Spice Islands Darwin Ambon Yacht Race
The annual Spice Islands Darwin Ambon Yacht Race is a 630nm international sailing classic starting in Darwin Australia and finishing in Ambon Indonesia.
All types of sailors and sailing boats are welcome. The south-east trade winds dominate the weather and can provide wonderful reaching conditions through the tropical waters. The fastest yachts take just over two days whilst the more relaxed sailors can take up to six days to get to the race finish at the small village of Amahusu.
Known as the ‘City of Music’ Ambon boasts a truly joyous vibe, and you’ll find music features strongly as you explore the island. The people of Ambon provide a warm welcome to everyone involved in the race and make sure to turn on the hospitality during the race week. The locals in Amahusu will be on hand to help out with information and introductions whenever you need anything, the warmth and friendliness of the people adds so much to what already is a fantastic race. And there’s plenty of opportunities to share time together. Whether it be through the visit to a local school, the games organised between the locals and the crews, or the injection of money into the local economy, you leave Ambon feeling like your presence there and the race itself makes a real difference to people’s lives.
The race starts in Darwin on Saturday August 5 and the week before brings plenty of opportunity to experience some of the delights of this vibrant capital city. With loads of facilities available for yachties, be sure to factor in some time to enjoy the sights. Darwin Harbour is more than three times the size of Sydney Harbour and the spectacular dry season weather and sunsets are the perfect backdrop to your anchorage or marina berth as you prepare for the race.
The race organiser, Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association (DBCYA), is situated on the east side of the peninsular and offers a range of DIY facilities including careening poles and hard stand. It’s also a great social hub with licenced bar, food and free live entertainment three nights per week. It’s a great place to catch up with fellow sailors and share some stories, tips and tricks over a cold drink or two.
All types of sailors and sailing boats are welcome. The south-east trade winds dominate the weather and can provide wonderful reaching conditions through the tropical waters. The fastest yachts take just over two days whilst the more relaxed sailors can take up to six days. The race is supported by the Northern Territory Government, City of Darwin, and Ambon City Government fostering international relationships and cultural exchange.
- DIV 1 – IRC Racing
- DIV 2 – PHS Monohull
- DIV 3 – PHS Multihull