Dinghy Sailing

The Dinghy Division of the Sailing Section of Hillarys Yacht Club offers enjoyable family and competitive sailing for all ages and experience levels, plus training and coaching, on the clear, clean water off Hillarys.

We sail types of dinghies that suit juniors, teenagers and adults. Generally the minimum age is 7 years old but it is dependent on swimming ability.

Dinghy racing is held on Saturday mornings during the summer sailing season which extends from October to April, with winter racing from June to August. Races range from Club races through to special regattas.

Parents whose children sail are encouraged to participate either by sailing with their children, in another dinghy, or helping out on a support boat during racing or training.

For those just starting out, dinghy training courses are run during school holidays. These classes are small with qualified sailing instructors. The Club has a number of each type of dinghy available for training and racing.

Dinghy Classes

The dinghy classes at Hillarys Yacht Club are either single or two handed, consisting of some of the world’s most popular classes including Optimist, Tasar and Laser.

Hillarys Yacht Club Optimist Dinghy Racing

Optimists – single handed for ages 8-15 yrs

Hillarys Yacht Club Laser Dinghy Racing

Lasers – single handed for 15 yr old – adults

Hillarys Yacht Club 125 Dinghy Racing

National 125  – two handed for all ages

Dinghy Training & Racing

Race Fees:

Combined Training, Storage and Racing (Winter-Summer)   $264*
Training & Racing Only Fees:  
Combined Winter & Summer Single Handed  $160 
Double Handed $192
Winter Series Single Handed 
Double Handed $55 per boat
Summer Series Single Handed  $114.40
Double Handed $137 per boat
Per Race Day Single Handed  $20
Double Handed $25 per boat

 *Requires 50% participation in dinghy activities each year, otherwise cost is $528 for storage only.

Dinghy Storage Only

If you are not participating in dinghy racing at HYC but would like to keep your dinghy in our storage area, the annual cost is $528.

Race Results

View the latest Racing Results


Dinghy Captains: Tim Tucker | Tel: 0438 747 123
Rear Commodore Sailing: Rex Fredericks | Tel: 0412 127 427
Training Manager Chris Kelly: 9246 2833
Dinghy Programs Coordinator Adele Jackson: 9246 2833 | development@hillarysyachtclub.com.au


Learn to Sail

View our courses section for dinghy training opportunities.

Upcoming Events

Dinghy Calendar 2020-21