|Rally Information & Tribute|
Goal of the Rally: To open up remote areas of Indonesia to the maritime industry.
To promote a navigational route from Darwin Australia via the Indonesian Archipelago through the Malacca Straits before ending in Langkawai, Malaysia.
Rally History: In 1999, on going civil unrest in Ambon caused the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race to be cancelled after 22 years.
The intention then was to arrange events that would take yachts through Indonesia and on to Malaysia and Thailand. The first port of call was Kupang then with the intention of raising awareness to the eastern part of Indonesia; the town of Kalabahi Alor organized a cultural festival to coincide with the arrival of the yachts in Kupang. The rally then changed from its original concept of being a race, to include many other destinations throughout Indonesia.
By 2006 the rally included Kupang, Alor, Lembata, Ruing, Makassar, Bali, Karimun Jawa and Kumi Borneo. By 2007 more stops were added including Maumere, Ende, Labuan Bajo, Lombok, and Belitung.
After clearing Indonesia at Belitung to Singapore the rally became Sail Asia with destination of Langkawai Malaysia seemingly joining the Indonesia Rally to Singapore and Malaysia via the Malacca Straits. Thailand is set to join in next.
It is difficult to arrange regattas and rallies across international borders. There are representatives in Indonesia and Malaysia both with the intention of keeping the rally as a fun, non-profit event to continue to promote tourism in these countries. There was a $450Aust. ($360US) charge for entering the rally with most of that for the cait or cruising permit for Indonesia. Rally events in Darwin consisted mainly of an information day at Crowne Plaze Hotel and a farewell BarBQ at the Darwin Sailing Club.
IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE RALLY FROM INDONESIA OR ALONG THE ROUTE CONTACT:
Raymond T.Lesmana +62811124574
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org for Indonesia
Mr. Sazli Kamal Basha
Email: email@example.com for Singapore to Malaysia
For contacting organizers
Darwin to Kupang Idonesia: 472.0nm
Kupang Indo. to Kumi Borneo 1340.8nm
Kumi Borneo to Belitung Indo 274.0nm
Belitung Indo. to Singapore 392.2nm
Total Darwin to Singapore 2479.0nm
Singapore thru Malaysia
With Sail Asia Rally 482.6nm
Total Darwin thru Malaysia
with Sail Indonesia & Sail Asia Rallies 2,961.6nm
Tribute to Sail Indonesia and Malaysia
A merry band of Sailors are we
Who joined the Indonesia Rally
There were monohulls and catamarans,
A power boat or three
Who left Darwin for Langkawi
We were treated like Royalty
in every town and village on the way
With singing and dancing and food galore,
we learned the local folk lore
and vowed to come another day
Many adventures were had by all
Most were good, but not all
bouncing along on dirt tracks for hours and hours on end
Beaching your dinghy on rocky shores with surf rolling in,
Bouts of Bali Belly after sampling local fare
These were some of the things we shared
We experienced wonderful sights and sounds
Flora and Fauna did abound.
Holding hands with orangutans and watching monkeys play,
Seeing beautiful tropical fish and coral gardens sway,
Having Komodo dragons, your dinghy they employed
these are some of the wonders we enjoyed.
Many days were bright and clear,
with waters calm and blue,
Dark clouds would form and winds would blow and anchors start to drag.
Thunder boomed and lightening struck, lighting up the sky.
Instruments fried, my god I'm doomed, Oh what a fright.
These are some of the scary nights.
Singapore was such fun
so much shopping to be done.
Radios and TVs, computers galore.
GPS, radars and electronic stores
Provisioning, repairing gear, shops abound
A place where everything can be found
Malaysia has really been a treat
Again more food than we can eat,
Navy escorts thru the night, nets to dodge and currents to fight.
Touring Malacca and KL, what wonderful places to be.
The cable care ride to mountain top, a breathtaking view to see.
These are moments that mean a lot to me.
Alas our time has come to an end.
We will really miss our friends
A special thanks to Raymond and Dewi, Sazli and Hadib,
They were very wonderful indeed.