Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Maumere Sea World Resort

Hi everyone,
We had a fantastic sail today, running the motor for less than 30 minutes and sailing for over 4 hours.  We are now anchored at 08 38.084S 122 18.501E in 8m over sand.  We are with about a dozen other yachts off Sea World Resort which is east of the town of Maumere on Flores Island.

Zen Again Track
The wind held in for the entire trip at 18-25 knots from the SE.  We were hard on the wind and the boat loved it with No 2 jib and full main.  Great fun with the boat tramping along at 5 to 6 knots and occasional spray flying over.  The foredeck got a good wash, which it needed.  Only problem is we were having so much fun we didn't take any pictures!

Last night we were invited aboard the French yacht Alibi for the second night in a row.  It turned out to be a birthday party and we were treated to nice snacks, champagne, wine and a yummy chocolate cake with custard.  The crews of the four French yachts we've been sailing with were all aboard, and we all agreed to sail here together today.

After arriving here we were visited by local lads offering fuel/water/laundry/food supply services.  We filled our water tanks, bought fresh veggies and fruit, and sent our laundry off for washing. We then went ashore at 4pm to join the local yachties' sundowner which the resort hosts for the crews.  The resort restaurant is open to us too, and we'll take advantage of that tomorrow.

Maumere Sea World anchorage
Maumere Sea World anchorage
We expect to stay here for a couple of days, and hopefully will visit the local volcano and the three volcanic lakes near it.

By the way, the blogs from Kroko Island to here have now been updated with photos.

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