The yachts started from the Darwin waterfront at Stokes Hill Wharf and will finish at the village of Amahusa in Ambon in Indonesia. The distance is 635 nautical miles. They do go through part of the Banda Sea where frequently there are earthquakes which we feel here in Darwin. The race takes about a week although the race record is 53 hours, set in 1998.
The day was beautiful, the sea a calm tropical blue, sunny but not hot. I thought it looked like a tropical paradise dream, but I get extremely sea sick so it would not be such a dream for me. People queue to crew for this race and it is easy to see why.
If you want to find out more, this is the link to the race website. HERE