Labuan Bajo, Indonesia is where the northern route yachts and the western route yachts were to meet up for the big gala dinner with the President of Indonesia. It was a big deal politically and the harbor was full of military ships from the SE Asia area, including the huge hospital ship from China below.
A rusty military ship in the harbor. Not sure what country this was from as there were ships from many countries here to make a showing in their sail pass, too.
Another big ship in the parade.
YOLO had all her flags a flying, too! We looked good. You just can't get a picture with the right perspective from onboard our boat. We'd need another yacht to take a shot of us.
You can see the micro lights buzzing around as our friends on Velella get in line for the sail pass. The Indonesian armed forces had paratroopers jumping out of helicopters in front of the viewing area, too.
Main street in Labuan Bajo
That is the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the blue shirt in the center of the photo. He said "See you tomorrow" as he walked past us on his way out and that was the extent our interaction. We thought he was coming to our gala dinner, but it turned out we were coming to dinner at his political reception for others; at least that is how it felt. We weren't impressed. We'd been treated like Super VIPs until now and we felt like poor relatives here.
Lyn with some of the dancers at the welcome dinner. They had whips at the end of those poles and they danced and swung them at each other in some ceremonial performance. Once in a while, they connected and drew blood. They had swishy bells on their backsides that stood out like tails, too, but they never stood still long enough to get a clear picture of them.