Sailing With Sora

Terry and Karen circumnavigating the globe currently in Phuket, Thailand. Will remain in the area for a refit and some road trips around Asia for a year or so.

09 December 2010
02 March 2009 | Phuket
02 March 2009 | `Phuket
23 February 2009 | Andaman Sea
19 February 2009 | Bangkok
06 February 2009 | Thailand
24 December 2008 | Langkawi, Malaysia
09 December 2008 | Penang
06 December 2008 | Penang
02 December 2008 | Penang
29 November 2008 | Kuhla Lumpur
25 November 2008 | The Straits of Melaka
15 November 2008 | Johor Bahru
02 November 2008 | Singapore
17 October 2008 | Kumai
10 October 2008 | Borneo (Kalimantan)
09 October 2008 | Borneo
03 October 2008 | Kangean
28 September 2008 | Return to Lovina
28 September 2008 | Cruise to Lombok

The Sultan of Pangkalan Bun

10 October 2008 | Borneo (Kalimantan)
Karen
Leaving Darwin 6 weeks after the start of the Sail Indonesia rally, Sora had not attended any of their scheduled activities yet. We're now in position to join the rally group for an entire day's sightseeing, culminating with dinner at the Yellow Palace.

We begin with 2 hours at their local market stalls buzzing with frenzied activity, flies, and the chatter of hundreds of different Indonesian dialects. Next a visit to the traditional Ironwood Long House built on 20 foot pilings. The structure is so high to enable the natives to defend against head-hunter attacks. It was not explained how one can tell a head-hunter from any other foe, guess they must wear skulls around their waists? There actually were head-hunter attacks here as recently as 3 years ago. Borneo is truly the dark island!

In the afternoon all 60 cruisers were treated to an Arut River cruise. Just what the Dr. ordered - leave your sailboat behind for a river cruise on motorized canoes! Two or three cruisers snuggled in the bottom of each canoe waving to the spectators lining the banks while the drivers raced down the river and back amid diesel fumes. What fun it was, naked little kids jumping into the water while their elders waved, whooped, and hollered to the "long noses" - our affectionate nickname. The media were snapping pictures along the way as we became the poster children for "Visit Indonesia 2009".

After the traditional dances performed by their beautiful young folks on the grounds of the Yellow Palace, the Sultan's emissary invited us to stay for dinner which consisted of a lavish buffet of strange and mostly delicious treats. Unfortunately this was eaten only after many political speeches, cruiser and official Sail Indonesia replies in both languages, and gift exchanges. The young folks performed again and invited the cruisers to join in the final dance at 11 PM.

You must remember these cruisers are usually up with the sun and down shortly after its setting. But most importantly, this is a Muslim country where alcohol is forbidden - an anathema for cruisers! A very long, action packed, culture filled day was enjoyed by us all though!

Cheers to unusual foods and unique situations! KK
Comments
Vessel Name: Sora
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 55' Ketch
Hailing Port: Pensacola Beach, FL
Crew: Terry & Karen Kreitzberg
About: Terry Kreitzberg is retired and he and his wife are in the process of a circumnavigation. Not in any hurry, will sail till the wheels come off.
Sora's Photos - Johor Bahru (Main)
animal showed controlled the day!
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Marketing, preparing, and consuming a Thai feast!
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Sailing with the Kreitzberg Family
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Kreitzberg family Christmas amidst the heat, hawkers, and hookers of bangkok
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Rebak Marina during the holidays!
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Introduction to Thailand
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Street scenes and temples.
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War Museum and Botanic gardens
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Pristine beautiful beach but polluted seas.
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Introduction to Malaysia
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Return to Lovina
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Who are we, and just what do we think we're doing?

Who: Terry & Karen Kreitzberg
Port: Pensacola Beach, FL