rally is over, on the way to Singapore
8th October, 2011
Arrived in Belitung after a very pleasant sailing, wind was fine for ½ of the time which was nice.
C decided I should smarten myself up a bit, and a lovely lady agreed to help!
I’m not sure I looked any more like James Bond, but everyone said it was an improvement.
13 October 2011
On the way to Singapore. Full moon and the South China Sea is oily smooth.
We have been to our last ‘gala’ dinner. The usual interminable speeches (5 minutes of voluble Indonesian is translated as : “welcome”) but with extra after dinner entertainment by national groups of rally participants. We somehow missed the rehearsal for the British rendering of Spanish Ladies!
‘Sail Belitung’ (our rally!) is a big event with hordes of tourists from Jakarta and tents and stalls and street entertainers fire eating and eating glass. The president is due to arrive so they are frantically finishing a new road and jetty, which we could not use as the thunderstorms keep washing away the concrete (we might use that excuse for 2012).
The other end of the beach is lovely with 3 wooden shacks owned by Rusdi and his mother and aunt who did laundry, delivered diesel to the boat and cooked wonderful meals. Huge fresh prawns and crab fried with onion and garlic and chilli and the best fish soup I have eaten. And cold beer, all for next to nothing. There is no plumbing but satellite TV so they obviously have their priorities right. Sadly we were able to watch the England debacle but luckily no French were there to gloat.