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`SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007’ … 15 of 24 … `Night of the Non-Dinner’.

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

Leaving `LABUON BAJO’ – 5TH September … Arriving `Bali’ – 22nd September 2007

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*** `MV MATARIKI’ ON THE LEFT. ***

This was rumoured to be a beautiful, quiet, area with crystal clear water and a passage full of great coral … and the rumours were almost true. Here I found a small fleet of Rally participants who had also given the Labuon Bajo Dinner the flick.

That evening all in the Bay (`China Grove’, Australian …
`Amoenitas’, British … `Kirsten Jane’, British … `Enzwell’ New Zealand … `Déjà
vu III’ Australian and others) were invited by Tom and Rina, onto `MV
Matariki’, New Zealand … for a Sundowner! Now Sundowners are an event which
usually commence just before sundown … all participants bring their own drinks
and `nibbly’ plates, which they share and are gone by 20:00, at the latest …
usually! `Matariki’ is not a typical sailing craft… in fact it’s not a
sailing craft at all … it’s a 20 metre (about 65 feet) long, aluminium power
boat and could have fitted a hundred people on-board had they been in the Bay.
Tom developed a different notion about this `Sundowner’ and before long
had fired up the barbecue and had a few of the guests on-board helping prepare a
`feed’ for his guests. One thing led to another, with Tom breaking out Spirits
and Liquors of all different nationalities …
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*** A BEAUTIFUL LITTLE ISLAND CALLED SABAJO KEJIL. PERFECT CLEAR WATERS … STRONG `KILLER’ CURRENTS! ***

… and before the clock struck 22:00 Matariki was `RAGING’.

SEBAJOR KETJIL-INDO SEPTEMBER 2007 009I could write a small book on the antics of the night … but have a feeling I must withhold, to protect the innocent (and the guilty). Sufficient to say: `Amoenitas’ dinghy was on-board Matariki at one time, with David climbing aboard waiting to be `launched’ back into the water, to help him home … and this duly happened!

ooOoo

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`SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007’ … 14 OF 24 … Labuan Bago, a Major Indonesian Port’.

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

LABUAN BAGO … (LAT: 08º 29 S … LONG: 119º 52 E)

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*** LABUAN BAGO HARBOUR … A MAJOR PORT BY INDONESIAN STANDARDS. ***

Labuon Bajo is a major Port, by Indonesian standards … and was a centre for significant re-provisioning for the Fleet. Again bulk purchases: Water … Fuel … Beer and Coke etc. was provided by opportunists, with power fishing boats, and the hunger to earn a few Rupees.

Costs of basic requirements:

* Fuel (Petrol) … Rp7, 000 per litre. (AU1.00 per litre)

* 20 litre bottles filtered water (not distilled) … Rp14,000 per 20 litres (AU2.00 per 20 litres)

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*** WHAT APPEARED TO BE A LARGE, MAYBE PRIVATE CHARTER GULET? ***

You must be on guard at all times to avoid stupid occurrences such as the following: My drinking water situation was rocketing towards desperation point (Déjà vu carries 400 litres in her main tank and another 60 litres in plastic jerry cans.) To top-up these on-board containers, via the Merchant, would take many trips … as I only had the three, twenty litre jerry cans.

Along came a Good Samaritan in the form of Warren, of `SV Shekinah’ (10 metre catamaran) from New Zealand … owned by a character who, originally, had an Eel Catching/Smoking business in NZ …

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*** MY KIWI MATE WARREN WITH HIS PET PIG … WHICH WAS BARBECUED FURTHER DOWN THE TRACK. WARREN HAD NO MERCY FOR HIS PET! ***

Sound carries clearly over water and this is the only way Warren could have heard of my predicament (he was anchored 100 metres away.) He shouts across to me that he has six (6) containers for water which I can borrow … only trouble is, three are already filled with water! I hate riddles like this: If he gives me three cans filled with water, he will want the same cans returned to him, full of water … right? What the hell … “OK Warren, thanks for the offer, I’ll put your water into my main tank and fill all other containers on-board with filtered water and get your cans back to you!” (I was going to let the Merchant work out the `how-to-do!)

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*** A TYPICAL INDONESIAN OUTDOOR MARKET. ***

Within minutes Warren was alongside in his dingy with six cans (no question of me going to his yacht to pick the goods up) … here is a hyper-active Guy! Not only did he bring the goods to Déjà vu, but within seconds was tied along-side … had the cans (some English sailors call them Jugs) on deck and before I could say `Holly Cow Batman’ was emptying them into Déjà vu … here was a real man!

The day progressed … and Déjà vu was full of water and fuel and my wallet was echoing from that hollow sound of being empty.

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*** TWO COLOURFUL MUSLIM WOMEN SHARING A SMALL BUS. ***

That night I joined `MV Sundance’, an American couple cruising the World in a motor/sailer … and `SV Circe’ … a Canadian and his wife, Joyce, also cruising the world … in fact 80% of this fleet were seasoned World Cruisers … (and I think it’s catching!) … for dinner at a Hotel called the `Eco Lodge’ … very good, but expensive by Indonesian standards.

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*** ONIONS ANYONE? ***

Next day I moved Déjà vu across the Bay to a shallow position in Labuon Bajos’ main harbour. And within an hour, or so, who should be anchoring nearby … but my friend Warren of `Shekinah’. Soon after he was alongside in his dingy `for-a-chat’ (despite Warren having his wife on board … she was holidaying with him and the pig for three weeks) … I feel Warren was a very lonely boy.

Somehow we got around to discussing the previous days water juggling … and somehow …

Warren made the statement: “I just can’t understand why I (Lloyd) was so disciplined to the idea of wanting `filtered’ water for my needs? … He (Warren) gets his water from a Well at the Harbour!!”

The obvious question followed within a split second: “Where did the water I received from you yesterday, come from?”

Warrens reply: “The Well!”

I must have gone green as I had been drinking this water over the last 12 hours and I couldn’t believe I was still standing. “Warren, you dip-stick … that’s my drinking water and I would have refused to take it had I known it was Well water!” After a while he seemed to understand and then made a statement that he actually carried two water sources … one for drinking (filtered) and one for washing (the pig I expect) from the Well!

My job for that day was to then pump the main water tank dry … at least Déjà vu received an un-scheduled wash … add `bleach’ and bring the Merchant back to supply me another 400 litres of FILTERED water! A, big, additional expense for me.

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*** ISLAND OF SABAJO KEJIL WITH GREAT CORAL AND STRONG CURRENT … GREAT FOR `DINGHY DRIFTING’. ***

Back came Warren … I’d really seen enough of him for one day … and he put Rp100,000 in my hand to help with the cost of the water … how can you remain upset?.

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*** THE SMALL ISLAND OF SABAJO KEJIL WITH A NARROW PASSAGE AND STRONG CURRENT … GREAT FOR `DINGHY DRIFTING’. ***

Labuon Bajo was also a venue where Festivities were planned for the visiting Fleet. The only problem … nobody could pin down the timing and arrangements for the events.

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*** BEAUTIFUL CORAL GROWTH PHOTOGRAPHED WHILST DRIFTING WITH DINGHY. ***

Next leg … to Bali!

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