Thursday, 11 August 2011


the fleet,welcome sign,& ile ape volcano

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overnight sail.dinner was green chicken curry and rice,with local greens cleaned indiluted WHITE  KING premium bleach.Lembata is a small island,formerly called lomblen or kuruwu..about 60x20 km,pop 100,000.few tourists,.subsistance arming and fishing-fiendly,happy,helpful locals.anchored off lewoleba,little main town along coast,underneath ile ape volcano.17 yachtsdinghied over to jetty to rally tent-well organised with sail indonesia welcome to lembata guidebook with details of tours,maps,services-laundry,water,dieseL(cheap).jalan jalan=walk,into town center,lnice lunch at berkat lomblen restaurant&cold bintangs.back via markets.
dinghy dollies going out to dinner
5pm back over to shore(now 34 yachts). for rally dinner-lots of performers ready for evening -we all had a musical procession to restaurant.about  yachties,and several hundred performers and locals,making a noisy ,rambling,fun evening.4 performances-traditional music and dance from diferent regions,then buffet dinner(excellent),then another 4 performances,enjoyed with icycold bintangs.a late night for yachties-back on havenafter 9pm,but a most memorable fun evening

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