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 9 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.
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
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.
|Combined Storage and Racing (Winter-Summer)||$253*|
|Racing Only Fees:|
|Combined Winter & Summer||Single Handed||$150|
|Winter Series||Single Handed||$40|
|Double Handed||$48 per boat|
|Double Handed||$132 per boat|
|Per Race Day||Single Handed||$20|
|Double Handed||$25 per boat|
*Requires 50% participation in dinghy activities each year, otherwise cost is $506
- Winter Series Racing - Starts 16 June 2018
|Race 1: 16 June 2018||Race 4: 21 July 2018|
|Race 2: 30 June 2018||Race 5: 11 August 2018|
|Race 3: 14 July 2018||Race 6: 18 August 2018|
Please refer to the Dinghy Sailing Handbook 2017-18 available to download at the bottom of the page. Please note, some dates have been changed since the publication of the handbook.
- Thursday Morning Dinghy Sailing
Dinghy sailing activities for adults on a Thursday morning each fortnight with the Keelboat group will commence on Thursday 1st February.
Briefing at 9:15am in the Junior Clubhouse. Sailing activity starts 10am.
Celebrations afterwards in the wet bar from 12 pm.
- 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!
- Cow Rock Race - 10 February 2018
A great turn out and spectacle of dinghy racing as moored yachts and power boats enjoyed a front row seat to a day's racing!
- Australia Day Race - Friday 26 January 2018
A friendly morning of racing followed by lunch and drinks in the Wet Bar.
- Sail Easter Dinghy Coaching Regatta 2018
- Results Winter Series 2017
- Results Summer Series 2016-17 Championship
- Results Summer Series 2016-17 Consistency
Training Manager Chris Kelly: 9246 2833
Dinghy Captains: Tim Tucker | Tel: 0438 747 123 and Warren Dick | Tel: 0439 264 917