Episode 8 of The Sailing Podcast is with our guests Ian and Michelle about the Sail Indonesia Rally. They have a Chamberlain designed 38’ catamaran named Raku which they sailed from Australia to Indonesia about 4 years ago and they haven’t looked back since.
They have set themselves up perfectly by building their own boat, testing it up and down the Queensland coast and then headed off to their favourite destination -Indonesia.
I found out what they were up to from my next door neighbour, Max. Carina and I met Ian and Michelle at our house. The whole podcast concept was pretty foreign to them and I really appreciate them letting us record the conversation about the Sail Indonesia Rally and put it up on the website, as they are fairly private people – and I think we will all enjoy the update of what is going on in the South East Asia cruising scene.
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Sail Indonesia Rally
The Sail Indonesia rally is a very popular one with Australians and the cruisers heading out of Australia. You can find information about the rally – it’s at
I think that the visa issue they spoke about was just a temporary glitch and the rally is now really well organised and a great stepping stone into the South East Asian sailing scene.
I found the information about sailing on through the Red Sea really interesting – such a shame that so many people have to change their round the world plans due to the piracy problems. It definitely does not seem worth the risk sailing through there so I guess you really only have the option of going south and heading down and under Africa or as they mentioned, you might have to look at other options such as selling you boat or I guess there are some ways to ship your vessel on a container ship to get to the med.
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Thank you for joining David and Carina on their journey