Summary of our arrival on Aeleutheria
In this beautiful month of October 2016, the adventure Sirkus Laut comes alive.
Here we are three little girls scouring the boat, updating the inventory, review the fittings and prepare the engine..
Sirkus Laut – arrived on board – 1After this first week on board, we begin to see the workload ahead and what we have already accomplished. Everything becomes clearer so that Aeleutheria can sail again and hoist the sails at the beginning of the year. The observation is that there is work but the boat is healthy, solid and superb.
To restore the sailboat, this is our mission, and it is not the least because it has been 4 years since it did not move! We discover little by little where everything is hidden and how the ship works. Our first fright was to open the safety valve, which filled the holds with salt water !
This allowed us to thoroughly clean the bottoms, find the right valve and know that we have two evacuation pumps in case of damage. In short, every day the list goes on and on.
We had the chance from the third day to meet our first local contact, an Indonesian teacher. She offered to visit her school and eat at home with her whole family. Very nice meeting with Ima at the market of “Plaza Fanindo”!
Meetings are the inherent part of the journey, they are the ones who feed and offer more knowledge and sharing. The fact of being able to concretize quickly why we came, gives us balm to the heart and energy to the work. This also makes it possible to take breaks between mechanics, scouring and sorting!
The crew also met Robert, an old Australian wolf who plans to go to Europe with his rafiot. It helps us put our hands in the sludge, and gives good plans for Australia. An equally rich meeting with Romain, director of the neighboring hotel, a young French expat who will help us find a scooter to fetch gear and food. Perhaps also the possibility of proposing a circus workshop for his team. Stay tuned !
In Batam, we do not have water every day. On the other hand one is entitled to big storms in the night. The heat and the mosquitoes are very present but hey, we will not complain because we eat exotic fruits at breakfast !
Finally, we kiss you with a “cum pipi” (the Indonesian wind) !