Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sail Indonesia Rally - then Sail Bunaken

The Sail Indonesia Rally, which departs Darwin in Australia on July 18 and already has 130 registered yachts, will see an amazing maritime spectacle when they arrive in Bunaken, located at the north of the island of Sulawesi.

Some 42 countries have confirmed their participation in Sail Bunaken 2009, which will be organized in Manado and Bitung, August 15-18, 2009.

In Bunaken another 15 yachts are joining the rally boats from Darwin, but Sail Bunaken is not only about yachts, having a much broader naval perspective.

Activities of 'Sail Bunaken' will include 'Indonesian Fleet Review 2009' consisting of a sailing pass parade to be participated in by warships, traditional ships, state ships, tall ships, yachts, and open ships.

'Forty-two countries have confirmed their participation. They will send their naval chiefs of staff and some deputy chiefs of staff,' First Admiral Willem Rampangilei, commander of the Indonesian Navy`s Main Base VIII, said in a meeting on preparations for the Sail Bunaken 2009 here on Tuesday.

Sail Bunaken was aimed at building a sense of seamen`s brotherhood and enhancing international relations, he said.

For full details of the route, the Indonesian expectations and the other tricky aspects of this favourite cruising route, go the the Sail Indonesia web page. For more information about Sail Bunaken, go to their website

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