(08) 9246 2833

Section webpages banners

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 dinghy's that suit juniors, teenagers and adults. Generally the minimum age is 7 years old but it is dependent on swimming ability
Dinghy racing is generally held on Saturday mornings during the summer sailing season which extends from October to April, and the 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, or in another dinghy, or helping out on a support boat during racing or training.
For those just starting out, dinghy training courses are available during the school holidays and on weekends. 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.

Optimists - single handed for ages 8-15 yrs
Tasars - two handed for all ages
Lasers - single handed for 15 yr old – adults
National 125  - two handed for all ages

Hillarys Yacht Club Optimist Dinghy RacingHillarys Yacht Club Tasar Dinghy RacingHillarys Yacht Club Laser Dinghy RacingHillarys Yacht Club 125 Dinghy Racing

learn to sail Training & coaching

Hillarys Yacht Club offers dinghy sailing training including both informal coaching and national qualifications delivered by Australian Sailing qualified instructors. If you are looking to start sailing, there is no better place to start than on the safe protected waters around Hillarys Marina. Anyone from age 7 can learn to sail a dinghy! We recommend the following options:

Ages 7-12: Enrol on one of our "Tackers" courses. Based on fun, this games-based approach to sailing is perfect in teaching the basics and increasing confidence on the water. There are three levels to progress through in the Tackers series. Click here for more information on Tackers.

Ages 12 - 18: Older kids have a great time with our Start Sailing courses. These five courses are more in-depth and will get your little sailor up to feeling the rush of dinghy racing in no time! Click here for our Start Sailing courses.

Adult training & coaching: Its never too late to learn to sail and our dinghy sailors range in age from 10 to 60+! Weather permitting, our Thursday morning sailing sessions provide coaching to improve your skills under the guidance of Australian Sailing qualifed coaches - you'll also have great fun sailing amongst the bigger keel boats and trying your hand at solo- and double-handed sailing. Whether you are brand new to dingy sailors or reaching for the Olympics, Thursday morning sessions are where you need to be! This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Race Fees:

Combined Storage and Racing (Winter-Summer)   $264*
Racing Only Fees:  
Combined Winter & Summer Single Handed  $160 
Double Handed $192
Winter Series Single Handed $45.60
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

SKIPPER Dinghy Racing Registration Form

CREW Dinghy Racing Registration Form

View the latest racing results

Upcoming Events


Race Dates:
Saturday 15 June
Saturday 29 June
Saturday 20 July
Satruday 3 August
Saturday 17 August
Saturday 31 August

Past Events

  • Winter Series Race Day 2: 29 June 2019

Optimist Green: 1. Boat 486 (M Coulter); 2. Boat 682 (J Hawley); Optimist Intermediate: 1. TBA (B Ilett); 2. Lily's Pad (L Wild); 3. Ocean Breeze (V Van der Hoek); Optimist Open: 1. Beached Az (S Williams); 2. Sea Ya (B Graham); 3. Sink or Swim (B S Vitale Jones); Laser 4.7: 1. Trouble Is Here (P Scally); 2. Aurum (A Dempsey); 3. Mr Potato Head (A Gardner); Laser Radial: 1. Crystal Clear (C Shaw); Laser Standard: 1. Xtra Wind (C Shaw); 2. Recalcitrant (H Dymond). 

  • Little Island Race Day: Saturday 6 April

HANDICAP: 1. Out on a Limb (H Schmidt), 2. Blue Bottle (H Langford), 3. 2027 (L Bishop)

First in each class:  Optimist Green: 1. 340 (N Lang); Optimist Intermediate: 1. Dreamer (S Charly); Optimist Open: 1. Stay Ahead (J Stay); Lasar 4.7:1. Out on a Limb (H Schmidt); Lasar Standard: 1. Recalcitrant (H Dymond); 125: 1. Sweet Shiraz (A & M Schmidt).

  • Summer Series Race Day 13

Optimist Green: 1 & Fastest. Boat 168 (J Hawley); Optimist Intermediate: 1. Boat 486 (B Ilet); 2. Swift (S O Vitales Jones); 3. Ocean Breeze (V Van der Hoek); Fastest. Lily's Pad (L Wild); Optimist Open: 1. Tachyon (Z Salisbury); 2. Sailfish (B Dick); 3 & Fastest. Sea Ya (B Graham); Laser 4.7: 1. Max (M Goudeau); 2. Joe (J Finnigan); 3. Aurora (A Tucker); Fastest. Maxed Out (B Taylor).

  • Summer Series Race Day 12

Optimist Green: 1 & Fastest. Boat 340 (N Lang); 2. Boat 200 (M Coulter); 3. Boat 682 (J Hawley); Optimist Intermediate: 1. Lily's Pad (L Wild); 2 & Fastest. Boat 486 (B Ilet); 3. Ocean Breeze (V Van der Hoek); Optimist Open: 1. Sink or Swim (B Vitale Jones); 2. Tachyon (Z Salisbury); 3. Swamp Rat (O Tucker); Fastest. Beached Az (S Williams); Laser 4.7: 1. Out on a Limb (H Schmidt); 2. Boat 150838 (L Bishop); 3. Max (M Goudeau); Fastest. Maxed Out (B Taylor); Laser Combined Fleet: 1 & Fastest. Recalcitrant (H Dymond).

  • WAIODA State Championships - March 2019

10 families trekked down to Fremantle to experience an exhilarating regatta with a number of weather changes that kept our race officer and his assistants busy.
Sam, Ben and Bradley had a mixed first day on the Saturday, all were in the top 10 with Sam in 3rd place. The second day started with a fresh Easterly and we achieved 2 races before the wind came in from the West for the final 2 races. Sam held his position to finish a credible 3rd place.  View Open Full Results

Zen, Jasper, Ollie, Charlie, Ben, Lily and Valerie packed up their boats and headed for the boat park. Jasper came out of the blocks determined to stamp his mark on this trophy. At the end of the first day Jasper was leading with Zen not far behind. Jasper wanted the pin end at the start of the 3rd race and with the u flag going down did a circle around the pin. He was on course side in the final minute. At the start of the final race Jasper, Zen and the RFBYC sailor were tied on 19 points. On the second lap Jasper chose to go to a different mark. This made it hard work for the final half of the race to catch up. RFBYC was 1st over the line Zen was 2nd with Jasper 1 metre behind. The overall results went the same way.  View Intermediate Full Results

Well done to all the Intermediate sailors, especially those competing for the first time Ben, Lily and Valerie.


  • SAIL EASTER COACHING REGATTA:  March 30 - April 1 2018

Experience our biggest and best blue water dinghy coaching regatta next Easter at Perth’s #1 ocean marina. Great Club food and beverage facilities and Sorrento Quay shops, cafes, restaurants are just a quick walk away. Top it all off with safe marina and ocean swimming beaches for all the family. Loads of off-street parking and secure overnight dinghy storage too!

Click here for Regatta Results   View Event Photos


Race Results



Dinghy Captains: Tim Tucker | Tel: 0438 747 123
Rear Commodore Sailing: Mark Taylor | Tel: 0409 522 886 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Training Manager Chris Kelly: 9246 2833





Our Sponsors
  • Trident Logo
  • Mansfield Marine Logo Feb-2017
  • MinProvise Large
  • ORourke small web
  • Core Wealth logo small
  • NBTC Logo
  • Living Color Smokey Grey Background
  • hillarys harbour resort apartments
  • Dickies web logo
  • Trident Logo
  • glengarry-spectacle-boutique-logo
  • BW Balcatta 01



Breakfast: Sunday 8am - 11am
Lunch: Wednesday - Sunday 12noon - 3pm
Dinner: Monday 6pm - 9pm
Wednesday - Sunday: 6pm - 9pm

Friday: 6pm - 9pm

Find us on Facebook white

Hours vary throughout the week.
Click here for details.

Wednesday: 4pm - 6pm
Friday : 12noon - 9pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12noon - 6pm

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 7:30am - 4:30pm

Weather Forecast

7 Day Wind & Wave Weather Forecast