The sail Indonesia yacht rally is a fairly loose
gathering of boats headed to Indonesia.
Although there are two set routings, with
pre-arranged stopovers you are not obliged to follow this route and are free to
do your own thing.
Our plan is to meet up with the other boats at some
of these stopovers, but head off in search of good snorkelling and diving off
the beaten track.
It was good to stay for the start of the rally and
head out from Darwin with the majority of the fleet.
Although winds were light it was still a great
sight with many boats flying there spinnakers or cruising chutes
Being one of thr bigger boats in the rally we found
ourselves at the head of the fleet along with the larger catamarans and similar
sized and performance boats. On occassion we were able to get close enough for
some great photos. This is Northern Winds a Farr 55.
Rob and Kim were also able to get some great photos
of Curious with the big purple crusing chute flying to stb'd.
Gybing the chute, always a heart in mouth
There are other Oysters in the fleet, Wasabi
another 56 band two older 435's
After the paucity of wildlife as we headed across
the shallow waters of northern Australia it was great to meet up again with the
dolphins and on day three were had different scholls and types of dolphins
around the boat for much of the day.