Here is the final update from the Sail 2 Indonesia Rally, which Multihull Solutions are very proud to support as naming sponsor.
Written by John Martin, ICA President.
Saturday 14th November saw the final festival event of the 2015 Multihull Solutions Sail 2 Indonesia Rally with the farewell in TJ Pinang hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism. Each boat in the fleet was presented with a commemorative Amethyst as a final farewell by the Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya. It was also the official launch of the program for 2016. The farewell marks the end of a four month Odyssey through the Indonesian archipelago for the 52 boats in this years fleet. Comments like “Absolutely Awesome” to “WOW, some of the best cruising I’ve done” and “We loved Indonesia and the people we sailed with”, “The Indo’s are very warm and welcoming”, “The welcome celebrations and tours were awesome, it made us feel more important than we really are” give some indication of the wonderful experience the participants have had in Indonesia. Participant feedback has also allowed us to refine the program for the 2016 rally. With a new entry point at TUAL, in the same island group as Debut, MALUKU TENGGARA, the inward clearance procedure will be fast and efficient, TUAL has a better approach and anchorage with immediate access to shops, restaurants and onshore activities. Last years entry point at Debut is only a short hop across the island.
Participants this year loved the itinerary and particularly the Banda region. More time has been dedicated here in the 2016 program as has more “Free Cruising” time, fewer festival events and an earlier start, Mid July arrival in Indonesia, and therefore earlier conclusion, late October, to allow boats to join other rallies in the region.
Dates for your Diary
For those that have completed their “Expression of Interest” for 2016 the formal registration process will begin in early February with the CAIT and Visa process following in March and April. Muster in Cairns is the 28th of June (slightly earlier than the 2015 event) with arrival planned in Indonesia for Thursday 21st July. Departure date from TJ Penang at the end of the rally is programmed for the 25th of October to allow the participants to continue through SE Asia on the Sail Malaysia Rally.