Category Archives: From The Sea

Sail Indonesia Rally 2013

The annual Sail Indonesia Rally is under way. About 80 yachts left Darwin Australia on Saturday 27 July for what must be one of the most remarkable sailing events going. Yachts from all over the world gathered in Darwin before the start to get their yachts ready, attend the famous Farewell BBQ, get their final sailing instructions and glide past the start boat to begin a three month sailing odyssey through the beautiful waters of Indonesia. Skippers can buddy up and cruise in company with one or more yachts and feel secure they are not alone if anything goes wrong. ... [ Read More ]

80 Yachts Party at Lovina

It was a spectacular sight. Over 80 yachts anchored in the tranquil waters off Lovina Beach in North Bali. The night could not have been better as the excited locals gathered towards the brightly coloured stage awaiting the start of the official welcome party. The Bupati was there sitting in the front row along with other dignitaries from the Buleleng Regency. Their attendance displays their commitment and generosity in welcoming the Sail Indonesia 2013 Rally fleet to Lovina. Sail Indonesia 2013 coordinator David Woodhouse said the event is “going from strength to strength and was especially gratified with the welcome ... [ Read More ]

Sailing Wanitas

Can I speak to the Captain?” said an important looking Harbour Master in a remote Indonesian port ?  Says Captain Ruth, “I am the Captain, Pak?” Get a bunch of men and women on a yacht and something happens to the men. They turn into Captains and become the biggest chauvinists around.  One sailing wife recounted how her skipper husband deliberately tightened all the cocks and anything screwable to remind her of the supposed inherent weakness of female sailors. Not to forget the superstition going back hundreds of years that it is an ill omen to have women on board.  ... [ Read More ]

Cruising Kids Love Sailing in Indonesia

“Mairen is a reading machine.” Siobhan crew member of sv Totem. Lovina near Singaraja on Bali’s north coast is a favourite anchorage for yachties sailing through Indonesia. The people are welcoming and the place is quiet and less frenetic than south Bali. It is a great stopover to replenish supplies as the local markets have an array of fresh fruit and vegetables. A short drive east is Singaraja that has an even bigger market that sells delicious grapes when they are in season. There is nothing better when sailing between anchorages than to sit on the bow of your floating ... [ Read More ]

Don’t Sell Your Yacht – One Day You Might Need It

Sometimes I wish I never sold my Roberts 35 ketch before making the big move to Bali. It was a great yacht, good for cruising and good to live aboard. Very comfortable. Even in a marina you can pass away the hours listening to the ship’s radio or keeping up with the maintenance. If you get kicked out of your house and need a place to stay in a hurry there is nothing better than having your own yacht moored in a nearby marina. This would have come in handy recently when your faithful sailing journalist faced a couple of ... [ Read More ]

Waka Day Trip Sail to Nusa Lembongan

“It was only a day trip but it felt a lot longer.” Anis from Asia World Bali has a totally different feel when you go sailing. The views are sensational and it is surprising how big Mt Agung really is. From the sea it is huge and completely dominates the surrounding topography. Also being out on the ocean is a sure way to relax and can be a welcome break for those just visiting or for those that have made Bali their home. You can meet some new people, enjoy the ocean, soak up the panorama, take photos and don’t ... [ Read More ]

Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally Yachts Here in May

“The excitement is mounting.” Marina Valmadre – Media Spokesperson for Fremantle Sailing Club The trigger for the starting gun for this year’s Wonderful Indonesia Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally 2013 will be pulled on May 4 in the waters just off the Fremantle Sailing Club in Western Australia. The event which is sponsored by the Indonesian Government through the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy under the banner of Wonderful Indonesia is recognition of the growing importance of attracting overseas Skippers to sail in Indonesian waters. The government is bending over backwards to get more yachts here as the ... [ Read More ]

Party like a Pirate

“I love Phinisi boats. They are big and beamy and have plenty of room and are very safe. Hardly felt the boat move at all.” Happy customer on Pirate Dinner Cruise. Sunsets in Bali are surreal. Even more so when you are on the upper deck of big Phinisi yacht leaving Benoa Harbour with a whole bunch of people dressed as pirates. Underneath the iridescent skyline are the emerging lights of Tanjung Benoa that sparkle amid the wailing of the mullahs calling the devout to prayer. The occasion is memorable and is only the start of the Pirate Dinner Cruise ... [ Read More ]

Where are the Yachts?

Being the only dedicated sailing journalist in the whole of Indonesia is hard task. The biggest problem is finding something to write about. If you don’t believe me go to any beachside café here in Bali and count the yachts you see out on the water. If you are up early you might see a few catamarans leaving Benoa Harbour taking a group of happy tourists to Nusa Lembongan but on the Kuta side it is a very rare event to see set sails billowing in the wind. It is not that there is no calling for it because you ... [ Read More ]

From the Sea Articles in 2013

From the Sea Articles in 2013 Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all of you that are reading this and may all your dreams come true in 2014. Sounds a bit ‘ginger peachy’ but it is, at this time of year, that many of us do pause and think, to take stock of the year nearly finished and make new year resolutions for the year to come. So I wish y’all well. Especially to all those that I have interviewed and written about this year who obligingly gave up their time and showed me what they are up to. ... [ Read More ]