27 April to 4 May 2019



In the Arafura Games Sailing will be in the form of Match Racing.

 Match Racing

A match race consists of two identical boats racing against each other. This is a one-on-one duel of strategy and tactics and the objective is simple – to be the first to cross the finish line. Match racing is officiated by umpires on the water who follow the boats and make instant on-course decisions about whether a penalty is given.

The most renowned match racing event is the America’s Cup in which one yacht challenges the defender of the Cup, although this event does not require the yachts to be identical. The first match race to be sailed in one design boats was the Bermuda Gold Cup in 1937 and this event was won by Briggs Cunningham (USA) who also went on to win the first America’s Cup sailed in 12-meter boats.


Standard competition format will be a round robin, followed by knock-out stages which ultimately end in the final to decide first and second and a petit-final to decide third and fourth.  With each match lasting approximately 20 minutes. The race committee will organize the matches into flights. A flight is where one pair of boats start racing and five minutes later another pair will start their match on the same course area. A match racing course is always a windward / leeward course.


The Darwin Sailing Club will provide their fleet of Elliott 7’s for this event and ensure that boats are as equal as possible. In order to ensure fair play, a random draw is conducted to decide which team sails in which boat each day. During the round robin stage crews will swap boats between their pairings after each odd numbered match. Crews not participating in the flight will wait aboard a special crew change vessel located close the race course.


Unless you have a boat you are not likely to see much.  For this reason we will be live streaming the racing for everyone to access.  This can be watched at the Darwin Sailing Club, at home, on your phone or anywhere you can access youtube…

For further information or to express your interest in competing  please email