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`SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007’ … 10 of 24 …Ende – Maurole … (LAT: 08º 30 S … LONG: 121º 47 E)

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

ROLLY MAUROLE … Indonesia … 20th August 2007

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*** THE INDONESIAN NAVY WANTED TO LET THEIR PRESENCE BE KNOWN. ***

Maurole was a very shallow cut into the island of Flores … and as such, open to the swell of the northern Flores Sea. The Bay quickly received the knick-name `Rolly Maurole’ … as many yachts left the area due to the rolling discomfort of the anchorage. Déjà vu found a tight anchorage in a small Fishing Harbour at the Western end of the Bay … which had been emptied of fishing boats by the Harbour Master, to make way for some of our shallow draft vessels. Surge was not a problem.  

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*** DJV SPOTTED THIS FLOATING `THING’ IN THE WATER AND WENT TO INVESTIGATE ***

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*** THE ABJECT WAS A BAMBOO RAFT … THE PERMANENT HOME OF A FISHERMAN ***

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*** HELEN FROM `SV PIPING SHRIKE’ CHAPERONING THE REGENT. ***

Now, this gap varied in width and ferocity depending on:

(1) The tide at the time of attempting the leap!

(2) The height of the swell rolling into the Bay and onto the beach.

This was a structure with many variables … but the `Gang of Yachties’ saw the effort put into its design and manufacture … and overcame the obstacles of the Gap for the duration of their stay.

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*** ONE OF THE PERFORMING GROUPS. ***

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*** THE SOLID `LANDING’ FOR CREWS COMING ASHORE BY DINGHY. ***

The second night into our visit … a Gala Dinner, with entertainment was held under the thatched roof of the Meeting House … and was the best we had experienced!

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