The Jakarta Post
A beach in Sabang Island, Aceh in this undated file photo. (Indonesia.travel/File)
Indonesian and Australian yachters take part in Sail Sabang 2017, with a total of 85 yachts, where 56 will depart from Tual, Maluku on July 28 and the other 29 will depart from Darwin, Australia.
In Darwin, tourism ministry’s marine tourism department advisor, Dr. Marsetio will officiate the departure, while in Tual, head of the tourism ministry’s maritime tourist industry development acceleration taskforce, Indroyono Soesilo will officiate the event.
The two groups will meet at Sail Sabang 2017 in Aceh on November 28. President Joko Widodo is set to attend the finale which will take place on December 2.
Dr. Marsetio explained that from Darwin, the group will go to Kupang from August 5 to 9, North Central Timor from August 11 to 14 and Alor from August 16 to 20.
The journey continues to Komodo Island from August 23 to 26, Sumbawa Besar – Badas from August 28 to 31 and Medana Bay – Lombok from September 2 to 6.
From September 9 until 15 the group will be in Bali where they will visit Lovina Buleleng Bali. After that they will go to Karimunjawa from September 17 to 23, Kumai Pangkalanbun from September 25 to 30, East Belitung - Manggar from October 2 to 5, Belitung from October 6 to 10, Central Bangka – Ketawai Island from October 11 to 14, Bintan – Tanjung Pinang from October 16 to 23.
The group will sail to Sabang through the Malaka strait from October 23 to November 30. They will arrive and stay in Sabang from December 1 to 7.
Sail Indonesia is an international event that was first initiated in December 2000. In 2009, the committee made a decision to make the event’s official title based on the final destination of that year such as Sail Bunaken in 2009, Sail Banda in 2010, Sail Wakatobi – Belitong in 2011, Sail Morotai in 2012, Sail Komodo in 2013, Sail Raja Ampat in 2014, Sail Tomini in 2015, Sail Selat Karimata in 2016 and Sail Sabang in 2017.
Participating yachters are welcomed to apply for social cultural visa for 60 days free visit and can be extended monthly for a total stay of six months. Those who wish to apply for the rally can sign up on http://yachters-indonesia.id.
Currently, the tourism ministry is conducting a meeting with the yacht communities in Darwin from July 22 to 29. (asw)