We set sail from Saumlaki on monday 5th August, it was about 440 miles to our next stop of Alor. The trip took us just over 3 days and we arrived on thursday 8th August mid afternoon. It was a good safe sail with no problems and no rough weather to contend with. We anchored where we saw 5 other yachts one of which we recognised from Papua New Guinea, Reflections with the Amercian couple Gene and Sheri on board. The anchorage where members of the rally were supposed to anchor was very open and probably would have been a bit rough but as we arrived earlier than most we stayed at the anchorage we found, it was a good decision as during the night it was like a mill pond, brilliant.
All the local kids came out in their dug out canoes some frantically bailing as they swamped the boat. Everybody shouting ‘Mister, mister’ or ‘ Hello Mister, How are you ?’. This they seemed to do every morning , afternoon and evening, Myra soon run out of sweets to give them. One lad in a canoe towed a small dug out canoe toy behind him and seemed to have taken his kid brother out for a ride giving him the job of bailing out which he wasn’t happy with !!.