On Saturday 23 July this year over 100 yachts sailed from Darwin to participate in, Sail Indonesia, the biggest and boldest multi-sailing event in all of Asia. Skippers from many countries (even landlocked Switzerland) sail their yachts to Darwin and then jump to action when the starting gun booms across the waters of Darwin Harbour.
“Every village we anchored at has given us a special story to tell.” James from sv Kelolo
Adventure of a Lifetime
James and Sam are young people and are on the adventure of a lifetime. Not backpacking around the world but sailing through the exquisite waters of Indonesia.
The Bali stopover for yachts participating in Sail Indonesia 2011 (the Darwin to Singapore yachting rally) was at lovely Lovina, 10km west of Singaraja, in Buleleng, North Bali. Over 75 yachts were safely anchored in the tranquil waters of the Bali Sea in an ideal setting of light winds, calm oceans and a mountain backdrop to inspire.
It is always good to see people from different countries getting together and enjoying themselves. The send off party for the Visit Indonesia – Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race 2011 held at the Fremantle Sailing Club was such occasion. The Ministry of Culture and Tourism put the party on and have to be congratulated judging by all the smiling people that attended.
The Sail Indonesia 2011 yachting event is underway with over 100 overseas yachts due to gather in Lovina Bali at the end of September. Preparations for their arrival are in full swing with gala dinners and many cultural events being planned to welcome the visitors.
Fancy getting your feet wet and a bit of wind through your hair. Well it’s easy just head to Royal Bali Yacht Club (RBYC) at Serangan Island where you can hire a sailing dinghy and make a splash. The waters around Serangan Island are ideal for having some sailing fun with light breezes and easy tides.
“It’s not far down to paradise, at least it’s not for me, if the wind is right you can sail away and find tranquillity.”, says Grammy Award winning musician Christopher Cross in his 1980 song “Sailing”. He was singing about his road trip from inland Texan city of San Antonio to sailing hub Corpus Christie on the Gulf shore, hoping to find some miracles sailing on the ocean blue. It is a great song and stands the test of time. It is one of many songs that wax lyrical about the esoterica of sailing.