Northern Territory coastal waters and north coast of Australia in general provides a rewarding cruising grounds. An informal group of ardent cruisers, the "Stressbusters", organise regular group cruising events and are a good source of knowledge about north Australian cruising and favorite destinations. For further information, contact Steve & Elise Schortz on 0419 816 141 or Bob & Shaz Colman on 040 444 1313
Ocean Races and Rallies
Several international blue water ocean events depart Darwin each year. These include:
A number of Darwin yachts (and an even larger number of Darwin sailors) regularly participate in premiere Asian sailing events such as the Phuket King's Cup Regatta in Thailand and the Raja Muda Selangor International Regatta in Malaysia.
An active yacht racing calendar operates year round in Darwin. The Dry Season Series is conducted by the Darwin Sailing Club, and comprises and offshore and inshore series during May - October. The Wet Season Series is a harbour series conducted by the Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association from November - April.
Darwin Sailing Club conducts a dry season racing program which includes:
- Division 1 (Monohull keelboats and trailables with a performance handicap > 800),
- Division 4 (Monohull keelboats and trailables with a performance handicap 700-800) and
- Division 5, (Monohull keelboats and trailables with a cruising/performance handicap <700).
The DSC program includes a blue water offshore series and and inshore harbour series, plus a range of feature events. DSC events are conducted under the current Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the regulations of Yachting Australia (YA). The Australian Measurement System is the primary handicapping system used. Saftety requirements differ for each series.
See the DSC web site for race program and other details.
The Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association runs a race series each Wet Season in Darwin Harbour, conducted under the International Rules for the Prevention of Collision at Sea.
CYANT is committed to furthering the sport of sailing, especially monohull sailing, through education, training and the provision of facilities for junior and adult sailors.
Throughout the year, CYANT yachts conduct a number of events that enables novice or new sailors to experience the thrill of big boat sailing. Email CYANT if you want to find out about opportunities in this area.
Sail training programs are run on a regular basis from the Darwin Sailing Club throughout the year. See DSC web site for details.