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The Dinghy Division of the Sailing Section of Hillarys Yacht Club offers enjoyable and competitive sailing for all ages and experience levels. The club offers members regular training sessions in the Optimist and Laser classes as well as Saturday club racing days for all dinghy classes. 
 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, learn to sail courses are available during the school holidays and on weekends.

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, and Laser.

Optimists - single handed for ages 7-15 yrs
Lasers - single handed for 13 yr old – adults
National 125  - two handed for all ages

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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

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Upcoming Events

  • 30 Nov & 1 Dec Ron Tough Yachting Foundation Laser Pre-Nationals Coaching Clinic.
    0900 - 1700 on both Sat & Sun.
    The Ron Tough Yachting Foundation in collaboration with WALA are funding a coaching weekend for sailors in the 4.7, Radial & Standard for sailors competing in the National and/or Youth  National Championships. Hillarys Yacht Club is hosting the weekend and the coaching will be lead by Ben Walkemayer. REGISTER HERE
  • 17-19 Dec 2019 WAIODA Opti Nationals training (FSC)
  • 16 May 2020 Bunnings Sausage Sizzle (Whitfords)
  • 6 Sep 2020 Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

race results

  • Summer Series Race 1 Consistency 1 Provisional Results - 12/10/2019

Optimist Intermediate: 1. Ocean Breeze (V Van der Hoek); 2. Lily's Pad (L Wild); 3. Wedge Tail (O Vitale-Jones); 3. Boat 486 (M Coulter); Optimist Open: 1. Sea Ya (B Graham); 2. Swamp Rat (O Tucker); 3. Beached Az (S Williams); Laser 4.7: 1. White Wolf (B Dick); 2. Dingo (J Finnigan); 3. Wavelength (J Pang); Combined Laser Fleet: 1. Hang Loose (M Graham); 2. Maxed Out (B Taylor); 3. Recalcitrant (H Dymond).

  • Summer Series, Sunday 06/10/2019

Optimist Open: 1. Beached Az (S Williams); 2. Sea Ya (B Graham); 3. Sink or Swim (B Jones); Laser 4.7: 1. Mr Potato Head (A Gardiner); 2. Cheeky (A Tucker); 3. Dingo (J Finnigan); Laser Radial: 1. Hang Loose (M Graham); 2. Maxed Out (B Taylor); 3. Aurora (H Bishop).

  • Barts Bash - 15th September 2019

Optimist Intermediate: 1. Lily's Pad (L Wild); 2. Stinger (B Ilett); 3. Monkey Mania (N Lang).

Optimist Open: 1. Beached Az (S Williams); 2. Sea Ya (B Graham).

Laser 4.7: 1.  Cheeky (A Tucker); 2. Dingo (J Finnigan); 3. Spyce (T Menken).

Laser Radial: 1. Hang Loose (M Graham).

125: 1. Sweet Shiraz (A & P Schmidt).

Pacer: 1. Boat 5 (B & W Dick); 2. Boat 4 (T & O Tucker).

  • 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).


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Dinghy Captains: Tim Tucker | Tel: 0438 747 123
Rear Commodore Sailing: Mark Taylor | Tel: 0409 522 886 | Click here to email
Training & Development Coach: Tessa Parkinson 0433 905 576





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