Sue & Jon topped by an orangutan
in Indonesia's Borneo jungle
We're re-vamping these Indonesia Newsletters pages with our return to Indonesia in 2014, starting with the Sail To Raja Ampat rally, then many more months on our own. The letters are now posted with the newest on top (see nav bars on the left), working backwards in time like a blog. We'll get the map (below) updated soon...
The 2006 Darwin-Indonesia rally had a nominal start date of Saturday, July 22 but we don't usually sail to someone else's schedule, preferring to wait until we're completely ready and the weather is favorable. In this case, Sue's emergency knee surgery in Adelaide followed by our careening Ocelot on the Darwin beach, meant we weren't quite ready when the rally started at noon - we were still shopping for supplies (good quality meat) that we were unlikely to get in Indonesia. But when we got back to Ocelot later that afternoon the weather looked good so we jumped off just a few hours behind the rest of the crowd. Within a few hours we'd started catching and passing the back of the fleet. It was fun to sail with almost 100(!) other yachts - somebody was always within VHF radio range, which is almost unheard-of on an ocean passage.
At night the winds would usually die and we often had to motor-sail, but the sun always brought a gentle breeze so we could fly our colorful spinnaker, which is always a delightful way to cross oceans. Although the passage was marked by relatively light winds and rather slow speeds, we actually averaged 5 knots over the 4 days and the GPS says that we hit 12.5 knots on our last day. The following are our noon positions and statistics as we sailed from Darwin, Australia to Kupang, Timor, Indonesia (wind speeds and directions are apparent, not true):
|Sat 22||12° 26'||130° 49'||0||471||17->5||80°||Leave Darwin at 2pm|
|Sun 23||11° 53'||129° 01'||111||360||6-8||150°||Motor-sailing at night|
|Mon 24||11° 26'||127° 29'||94||266||6-12||110-150°||Nice spinnaker run by day|
|Tues 25||10° 57'||125° 43'||109||157||7-15||90-170°||Wind finally picking up|
|Wed 26||10° 09'||123° 35'||157||0||15-25||150-160°||Anchor off Teddy's Bar, Kupang|
Our track through Indonesia from Darwin to Singapore. Click on a marked area of the map to go to our Destination pages
on: Malaysia, Singapore, Kalimantan, Bali, West Nusa Tenggara, Komodo & Rinca, East Nusa Tenggara, or Australia.
The newsletters we sent while on passage are shown by date, plus we've included the other letters that we sent as we traveled through this huge and fascinating, predominantly Muslim, country.
The 2014 letters mark our journey from August to December, over the northern part of Indonesia to Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Papua, and onwards. The newsletters are as follows:
|To Sulawesi||describes our passage from Tarakan, with the rally to Sulawesi|
|To Morotai||describes our sail from Manado to Morotai and more rally|
|Arrive Raja Ampat||describes our first adventures in Raja with Christopher|
|Crossing the Equator||describes more sailing and exploring in Raja with Amanda|
|Raja Ampat||describes our travels to Sorong and back out to the islands|
|Raja Underwater||describes our some of the wonders of Misool, southern Raja|
|Xmas in Raja Ampat||describes our cruising parties and Xmas celebration in Raja|
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