The official Spice Islands
The annual Spice Islands Darwin Ambon Yacht Race is organised by the Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association and the Ambon City Government. It is a 630nm international sailing classic starting in Darwin Australia and finishing in Ambon Indonesia.
The race is supported by the Northern Territory Government and the City of Darwin, and is a major feature supporting the Darwin and Ambon Sister City Program by fostering international relationships and cultural exchange.
There are 4 Divisions:
- IRC Racing
- Premier Cruising Multihulls
- Premier Cruising Monohulls
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 of northern Australia and the Indonesian archipelago. The fastest yachts take just over two days whilst the more relaxed sailors take up to six days.
The current record is held by Antipodes from Hong Kong, a Santa Cruz 72 owned by Geoff Hill. Antipodes claimed the record of 52hrs 29mins in 2016 beating the previous record by 1hr 20mins held by the catamaran ZUMA, skippered by Darwin local John Punch, since 1998.