Iris arrival in Singapore. Next step: Aeleutheria in Batam, Indonesia!!

Iris arrival in Singapore. Next step: Aeleutheria in Batam, Indonesia!!

On thursday the 26th January, Iris tread upon Singapore!!

Chloe received her after her “quick” 19h travel from Marseille. She was laden down with huge packages, full of essential stuff for the boat and the project : juggling stuff, sail, …(you know more as soon as we embark, haha!). Towards Malcolm and Paulina’s comfy flat (thank you so much for hosting us, friends!) for a couple of relaxing nights in Marina Bay, a bit of computering, … Then, move out for good to Eleftheria, Batam, Indonesia!

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A little rest well deserved !!!

A little rest well deserved !!!

Hello everyone !

It is with a twinge in the heart that we tell you soon! Indeed, it is time for me to return to Europe to work a little. As for the girls, they take a little well-deserved holiday ! The project will resume in 2 months (January 2017). We are happy because the work has progressed well. There will still be some tinkers to do (fairing, rigging…) and finally we can put the sails. Besides there are some places to fill, you can contact me by mail or facebook. We are already looking forward to leaving and giving you news again… See you soon !!!

A sea trip

A sea trip

Sous la chaleur tropicale, nous poursuivons les travaux à bord. Finition de l’étanchéité des hublots, démontage, nettoyage et remise en place des winchs.
Il y a quatre ans, les anciens propriétaires du bateau ont caréner en Malaisie : en route pour Kongkong comme point de départ pour la recherche de ce petit port. Notre mission du jour est de savoir si le chantier maritime existe toujours.
Nous voilà alors parties en ferry de Batam, direction Johor Bahur.
Nous avons de minces informations pour trouver ce port: “aller à Masai en bus, puis direction Kongkong et prendre le chemin dans la forêt à droite”. Pas simple à première vue mais les choses se goupillent bien. Nous trouvons assez rapidement, même si nous finissons la route à pied car le taxi man a peur de salir sa voiture dans le chemin boueux.
Le chantier naval est toujours en activité, c’est une super nouvelle car le bateau à déjà  été sorti là bas et le patron de la marina connait bien le voilier. C’est lui qui a refait entièrement l’aménagement intérieur.
Il y a très peu de voiliers en Indonésie, ce n’est donc pas évident de trouver un chantier capable de s’occuper de ce beau deux mats. Nous repartons de Kongkong heureuses et rassurées.

Direction Desaru, une plage au sud-est de la Malaisie. Cela fait un moment que nous bossons sur le bateau non stop, alors nous avons décidé de nous accorder deux jours de repos. C’est après une longue journée de bus, taxi et ferry que nous découvrons Tanjun-Balau, un lieu populaire et familial où nous sommes encore une fois les seules européennes.
Camping sauvage, feu et musique sur la plage ; de quoi nous ressourcer avant d’affronter le tumulte de Singapour.

La course démarre à Singapour, véritable temple de la consommation. Nous commençons par l’informatique. Tout est démesuré, chaque building regorge d’une quantité de magasins, de restaurants, de gens. Une vraie fourmilière ! Nous faisons la connaissance de Dany, un architecte naval séduit par le projet Sirkus Laut. Il nous aide dans nos recherches de matériel et nous pistonne même sur des possibles représentations de cirque dans plusieurs discothèques du quartier de Little India.
Le soir nous sommes accueillies chez Sidoine et sa famille, un expatrié français. Bref moment de répit avant de reprendre la course le lendemain.
Mission du jour: trouver de l’antifouling de l’époxy, des anodes, et panneaux solaires. Mais nous réalisons qu’il nous manque des informations importantes et qu’il n’est pas chose simple de transporter des produits chimiques entres les frontières, c’est l’apprentissage de la vie.
Nous n’avons pas pu acheter tout ce que nous voulions mais nous repartons avec de très bons contacts et de précieux conseils. Singapour est une ville particulière; certains d’entre vous la connaissent déjà … Une ville en pleine ébullition où les mots d’ordres sont : consommation, propreté et rentabilité. C’est une ville plutôt strict où le chewing-gum est interdit, la cigarette tolérée à proximité d’un cendrier et ultra surveillée.
Retour au bateau après quatre jours d’absence. Quel bonheur de rentrer chez soi !
Ce matin tempête… C’est en sursaut que nous avons été réveillées par un énorme bruit métallique. Il est 6h, en moins de deux nous voilà  sur le pont, nous constatons ébahis qu’un ponton se ballade dans le port et vient de percuter la coque du bateau.
Le vent souffle, nous courons chercher le garde.
La tempête se calme… le pont est amarré plus loin, résultat des courses : trois gros pètes sur la coque… heureusement Alehueteria est en acier et les dommages ne sont pas catastrophiques.
Aujourd’hui il pleut, la mousson s’installe, le temps est à  la gravure. Et oui il faut bien qu’on vous envoie des jolies cartes… 😉

Engine and drive to Pulau Buluh

Engine and drive to Pulau Buluh

It is with a broad smile that we wake up this morning.
The last week was dense in emotion. First of all the boat’s engine was able to start with the help of an Indonesian mechanic. YES! Emptying! This old tagazou has started again after four years of inactivity, it turns like a clock.

Buluh Palau - Sirkus Laut

Buluh Palau

Rigging of the hull, cleaning of the propeller, purchase of new battery, sicaflexe, plexiglace ! Every mission is a bit of an adventure but it’s moving forward. The guys at the marina give us some help and give us tips on how to perfect Aeleutheria. The Indonesians are very warm and do not hesitate to render services.
During the week, as expected, we went to sleep with the locals. The Muslim family of Ima has welcomed us as princesses in their humble abode.
Equality between the sexes is very marked in Indonesia; The men cook, wash linen, take care of the children. Often both parents work. Everyone is a believer, the Muslim community is the most popular on Batam and generally in Indonesia. The different religions cohabit simply and the reception is the same everywhere, people are curious about us. We try to explain to them that we are atheists and unmarried, it seems to us that it is not always obvious to understand for them
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Costumes enfants - Sirkus Laut

Traditional costumes

 

Each island has its own culture. On Batam we are in Melayu land (traditional dialect), with its special culinary specialties and rituals.
On the first evening, friends of Ima came from Java to organize a feast that will take place at school the next day. The international company they work for has made a donation to create a library and improve student learning conditions. They came to France last May and are looking at us differently, as if the European fantasy had gone out in their eyes.
The day after that first night, Ima, an English teacher, rises at five in the morning to go to school.

 

 


She informed us that the high school was on another island, but we did not expect to take a taxi boat which will take us to a confetti island, Palau de Buluh.
It is the first time that such architectures have been discovered: all the houses are on stilts, built between mangroves and supporters of wooden piole plunged in the water with, at their feet, boats for vehicles.
Landing and curious welcome on the remote island of Buluh. Everyone looks at us as if we were coming from another planet, which is more or less the case !


Village sur l'eau - Sirkus Laut

The village on the water

Arrival at the high school of 187 students from the islands around. The students point the finger at us and laugh, it is the beginning of an interminable strafing of photos that will last two days. We pose as stars with young people, teachers and locals. Technology compels, anyone has a camera on their phone and is subscribed to the internet. We have never been so photographed. Our heads must circulate on Indonesian social networks, and say that all this comes from a mini floating land lost in the middle of nowhere.

 

 


 

Unfortunately this island is stuffed with plastic and is surrounded by a huge maritime industrial complex. Pollution is one of the major problems here, it is a disastrous spectacle that we witness every day, the sea and the land are full of this plastic dirt.
But today, at the “SMA NEGERI 11 Batam” high school, places great preparations for the feast of tomorrow. Ima gathers all the students in the yard and, with a microphone, announces the procedure to follow, then presents us as “special guests”, artists, acrobats, from France, living on a boat to make a project Of circus on the waves. The crowd cheered. We become quite red with the idea that the dream of “Sirkus Laut” becomes reality ! The speech ends with the muslim prayer, “Abdulhah” !


Cours de Kompang - Sirkus Laut

Kompang lesson

Following a day of rehearsal, Iris and Margot learn to play the “Kompang” with the music teacher, Bilal. It is a traditional drum that rhythms dances. Laura makes sketches and collaborates with Firman, the graphic design teacher who will color the drawings on the computer. A small demo of balance by Margot under the astonished gaze of the students.
During this day we also met a fisherman who invited us to have tea in his house hanging above the water. Very nice meeting with a native of the island.
The next day, rebelote, lift 5h and direction Buluh. The ceremony passes very quickly, punctuated by dance, speeches, and traditional rituals.

 

It is an official event, the mayor of the island is present, the boss of the company, the imame! It was Ima who organized everything. During the morning we are invited to appear before the students, so we inform the young people about our project and activities. First scenario before an audience. We convey our ideals and our way of viewing life through the artistic project “Sirkus laut”. The students listened intently and asked us a lot of questions.

It is a strong experience that we experienced, we are welcome on this islands and at school, any proposal is possible and the project takes more and more shape.
As soon as we return to Aeleutheria, the missions matos resume. We think we go to Malaysia for fairness. We also have to go to Singapore to buy a lot of things. We are not bored at Batam in the crushing heat.

 

The adventure Sirkus Laut comes to life

The adventure Sirkus Laut comes to life

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 - arrivée à bord - 1Sirkus 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.Sirkus Laut - arrivée à bord - 2
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 !

Sirkus Laut - arrivée à bord - 3

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) !

 

 

 

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