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Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race

In addition to our local races, DBCYA runs the DBCYA Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race each July.

The event dates back to the late 70s when a chance visit to the Spice Islands by a Darwin radio technician led to its establishment.

The 600 mile race between Darwin and Ambon went on to attract around 100 entrants during its glory days in the 1990s.

CYANT ran the event from 1976 until 1998 when it was suspended for safety and security reasons.

For more information on the race and how to enter visit

Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Association
Frances Bay Drive, Darwin

Situated on the banks of Sadgroves Creek just 1km from Darwin CBD, DBCYA is a unique and friendly club. From humble beginnings in 1982, the club now boasts a membership of over 1000 and offers excellent facilities to both local yacht owners and visiting boats. See Darwin Harbour Map

Our 9 race wet season series now has 5 divisions to satisfy an increasing number of yachts that wish to take part in the excitement of racing on Darwin Harbour during a wet season tropical storm! 60 boats entered into the 2006/2007 series.

Each year, the wet season series ends with a spectacular presentation night. Committee members, staff and volunteers put on an event guaranteed to provide a memorable hangover.

Throughout the year, the club offers a wide range of land based entertainment. Live music, quiz nights, theme occasions and auctions to name a few. Our New Years Eve party has become an institution on the Darwin social calendar. Email with any enquiries. Any sailing enquiries can be directed to

entertainment blackboard

October Gigs



Every Wednesday from 6pm.   Must be there to collect.



no bare chests please!

no bare chests please!


Wed 1st 

Tracey Bunn band from 7pm, Country Rock

Fri 3rd

Acoustic open Mic with Matt Lawless 6pm

Sun 5th

Stringer Trio, contemporary rock covers from 6pm

Wed 8th

Brooke Barnett Duo, sweet ‘n’ Jazzy 7pm

Fri 10th


Sun 12th

 Acoustic open Mic night with Matt Lawless 6pm

Reggae Dave ‘n’ JK, Darwin legends of reggae and rock 6pm

Wed 15th

Scott Murphy solo contemporary rock covers 7pm

Fri 17th

Acoustic open Mic night with Matt Lawless 6pm


Sun 19th


The Jillaine Jones collective, Darwin’s own Diva 6pm


Wed 22nd

Reggae Dave Grooving on a Wednesday 7pm

Fri 24th

Sun 26th

Wed 29th

Acoustic open Mic night with Matt Lawless 6pm

G Train, Get on board, blues rock & country 6pm.

The Natalie Pellagrino Duo, First time here, modern classics and the odd original, from 7pm