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`SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007’ … 24 of 25 … Lombok to Bali

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

Lovina, Bali … 22nd September 2007 (Lat: 08º 09 S … Long: 115º 01 E)

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*** `SV PIPING SHRIKE’ HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME IN THE RIGHT CONDITIONS! HARK, IS THAT A FOR’ARD HATCH OPEN? ***

On leaving Lombok, we expected a pleasant 50+ nmile sail to the NE corner of Bali … provided the winds were right and the tides gave us a chance!

You hear of tidal currents of up to 10 knots around Bali, but today wasn’t the day for them.

The wind was a good 15-20 knot SW’er … Déjà vu loved it and was going well … until about 14:00 hours. The winds just, lightened off, to 6-10 knots … too weak to lift my girl! So, come sunset I was motor/sailing for shallows almost on the NE corner of Bali. The night at anchor was acceptable, but a little too rollie to be comfortable.

Next morning was magnificent, with a 15 knot southerly blowing up along the island and we took off for Lovina … the most northern, major town on Bali.

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*** THESE FISHING PLATFORMS ARE SPRINKLED ALONG THE COASTLINES OF THE INDONESIAN ARCHEPELIGO. SOME HAVE FISHERMEN LIVING ON THEM. ***

About three miles north we took a 90º turn to Port and were on the final 14 nmile leg to Lovina. This was a good day … another thread-in-the-tapestry of the Sail Indonesia Rally … and I decided I could handle at least three jobs this morning, simultaneously:

(1) Have breakfast.

(2) Direct sail and navigation operations.

(3) Hard boil six eggs for consumption at future lunches.

Breakfast was a cinch with Weetbix, muesli and fruit … the yacht was sailing well … destination plotted on the Chart plotter and Déjà vu was steered by the wonderful auto pilot … and the eggs were being warmed in a saucepan with water covering them.

The breeze was 15 knots broadside on, a beam reach; with flat water due to the wind coming off Bali Island … the Cat loves a beam-reach! So I had breakfast on the for’deck away from the hassle of controls and other things … a real break!

With breakfast done, the only thing that caught my attention was the bad smell coming off the Island.

Bali, like the rest of Indonesia, has a poor system of rubbish disposal, it seemed … and now it was being burnt … and I was downwind of the smell.

Time to return to the galley with dirty dishes … and to the mess which had formed by six eggs boiling dry … and exploding … and then burning black in the saucepan!

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*** LOVINA BAY … THE ONLY BAY, NEAR CIVILIZATION, LARGE ENOUGH TO TAKE OUR FLEET OF 110 YACHTS. ***

 

I couldn’t believe it … what a mess and what a smell! It took weeks to get the smell out and I’m so pleased I didn’t have anyone on board who would be forced to share the disaster.

ooOOoo

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