Rene felt a bit uneasy about the Lobobarese guy with a greedy attitude who had hung around too long at Wotap (we'd heard stories of boats being robbed at night in Indonesia, and had been particularly warned about the 'Muslim theives' from Lobobar village (albeit by Saumlaki Christians!)). We also worked out that it was going to take us longer than everyone else to sail to Banda (because Anima is slower). So, at 9pm we set out into the pitch dark, initially following our snail-trail on the chart-plotter and then following our course into the dark. There were some strange flashing lights about but we managed to avoid them all and then didn't see another vessel for 24 hours. Since arriving here in Banda, we've heard that Wotap has a bad reputation for stealing! One boat last year had more than 2K of gear nicked from their deck while they slept!! The police recovered most of it from a village in Wotap.
|Prahu - a local sailing boat.|
|Message in a bottle|
|Trying to remain upright at sea.|
|Rene with Banda volcano|
Port clearance was so easy here – taking only 5 minutes to hand over some forms. We love it here. The locals are really friendly and relaxed. The only harrassment we have experienced is the young children wanting to recite their rote-learnt English introductions. The streets are lined with drying nutmeg and mace while locals zoom about on their motorbikes and women work at market stalls selling spices, vegetables and sweets. A few times each day the muslim prayers echo out over the village. I quite like them as I can't understand the words so it just sounds like music.
|Rally yachts tied up here in Banda.|