Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

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Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by Skins » Apr 18th, '16, 11:24

Hi all,

I've written up an account of the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race that I participated in last year (2015). I hope you find it interesting.

Cheers

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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by ozsailer » Apr 18th, '16, 13:02

Great read Skins, thanks for sharing your adventure and congratulations on the result. Great Effort.
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by Shaun » Apr 18th, '16, 15:55

Good stuff Skins, thanks for posting that.

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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by Tymadman » Apr 18th, '16, 21:53

A great read Skins, and good luck for 2016!
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by honeyman » Apr 18th, '16, 23:04

A great story skins, its amazing what you can achieve in a small boat. This trip is on my bucket list Good luck for this years event.

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Post by capt_nemo » Apr 18th, '16, 23:33

Many thanks for sharing the adventure. The list gets longer :-)
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Post by keevo52 » Apr 18th, '16, 23:44

A great read and well done on your race result
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by SeawayVolcano » Jun 2nd, '16, 18:34

Thanks Skins for that great read. I'm considering selling my Cavalier 26 keel boat and was considering doing the Darwin - Ambon in my RL24 if my health ever improves enough to sail again. Sort of the opposite boat change to what you did.
Captain Bligh did a similar journey and I'm pretty sure I can sail at least as well as he did. My eventual aim if I can do it is to continue on and run up to Batangas.
Unfortunately, I suspect my health might force me to sell the RL as well some time, so it's not likely to happen.
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by zebedee » Jun 3rd, '16, 01:16

SeawayVolcano wrote:... considering doing the Darwin - Ambon in my RL24 if ...
There's some lads from Melbourne recently bought a 7 metre (23 feet) boat with a view to "sailing" to Indonesia too. For some bizarre reason they chose a stinkboat; lord knows how they thought they were going to carry enough fuel, but then one rather gets the impression they didn't have much idea what they were doing!
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by Furstin » Jun 3rd, '16, 07:45

Great read, top result and best of luck for next year!
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by SeawayVolcano » Jun 4th, '16, 09:56

Yes. I was a bit tongue in cheek about the 'Bligh' comparison. And because of my ongoing and worsening physical health I'm doubtful of my ability to single hand a light mono over the distance to Ambon. but there was a bloke I knew back in the 70's sailing all over the pacific in an 18 footer. And I've been out on some incredible coastal adventures in all my smaller trailable yachts.

The RL is capable of getting from Darwin to Ambon and up to Davao. It is only aboout 700 miles. But getting through the Moro Gulf and Sulu area where they are still kidnapping Europeans to get home to Batangas might be a bit tricky. And going up the East coast of Mindanao is all open ocean and surf with no place to sneak in.

But I read articles like this one and wish I was about 30 years younger, welathy and fit again. Why didn;t I have these ideas then?
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by Cookiesa » Jun 5th, '16, 22:21

Great write up, I did the Darwin to Ambon in Jezmic D (Adams 42) in 1992, awesome trip
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Re: Darwin to Ambon Race 2015

Post by Skins » Sep 22nd, '16, 00:27

Just recently returned from the Darwin to Ambon Race 2016. I was having trouble getting enough crew together for 2016 and was offered a ride on a Benetaeu Oceanis 40, which I accepted. We won the cruising division after a hard sail. Very rough at times but we kept the boat moving fast and I can't even remember how many sail changes were made... lots. Sailed back again via Banda Neira and Saumlaki. In total about 2.5 weeks. The Skipper was very happy.

The trip up Ambon harbour is always eventful but we had a fast run this year in pouring rain. Very funny. I stayed with a local family that I know from my previous visits and finally made it to the Australian War Cemetery which was very moving. One of our crew had a family member who was killed in the battle for Ambon in WW2.

Back to reality now after two trips to Indonesia this year. Getting to know my family again...
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