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Sailing yachts are actively used in sport and are a category of classes recognized by the International Sailing Federation. The incoming three months events, will allow yachters who participate in the North Rally 2017 Wonderful Indonesia to explore Indonesian islands, which include Derawan Islands, Morotai and Raja Ampat.

According to the schedule, participants will depart from Tawau in North Kalimantan on Aug. 27 and finish at Wasai in West Papua. Last year (27/09/2016), the sailing events attract 150 yachts and were held in Riau islands water.

A sailing yacht (US ship prefix SY or S/Y) is a leisure craft that uses sails as its primary means of propulsion. Therefore having a four wheel is not considered as sailing.

“For three months, participants will sail through exotic locations in Indonesia. From Tawau to Waisai, there is plenty to explore,” said Tourism Ministry’s deputy minister for Overseas Promotion I Gde Pitana.

The sailing started from Tawau which is the southeast corner of the east Malaysian state of Sabah, one of two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo. From Tawau, they are scheduled to travel to Tarakan from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, followed by Tanjung Batu on Sept. 4-8. After spending a few days there, they will then travel to Buol from Sept. 20 to 24, and continue the journey to Saronde Island from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1, Boroko on Oct. 4-8, Bitung on Oct. 12-16, Morotai Island on Oct. 18-22, Wayang on Oct. 26-30 and, as the last stop, Waisai on Nov. 4-10.

“Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Morotai island that is one of the ministry’s priority destinations; there are relics from the World War II there,” Pitana added.

Regarding the tourist visa, yachters are welcomed to apply for the social cultural visa for 60 days of  free visit, which can be extended monthly for a total stay of six months. Those who wish to apply for the rally can sign up on http://yachters-indonesia.id.


 

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