Twilight Yacht Races

Be a part of the crew (as active as you want to be) in a real yacht race aboard a 62 foot Sydney to Hobart veteran, Helsal IV.  No experience necessary.  Learn the ropes or sit back and hang on.  Wear clothes to keep warm and dry on the river and grippy shoes (sole colour doesn’t matter). 

Twilight yacht races on the Derwent River are a magnificent tradition in Hobart; be a part of it and get your heart racing too.  

Helsal IV leaves King's Pier Marina (last yacht on the far left) at 5:30pm and returns to the same spot after the race (usually about 7pm, depending on the wind).  You will need to be at the yacht between 5pm and 5:15pm.

Every Thursday from October 19 to December 14 (included)


$105 per person

$530 for up to 6 sailors


Cancellation policy - If we cancel for whatever reason, we provide a full refund.  If you cancel for whatever reason more than 2 days prior to sailing, we provide a full refund.  If you cancel less than 2 days prior to sailing, we keep the full payment  (we will consider the circumstances of course). Full refunds will be provided at any time if you are unable to come on the trip due to COVID 19 regulations.

  • "THANX Mark and Luke!! Had the BEST DAY of our lives ever. And now even more convinced that sailing is something we need to take up, if not just for the pleasure of being on the ocean working with such beautiful beasts these boats are! Already spreading the word and will continue upon our return to the UK :D Simply Amazing."
    – Jenny H, Birmingham, UK
  • “I really had the time of my life on the Helsal IV. This is something you have to do in your lifetime. If you are in Hobart don’t miss this amazing experience.”
    – John Y, Hampshire, UK
  • "Relaxing in timeless Port Davey with Mark, Marcia and Luke was a worldclass experience not to be missed. Cruising calm, sunny waters of untouched beauty in superyacht style and comfort with an expert guide. Attentive crew combining safe sailing with friendly fun and fabulous food. Chance of a lifetime - grab it if you can."
    – Bob F, London, UK
  • "Lazily sailing around in a very handsome yacht, friendly, knowledgable and baby friendly crew, delicious assortment of food and drinks throughout the day, we had a wonderful day with all the elements working together perfectly."
    – Siegrists, Melbourne, Australia
  • "Thanks for such a great day out on the Derwent! What better way to spend a 39 degree summer afternoon than onboard such a beautiful vessel. Everything was perfect!"
    – Reny R, Hobart, Tasmania
  • "Where to begin!  In a nutshell the whole thing was great!  Beautiful food. Friendly, skilled crew. Comfortable beds.  What a treat. ... Mark and his partner Marcia were the consummate hosts.  The whole journey was a pleasure.  Many thanks M&M."
    – Pip C, Kingscliff, Australia
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