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:
Cruising Division – the most popular division that caters for cruisers, as the name suggests, with more emphasis on camaraderie on the water than racing.
Racing II Division – For those cruisers with a slightly more competitive streak and/or faster boats.
Racing I Division – For the cruiser/racer and racing boats.
The Multi-hulls have two divisions, Cruising and Racing, that match the mono-hulls with intent.
View the 2017 – 2018 Official Race Book (2018 – 2019 Official Race Book out in Oct 2018)
2018 – 19 Race Dates
RACE 1: November 4 0957 – 2.54m 1553 – 5.80m
RACE 2: November 18 0913 – 3.27m 1515 – 4.89m
RACE 3: December 2 0810 – 2.83m 1412 – 5.27m 2011 – 3.22m
RACE 4: December 16 1147 – 4.76m 1751 – 3.40m
RACE 5: January 13 1003 – 5.62m 1600 – 2.69m
STERN CHASER RACE Australia Day Sat Jan 26
RACE 6: February 10 0906 – 6.46m 1505 – 2.07m 2126 – 6.93
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.
Sign on is at the Clubhouse the Friday before each race, from 6pm – 7pm, where course details and further particulars are distributed. Skippers get a free standard drink upon arrival. Participants can sign on at the Clubhouse Saturday afternoon if you cannot attend on the Friday.
New participants are especially encouraged along on the Friday to learn more information, get involved and meet similar minded people. Any queries in the meantime are encouraged to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fees and Membership Particulars
There is a $20 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.
Results for each race are posted here
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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