sail-world.com -- Sail Indonesia Rally - hundreds of yachts spread across Indonesia

Sail Indonesia Rally - hundreds of yachts spread across Indonesia    

'soya soya dancer'    .

The Sail Indonesia Rally, which left Darwin on July 28 is one of the three annual rallies now leaving Darwin and is in its thirteenth year. The fleet, consisting of hundreds of yachts from dozens of countries, is spread out all over Indonesia with some yachts in Morotai while others are in Lombok and Bali.

Sail Indonesia Rally -  .. .  

Some exciting new destinations were added this year across Indonesia, including Alor, Komodo, Karimunjawa, Ternate, Salayar, Tanjung Putting, and more, but the main maritime event this year is to be held in Morotai.

Sail Indonesia Rally routes -  .. .  

This small island is in in North Maluku, lying north of the island of Halmahera, and was the chosen highlight partly because of its history. Morotai made its name in World War II when it became the base from where General McArthur made his counter attacks against the Japanese invasion on the Philippines and the Indonesian islands.

Because of these associations, it was not only cruising sailors drawn to Morotai for celebrations. Held this week on Saturday, September 15, Sail Morotai 2012 was attended in person by Indonesian President Yudhoyono. Also invited were war veterans from the USA, Japan, and Australia who had fought on Morotai. Present were ambassadors and representatives from the USA, Japan, Australia, and the Philippines, as well as government ministers and the ceremonies were watched by thousands from the local population.

Sail Indonesia - welcome celebrations begin in Morotai -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

Sail Morotai 2012 officially opened with the 'Soya soya dance,' a Maluccan war dance of heroism, followed by welcome dances from local districts in the Moluccas. Then came the heart stirring 'sail past' comprising the yachts participating in Sail Morotai 2012 and a number of warships.

Traditional soya soya dance -  .. .  

On the occasion, President Yudhoyono also opened the Morotai World War II Museum containing artifacts and memorabilia of the war around Morotai.

The Morota seas contain at least 160 species of fish as well as a great variety of pearls and seaweeds. Morotai’s unique role in World War II, the island’s beautiful beaches, underwater life, and many wrecks to dive will certainly make Morotai an alluring destination for cruising sailors.

Morotai - pristine and remote -  .. .  



by Sail-World Cruising
- 8:47 AM Tue 18 Sep 2012 GMT





Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.
If you want to send this story to a friend, please use link below
http://www.sail-world.com/indexs.cfm?nid=102130

Based on your current download speed Sail-World has delivered large images (660 pixels long side.)  If you would like to see only small images (300 pixels long side) click here .  For medium sized images (500 pixels long side) click here .  If you would prefer to see text only (without pictures) click here

Click for further information on
Rally News

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS AUS
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT