Frequently Ask Questions

What is the "Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race"?

South Australia’s premier ocean racing event. Approximately 50 boats leave Outer Harbour/North Haven on Friday about 3.00pm) to compete in a 156 nautical mile race that takes them south west to Marion Reef at the foot of York Peninsula along the foot to the spectacular Cape Spencer then North West past Wedge and Thistle Islands and Dangerous Reef to the welcome of Port Lincoln nestled on Boston Bay.

What is the Lincoln Week Regatta?

Lincoln Week Regatta is South Australia’s largest sailing regatta for yachts, multihulls and trailable yachts. The Regatta runs from Monday to Thursday of the week following the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race and provides a mix of inshore and coastal courses that make the most of the fantastic sailing in Boston Bay and among some of the surrounding Islands.

How many boats take part?

In recent years Lincoln Week Regatta numbers range from between 35 to 50 entries.

When is the briefing for the Adelaide to Lincoln Race?

This year’s briefing will be held at the Adelaide Host Club, Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron (, 750 Victoria Road Outer Harbour SA 5018 (Phone: 8341 8600). Registration is at 6.00pm and the briefing will commence as soon as everyone has finished signing in (approximately 6.30-6.45pm) on Thursday 15th February 2024. A minimum of two crew must attend the briefing and it is compulsory for the Skipper to attend.


When is the briefing for Lincoln Week Regatta?

The briefing is held at The Marina Hotel and will commence at 9.00am on Monday, 19th February 2024. The Registration is at 8.30am and the briefing at 9.00am at the Marina Hotel.

Do I need to book a marina berth?

If you require a berth then you will need to complete the appropriate option WITHIN Top Yacht. Click on the tab labelled RACE INFO and then click on the box called ONLINE ENTRY.

Competitors are reminded that marina berths in Port Lincoln are privately owned and to accommodate yachts for Lincoln Week local owners actually move their boats out. For this reason if you are allocated a berth please use only the allocated berth and please understand that this is a logistic operation that takes some time for volunteers to bring together. Berth allocations will be provided at the Adelaide to Port Lincoln race briefing.

If you are towing a trailable yacht and booked a berth, please contact the Regatta Co-ordinator on the Friday or Saturday prior to the Regatta re berth details.

If you wish to arrive earlier, or depart later, you will need to book and pay for a berth – contact the Marina Office (Tel: 08 8621 4443 Fax: 08 8621 4449 Mob: 0429 885 265 email to make the necessary arrangements. Please note this may require you to move from or to the berth we allocate you for the event.

I am towing a trailable yacht to Port Lincoln.

If you require the use of a crane to lift your trailable into the water from the boat ramp in the Marina on the Sunday and again to remove on the Thursday at the end of the Regatta week, please contact Dale from Shillabeer Crane & Mechanical, on (08) 8683 1098 or 0427 829 710 to make arrangements. Boat trailers may be left at the rear car park of the Leisure Centre at the Marina (closest to Parnkalla Drive, not the ‘station’ you may see if in the other car park) – the Port Lincoln Yacht Club accepts no responsibility for trailers left there.

All Crew Information - Mandatory

Skippers are required to provide complete details of all crew aboard and emergency contact details for each crew member.  Note: The boat’s entry will remain inactive until the full details are received by the organising authority. 

This year all crew information will be collected as part of the online entry (under the “…Details of All Persons on Board” Section), you need to complete initial entry and then go back in to ‘update entry’ for this section to be unlocked.

Crew Eligibility

It is essential that all crew participating in the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race and/or Lincoln Week Regatta are members of Australian Sailing. If you have crew who are not Australian Sailing members the Port Lincoln Yacht Club offers Membership Please go to RACING INFO tab and scroll down to CLUB MEMBERSHIP to complete online form.

What documentation do I need to provide to enter the Race/Regatta?

Check the Notice of Race to ensure you can comply with safety requirements and complete the online entry form.  It is essential that all crew participating in the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race and/or Lincoln Week Regatta are members of Australian Sailing. If you have crew who are not Australian Sailing members the Port Lincoln Yacht Club offer membership. Please go to RACE INFO and scroll down to CLUB MEMBERSHIP to complete online form.

Declaring Life Jacket at airport

Allowance is 2 x 28gm CO2 cannisters. Please arrive a little earlier at the check-in counter. If you have the slightly larger CO2 please read this information & plan ahead – click here.

Where is the Race Office and when will it be open?

The Lincoln Regatta is staffed entirely by volunteers. Our wonderful volunteers will be in the Race Office at the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron on Thursday from around noon until the briefing at 6.30pm. On Sunday the Race Office will be open at the Port Lincoln Yacht Club from 10.00am and Monday to Thursday Race Officials will be available before and after sailing at the Marina Hotel.

When can I see sailing instructions?

Sailing Instructions for the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race will be available at the Race Briefing held the night before.  The Sailing Instructions for both the Race and Regatta will also be available on this site once finalised.

What are the Safety Categories for the Race and Regatta?

All skippers competing in the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race must have a Category 3 Safety Certificate which may be audited by the Race Committee. Any boat failing the safety audit after signing the Safety Declaration form, will be declared a non starter in the event, and action may be taken against the owner/Skipper. The safety of our competitors is paramount. All yachts competing in the Port Lincoln Week Regatta must have a current Category 6 safety certificate, which may be audited by the Race Committee.

Do I need to produce a Safety Certificate?

By entering the race skippers are confirming that they have the required safety certificate. It will not be necessary to provide a copy of the certificate however the Club may carry out spot safety checks at random prior to the race.

Who sets the Handicaps?

Arbitrary (PHS) Handicaps are set by the Lincoln Week Handicapping Committee. While advice is taken from home club officials the Lincoln Week Handicapping Committee retains the right to final handicap decisions. During Lincoln Week arbitrary handicaps are adjusted using TopYacht. AMS and IRC Handicaps are obtained from the Australian Sailing listing and so to be eligible skippers must have a current rating certificate. Trailerable yachts and sportsboats use handicaps allocated to that particular design.

When will I know my Handicap?

Handicaps for the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Race will be provided at the Race Briefing and will be available immediately after the briefing on the web site. Handicaps for Lincoln Week will be available at the Regatta briefing on Monday morning.

What divisions/classes are there

This page does not form part of the Notice of Race and is only intended as a guide to the differences between each class.

All classes will be “racing” with the intention to get to the finish line as fast as possible. Spinnakers are expected in all classes.

Depending on numbers some classes will be split into smaller divisions so boats with similar speeds will be racing together. For a division to be eligible for trophies, there must be a minimum of five entries, subject to minimum numbers being met, the divisions will comprise of IRC, Monohull Racing, Monohull Cruising. Multihull (OMR and PHS).

Depending on the number of entries IRC may be raced in two divisions.

Yachts can be nominated in IRC/Monohull Racing/One Design however additional fees apply for the second and third divisions.

Can I live aboard my yacht during Race Week? Shower/Toilet Facilities

Access to shower facilities at the Port Lincoln Leisure Centre (situated behind the Marina Hotel) have been arranged during their normal business hours for a small fee payable at reception. There are 2 facilities available, 1 in the main pool area and the 2nd is their stadium shower facilities, please ask for directions at the main counter when you provide your payment.


Saturday 8.00am – 4.00pm |  Sunday 9.00am – 4.00pm  | Monday-Friday 6.00am – 8.00pm

Can I use spinnakers in the Cruising Division?

Yes absolutely. Don’t let the name fool you. Cruising Division is every bit as competitive as the Division 1 Racing. Skippers and Crew in the Cruising Division have a preference for racing around buoys and islands rather than doing windward leewards. Boston Bay is a spectacular location for this type of racing and offers a wide variety of marks including channel markers, yacht club buoys and spectacular islands.

Can I enter more than one handicap division?

Entry fee covers PHS, Skippers can enter for IRC and/or AMS for the Race and the Regatta if they have a current certificate. An additional fee will be charged to be scored in each division.

Can I change my handicap class after I have entered the regatta?

Yes changes to classes will be accepted (subject to meeting the criteria for the Division) at any time up to 48 hours prior to the Race or Regatta. To make a change please contact Fiona on 0412299542.

I do not have a Measurement Rule handicap or rating, can I still enter?

To enter IRC and/or AMS Division you must have a current IRC and/or AMS Rating certificate. Arbitrary (PHS) Handicaps will be allocated for Racing Divisions and the Cruising Division. Trailerables will use Handicaps allocated for the boat design and Single Class fleets will not be handicapped.

Can I take my boats close to the Aquaculture Leases?

Port Lincoln has a number of Aquaculture leases in the form of Tuna rings and Mussel Leases. All of the leases are marked with yellow St Andrews crosses on the corners of the leases and are equipped with flashing yellow lights at night. Entry into the lease site is prohibited and is dangerous because of the potential to become entangled in submerged ropes.

Transport Truck - Adelaide to Port Lincoln

CYCSA organises transport of goods to Port Lincoln. A trailer will be available for loading on day of the Adelaide to Port Lincoln Yacht Race (Friday). Please contact them direct on (08) 8248 4222 for times and costs.

If you are interstate visitor staying at RSAYS please talk to the Racing Office to see if they can provide assistance for you to transport gear around to CYCSA (approx 3kms).

Can I hire an EPIRB

Yes, you can, visit but EPIRBs must be registered to your boat.


Please refer to our Berthing section for more information.  Click here to be redirected.

Please note that bookings and payments for Port Lincoln Berthing are made when you are entering the event.