A fantastic World ARC Prizegiving Dinner was held last night at the friendly Bali Marina restaurant, just ashore from where the fleet are berthed. Settling in with a welcome drink for all, the crews then enjoyed a colourful and tantalising display by local Balinese dancers, followed by a spectacular buffet of local Asian cuisine.
Following the main course, World ARC Event Manager Paul Tetlow presented Marina Manager Mr Triono with a signed poster from all the fleet to thank the staff for their superb services during the World ARC stay in Bali.
To mark the occasion of the majority of boats now having sailed halfway around the world, Rally Control had organised a ‘Halfway-round Cake’, complete with the World ARC logo and sailing boats made from coloured icing. The cake was cut by the fleet’s youngest members, Kathryn and Audrey from Brizo, and then shared out amongst the 80 or so participants in the restaurant.
With the last leg from Darwin declared a motoring leg (no official results are given if the fleet motor more than half distance), Rally Control took the opportunity to award every single boat in the fleet with a locally crafted gift. The newest arrival to the World ARC family, Srecko and Olga on Ciao were also welcomed in. Ciao had completed the first half of World ARC 2010, and are now rejoining for the return to Europe after two years cruising in the area.
With two of the fleet having arrived in Bali without the use of their engines, a special mention was given to them and the boats that went back out from the marina to assist them in. Anastasia had assisted with the arrivals of both the boats, and Juba had also headed out several hours before Spirit of Alcides arrived to offer assistance if needed.
Spirit of Alicides arrived in Bali Marina yesterday morning after a long trip from Darwin. Their propeller had broken off in the first few hundred miles out from the start, so they had been forced to sail most the way in very light conditions. An ingenious method of strapping their outboard engine to the swimming ladder had helped them limp along through periods of no wind, and they completed the 1000 mile run from Darwin in a respectful 9 days.
World ARC Rally Control had been in touch with the boat all the way, and they had also been keeping in contact with the rest of the fleet on the daily SSB radio net, which boosted morale onboard.
Skipper Gus Pallot said to Event Coordinator Suzana Buraca on arrival ‘You don’t know how good it was to hear your voice on the VHF this morning when we were still 5 miles out from the harbour - to arrive in a foreign country without an engine and know that you can just come straight in without a hitch, with so many other rally boats helping you out is just the reason we signed up for World ARC’. A happy ending for all!
After dinner, the evening took an a different twist, as Umineko Skipper Sato started up his famous karaoke! With a large tv already prepared, crews took it in turn to show off their (not always tuneful!) singing skills, continuing the fun of the evening into the night.
After a restful day today, preparations are being made for the next leg to Christmas Island and then Cocos Keeling Islands. The World ARC fleet are looking forward to setting off tomorrow from Bali at midday local time.
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