Situated on the banks of Sadgroves Creek, Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association (DBCYA) is a unique member-based community club just 2km from Darwin CBD off Tiger Brennan Drive and a short walk from the Frances Bay Mooring Basin and Tipperary Waters Marina. From humble beginnings in 1982, the club now boasts a healthy membership and offers excellent yachting facilities for local and visiting yachts people.
The venue also has great social facilities and hundreds come to enjoy the laid-back ambience in the bar, listen to live music and enjoy a bite to eat by the sea. DBCYA prides itself on being a rare and rustic old-Darwin style venue and provides no gambling facilities, just a great open-air atmosphere to encourage connection with like-minded peers.
Mini buses and taxis will come to the door or public transport is accessible by a five minute walk. When approaching by sea it is best to have a good study of the chart first to help guide you through the harbour.
Boat chandlery stores are within walking distance of the Club and private arrangements may be made with the many DBCYA members who have professional skills to assist with repairs and maintenance. The Club does not itself offer boat-building, chandlery, repair or maintenance services – the use of our practical facilities is on a DIY basis only.
Our wet season races series (nine races from November – March) now has five divisions to satisfy an increasing number of yachts that take part in the excitement of racing on Darwin Harbour during a wet season tropical storm season. We also coordinate the annual Spice Islands Darwin Ambon Yacht Race and, as of 2019, the Tiwi Island Yacht Race.
Throughout the year the club offers a wide range of land based entertainment. Live music three nights per week, pop-up quiz nights, theme occasions and auctions are but a few of the social activities members enjoy. Our Mega Annual Viking Funeral and New Years Eve party have become institutions on the Darwin social calendar.