30 yachts make up the Keelboat Racing Division and on average, about 15 yachts compete in any one race. Races are held every Sunday all throughout the year except June until October when races are held on every secon d Sunday.
With skippers and crew combined, approximately 60 people sail on race days. The fleet is divided into two divisions - those yachts less than 30 feet in length and those 30 feet or longer. Races are initially handicapped according to water line length and performance. The division has its own race officers who start races and take finish times. Several of our skippers also compete regularly in Yachting Western Australia offshore races off the metropolitan coast and blue water races to Geraldton, Carnarvon and Bunbury.
The division holds several longer races such as the Mindarie and Return, Fairway Race, Commodore's Cup, Australia Day Race, Mariners and Shepherdess Cups and Marmion Reef Race. HYC also hosts the interclub regatta, the Pot of Gold.
Cruising in Company
For a more relaxed sailing experience, consider our Cruising in Company section. The Cruising Division is an extremely sociable, active and colourful bunch and, in addition to sailing together, they hold numerous land based activities such as progressive dinners between their yachts, annual Christmas and New Year's Eve parties and dinghy trips up the Swan River.
- North Coast Series 2017/18 | 29 October 2017 - 8 April 2018
The North Coast Series is a joint undertaking of the Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club (ORSSC) and Hillarys Yacht Club (HYC). It is a mini-series of windward-leeward races sailed over 5 dates in the 2017/18 sailing season in the waters off Mullalloo beach.
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- North Coast Series 2016/17: 23 October 2016 - 26 March 2017
Events will be sailed in Mullaloo waters. Each race day will consist of 2 races sailed on a windward- leeward course. Races will be of 30-60 min duration – and the number of races completed will be subject to prevailing wind conditions. Click here for the NOTICE OF RACE
- The HYC fleet joined bid to break world-record in the largest sailing event in the world Sunday 20 September.
FROM Abu Dhabi Sailing Club to the ZeekoeVlei Yacht Club in Cape Town, and 465 venues in between covering 62 countries, 9165 participants sailed in the Bart’s Bash Race last Sunday. Hillarys Yacht Club (HYC) flew the flag not only for WA, where a fleet of 35 boats took to the water, but were probably the largest fleet across Australia.
Sailing to set a Guinness World Record for the largest fleet in a race and to fundraise for the Andrew (Bart) Simpson Foundation, the HYC yachts included keel boats, tasars, lasers, 125s, optimists, an aero and three yachts from the TS Marmion cadet unit.
Using the same start line, the dinghies were separated from the bigger yachts only by a buoy marker half-way along the line.
The potential for a collision was high as all boats headed north towards Mullaloo with crews scrambling to set a reaching spinnaker as soon as possible after the start. Making good use of the stiffening south-easterly, the faster yachts with their colourful spinnakers flying separated from the dinghies. Most turned at the bottom mark and headed for home while the dinghies, sailing a shorter course, were home already.
Globally, yachts sailed a collective 8750km and have raised more than $50,000 for the Foundation, with one of the best Australian efforts coming from a very supportive Hillarys Yacht Club.
Thank you to all who participated in this world record attempt. For more information on Bart's Bash visit the website.
- HYC was represented by Haywire (owner Brett Young) and Kraken (owner Todd Giraudo) in the RPYC 150th Anniversary Albany Race and the Albany to Fremantle ANZAC Commemorative Race.
This Fremantle to Albany race was last competed as the “Albany Centenary Race” in 2009 to celebrate the Princess Royal Sailing Club Centenary. That race was convincingly won by Peter Vlaar in Farrago taking first place in IRC and YAH. The race prior to that was 14 years earlier in 1995, as it tapered away from its annual competition back in the 70’s and 80’s. In 2015 it is being used to help celebrate the Royal Perth Yacht Club 150th anniversary.
The Albany to Fremantle Anzac Commemorative Yacht Race (The Leeuwin)
The prior running of The Leeuwin was in 1983 when G.Crimp in Gun took first place in both IOR and YAH. The 32 year absence of this race on the calendar has seen a lot of interest with its re-emergence which in 2015 will be known as The Albany to Fremantle ANZAC Commemorative Yacht Race after Ministerial approval was given to us the word ANZAC in the title during this period of the ANZAC Centenary.
The race has been given official ANZAC Commemorative Event status because of the “Adopt-a-yacht / troop ship Commemorative Activity” being organised with the Albany Combined Schools ANZAC Centenary Committee. This entails each school adopting a yacht and those yachts being assigned a troop ship identity. This will create an opportunity in the classroom to explore the history of the first fleet of ANZACs as the adopted yachts/troop ships are followed via their satellite trackers.
For more information visit Sail Albany.
Keelboat Racing Captain: Bart Brouwer | Tel: 0403 824 551