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Sometime in April 2002 when I was staying with Rani in Honolulu, Hawaii, I attended a talk by members of the Polynesian Voyaging Society on how people in Polynesian sailors have been able to navigate thousands of nautical miles without compasses for centuries.
I am sure some of you may have heard about the legacy of Phinisi as something Indonesians can be proud of but have you really found out what the word really means and what it refers to? In fact, the word Phinisi originated from the word pinisiq and probably after the word pinasse, which in the French and German of the time referred to a medium-sized sailing boat.
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):
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!
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).
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.
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!
Pardon me if I may sound like I have been so obsessed with sailing. I am doing this because sailing has been on my mind for quite a while now and just being honest with what my hands want me to type.
Rani and Noe took off at 7:50am this morning to Aceh via Medan. Rani will be attending the First International Conference of Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies led by Prof Anthony Reid and friends.
Our dear friend Natasha forwarded a story about a Canadian school on a 57-metre-long traditionally rigged sailing ship called the Concordia. The program is called Class Afloat and is open for students who are about to complete their high school education.
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.