Race Information

All care has been taken in the preparation of this information. We provide the best information available to the Race Organisers at the time, however the situation and regulations can change without notice. We do our best to keep informed of the latest information updating all documents on a regular basis, although it is up to the individual skippers to ensure they meet government requirements.


View  yachts entered in the 2017 Race in our Flickr Albums

Next Race

1100 05 August 2017

Notice of Race


Entries now closed for the 2017 race

Entry Fees

AUD$350 per boat

Your boat entry fee assists in paying for:

  • Your personal Yellow Brick Race Tracker
  • All race administration in Darwin and in Ambon
  • Hire of Race Office and equipment in Ambon

AUD$60 per crew member
This charge covers admission for each crew member to all race events in both Darwin & Ambon including meals & drinks where supplied.

Safety Requirements

Race Tracker

Each participating yacht will be issued with a tracker for the RACE.  As soon as the race has started the tracker will send a signal every ten minutes showing the position of all yachts on the tracking page.  A link to the tracker website will be provided at RACE Briefing for family & friends to follow your progress.


Division 1 – IRC Racing is open to monohull yachts that satisfy;

  • Current IRC certificate
  • Current Category 2 Safety Equipment Audit

Division 2 – Cruising Multihull is open to all multihull yachts that satisfy;

  • Powered by sail alone
  • DARWIN TO AMBON Safety Requirements

Division 3 – Cruising Monohull is open to all monohull yachts that satisfy;

  • ORC Club Rating Certificate *
  • Powered by sail alone
  • DARWIN TO AMBON Safety Requirements

Division 4 – Rally is open to all yachts.

* This is not a requirement but is highly recommended to assist with more accurate handicapping

Crew Available

SKIPPERS if you are seeking additional crew contact info@nulldarwinambonrace.com.au as we keep a list of people looking for boats.

CREW if you are looking for a crew spot please contact info@nulldarwinambonrace.com.au with the following details and we will add you the list we pass onto skippers. You will require 6 months validity on your passport should you land a boat.

  1. Name
  2. Age
  3. Nationality
  4. Contact details (including current location)
  5. Sailing experience

Social Program

Events listed are confirmed although dates and times of some events are still being finalised.


Tuesday 1 August
Race Briefing @ 1800 – 1830
Welcome BBQ @ 1830 – 2030

Wednesday 2 August
DBCYA badge draw, happy hour & bistro specials.

Thursday 3 August
Ambon Night @ 1830 – 2000 – Indonesian Consulate

Friday 4 August
Clearances & duty free collection @ 0900-1030



Tuesday 8 August
Boats arrive

Wednesday 9 August
Boats arrive

Thursday 10 August
1000-1200 – Welcome Ceremony
1300-1500 – Traditional Games (Gila Bamboo, Greasy Pole, Becak Racing)

Friday 11 August
1000 – Visit to villages and schools
1700 – Becak Festival in Ambon City

Saturday 12 August
1100 – Dragon Boat Race
1600-1800 – Presentation Ceremony
1830 – Beach Party

Sunday 13 August
1000 – Sail Past with locals

Monday 14 August
0900 – Outwards clearances

School Gift Program

Each year we collect donations to deliver to schools across Ambon. This year Hardy Aviation will be transporting the goods via plane. If you or your workmates have any goods to donate please contact the Race Administrator at info@nulldarwinambonrace.com.au. Goods must be packaged with a list of contents attached (please don’t seal any containers as they will have to be checked before transport).

Ideas of useful items are listed below and can be placed in the Donations Box at the front office. Why not have a clean-up and donate to a good cause?

  • Books that can be used to practice English
  • Sporting equipment such as balls, racquets & bats
  • Pencils, pens & crayons
  • Paper, exercise books etc.