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`SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007` … 8 OF 24 … `Lembata, Indonesia and Whaling Village’.

***   FIRST HALF OF RALLY … DARWIN TO BALI, INDONESIA   ***

`WHALING VILLAGE’ VISIT … LEMBATA … 9th August 2007.

(LAT: 08º 22 S … LONG: 123º 24 E)

The Fleets next stop was the Island of Lembata … another fishing village west of the volcano. You were greeted with the strong northerly tidal movement through the entry passage, again … and once through, a turn to Port into a large Bay, took you to Lembata. I was greeted at that anchorage by a long length of blue nylon rope wrapping itself around the propeller of one engine, stopping it dead … and once freed I had great trouble setting the anchor.

* A FEW OF THE EVER-SINKING FISHING BOATS! ** AIR-CONDITIONED `TOOT’! *

Apparently the bottom was loose, slimy mud … or, covered with plastic bags?

Lots of `traps’ for personal injury here, as with the one to two metre deep, open drains … a menace beyond just the risk of stepping into one and suffering broken bones etc. … but also from a hygiene point-of-view.

 

These drains were the receptacle of much rubbish and you suspect, from the odour, sewage … but for months there has been nothing in the form of rainfall to scour them out. I may be repeating myself … but, please let me be in the deep ocean when the first rains come, as the seas close in are going to be intolerably filthy.

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* STRIPS OF WHALE BLUBBER BEING DRIED-IN-TH- SUN! *

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* A ROUGH-AND-READY TRUCK RIDE TO THE WHALING VILLAGE! *

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* ONE OF THE PRIZED WHALE-CATCHERS! *

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* THE SKELETON OF A WHALE UNLUCKY ENOUGH TO BE TAKEN BY THE VILLAGERS! *

Throughout the day this village and its residents provided classic ‘photo opportunities, without knowing it.

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