Saumlaki, on Yamdena, in the Tanimbar Islands was our first stop in the Sail Indonesia Rally after we left Darwin on July 27th. We arrived on July 30th and were welcomed in Saumlaki with the gala festivities and traditional costumes and dancing. They gave us all nice polo-style shirts and we wore them to the Welcoming Ceremony the next morning. The traditional elders came down with the dancers and government officials to welcome us and give the captains of the yachts a blessing for safe journeys. One of the elders put a cross of oil on all our foreheads after the blessing.
The kids at Sangliat were all playing with toy trucks made out of a light wood or an old plastic oil or detergent container, like the one below. Quite creative! They made wheels, windows and such and then pulled them around on a string tied to a stick.
Bridge construction, Indonesian style on the road to Sangliat. Bamboo scaffolding and twine to hold the poles together.
Jason talking to some dancers.
An outrigger paddle team pooped after the canoe race. One flopped back and the other jumped into the water.
Remember those drums stored on the wharf? Here they are being used in the gala ceremony dance competition.