rating (handicapped) yachts, David Brett’s Illusion,  on Saturday  outsailed the fleet in the Combined Clubs Long Race Series for Group A. The Hanse production yacht finished 18th across the line, third last, but first on corrected time won the AMS category of Group from Matt Denholm’s Mumm 30 […]

Sheehan’s Saga of Sailing

  Veteran Bellerive Yacht Club stalwart Chris Sheehan today sailed his Young 88, Saga, to its fourth win out of five races to hold a comfortable pointscore lead in Division 2 of the Combined Clubs Harbour Series on the Derwent. The race was the final Harbour Series race before Christmas, with four races day post-Christmas. […]

Tilt, Ramrod winners in Maria Island Race

Ramrod, built down the Huon of timber and fibreglass almost 20 years ago,  yesterday was declared overall AMS winner of the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s 180 nautical mile TasPorts Maria Island Yacht Race. Hobart chartered accountant and RYCT member Tim Maddock bought the modified Scott Kaufman-designed 36-footer about a year ago after some five […]

Philosopher versus Wild West in Maria Island Race

The late entry of the successful harbour racing yacht Philosopher has lifted the fleet to 12 for this weekend’s TasPorts Maria Island Yacht Race, the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s longest annual long ocean race. Philosopher’s entry has created a unique duel for handicap honours between the general manager and the sailing manager of the […]

Philosopher again dominates Harbour racing

The former champion Sydney yacht Philosopher again dominated AMS and IRC rating results in yesterday’s Combined Clubs Harbour Series on the Derwent. With Derwent Sailing Squadron two windward/leeward courses in the 18 knot south-east to easterly breeze for Divisions 1 and 2, Philosopher won every AMS and IRC rated category, but was unplaced under the […]

BIg sailing day for Philospher

Philosopher, Shaun Tiedemann’s modified Sydney 36cr, turned in an outstanding sailing performance on the Derwent today, winning five of the six handicap categories in two windward/leeward races. Perfect sailing conditions, warm and sunny with a light to moderate breezes forecast,  attracted all but three of the 30 yachts entered for the series out to enjoy […]

Former Sydney Hobart winner excels on windy Derwent

  More than two decades after she won the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on IMS corrected time, the Bellerive Yacht Club syndicate-owned Filepro today showed she is still competitive and, in fact, a fine winner. Filepro, skippered by Darren Clark, won the PHS and IRC categories of the Combined Clubs Long Race on corrected time, […]

Crew injured, man overboard in torrid day on Derwent

  Two crewmen were injured, another was tossed overboard as strong and gusty north-westerly winds again battered Hobart’s Combined Clubs yachting fleet yesterday with consistent winds of 20-24 knots and gusts reaching 40 knots. “Unfortunately, another torrid race day on the water…gusty north-westerly winds up to 40 knots,  yet other times down to 15-22 knots […]

Galeforce winds slash Channel Race fleet

  Galeforce northerly winds gusting to 50 knots on the River Derwent and in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel yesterday played havoc with Hobart yachts in their first long race of the season, forcing half the fleet to retire from the Channel Race. Out of 39 starters only 19 boats completed the course,  most of the retirees […]

Massive fleet on Derwent for Opening of the Yachting Season

  Hobart boat owners,  their crew and families celebrated the Opening Day of the 136th Yachting Season the River Derwent today with a massive fleet of more than 250 craft saluting the Governor of Tasmania,  Professor Kate Warner, in a spectacular sail past in historic Sullivan’s Cove. “At least 250 boats on the water…on a […]

50-plus entries for Combined Long Race Series

The summer season of Combined Clubs Long Race Series starts tomorrow (Sunday) with the traditional Channel Race, a 50-plus fleet and several newcomers to regular combined club distance racing. The Channel Race will take the fleet down the Derwent to a mark near Bligh Point on Bruny Island just inside the northern entrance to the […]

2016 Opening Day Program ~ Now Available

Click here for the 2016 Opening Day Program  Programs also available from the office. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

MAST Operating in River Derwent Brochure

Marine and Safety Tasmania have release a new brochure to help inform vessel operators of their responsibilities when operating on the River Derwent, especially in the vicinity of the Tasmanian Bridge. ~~~ Click Here for Brochure ~~~ FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Matt Bugg aboard Opening Day leading yacht

Rio Paralympic Silver Medallist Matt Bugg will take a place of honour in Saturday’s Opening Day of the Yachting Season,  sailing aboard Bellerive Yacht Club Commodore Graham Mansfield in Black Magic which will lead the fleet in the 136th annual Sail Past. With the forecast for fine weather,  more than 200 craft – yachts, one-design […]

Emotional Rescue’s Pipe Opener triumph

Hobart yachtsman Michael Hutchinson’s Hobie 33, Emotional Rescue is a rare breed of yacht design in Tasmania, also probably the only Hobie 33 in Australia, but she   certainly is fast and rates well. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Silver lining for Matt Bugg on final day

In a fighting last race comeback, Tasmanian Matt Bugg early today won the Silver Medal in the 2.4m Norlin OD class at the Rio Paralympics, brilliantly winning the final race. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Matt Bugg’s disqualification costs him gold

A disqualification from race 10 for the 2.4m Norlin OD class has cost Tasmanian Matt Bugg the chance of winning a sailing gold medal at the Rio Paralympics.  Early today (AEST) he faced a battle to win the bronze medal. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Close racing in Pipe Opener night race

Michael Hutchinson’s Hobie 33 Emotional Rescue has taken AMS honours in the first race of the Piper Opener,  a night race from Hobart to Green Island in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

2.4 racing abandoned at Rio day 2

The unpredictable nature of sailing reared its head in Guanabara Bay on day two of the Rio 2016 Paralympic sailing regatta with only one race apiece for the Skud 18s and Sonars and racing for the 2.4s abandoned on the first windward leg. Tasmanian Matt Bugg had a brilliant start in the 2.4s and was […]

Matt Bugg 4th on day 1 at Paralympics

Australia was the dominant force on day one of the Rio Paralympics, with AUS crews leading in the Skud 18 and the Sonars and Matt Bugg a close fourth in the 2.4 Norlin OD. Bugg had a third a fifth place and is on equal points with third-placed Dee Smith (USA), five points the leader […]

Matt Bugg firmly on road to Rio gold

The 2016 Paralympic Games gets underway in Rio this Thursday with our Australian sailors in action early next week. With a full Australian Sailing Team line-up, our Paralympians will be represented in all three classes with the SKUD18 team, Daniel Fitzgibbon and Liesl Tesch,  defending their 2012 London Gold Medal. Paralympic Sailing starts on Tuesday […]

Export Roo’s great fifth in SB20 Worlds

Australia, notably Hobart, has asserted itself at the top level of international sailing in the SB20 one-design sportsboat class with the outstanding performances of Flirtatious and Export Roo at the Cascais SB20 Worlds in Portugal. Chris Dare’s Flirtatious from Sorrento Sailing Club finished fourth overall, just three points ahead of the Royal Yacht Club of […]

Fresh breeze to finish DSS Winter Series

Winter yacht racing on Hobart’s River Derwent came to a lively end today, with the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Cascade Winter Series fifth and final race being sailed in a strong 26 knot nor’wester that created some havoc among the fleet. The sports boat Temptation (Steve Harrison) had a man overboard situation and several other keelboats and […]

Export Roo hopping at SB20 Worlds

River Derwent SB20 fleet representative Export Roo has jumped from fifth to third overall overnight, day two of the Cascais SB20 World Championship off the coast of Portugal. Skippered by Michael Cooper with his crew of RYCT Commodore Matthew Johnston and David Chapman, Export Roo sailed consistently for placings of 3-11-4 in the tricky 14-18 […]

SB20 Worlds start well from Aus crews

  Two of the Australia’s three crews contesting the Cascais SB20 World Championship off the coast of Portugal have finished in the top five of the 78 boat fleet on day one, revelling in the boisterous sailing conditions. Flirtatious, skippered by VIctorian Chris Dare, is third overall and Tasmanian entrant Export Roo, with Michael Cooper […]

Our SB20 sailors taking on the World

Hobart’s SB20 fleet, the fastest growing class fleet in the world, hopes to make its mark on the international scene this week,  with the crews of Export Roo and Mind Games contesting the 2016 World championships at Cascais, an historic seaport in Portugal. Three Australian crews, two from Tasmania and one from Victoria,  are taking […]

Safety Gear & Protest Information Session

Wednesday 24 August 7.30pm Join Will Allison from Peter Johnston Ship Chandlers and Jonathan Rees for all your safety equipment and protest information. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Coopers’ winter win with new SB20

SB20 one-design sportsboat enthusiasts Brett and Jacinta Cooper today sailed their brand new boat, Aeolus, to a win on its first day of racing in the Derwent Sailing Squadron/Cascade Winter Series on the River Derwent. The Coopers,  pioneers of the class in Hobart,  won the second race of the day in a close duel with […]

Safety and Sea Survival Course to be held in October

Join our highly qualified instructors in our next Australian Sailing formerly Yachting Australia Safety and Sea Survival Course to be held in October. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Derwent sailors a hardy lot

  River Derwent sailors are a hardy lot.  On this wintry morning 32 yachts, with about 100 crew aboard,  contested Derwent Sailing Squadron/Cascade Winter Series with temperature in Hobart ranging between 5º and 7º during the race time. Fortunately, the breeze did not come sweeping down from snow-covered Mount Wellington,  rather there was a steady […]

Friends School wins national match racing

Hobart’s Friends School has won the 2016 Australian Secondary Schools Teams Racing Championships at Goolwa, South Australia, contested last week by 60 young sailors from schools from all States and Territories. The Friends’ Blue team of three boats,  helmed by Silas Hamilton, Morgan Davies, Hugo Hamilton and Jasmin Galbraith and with crews Ethan Galbraith, Finn […]

Cruising Information Sessions @ DSS

The Squadron invites Members and guests to come along to any or all of a series of information sessions leading up to the summer cruising season. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

DSS management duel in BYC Winter Race

Senior management of the Derwent Sailing Squadron, manager Shaun Tiedemann and sailing manager Mike Denney and their yachts, today took out first and second places in Division 1 of Bellerive Yacht Club’s Tilford Auto Group Winter Series. In a duel around the course in a light to moderate northerly breeze on the River Derwent,  Mike […]

Champion sailors duelling in SB20s Winter Series

  Competition is really gingering up in the SB20 Winter Series being conducted by the Derwent Sailing Squadron as part of its Cascade Winter Series on the Derwent with prominent names in Hobart racing today figuring in exceptionally close racing. Former Sharpie champion Frazer Read, world champion in International Cadets in this teens, Paul Burnell,  […]


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2016 L2H Info Night

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Launceston to Hobart yacht race. The Derwent Sailing Squadron in conjunction with the Tamar Yacht Club will again conduct the race starting from Beauty Point on Tuesday 27th December 2016. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Squadron Bulletin | July 2016

Squadron Bulletin | July 2016 In this issue – New Committee and Life Members, Marina Extension Opening, Trivia Night and Silent Auction, Annual ‘At Home’, L2H Info Night, Pipe Opener, News from the kitchen, SailTrain, Winter Series and String of Pearls. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

“Next time… I hope it will be with the gold medal”

  Matt Bugg last Sunday was named 2016 Tasmanian Male Sailor of the Year – just one hour after flying back to Hobart following his final on-the-water training at Rio in preparation for the Paralympic Games. “Next time I return to Hobart I hope it will be with the gold medal,” Bugg said after receiving […]

New Open Times @ the Squadron.

New Open Times @ the Squadron. Come on down and enjoy a great meal from our winter menu. Lunch now available Tuesday to Saturday & Dinner Wednesday to Friday FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Hobart sailor’s medals in Melbourne and Portugal

  Tasmanian men and women sailors today achieved podium finishes in prestigious yachting championship at Cascais, Portugal and on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. On a windy Port Phillip today, Derwent Sailing Squadron member Colleen Darcey,  sailed the borrowed Melbourne yacht Absolut, an Archambault 35, to victory in the final race of the Australian Women’s’ Keelboat Regatta. […]

Hobart women sailors fight on at AWKR

Colleen Darcey and her all-women crew from Hobart is second overall in two handicap divisions after two days of highly competitive racing in the prestigious Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on Melbourne’s Port Phillip. Darcey,  a past winning skipper of the AWKR, heads a combined Hobart clubs  challenge against 25 other all-women crews, in total 177 […]

Tassie women first day winners at AWKR

Colleen Darcy and her all-women crew from Hobart have made a brilliant start to the 2016 Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on a boisterous Port Phillip,  winning all three handicap divisions of race two after a conservative start in race one. Sailing the Archambault 35 Absolut,  the Hobart women showed their heavy weather sailing skills as […]

Tasmanian crews for SB20 Worlds

In a lead-up to the 2016 world championship for the SB20 class, prominent Hobart fleet skipper Michael Cooper this weekend is contesting the Portuguese nationals for the high performance sports boats. Cooper will helm his European-based, grey-hulled SB20, Export Roo,  with his regular crew of David Chapman and UK sailor Jerry Mitchell standing in for […]

Hobart crew for women’s keelboat regatta

A crew of eight prominent Hobart women sailors are among 177 competitors from seven states and territories, sailing 26 yachts, who will contest the Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta on Melbourne’s Port Phillip this coming long weekend. Although the only team from ‘across the water’ (New Zealand was a late withdrawal), Colleen Darcy and her crew […]

Wintery opening for DSS Winter S

Derwent Sailing Squadron’s Winter Series began today on a wet and windy morning on the Derwent, with a small fleet of 13 keelboats braving the  gloomy forecast.   The SB20 sailors showed more enthusiasm, however,  with a fleet of 11 sailing two very closely fought races in the rain-bearing nor’-easter that ranged from 11 knots […]

Calling for Member Comments ~ Derwent Sailing Squadron Strategic Plan 2016-2020


Yachting Australia Name Changed to Australian Sailing.

At a specially called General Meeting last Friday, Yachting Australia’s Member State & Territory Associations unanimously approved the change of the company’s name to Australian Sailing. The change of name embodies the most significant organisational reforms in the sport’s history which are in the final stages of delivery. Full article from Australian Sailing below: Yachting […]

Cascade Winter Series – Entries Now OPEN

Entries are now open for the 2016 Cascade Winter Series ran by the Squadron on the Derwent River over 5 Sundays, being every 3rd Sunday starting 5th June 2016. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Wild winds curtail Autumn Short Handed Series

Derwent Sailing Squadron’s popular Autumn Short-Handed Series has finished with just four out of six scheduled Sunday races being sailed, and in one of those nearly half the fleet failed to finish. Wild westerlies forced the DSS to abandon the first planned race and last Sunday the westerlies blew too fiercely for safe sailing, in […]

YA Safety and Sea Survival – JULY

Yachting Australia Safety and Sea Survival Course only $325 Limited course spots available book online ~ here ~ or contact Claire on 6223 1977 for more information. FacebookTwitterPinterestemail

Matt Bugg maintains winning form in Europe

Hobart sailor Matt Bugg has won his second successive regatta in Europe in his lead-up to the Rio Paralympic Games, scoring an impressive victory in the Garda Trentino Olympic Week on Italy’s Lake Garda which ended early today. Bugg last week won the gold medal 2.4mR class at the Hyeres Regatta in France and has […]