Derwent Sailing Squadron

Learn ~ Cruise ~ Race ~ Relax ~ Stay


Welcome to the Derwent Sailing Squadron, situated in a magical spot on the banks of Hobart’s River Derwent, next to Wrest Point Casino and opposite the University of Tasmania, the Club’s location is really second to none. We pride ourselves on offering members and visitors the warmest of welcomes.

The Derwent Sailing Squadron’s marina is the largest and most technically advanced Club marina in Tasmania with the John Blackwood Marina which opened 1985 comprising 130 fixed pile berths with sizes ranging from 6m to 16m and the Roy Barkas Extension, designed by Burbury Consulting and built by Bellingham Marine, opened in 2016 which offers 140 floating berths ranging from 10m to 30m with individual power and water services.

The marina has onsite parking and is only accessible with a marina pass with advanced security in place to give owners ease of access and peace of mind.

The DSS is well known for its sailing program, which features events such as the Pipe Opener Series, Melbourne to Hobart, Launceston to Hobart and King of the Derwent, as well as a full schedule of summer and winter racing for keelboats and dinghies.

Our extensive range of boatyard facilities and services include:

  • 24hr Premium Diesel – high & low flow pump
  • Sewage Pump Out
  • 7 Float Docks for motor boats & jet ski’s
  • Dual lane trailer boat launching ramps
  • Large floating jetty for loading and unloading
  • Trailer boat parking
  • All ability access shower & toilet facilities
  • Coin & card operated laundry
  • Haulout facility & Slipyard
  • Crane for mast & engine removal
  • Storage sheds
  • Davits for tender storage 
  • Kayak storage
  • Onsite Sailmaker
  • Onsite Boat Broker 
  • Onsite Yacht Care services 
Casual Berth Bookings can be made online at

  • Bathroom ensuites
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boat repair services & trades
  • Boatyard/ Haul out
  • Brokerage
  • Car parking
  • Electricity – 3 Phase available
  • Electricity at Berths
  • Food & Beverage outlets
  • Fuel
  • Gas Refils
  • Ice
  • Laundry
  • Reception
  • Refuelling wharf with dockside service
  • Restrooms
  • Sewage Pump Out
  • Showers
  • Supermarket Within Walking Distance
  • Superyacht Berthing (>26m)
  • Video Surveillance
  • Water at Berths
  • Wifi / internet access
Slipping/ Haul out/ Lift out
Boat maintenance Services
Boat Repair Services
Boat Sales / Brokerage