The Darwin to Saumlaki Yacht Race & Rally is conducted on the waters of Darwin Harbour, Beagle Gulf and the Arafura Sea.
Due to the current international situation with COVID 19 and travel restrictions this event will not run in 2020. The Sailing Committee is hopeful for a return during the 2021 DSC sailing season.
The race is organised and conducted by the Darwin Sailing Club Inc.
About the 2020 Darwin - Saumlaki Yacht Race
The 283 nm Darwin - Saumlaki race provides an opportunity to race to the beautiful Tanimbar Islands of Indonesia.
The Tanimbar Islands, also called Timur Laut, are a group of about 65 islands in the Maluku province of Indonesia, including Fordata, Larat, Maru, Molu, Nuswotar, Selaru, Selu, Seira, Wotap, Wuliaru and Yamdena. The Indonesian phrase timur laut means "east of the sea" or "northeast". ...
Saumlaki is the chief town, located on the south end of Yamdena in a natural harbour.
The Islands, have a distinct culture and remain a major centre for the production of traditional crafts like ikat cloth and carved wooden statues in Maluku, and also have their own forms of music and dance.
Cultural attractions apart, the Tanimbars also have their own distinct fauna, including 8 species of birds endemic to the archipelago, and the fine beaches.
Most of the above attractions can be found on the main island of Yamdena, which is also home to the regional capital Saumlaki. This is the most accessible of the islands, and the main focus of most visits. Of the other islands, Larat in the north, with its town of the same name is the most accessible one, and the only one to offer any facilities.
The race is supported by the local and regional governments in Indonesia. Customs and Immigration formalities have been arranged with some Indonesian agency staff traveling to Saumlaki specifically for the event. The time allowance for the race reflects this.