Darwin Sailing Club
About racing

About racing

The Darwin Sailing Club has a proud racing history. The Club has fostered several national and world champions in a range of classes. The Club race calendar includes off the beach racing, cruiser/racers and offshore events catering to sailors of all skill levels. Classes sailed include Minnows, Lasers, 29ers, Moths, Tasars, A-Class and Tornado catamarans as well as mono and multi-hull cruiser/racers.

For the 2017 season, DSC is introducing match racing in the Club's new fleet of Elliott 7 keelboats. A grade 4 open event as well as the grade 3 Darwin International Youth Match Racing Regatta will be conducted.

The Club's racing program and activities are unsurpassed in the Northern Territory. Our professional event administrators ensure that yacht racing is innovative, safe and user orientated with a varied program combining inshore and offshore racing. We take pride in our Club and its ability to host high quality, professional events in a pristine environment. Racing is primarily conducted during Top End dry season, on several days of the week. The Club calendar and Year Book outlines each event and when it is scheduled.

Crew are always welcome to join in the races and crew are encouraged to add their contact details to our crew register. Members of any age or ability can enjoy the various divisions, great sailing locations and competition. The Club has a wide and varied range of sailing activities available, including training and seminars to increase your skills.

The Club actively encourages safe sailing. The sport of sailing and particularly racing and offshore racing, involves some degree of risk. The Club is very proud of its excellent safety record. However, we believe this can only be maintained if we actively pursue a range of initiatives aimed at minimising the risk to the sailors and boats. All competing boats, including Off-The-Beach craft are required to complete an annual safety declaration appropriate to the level of event that they enter every season. These may be audited by the club's Safety Officer, or a class official at any time. Safety Audit forms HERE

They year book contains event information, sailing instructions, and course information for the Club's regular season inshore activities. Pick up your member's copy at the office.

We look forward to seeing you on the water and at the Club.


All racing events conducted by the Darwin Sailing Club are governed by Yachting Australia's Racing Rules of Sailing and Special Regulations. The special regulations of Yachting Australia are very closely modelled on World Sailing's Special Regulations. All boats participating in Club races must comply with these regulations. There are several different special regulations categories that apply to different Club events. Off the beach boats comply with Part 2 of the Special Regulations, while for the bigger boats, Category 7 applies to most Club racing events. Category 3 is required for the Arafura Short Offshore Point Score series races. Please note that NT recreational boating regulations require additional safety equipment above the minimums of SR Category 7. Compliance with these statutory requirements is also a condition of participation.

Each boat participating in Club events requires a valid and current Special Regulations equipment declaration. Audits are conducted annually by volunteers. New members who have joined the club after Opening Day can contact the sailing office to arrange an audit. Click here for more information.

All entries must be submitted via the electronic entry form system (TES). Competitors may select to enter individual series or enter a race on a casual basis. Existing users of the TopYacht Entry System will only need to enter their primary sail number and password to access their boat details (update any details as required), select the series they wish to enter and submit their entry. New users will be required to complete the online form in full and select the series they wish to enter. Off the beach boat sailors will need to enter as skipper, then select boat. Entries are to be submitted as per General Notice of Race, 3.3, at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled series/race.


Notice of protest hearings and protest outcomes will be posted on the main Club noticeboard, located in the undercroft. Protest outcomes will also be posted to the website.

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Darwin Port
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Carlton United Breweries
Pernod Ricard
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