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2,000kilos worth of desal plant, and only hands, backs, and legs to move it by.... - photo © Ray La Fontaine

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In They'd all been there a few weeks ago, we looked at how Lombok, Indonesia, was rapidly becoming a bit of an epicentre for cruising activity. Lombok Marina Del Ray on Gili Gede, off the Sou'west corner of Lombok, is a deepwater haven with moorings, pens (slips), hardstand, and also has more than just the odd amenity to assist global travellers. So as a clearance port, it is absolutely ideally placed to handle all your needs.

The other thing is that it is outside of the cyclone band, and generally has just a two-month wet season over the Christmas period, which is about half some of the other favourite ports in South East Asia. Now in continuing communications with Ray La Fontaine, I got to learn how the desalination plant you see in these images was manhandled into position for use by the marina and its guests.

It wasn't quick, but they made it happen. - photo © Ray La Fontaine
It wasn't quick, but they made it happen. - photo © Ray La Fontaine

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La Fontaine commented, "I wanted to share this as a way of demonstrating how well we are integrated into the local community, and how much they also appreciate the marina, and what it all means for them. We have no cranes here, so manoeuvring the two tonne behemoth was a huge task. Members of our local Mosque all banded together, as you can see, and manhandled it into place."

"It is a great example of how marine development sparks economic and social development. In all my travels over the years, I have seen just how few economic and social benefits half of the Indonesian population on the small islands receive. The real exception is what the sailors provide. By the time we are at stage five of the development here, we should be bringing in USD300M to the Lombok economy, which will represent 7% of its annual GDP."

The marina recently took delivery of a hydraulic slipway trailer, and last week they hauled out their first two yachts. They are now really the only haul out facility for yachts between Darwin and Singapore. Again, it pays to know where the people in the know reside, so that you can saddle up next to them...

Lots of care and consideration used in working out the best way to make it happen. - photo © Ray La Fontaine
Lots of care and consideration used in working out the best way to make it happen. - photo © Ray La Fontaine

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La Fontaine is one of those who are always thinking, and his visions include getting all the boats that might be stuck in Phuket or Malaysia for the monsoon season into Lombok by December. Boats can stay there safely whilst you return home for Christmas, and then come the end of April he plans to organise a rally to Australia, sailing past Sumbawa, Flores, Komodo, Sumba, and Timor and be ready to jump across the Timor Sea to Australia in early May. You could either head for Darwin, or keep going to Cape York. There's a great place to hang in the Wessels group off the coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. By May you could make it Cairns, and in June even get down to Southport in the predominantly light offshore winds."

So yes, perhaps we need to go sooner, rather than later, ourselves...

One now for the propellerheads, and in no great shock, daggerboards in multihulls perform better, and over a wider range of conditions, than keelsons. Caveats and codicils aside, like extra room in the hulls and ease of use, if you want to read it all by some serious boffins, then read This paragraph is short, but the interesting detail in the article is much longer.

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Diesel engine in Clipper - The diesel engine is hooked up ready for lifting - photo ©

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OK. Today you will find that we have information for you about whales, crew gear, climate change, the ARC, what happens when it all goes to custard, Greenland (which of course is actually ice land) is melting quickly, ditching the Diesel and going fully electric thanks to Fiona and Kevin Horig, reefs, Santa by jetpack, Xmas gifts from Musto, Multihull Solutions looks to the Thailand Yacht Show, as well as much more.

So you see, there are stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do savour... We're really enjoying bringing you the best stories from all over the globe. If you want to add to that, then please make contact with us via email.

Remember too, if you want to see what is happening in the other Hemisphere, go to the top of the a target="_blank" href="">Sail-WorldCruising home page and the drag down menu on the right, select the other half of the globe and, voila, it's all there for you.

In the meantime, do you love being on the ocean? Well remember to love them back too. They need our help. Now more than ever! Until next time...

John Curnow

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S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 72 - Underway again - hoping to 'round the corner' on 18th
Jeanne Socrates is 76 years of age and is attempting to complete a non-stop, solo and unassisted circumnavigation as the oldest sailor. She left Victoria, British Columbia on October 3, 2018.

Visit the pearl of the Andaman
See winter differently in Thailand and enjoy 10% off when you book before the 20 December to uncover hidden lagoons, traditional fishing villages and ancient island temples.

Weymouth RNLI launches its 150th anniversary celebrations
Weymouth RNLI is celebrating 150 years of lifesaving in 2019 with a host of events to mark the momentous occasion.

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British yacht in distress uses alert which pinpoints rescue off the Solomon Islands
Two people have been rescued after their Personal Locator Beacon alerted HM Coastguard to the fact their yacht was in trouble off the Solomon Islands.

Casting Off: Breaking Free on the Home Front
Thinking of casting off and heading for exotic anchorages? What about everything and everyone that you're leaving behind?

Join Ancasta at the Dusseldorf Boat Show 2019
The largest indoor boatshow on the planet is now only six weeks away and with no London Boat Show this year, our appointment book for Dusseldorf viewings is filling up fast!

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ARC+ 2018 wraps up in Saint Lucia
In Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia last night crews from ARC+ route of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers gathered on the green of IGY Marina to mark the end of their Atlantic adventure that began in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Watch out for whales around Cape Cod
A voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area - DMA) has been established around Cape Cod Bay to protect an aggregation of six right whales sighted in this area.

Les Sauveteurs en Mer reveals its bespoke Crewsaver lifejacket at Paris Boat Show 2018
Crewsaver designers worked closely with SNSM in the design and trial phases to develop the SOLAS approved custom-made ErgoFit 3D Twin Chamber lifejacket. Supplied in two colourways – one for operation and one for training purposes.

Turning climate change from a 'tragedy of the commons' to positive action
December marks the 50th anniversary of the paper that popularized the concept of tragedy of the commons: it argued that individuals will always take advantage of a common resource and so degrade it.

A Classic ARC crossing
Wave after wave comes surging onto the Atlantic coast of Saint Lucia, pushed across the ocean by the constant trade winds, each wave steadily following that ahead.

Jeanneau Underway, Life Through the Lens - Episode 3
Take one look at Tor Johnson's photographs and it's easy to see how so many of them have ended up on the covers of premier sailing magazines.

Official ARC+ welcome to St Lucia
The Harbor Club Hotel provided the perfect venue for the ARC+ Welcome party here in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The recently opened hotel welcomed participants on the spectacular pool deck overlooking the fleet moored in the IGY Rodney Bay Marina.

Lessons Learnt: When weather turns deadly
Victorian boater Max says he's witnessed weather having fatal consequences. As a child, Max was fishing with his dad off South Werribee in Port Phillip Bay, when his dad spotted a huge storm front coming in from Geelong.

Good things come to those who wait - First ARC+ Saint Vincent arrival
The team ashore at Blue Lagoon Marina in Saint Vincent have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first boats sailing the inaugural ARC+ Saint Vincent route since the fleet left Cape Verde on 25 November.

Downwind all the way - The Kid take line honours in ARC 2018
"Marvellous! Downwind all the way with the spinnaker" said Jean-Pierre 'JP' Dick, the owner and skipper for The Kid, the first boat to arrive in Saint Lucia on the direct ARC route from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Greenland ice sheet melt 'off the charts' compared with past four centuries
Surface melting across Greenland's mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research published Dec. 5, 2018

Sailboat found stranded in waves on Jersey Shore beach
A sailboat found mysteriously stranded on the beach in Sea Isle City over the weekend is being removed by officials from the Jersey Shore town.

Julian Dussek takes the helm at the Cruising Association
At last month's AGM, Judith Grimwade stepped down as President after serving three years, and the CA welcomed Julian Dussek, new Vice Presidents and a new Council member. The CA has also appointed Marie Ross as its new Company Secretary.

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