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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


DBCYA Newsletter no 2, June 2015 - The DBCYA Logbook   - click here to view
DBCYA Newsletter no 1, March 2015 - The DBCYA Logbook - click here to view   

2015 - 2016 Wet Season Race Series Sponsorship Prospectus


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 healthy membership  and offers excellent facilities to both local yacht owners and visiting boats. See Darwin Harbour Map.  The venue also has excellent social facilities for locals.

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! 

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

SAVE THE DATE - the Mega Annual VIKING FUNERAL - Sat 18 July
A night of medieval frivolity - pig on a spit, live entertainment, 'most likely viking' costume competition, flaming archers and the tribute burning of the boat      

DINAH BEACH QUIZ NITE - Tues 23 June 7pm
Back by insistent demand, where the questions are taxing and the atmosphere is relaxing.  Tables of six, register your table by calling 8981 7816 or over the DBCYA bar.  Free entry

Regular Entertainment line up: -  Sunday gigs start 5pm / Wednesday gigs start 7pm  
Wed 17 June: NEW TO DINAH - Gus Rigby - a smooth collection of cruisy covers
                      and originals PLUS STATE OF ORIGIN
Sun 21 June:  Scott Murphy playing all the familiar faves
Wed 24 June: Natalie Pellegrino - smooth soul pop easy rock
Sun 28 June:  NEW TO DINAH Adam Scriven - folk inspired ballads