23 Marieville Esp, Sandy Bay TAS 7005  03 6223 1977

Racing for everyone. Get out there!

Yacht Racing

The Derwent Sailing Squadron has one of the most comprehensive sailing programs offered by any club in Tasmania and is renowned for its yacht racing quality and professionalism.

Most weekends of the year, DSS yachts 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.

Yacht 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 yachts, this is one of the most cost-effective routes into sailing.

The club’s yacht racing series, many of which are run in conjunction with other clubs, include:

  • Summer long race and harbour series (Saturday’s from October-March)
  • Summer midweek series (Wednesday’s from October-August)
  • Summer twilight series (Thursday’s from October-March)
  • Summer twilight series for SB20s (Thursday’s from October-March)
  • Autumn short handed series (6 Sunday’s in autumn)
  • Winter series (Sunday’s from June-August)

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.

Looking for a yacht to sail on? Looking for crew?

Want to try sailing for the first time, or to get back into sailing – or are you a skipper looking for crew?

Join our CREW MATCH register to find a boat/crew.

Regattas and event management

The Derwent Sailing Squadron is able to manage and organise major regattas and boating events.

The club hosted the 2015 SB20 State and National Championships involving a week-long event of daily yacht 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.


Sailing Operations Manager: Colleen Darcey
0417 121 575