King of the Derwent Yacht Race
The King of the Derwent yacht race is an exciting event bringing together competitors of the Launceston to Hobart, Sydney to Hobart and Melbourne to Hobart Races. Competition is keen for a lovely piece of silverware to rival the America’s cup and full bragging rights for the winner.
Traditionally held on the afternoon of 2 January, the race is open to monohull yachts which comply with the eligibility requirements of the Launceston to Hobart, Melbourne to Hobart and Sydney to Hobart races.
The iconic race on Hobart’s Derwent River has been held for more than 30 years, and over that time has welcomed some of the most famous international ocean racing yachts.
Overall section and divisional prizes and trophies are awarded to yachts with the lowest corrected times, with the overall King of the Derwent prize awarded in the IRC handicap division. The official presentation of trophies and prizes takes place on the waterfront lawns of the DSS at the conclusion of the race.