Sail 2 Indonesia Rally 2017

by Captain Su -

The Sail 2 Indonesia Rally is on again this year starting in July at Debut in South East Maluku and finishing up at Batam, near Singapore, in late October. The rally is a joint venture between Raymond Lesmana and the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism with a New Zealand outfit the International Cruising Association handling registrations via the web. Starting in 2014, the rally is a result of a schism within the Sail Indonesia ranks and in fact is almost a direct copy of the modus operandi of Sail Indonesia. The route changes from year to year to share the joy around and give all the remote coastal villages a chance to be involved. At most anchorages the yachts are enthusiastically greeted with the locals putting on welcome ceremonies for the visitors. Anyone interested in joining the rally must register on line at Rally website (see link below)


Muster at Cairns – June 2017

It is recommended that, in June, yachts set a course for Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron in Cairns, Queenslandwhere they will be able to meet other participants and pick up detailed information (Rally Packs) about cruising in far north Q1ueensland and other Rally information.

Muster at Thursday Island – 12 to 15 July 2017

From 12 to 15 July yachts will muster at Thursday Island and then sail approx 700 NM to the Rally starting point in Debut in Kei Kecil Islands near the town of Tual

Rally Route 2017

The proposed Rally route below is taken from the Rally’s website and as all smart skippers already know, for a variety of reasons, is subject to change at any moment;


23 – 27 July – DEBUT, South East Moluccas(Kei Islands) – Festival event.Debut is on the Western Side of the Island from Tual which is the capital of the province and is situated on the island of Kai Kecil which is an uplifted coral reef. There are fresh markets and good seafood restaurants in town nearby.The Kei Islands are situated on the edge of the Banda Sea, and is the beginning of The Spice Islands. The group is made up of several islands and are sparsely populated. The area is known for their white-sand beaches and deeply hospitable people. The largest island in the group is Kai Besar which is densely forested and mountainous.The Kei group are mainly Christian, but Tual has a mainly Muslimpopulation. Local craftsmen are known for their skilful basketry, wood carving & boatbuilding.

BANDA NEIRA, Banda Islands

Part of the famed Spice Islands, Banda Neira is one of ten volcanic islands in the Banda Archipelago, historically known for the cultivation of mace & nutmeg, once exclusive to the region. The town still shows the remnants of the trading centre it once was, and is overlooked by a majestic Dutch Fort. In the early 16th century,merchants flocked to the area to make their fortunes. Banda Neira is only one of three inhabited islands, withthe biggest population.The Banda Islands are reputed to have exquisite corals and abundant sea life, and is an internationallyrecognized diving destination.The harbour is protected by the island of Gunung Api.

NAMROLE, Buru Island.

Buru is an oval shaped, forested covered island and the third largest of the Maluku group. Namrole is the administrative centre for the southern regency and is situated on the southern tip of the island. Mostly mountainous, the highest point of the island is Mt Kapalatmada. The locale populace is mainly immigrantsfrom Java and nearby Maluku Islands, but around a third are indigenous. The population is mainly Christian within the regency; Sunni Islam is mainly in the northern part of the island. Income is generated by agriculture;mainly beans, sweet potato & soybeans within the regency. Fishing is also prevalent.

WANCI, Wakatobi

Situated adjacent to the Wakatobi Marine National Park on Palau Wang Wangi, Wanci is the main settlement on this small island, and is the capital of the Regency. The local population depend on fishing for their livelihood. The indigenous people of these islands belong to the nomadic seafaring Bajan Tribe. Relatively flat, a good way to see the island is by bicycle. Reputed to have plenty of good beaches and interesting caves. Wanci is a colourful place with a lively harbour filled with wooden local boats and a tasty night market.

MAUMERE, Flores Is

Maumere lies on the north eastern coast of Flores Island, and is the secondbiggest city of the East Nusa Tenggara province. As a main centre this is agood opportunity to reprovision at Roxy which sells a good range of westernfoods. There is also an airport for any crew changes. A majority of thepopulation are Catholic. Maumere is also a place to use as a base to explorethe surrounding district.

MAUROLE, Flores Is

On the south coast lies the town of Ende and is adjacent to KelimutuNational Park making it a great place to explore the Three-Coloured Lakes.The park is home to diverse flora and fauna. Hand woven shawls and sarongsare a specialty here.

RUING, Flores

The small remote fishing village of Riung lies off the northern coast of FloresIsland in the Ngada district. This is the start of the Riung Marine Park, made up of a collection of 24 islets, with waters rich in biodiversity and beautifulwhite beaches. The area is famous for the ‘Rose of the Sea’, clusters of seahare eggs bound together like enormous red rose petals. The park is alsohome to many exotic animals i.e. the Timor Deer & the Timor monitor lizard,as well as numerous bird species including sea eagles, bluwok, storks andparakeets. The terrain inland is mountainous with road access is windy andnarrow.


Located on the western tip of Flores Island, Labuan Bajo is a fishing town.Here you will encounter a myriad of watercraft from spider like trimaransto motor boats. Labuan Bajo is popular with tourists who come here for thediving or to visit nearby Komodo Island and its Komodo dragons; there areplenty of tourist facilities such as ATM’s, restaurants, stores, etc.


A majority of North Lombok’s population are the Sasak, but is also home toBalinese, Chinese and a small group of Yemeni descendants, and Islam is thereligion a majority follow. Medana Bay Marina, a privately owned marina, is a great place to explore the region. Situated on the north west coast, overlooking the Gili Islands. Facilities include 2 pontoons for med style mooringand 15 mooring buoys. There is also plenty of anchoring room. A dinghy dock is adjacent to the Sailfish Cafe, with toilets and showers close by. MedanaBay is known also as Teluk Dalam meaning Deep Bay.


Situated on the North West side of Bali, the area of Lovina contains numeroussmall villages, and is quieter than the more popular tourist destinationson the rest of Bali. The area is named after the home of the pioneer of tourism to Bali, Pandji Tisna. Dolphins are often seen in the waters aroundLovina. Lovina Beach has great restaurants, a selection of shops and an ATM.

KUMAI, Kalimantan

Kumai is a port city on the island of Borneo. The anchorage is in the river,just across from Kumai. Although roads crisscross the district, most transportation

in river based. The region to the north is mainly fertile plains, withthe rest of the region are wetter consisting of bogs, lakes and other bodiesof water. Dance and music are an important part of the culture here, and thelocal calendar is dotted with numerous festivals. Kumai is home to bird-nest

businesses. A visit to Kumai isn’t complete without a visiting the Tanjung Puting National Park, home to a variety of animals and plants, in particular the orang-utan and proboscis monkey. The park is largest protected swamp forest in SE Asia.

Ketapung, West Kalimatan .Situated on the Pawan River delta, Ketapung is a small capital city of theKetapung Regency of West Kalimantan, Borneo. Considered multicultural, the populace consists of Chinese, Madurese, Javanese and native Indonesians of Malay and dayak descent. Palm oil,rubber & wood are the main means of income with some mining ofbauxite, zircon sand & lead in the regency.

SUKADANA, KKUThe Palau Karimata region is located just West of the Borneo in the Java Sea and is your quintessential tropical paradise with palm trees, azure blue waters and white sand beaches. The Indonesian President is set to open the festival

with the rally participants the guests of honour and treated to an extravaganzaof sail, sand, local foods and festival events.

BELITUNG, Belitung

Giant granite boulders dominate the landscape with crystal clear water & whitesandy beaches. A calm, protected anchorage overlooked by a lighthouse that

provides great views from the top.

PENUBA, Lingga Regency 16-18 October – Festival event.

This village on the island of Selayar is part of the Lingga Regency this area isone of the least visited. The locals are a mix of Malay, Bugis & Hakka Chinese.

BENAN, Lingga Regency 16-19 October. An island in the Lingga Archipelago. The people are friendly and the area has avery low crime rate.

BATAM, Tanjung Pinang

Second largest city in the Riau Island group, BATAM is the jump off point forSingapore & Malaysia. Situated on the island of Bintan, it is a growing touristcentre with a long trading history; the Malay people who live here are renownedfor their warm welcome and hospitality. Often seen sailing the localwaters are traditional wooden sailing craft known as ‘Phinisi’. – Rally Ends.”


Happy Sailing!!


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Written by: Captain Su