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We did the last shopping today (tomorrow is a holiday in Darwin - these people have a lot of holidays) and the boat is ready to go. The distance is something like 460 miles and the forecast is looking quite promising. There is a honking great high moving from SW of Australia towards the Bight in the next few days and that will produce a decent pressure gradient so we should get in the 10 to 20 range from the SE (we are going to the NW to Kupang). We will have the asymmetric ready to go since the winds near and Indonesia apparently are not great. Someone last suggested that Sail Indonesia should be renamed 'Motor Indonesia'.

There is a start line and a start time with a countdown like a race, but I can guarantee that we will be nowhere near the line at 1100 on Saturday. The thought of boats ranging to 60' going for the line with most crews being a husband and wife is not appealing even if there is a prize for first across.

Going to Kupang will complete an unplanned HMS Bounty retrospective. We went to Tahiti where the crew realized there were nicer situations in iife than the Royal Navy. We were near Tofua where the actual mutiny took place. We visited Pitcairn Island where many of the mutineers went. We anchored near an island in northern Queensland where Bligh and his crew rested after reaching Australia. Kupang is where Bligh ended up after his remarkable 3500 nm, open boat journey.
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Re: Off to Indonesia

Have a safe trip and no more talk of mutiny !

I look forward to reading more of your travels.

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Re: Off to Indonesia

Selamat Jalan! (have a safe journey in Bahasa, Indonesia's local language)
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Cheers to you both, trust you have an enjoyable, safe passage.

Also hope that despite the costs and the bureaucracy you have enjoyed your stay in the land downunder.

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Many thanks to the Aussie SNetters for their hospitality during our visit to this fascinating country. It is a very interesting country to visit as long as you can afford it. We hope that the prices in Indonesia (we like local market food!) will help get the budget back into a semblance of balance.
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Many thanks to the Aussie SNetters for their hospitality during our visit to this fascinating country. It is a very interesting country to visit as long as you can afford it. We hope that the prices in Indonesia (we like local market food!) will help get the budget back into a semblance of balance.

Oh yes ... I'm not all that impressed with the heat in the tropics but oh how I'd like to follow you to Indonesia and then head on up towards the Malayan peninsular .... all in the interests of food ....
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Re: Off to Indonesia

KS, if you're following TD's advice and heading up towards Malaysia, a spell in Singapore is worthwhile.

The best place to stop there (although it's at the wrong end of the island, it's cheaper and there is a really good train & bus service) is a mooring at Changi Sailing Club. I wasn't impressed by the RSYC when I visited. FWIW..

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KS, if you're following TD's advice and heading up towards Malaysia, a spell in Singapore is worthwhile.

The best place to stop there (although it's at the wrong end of the island, it's cheaper and there is a really good train & bus service) is a mooring at Changi Sailing Club. I wasn't impressed by the RSYC when I visited. FWIW..

Have a good trip.

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They are off to South Africa after Indonesia. The desire to sail to Malaysia is simply mine and my stomach's.
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They are off to South Africa after Indonesia.
Through pirate waters?? OK. I hope they don't feel obliged to rescue any boat-people on the journey westwards. Maybe just turn off the VHF for that part of the trip.

Speaking of that, Christmas Island is worth a stop-over (really!) if the weather is nice.. otherwise Cocos is still mostly an unspoilt part of paradise..

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The desire to sail to Malaysia is simply mine and my stomach's.
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Given that particular country has unquestionably THE best food in the world, I understand completely!
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Re: Off to Indonesia

Actually we are going to South Africa to avoid the pirate waters further north. The advice from the naval forces patrolling the area is to stay south of 12°S when west of 78°E. We will stop at Christmas, Cocos-Keeling, Mauritius, Nossy Be in Madagascar, and then reach South Africa at Richards Bay in mid November - we hope.

We have moved out of the marina where we have been for two weeks and are now anchored at Fanny Bay along with about 90 other boats. There was a nice breeze this afternoon (sea breeze?) but nothing before or after.
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