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.



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. In person at the official sign-on, between 6pm and 7pm the Friday before each race at the DBCYA clubhouse, where a free drink for the skipper awaits. New participants are especially encouraged along on the Friday to get familiar and get involved.
  2. Online registration via RevSport. REGISTRATION CLOSES 9PM THE SATURDAY PRIOR TO EACH RACE. If you register after this time your registration will be missed.
  3. If you miss the official sign-on and don’t have access to a computer, you can still register in person at the DBCYA bar on Saturday between 12 noon and 9pm.

Indemnity form 2019-2020 – all skippers and crew to complete prior to participation in the series. Hard copies also available at Fridaysign-on.


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.

2019 – 20 RACE DATES

RACE 1: November 3   – COURSE RACE 1

RACE 2: November 17 – COURSE RACE 2

RACE 3: December 1   – COURSE RACE 3    

RACE 4: January 19        

Australia Day Sat Jan 26   NOTE: Early start 

RACE 5: February 02

RACE 6: February 16    

RACE 7: March 01    

RACE 8: March 15        

RACE 9: March 29        

Awards Presentation Night: Saturday 04 April 2020.

Racing Results – current 2019-2020 season (Sailsys cloud system)


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


Skippers are required to be financial senior members.  Regular crew (who participate 4 or more times) are required to be social, sailing crew or senior members, depending on which is most applicable to their needs.


Racing Results –  archives 

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!


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