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Our Dream Sailboat: Seawind 1160

It's been almost a year now since Rani and I started dreaming of having a Seawind 1160. This Australian-made 38-foot long (11.6 meter) sailing catamaran is definitely something that we'd love to sail together with our boys (and friends) across Indonesian archipelago.

What better way to keep the dream alive than watching this Seawind 1160 video:

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Sailboat Charters in Indonesia - Operated by Non-Indonesians

I thought I should share with you a list of sailboat charters for you scuba divers or surfers for Indonesia. Below are some of the charter sailboats that I have found on the internet. Surprisingly, most of these attractive boats are operated by... well... Non-Indonesians! Yes, they seem to be the ones who can sell great tourism ideas to foreigners and serve them well.

We Indonesians must learn from them and that also means we ought to appreciate our seas much more.

Here is my list of wonderful charter sailboats out there (not in order of importance):

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Sailing Blue Eagle with Mas Judhi

Yesterday we went sailing again with Derek Mazzone on his beautiful 37 feet ketch Blue Eagle from Changi Sailing Club.

Mas Judhi came with us and it was his first time sailing, too. So, he had every reason to be trigger happy and holding the lines like flying a kite!


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Sailing Turmalin from Raffles Marina in Tuas

Last Saturday we chartered Turmalin, a beautiful 54 feet ketch built in Hong Kong. Our friend Puput (who is relocating from Havana to Jakarta), my parents Hindro and Tuti, and the entire Blass-Hernandez family were aboard with us on a half-day cruise around Tuas (departing from Raffles Marina).


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We departed shortly after 9:00am and had to be under power for the first hour seeking for favorable winds. It was only after 10:30am when 5 knots of wind came to push us southeasterly towards the tip of Jurong Island.

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Is Gardening Better Than Sailing?

If you have to choose between sailing and... naked gardening, which one will be your choice?

I must say that I have never thought of it as an important activity for some people until I read this World Naked Gardening Day, which was described by the organizers in this sentence:

"All that's involved is getting naked and making the world's gardens--whatever their size, public or private--healthier and more attractive. WNGD has no political agenda, nor is it owned or organized by any one particular group. Naked individuals and groups are encouraged to adopt the day for themselves."

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Sailing Blue Eagle on a Sunday Afternoon

I had the pleasure of cruising on Blue Eagle with Derek Mazzone (owner/skipper), Francis (from Changi Sailing Club) and Derek Wee (relative of Mazzone from Adelaide). It was Yodhi's first time being on a sailboat and he was enjoying it despite of the heeling. AWe set sail somewhere along Selat Johor and managed to just cruise along until sunset. There was hardly any traffic on this strait compared to the Selat Jurong area where barges and tugboats are always within half a mile radius. Akhmad had his 12mm lens on Nikon D70S and shot many scenes of the Monsoon Cup Regatta due North of where we were. Their spinnakers were up most of the time. So colorful and vibrant!

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Great Inspiration for Me and Rani

After thinking hard enough, ocean cruise sailing is the kind of lifestyle Rani and I will adopt over a course of 5 years. Out of a hectic life exists a simple and joyful life propelled by the natural force of wind. And this video is just one of many inspiring stories we have discovered.

By watching this video: "Sailing on a 42' catamaran through the Bay of Islands of New Zealand", we hope you will understand what we mean by it.

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From Vladivostok with Sail

We are enjoying long weekend here in Singapore with 4 days off until Tuesday.

While Rani took her regular French lesson I brought Noe to visit Carpe Diem Kidz on Alexandra. We will enroll Noe there in March after Rani's business trip to Aceh starting next week.

Later we went to a simple wedding celebration of Harris and Neng in Lakeside. Good food and good company, that's almost always guaranteed when you are with IndoSingMum folks.

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Sailing Lesson Day 3: I am a Sailor now

Finally, I can call myself a Competent Crew for Keelboat! From now, I can legally offer my skills and expertise to any sailboat owner who needs a crew.

Technically, this means I've learned the basics of boat handling. I can be a useful member of a yacht crew rather than just another body for the skipper to worry about.

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I Cannot Stop Reading Sailing Books

Thanks to Singapore National Library! I have been bombarding myself with a wealth of sailing knowledge that I could hardly absorb in such a short time (but persistently and curiously asking for more!). It is such a blessing to be able to access great books at no cost if you are a Singapore Resident.

Here is a list of books that I have been reading for the past 2 weeks:

  • This is Sailing : a complete course / edited by Jim Saltonstall
  • This book begins with advanced techniques for racing types. Not very useful for my limited skills but the pictures really make you understand how cool it is to gybe and tack in harmony!

  • Living afloat by Clare Allcard
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