Sail Indonesia 2017 Yacht Rally Update
“Sail Indonesia is one of the biggest sailing events in SE Asia. Most definitely the biggest sailing event, by far, in Indonesian waters. There is nothing that comes close.” Captain Su.
Indonesia’s biggest sail event, the annual Sail Indonesia Rally is schedule to start, this year, from Darwin on 29 July and some months later finish in Banka Tengah near Singapore at the end of October. The Rally began in 2000 and is now in its 17th year and has had over 1200 yachts already taking up the challenge by participating. It is a web based event being organised out of Darwin and then once yachts it get to the first entry port in Indonesia the Indonesian Sailing Tourism Association takes control. The Jakarta government and local governments actively support the Rally and there are often welcoming ceremonies and other cultural activities at each stop along the way.
The Rally Route
The Sail Indonesia Rally route for 2017 has been released and is planned to stop at following places. Although as all yachties know the route is subject to change at any time due to weather and other local conditions. Also the lat/long coordinates should not be relied upon and are only published as a guide.
Kupang 10° 10’ 123° 35′ August 1 – 4
This is the main port city in eastern Indonesia located at the western end of Timor and is known as the place where Captain Bligh finished his epic journey across the Pacific after the mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty in June of 1789. After Inbound Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Port clearance you can enjoy the Welcoming Ceremony by Local Government, and the Bupati in addition there will be a Gala Dinner, Cultural Festival and Exhibition with local tours, woven blankets, arts and crafts exhibits. Fuel and Water orders will be delivered to each yacht. Free time to go on a tour or make your way to Alor.
Alor 8° 13′ 124° 30′ August 9 -12
The town of Kalabahi is the main town on Alor has been a popular stopover in past years, this year there will be an art and cultural Expo Opening ceremony at the city Sports stadium presented by all islands of the region. This event will have up to 1000 participants with traditional costume, dance and song. Outing to Alor Besar by bus. Always a cultural treat with beach party with swimming and snorkelling. Gala Dinner then sail to Lembata.
Details to follow.
Lombok 8° 21′ 50 116° 07′ 45 September 13 – 16
The venue will be the Lombok Medana Bay Marina development at 8° 21’ 50, 116° 7’ 45 on the north-west coast of Lombok and overlooks the three Gili isles to the west. The developed tourist area of Senggigi is 30 minutes’ drive away along the coastal road, Mataram airport 40 minutes via the inland road over the monkey forest hills and Bali is 45 only kilometres away across the strait. The Local Government and the local people will be involved in the event; a cultural performance and dinner will be hosted at the Marina. Lombok has a lot to see, a natural landscape up to the Rinjani Mountain, the capital city Mataram and some interesting historical sites such as Narmada Park and Sasak Village. Please see their website at www.medanabaymarina.com
Bali 08° 8′ 115° 01′ September 18 – 24
Bali as a world famous tourist destination really needs no introduction. Your arrival in Bali coincides with the time of the first extension of your Social Visa so if you need your Indonesian Social Visa extended this is the place to do it. Staff will be there to assist you with your Visa extension. The schedule of events for Bali is not final at this time but will include cultural shows and dances that Bali is world famous for as well as dinners and island tours. The International Airport is 20 minutes from Denpasar and there are many flights to all Indonesian and worldwide destinations every day.
Kalimantan 02° 45′ 111° 40′ September 26 – October 2
The Kumai River is on the south coast of Kalimantan, here is the world famous facility where Orang-utans that have been kept in captivity are reintroduced into the wild. Rally participants in past years have described their visit here as one of the highlights of their stay in Indonesia. Tours with Korindo should be arranged in advance and can be booked direct with them. To see details and great photographs of a previous trip up the Kumai river by the crew of Billabong in 2007 on Stories on Sail Indonesia web site.
Belitung 02° 23′ 107° 40′ October 11 – 15
Belitung is the name of the regency in Belitung Island, for the past three years Belitung has been the Sail Indonesia farewell destination. Regional Tour of Belitung , Traditional Ceremony, Traditional Festivities and lot of fun sharing in the cultural display and additional festivities are also planned. In Belitung you can complete your Indonesian visa and yacht exit formalities or if you wish you can sail on to Bintan or Batam and do it there.
Bangka Tengah 02° 08’ 106° 02’ October 16 – 23
This is your exit point where you will leave Indonesia for Singapore or Malaysia.
Sail Indonesia Rally Entry Procedure
If you wish to join in the fun and enter the Sail Indonesia 2017 Rally go to the website and email a request for an entry form to be sent to you. They are not available on the website because participants often have different languages, plans, routes etc. Entry forms are available now. The entry fee is $425AUD. Further details about entering the Rally are available on the Entry Procedure page on the website.
So if you want a 3 month cruising in company sail expedisi sign up and join in the fun. For many yachties it is more than a cruise through the beautiful Indonesian waters but a cultural exchange that for some is life changing. Many of the yachties that have given interviews have said the best part of the whole experience was the Indonesian people, friendly, warm and a lot of fun.