Tip of Borneo and Closure Dinner
02 August 2009 | Kota Kinabalu
Today we were up early and went to Kudat, where there is a shipyard and travel lift we hope to use. It is about 200k drive from Kota Kinabalu, this time we end up with a fairly new but small car. It zooms along the road well and it takes about 3 hours to do the drive through the top end of Borneo. Interesting all the way and nice scenery. We find the shipyard easily and communicate with the owner with difficulty but it all looks good.
It is blowing 40 pelicans up here though with very strong winds. On the way back we see a sign to "The tip of Borneo" so head off down the track to arrive at the tip, a beautiful area and we see one of our friends on Panthalassa heading towards the Cape with 40 Knots+ wind and very rough conditions. We can hardly stand up in the wind! They look to be struggling........
We arrive back at KK at 1740 just in time to prepare for the Cocktail Reception and grand final dinner.
The grand dinner acknowledging the end of the Rally was put on by the Sabah Tourism Board and it was magnificient. Starting with cocktails on the boardwalk we then followed a band of warriors round to the massive tennis stadium that had been carpeted and decorated for the event. The tennis area has massive circus tent like covers high overhead. The setting was beautiful and the night was punctuated by some great speeches, and then singing, music and dancing from local traditional tribal area which was just spectacular and so well done. We all feel that there is just so much more of Borneo we would like to see and do. The dancers were superb and the music great with fantastic dress and presentations with a cultural context. An absolutely wonderful finale of the highest standard.
This finished at about 11:30pm and we had a quick swim to cool off after the dancing and then went on board our next door neighbour a 106 foot superyacht where we drank port, rum and told tales until the night was seen out.