Wet Season Race Series


DBCYA hosts the annual wet season race series each year, with nine races (a different course each race) held over the period November to March, with a break for the festive season.  Sailors can expect a lively race series, with the occasional build-up storm squall and wet season downpour.  Participants then head to the clubhouse to watch the day’s action on the big screen, share some camaraderie and find out the day’s winners. Many stay on to enjoy the a-la-carte dinner options and live music on offer. Race results are determined by handicap. DBCYA welcomes all skippers and crew no matter what their experience.

The main purpose of the race series is for skippers and crew to test and develop their skills in a friendly, supported environment and to help prepare for cruising adventures.

2018 – 2019 Official Race Book 

Official Racing Results –  current and archives 


There are three divisions for mono-hulls:

  • Racing I Division – For the cruiser/racer and racing boats
  • Racing II Division – For those cruisers with a slightly more competitive streak and/or faster boats
  • Cruising Division – the most popular division with, as the name suggests, more emphasis on camaraderie than competition.

There is also a Multi-hull Cruising division.


There are three ways to register for a race:

  1. Head to the DBCYA clubhouse between 6pm and 7pm the Friday before each race for the official sign-on, where a free drink for skippers awaits. New participants are especially encouraged along on the Friday to get more info and get involved.
  2. Register online – you can register for one, some or all races via the online option, but please remember to report your crew list prior to each race. REGISTRATION CLOSES 5PM THE FRIDAY PRIOR TO EACH RACE. If you register after this time your registration will be missed.
  3. If you miss both options above, you can still register in person at the DBCYA bar between 12 noon and 6pm Saturday.

Indemnity form – all skippers and crew to complete prior to participation in the series. Hard copies also available at sign-on.

Online Registration Link


There is a $20 non-refundable participation fee per yacht, per race.  Skippers are required to be senior members and the crew can opt for senior or social membership, depending on which club facilities they wish to use.

THE 2018 – 19 RACE DATES

RACE 1: November 4     0957 – 2.54m   1553 – 5.80m   2204 – 2.57m   Course – Race #1 – 04 Nov 2018

RACE 2: November 18   0913 – 3.27m   1515 – 4.89m   2039 – 3.44m   Course – Race #2 – 18 Nov 2018

RACE 3: December 2     0810 – 2.83m   1412 – 5.27m   2011 – 3.19m   Course – Race #3 – 02 Dec 2018

RACE 4: December 16   0620 – 3.41m   1147 –  4.76m   1751 – 3.40m  Course – Race #4 – 16 Dec 2018

RACE 5: January 13      1003 – 5.62m    1559 – 2.69m    2232 – 6.35m

STERN CHASER RACE Australia Day Sat Jan 26

RACE 6: February 10    0906 – 6.46m    1505 – 2.07m    2126 – 6.93m

RACE 7: February 24    0923 – 7.18m    1526 – 1.85m    2133 – 7.41m

RACE 8: March 10         0822 – 7.03m    1422 – 1.78m    2029 – 7.24m

RACE 9: March 24         0829 – 7.70m    1431 – 1.58m    2027 – 7.64m

Awards Presentation Night: Saturday April 6.


Refer to the ‘Notice of Race’ in the Official Race book for the start signals chart.

  • Div 1      Racing 1     Start time 1315
  • Div 2      Racing II     Start time 1320
  • Div 3      Cruising      Start time 1325
  • Div 4      Multi-hulls   Start time 1330


Darwin Harbour Buoy Map

Photo album: 2018-19 Series – Race 1, 04 November 2018

Aerial footage: 2017-18 series – Race 4, 14 January 2018

Australia Day Fun

The annual Stern chaser Race, held on 26 January each year, is a fun Australia Day Event where the start is staggered based on handicap, so first over the finish line wins!

Connect with Crew with SailConnect

DBCYA’s wet season races are loaded up onto this new app, designed to make connecting and communicating with crew a breeze.
Download the SailConnect app today and explore the benefits.



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