Philippines to Indonesia: Yacht rally 2013 from Davao to Derawan - Update
Following the success of the Sail Morotai yacht rally from Davao to Morotai, Indonesia last September (see noonsite report here), Holiday Oceanview Marina in Samal has now announced the next yacht rally for 2013. This time, the route will be from Davao to the featured islands of Indonesia for 2013 - the Derawan Islands.
The Derawan Islands is an archipelago located in Berau, East Kalimantan, Northwestern part of Indonesia. Consisting of several islands, what makes Derawan a perfect tropical paradise is not just its fine white sandy beaches, palm trees and year-round warm atmosphere, but its glittering seas, changing colors from green, to aquamarine to dark blue. Underwater life here is nothing short of spectacular. One can find the world's biodiverity, such as giant turtles, dolphins, manta rays, dugongs, barracudas and stingless jellyfish. Not surprisingly, Derawan island is known as the best diving spot in the world.
Events and Timeline for Festival Derawan:
I. 21 TO 30 JUNE 2013:
a.LOB FESTIVAL (GAHTER IN DERAWAN, OPENSHIPS ETC)
b.GUINESS WORLD RECORD SENIOR DIVE (50 YEARS AND OVER)
c.UNDERWATER PHOTO TOURNAMENT
f.FREE TOURS AND ISLAND VISITS
a.YACHT RALLY FROM DAVAO (Depart Davao August 24, 2013 arriving Derawan o/a September 12)
b.YACHT RALLY FROM TAWAU
c.DINGHY & WINDSURFING RACE
The route of the rally will be from Davao to Sangihe to Manado to Kwandnag and then to Derawan:
See new route below:
AUGUST means KADAYAWAN FESTIVAL in Davao. Yachts joining the rally can be in Davao early enough to join in the festivities. The highlight of the festival will be held the 3rd weekend of August (August 16-17). More information here -http://sailsamal.com/blog/post/2012/07/05/August-means-Kadayawan-Festival-in-Davao.aspx.
Those interested in joining the Diving competition set for June 2013 can register directly with the organizers of Festival Derawan at - http://www.festivalderawan.com/
Those who are interested in joining the yacht rally from Davao City can email Terry Sargent (wtf4017 <at> gmail.com) Cutoff date for entries is August 1, 2013.