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cafe in downtown Dili, after 3 days of sailing and a week of sightseeing.
Last Saturday, 6 Yachts set off from Darwin 3 cats and 3 monos on a timed Rally, to East Timor. This was the second running since the Country has attained independence 9 years ago.
Pretty much a dead run/beam reach the whole way with 3 Mtr swell (and minor waves) in the Timor sea, making a fantastic crossing.
Event was pretty well organised. and looking forward to next year for another run. Its perfect from Darwin as your able to get here and back in 2 weeks so well within the "annual leave" requirements of us salary earners.
Ive also stayed ashore in some genuine local accommodation (read $35US a night and cold water
in the taps :-)) and enjoyed some good (although hard to find) local cuisine.
Next year I plan on a 4WD trip across the whole country over a week, as RAV4s and Pajero IOs are commonplace in the little rental places.
If anyone is interested in coming next year contact me and Ill give you the good oil
I certainly enjoyed it, so long as you recognise Timor Leste as a recently emerging country you will as well.