Darwin Sailing Club
Youth Race Program

Youth Race Program

2017 DSC Youth Race Program

The Darwin Sailing Club’s Youth Race Program (YRP) has been introduced to help develop and enhance young athlete’s sailing skills, as well as providing a pathway for youth sailors between 13-24 years old in Club, National and International events. The club’s commitment to youth sail training has resulted in the creation of some excellent sailors with podium results at world and national championships.

In 2017 DSC continued this commitment to youth sailing by commissioning a new fleet of keelboats, the Elliott 7. With a fleet of 4 identical boats, the Youth Race Program includes not only improving existing sailing skills in both fleet and match racing disciplines, but also includes creating a standard knowledge base for youth sailors in boat maintenance, fitness and nutritional goals, offshore sailing and inclusion in all club activities ranging from Race Management, Volunteer Coaching and crewing on members keelboats together with and Centreboard racing.

These courses focus more on the advanced aspects of sailing including racing rules, tactics, physical fitness, campaign planning, sail trim and boat maintenance. Upon completion, athletes are encouraged to participate heavily in Club events to acquire valuable experience in big boat racing.

All programs are on board the DSC's four Elliott 7 metre sports boats which carry a crew of 4 or 5. The program runs over a 3 month period from July through to September and is open to members & non-members with participants selected by DSC’s Youth Race Panel.

Sponsors play an integral role in the program by funding the cost of the Elliott’s, their maintenance and racing equipment, while parents and other community volunteers help out with functions and regattas. Additionally, the Youth Race Program has strong support from volunteers and current participants in club events.

Program Details

The Youth Race Program is a currently a 8 week training program involving both on & off water sessions with selective regatta experience over both the dry & wet seasons. The program focuses on building core team work dynamics and advanced sail trim techniques in both fleet and match racing. Sailors will have the opportunity to represent the Club & Australia at National and International events. Participants will focus on refining their skills in the following areas:

Developing advanced keelboat boat handling techniques

Understanding the dynamics of both asymetric and symetric spinnakers

Developing a deeper understanding of the Racing Rules of Sailing

Implementing changes from dinghy fleet racing tactics to keelboat racing

Execution of better teamwork dynamics

Developing a deeper knowledge base of match racing rules and tactics

Representing the Club & Australia at National & International events

Gain regatta experience at the One-Design & Interclub events


The 2017 Program will run Sundays from 0800-1500. The race squad will also participate in coaching one mid-week afternoon in the lead up to major regattas. Training sessions are compulsory for all athletes, unless a leave notice has been approved.

23 July - 20 Sep Sunday Sessions

TBA End of season presentation evening


Sailors will have the opportunity to represent the Darwin Sailing Club & Australia at National and International events throughout the program. The DSC will support specific events which are related to the Youth Race Program and which are seen as a valuable asset to the club. 

Selection trials will be held throughout the year for assisted events during the program. Members are selected on a number of criteria including commitment, skill level, availability, position and weight. Each team member will be selected at least 30 days prior to each event. In addition, where participants wish to form a team for a specific event, they may do so & apply for funding through the Youth Competition Support Fund (YCSF).

Potential Regatta Dates:


Participants must be between the ages of 16-25 years old and preferably have existing sailing experience in keelboats. Experience on sports boats will be highly regarded. All applications will be assessed on merit for the available positions. Course will be limited to a maximum of 20 applicants. Applications must be submitted to [email protected]


Michael Hanson grew up sailing Optis, X Boats, Lasers, 420s and Melges Scows on Lake Minnetonka in Deephaven, Minnesota. From there he attended University of Hawaii, where he captained the Varsity Sailing Team. He was Head Coach and Managing Director at Del Rey Yacht Club in Los Angeles before coming to Australia, where he has worked at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and now Darwin Sailing Club, as a race coach.


Participation fee - $200. This will include all usage fees for the Elliott 7s, coaching over the period, sail training material & DSC YRP Racing kit.

Thanks to our major sponsors

Darwin Port
Nautical Supplies
Sponsor of Junior Sailing
Arthur J Gallagher Insurance
Ramada Suites
Ward Keller
Mount Gay
Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association
Carlton United Breweries
Pernod Ricard
Television Sponsor
Waterfront Bistro