Monday, 31 July 2006


" You must be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi

The 2006 Sail Indonesia Rally, with a fleet of 96 yachts, was to be unique in a number of ways. The University of Kupang Scholarship Program was initiated by Rob and Dee of  'Ventana' with all yachts contributing $50.00. The program has continued with the first students graduating in 2011.

Many of the fleet of 96 were to keep in touch over the next decade thanks to the efforts of 'Envy' and many close bonds were formed.
Our egg containers were always a hit
The first welcome to this warm country

The juxtaposition between beauty and rubbish is sadly always present
Customs would become firm friends over the next decade

May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!

Saturday, 22 July 2006

Darwin to Kupang

"Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure" - Bob Bitchin

As part of Sail Indonesia, we departed Darwin at 0400 on the 22nd heading for Kupang. That was when the tide was leaving so we didn't see the point of fighting it at the nominated time, just to suit the media.

We had anti-fouled at Spot On Marine, gas cylinders, fuel and water were bunkered and the pantry was well-stocked. 
A well-stocked pantry
Our Navman Wind Indicator, installed new in 2004, has never been accurate, so we used a hand held or let the sails dictate. Not that it matters; a particular phenomenon afflicting all cruisers, is that the wind will always come from the direction in which you wish to go.
Where two currents collide in the Timor Sea
You will smell the cattle carriers first
The sunsets only become more spectacular
Arrival at Kupang

May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!