2016 Darwin Dili Yacht Rally

A fleet of 8 yachts and over 60 crew set sail for Dili, Timor-Leste, at 10.00am on Saturday 9 July in the 2016 Darwin Dili Yacht Rally. The yachts all reached Dili safely and the presentation was held on Friday 15 July attended by competitors and local dignitaries.

The event is organised from Timor-Leste through the Ministry of Tourism and a cross sector Committee. The Ministry of Tourism Timor-Leste generously supported the Rally by offering prize money of USD15,000. The NT Government also provides support for the Rally and the Cruising Yacht Association of the NT (CYANT) provides technical support and advice to the Committee through funding received from the NT Government.

The 2016 event was the seventh Darwin Dili Yacht Rally of the modern era, having recommenced in 2010 after a 36 year hiatus following successful events in 1973 and 1974. In 2016, the yachts sailed in four divisions. Line Honours was taken out by Antipodes although her time was slower than the record she set in 2015. Antipodes also won on handicap in Div I IRC. Boussole, an all female crew, won Division I, Osborne Star Division II and Jalan Jalan I Division III the multihull division. See Photos of the presentation and full results.

New for 2016: The Authority for Special Administrative Region of Oecusse (ZEESM TL) will be hosting a second leg (a cruise in company) of the Rally from Dili to Oecusse for those boats travelling on to Indonesia or those simply wanting to cruise in Timor-Leste waters. Dr. Mari Alkatiri the President of the Authority for Special Administrative Region of Oecusse will be hosting tours and a Rally dinner along with cultural events and entertainment.

2017 Rally

The start date for the 2017 Darwin Dili Yacht Rally is confirmed for 15 July 2017. Yachts wishing to receive information on the Rally as it becomes available should register their interest by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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