Welcome to the Derwent Sailing Squadron
We pride ourselves on offering new members the warmest of welcomes and providing some of the best boating facilities in Australia.
We know we are exceptionally lucky to have such a spectacular location on the banks of the Derwent River to call home. We are also exceptionally grateful to have such strong support all around us – from our members, our sponsors, our fellow clubs, our local community, our local council and our state government. In the past 2 years we have also been honoured to receive an Australian Government tourism grant to construct our new jewel of cruising, the String of Pearls.
2015 was a pivotal year in the club’s history, as we embarked on a major expansion of our marina to double its size. In doing so, our marina has become the largest and most technically advanced in Tasmania. We look forward to welcoming new members into our family. Find out more about our new Marina.
From its humble beginnings in 1906, the Derwent Sailing Squadron, more commonly known as the DSS, has grown to become one of Tasmania’s premier yacht clubs, with a 900-stong membership base, many of whom berth their boats in the Club’s marina.
Situated in a magical spot on the banks of Hobart’s River Derwent, next to Wrest Point Casino and opposite the University of Tasmania, the Club’s location is really second to none.
The DSS is best known for its sailing program, which features internationally renowned events such as the Pipeopener Series, Melbourne to Hobart, Launceston to Hobart and King of the Derwent, as well as a full schedule of summer and winter racing for keelboats and dinghies.
The Club makes an ideal starting point from which to explore popular locations along the River Derwent, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Frederick Henry Bay, Wedge Bay and Safety Cove, all of which are within a day’s leisurely cruising of the Club’s marina
It is also home to a growing contingent of cruising enthusiasts, who delight in being able to explore the hundreds of nautical miles of surrounding sheltered waterways. The Club makes an ideal starting point from which to explore popular locations along the River Derwent, D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Frederick Henry Bay, Wedge Bay and Safety Cove, all of which are within a day’s leisurely cruising of the Club’s marina. From Frederick Henry Bay, the magnificent Tasmanian East Coast is accessible via the Denison Canal, or for the more adventurous, around Tasman Island. For experienced sailors, the world-renowned natural wilderness of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour – which lie within the Port Davey Marine Reserve and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area – provides an unforgettable destination for an extended cruise.
With it’s friendly and welcoming membership body, combined with its packed calendar of racing and cruising events, expansive marina, smoothly operated boatyard, vibrant sailing school, refurbished bar, dining room and outdoor barbecue area, it is easy to see why the Derwent Sailing Squadron is a hive of activity for young and old, new and experienced sailors alike.
For those who would like to learn, cruise, race or relax, the Derwent Sailing Squadron promises the warmest of welcomes.