Royal Bali Yacht Club, Serangan, South Bali S08 43 123 E115 14 473
Local fishermen scoot past in their elegant craft.
Departing from Lombok at 06.30 a.m. for our 60 mile passage to South Bali we had a fast start with 1 to 1½ knots of current with us and averaging 7 knots. This slowed a little as the current dropped off but we continued at 6+ knots. Getting through the reef was relatively easy not least because this anchor handling tug had not been so lucky and now clearly marks the reef for newcomers.
We arrived at 15.30 a.m. to be greeted by the Yacht Club mooring boys who led us in. Gryphon II is now happily secure between fore and aft mooring buoys outside the Royal Bali Yacht Club. Calm and peaceful after a long sail from Lombok, the mooring will give us a quiet night as there are no mosques in the vicinity for the call to prayer at 04.00 hours.
Stopping here has enabled us to get our gas cylinders filled, this has been a problem in Indonesia so far as the fittings here are different from the French, US and Kiwi range of cylinders that we have on board and we really didn't want to have to buy yet more and were down to our last 2. However, Bali has come up trumps and we now have a complement of full gas tanks.
Mr Mande (you name it and he will sort it) came out to our boat and has had all our diesel cans and petrol cans (for the outboard) filled and brought out to us. This was a much appreciated service as hauling diesel cans around in the dinghy is not a joyful task. Equally appreciated was Ketut, driver and dive master, picking me up at 06.30 in the morning to get me to Denpasar Air Port for a flight to Singapore and back to renew my visa. I now have another 30 days which will take me through to the end of the rally. I also bought lots of books in Singapore, including an English translation of the Koran, there is plenty of choice at reasonable prices so it was a good trip. Ketut was there waiting on my return, he is Hindu and had quite a bit to say about Balinese culture and the Bali bombings. The Balinese are welcoming people, "open arms and open hearts to all", he was confounded by the bombings. Chris and Peter will get their Social Visa extensions in North Bali via the rally organisers, mine was complicated because I flew home just before the start of the rally.
Serangan is an interesting village with unusual buildings, a small canal running through and a swathe of mangroves leading into the sea. On the low walls various seaweed is laid out drying in the sun and a variety of whole fish is smoked over buckets; it smells wonderful, not like kippers but lighter and sweeter. Supper tonight will include smoked fish and some giant prawns bought in Lombok.