We arrived in Kalabahi at 0650 this morning after a passage of 24 hours with 102nm logged and the engine on for 20 of those hours. Not our best statistics by a long shot but the last part of the passage was very interesting and the welcome we've received has been amazing.
|Zen Again Track|
|Mega fish trap!|
|Zen Again at Kalabahi|
At 0915 the dinghies from the 20 or so yachts converged on the landing pontoon. We were all instructed to follow a boat manned by folks in traditional garb and weapons. This we did and the boat led us through the anchorage to one yacht where the crew were collected. They were carried ashore by the boat, with much chanting, dancing and weapon waving. Very colourful!
The dinghies followed the boat back to the pontoon where we were all welcomed ashore. A groups of dancers then welcomed us all and many of the yachties were dragged into the dance. From there we were invited into a building where we were seated and listened to several speeches before two new groups of dancers entertained us. Spectacular.
|Impressive welcome dances|
Revived by a good lunch we returned to the harbour and found our diesel and water ready for us. We took them out to the boat and topped up our main tanks.
We're now preparing for the Gala Dinner this evening. Given we haven't slept for more than an hour at a time for 36 hours we're starting to fade. I'm sure it will be a great evening nonetheless.
Trust all's well where you are.