Re: From Polynesia west: Fiji-Vanuatu-Solomons_PNG-Indonesia-Singapore: A request for information and advice.
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Hello, excuse my poor spelling in English! We took the Indonesian rally but didn't really follow since we where 60 boats register and for safety reasons seperate from the group since many many anchorages can't accomodate so many yachts at the same time securely!
All Vanuatu and Fidji is great, a must!
We skip PNG for the lack of clearing facility.
Grand Barrier sailing in Australia is fantastic. Contrary to many reports clearing in Australia is not any harder than in New Zealand.
You will have wind from Thursday Island to Bali than expect to motor a LOT from there to Singapour and Malaysia.
Be sure all your system's are all in good shape, very little assistances before Malaysia and Singapour.
Indonesian are nice people and helpfull. Keep your eye open for fishing net near PNG and first third of Indonesia, there a lot of them and not always light properly.
Fantastic culture, beautiful places, nice foods you will encounter. For Indonesia stock well before if you enjoy whines or any specific, supply are basic.
Security wise we never felt treaten . The only deception we had was the lack of wind from Bali to Thailand, since we had to motor most of the time...... More than 60 percent! You will need light air sails...... And diesel!
Have a great time
S/V Vanille, Santorin #51
On Sun., Jan. 26, 2020, 19:02 Porter McRoberts via Groups.Io, <email@example.com> wrote:
I write as IBIS is on the hard in Opua, we’re back in the USA for a spell and then back to Opua and to Fiji then west in May-June.