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Radio Services & Suppliers:
to services, equipment
suppliers and information relevant to Brunei Bay Radio's HF-SSB voice and
A not-for-profit Association of vessel owners
operating a low cost and world wide e-mail service via HF-SSB radio for
The originators of SailMail are all experienced cruising and racing sailors with professional
expertise in radios and computing. The SailMail service has proven to be
the world's most attractive and dependable, low cost HF-SSB service for
SailMail membership is a flat annual fee
of US$250, with no additional charge for connection time. A
daily limit of 12 minutes connection time (averaged over
seven days) provides ample connection time for most
requirements. A free supporting service - SailDocs -
automates e-mailing of GRIB weather charts, official METAREA
forecasts, and other web pages.
Vessels only require an
official marine radio call-sign,
marine radio operator's license, modern marine HF radio - eg:
ICOM M802(DSC) or ICOM M801(E), Pactor Controller and
on-board PC/notebook. An amateur radio license is not
Brunei Bay Radio is
the regional SailMail hub for SE Asia, the NW Pacific, Indian Ocean.
Our effective service range extends over 2000nm. Yachts in
Japan, near Perth, Chagos or Madagascar use Brunei Bay Radio
for their SailMail connections.
UK based marine radio equipment, Pactor modems
for SailMail, and training.
Made Simple for Cruisers:
Terry Sparks' career as a navy officer, his active cruising
lifestyle and his HAM radio knowledge is combined in his
books and advise on HF/SSB radio equipment, installation and
California based marine
radio equipment, Pactor modems for SailMail, and SailMail
Queensland based radio
equipment supplier, Pactor modem distributor for SailMail,
and used equipment.
Auckland (New Zealand) business designing
and selling useful small-craft software, including tides, HF propagation, and astro navigation.
Also the home of YotReps, the
online vessel tracking and passage planning service for small-craft.
Vessel positions can be seen on screen via the Internet. Reports to YOTREPS include weather and sea state information
which contributes to weather forecasting services such as GRIB weather
charts. YOTRPES reports
can be sent direct from the
vessel via radio e-mail, or via voice to land bases - including to Brunei Bay
Radio - for later submission to the YOTREPS computer.
The Global Maritime Distress and
Safety System (GMDSS):
Click on the above link to access information
and developments in the GMDSS service. Points to remember in
SE Asia and elsewhere:
1. The GMDSS service was not
developed for small craft but the HF/SSB radio service and
worldwide network of MRCCs it supports is strongly
recommended for all vessels, because maintaining a 24/7
watch on a DSC capable marine HF/SSB radio links all
mariners together for mutual support and assistance.
2. Australia has declared it
has no VHF or NAVTEX system under the GMDSS concept.
3. There are no regular VHF services in SE Asia for position
4. NAVTEX stations and
weather fax services have deteriorated since the GMDSS
service was introduced because large ships were required to
install high-powered and expensive INMARSAT systems and they now get their weather
and other marine safety information via that system.
5. There are no major HF/SSB
coast stations in SE Asia. Many existing coast radio
stations (eg: Singapore Radio) closed soon after GMDSS was introduced because large ships shifted their
telephone interconnect traffic to their compulsory INMARSAT
system and that caused a dramatic fall in income for the
major HF/SSB radio stations. Without the
telephone interconnect traffic income there was nothing to
pay the operators who broadcast the weather, MSI warnings
etc on HF/SSB. So stations closed.
6. Australia closed all it's
major HF/SSB radio stations for the same reason. The
Australian Bureau of Meteorology set up two large
transmitter stations to continue the voice broadcast of
Australian coastal, METAREA 10 and Northern Region
(Indonesian archipelago to Singapore) forecasts. See the
Bureau of Meteorology website
for details. The transmitters operate on frequencies
with sufficient power to cover most of SE Asia
Rescue Coordination Centre
has access to the Bureau of Meteorology transmitters for use
in monitoring for DSC alerts, and to manage maritime
distress situations. Distress alerts received by EPIRB,
phone, satellite phone or HF/SSB radio will be managed using
the RCC/BOM HF/SSB radios because that allows the RCC
to simultaneously talk to all vessels, search aircraft etc.
They do not use satellite phone to coordinate search and
rescue operations because it is impractical, does not have a
broadcast facility and is expensive.
Yacht Cruising Resources:
Web sites with
information of particular interest to yachts traveling long
distances, making extended cruises, being self sufficient, or venturing to out of the
Jimmy Connell's web based version of his
renowned publication, World Cruising Routes. This site
has comprehensive information on ports and facilities around
the world, with regular updates and information from local
contacts and cruising yachts.
Described as The
Mother of All Maritime Links, a massive resource of
information and links to boating related services,
information, suppliers, history, places and activities.
Frank Singleton's Weather Pages:
Frank's recreation as an active cruiser and
his career in the UK Met Office gives him a unique
perspective on recreational boating weather requirements.
Along with the services available to access the information.
Made Simple for Cruisers:
Terry Sparks' career as a professional navy officer, his active cruising
lifestyle and his HAM radio knowledge is combined in his
books about cruising, equipment for cruising, and
communication services for cruising.
Toronto (Canada) based site with information for the cruising sailor, and a special focus on Canadian
sailors. Links to North American maritime safety information.
Cruising yacht website with lots of useful material, plus free
web page hosting for your yacht. Links to information
and resources for world cruisers.
The guide to sailing and cruising stories. Also lots of
useful links and information for long term cruisers, including
boat equipment, maintenance, and advice.
resource of yachting news, information, equipment, and
services in the Mediterranean.
Cyprus based web site with yachts for sale, plus private adds
for sails and other boat parts, and links to Cyprus yachting
resources. Also crew available/wanted.
Solutions - marine consultancy:
Phuket (Thailand) based company offering a wide variety of
yacht support services, including deliveries, charter yacht
management, and crew agency.
Clubs, Anchorages, Marinas, and Maintenance:
Links to clubs, marinas, resorts and hotels where
small craft can find berths, anchorages and moorings. Also
onshore maintenance and service facilities.
Nhulunbuy - northern Australia:
First major port for many yachts entering Australia direct from the
Pacific towards Asia. Good support and maintenance
Conducts the annual Over the Top Cruise in Company
event to Darwin in late June/early July that links with the Darwin to
Darwin Sailing Club:
Darwin: The principal racing club for dinghies
and yachts in Darwin. Inconvenient anchorage for yachts but
good club facilities and information.
Conducts the annual Darwin to Ambon, or more recently, Darwin
to Bali race as a kick off for yachts cruising through the
Indonesian Archipelago to Borneo and Philippines, or to Singapore and Port Klang for the
Raja Muda Regatta and then Phuket for the Kings Cup Regatta.
Beach Cruising Yacht Association:
Darwin: Convenient location for anchorage,
shore access and access to Tipperary Waters Marina with nearby
maintenance yards and town a short walk away. Operates
Darwin to Ambon yacht race.
Tipperary Waters Marina:
Darwin: The lock bound marina in Darwin. Convenient
home for cruising yachts in Darwin, with nearby chandlery
and repair services. Leave the boat here while exploring the
many national parks and spectacular wildlife attractions in
the Top End of Australia.
Middle Harbour Yacht Club:
Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) is one of the major Australian yacht
clubs. Located at a scenic position not far inside Sydney
Harbour, they run a range of inshore and offshore racing
events, as well as having a strong cruising division.
Contact on +61 9969-1244, or via VHF Ch 73 during opening
1. Marine equipment is duty free into Brunei, so local prices
are competitive. It's easy to collect freighted spares, new sails
2. There is no import duty on yachts, motor cruisers
etc so boats can stay as long as required while exploring on
land in Borneo, or traveling home.
3. Diesel is Bn$0.31 cents (about US$0.19) per litre.
4. Brunei $ is identical value to Singapore $ and notes from
each currency can be used is both countries.
Click on this link for
Safe anchorage off the club at Serasa (Muara Port) amongst
moored yachts. Tender service and temporary membership
available. Free use of club facilities, including pool,
restaurant/dining room, washing machine, water, jetty,
workshop etc for one month. Competent marine engineering and repair
works available. Public buses to Bandar
A second (Kota Batu)
clubhouse further up the Brunei River provides similar
services (no pool or workshop), with floating jetty for tenders. Deep
water and good holding within 50 metres of the jetty. With
an excellent restaurant and dining room (indoor air-cond,
outdoor verandah beside the river) and only
10 minutes in the local air-conditioned bus to the centre of
the capital - Bandar Seri Begawan - it is a popular
Agent for C-Map (electronic charts), Raytheon (instruments,
VHF radios, chart plotters), Burke (clothing and personal
safety equipment), Lewmar (hatches, winches, deck fittings),
Bainbridge (cloth, rope fittings), Barrett (HF radio),
Kleenhull (antifouling anode system).
Also contact for local
information, discount shore accommodation, tours, vehicle
hire, engine maintenance, fuel etc.
Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club:
Focal point for yachting in Hong Kong.
Organisers of the bi-Annual South China Sea Race, and bi-annual San Fernando
races to the Philippines. The South China Sea race brings yachts to
the Presidents Cup Regatta, held over Easter. HKYC's China
Coast Series in October is another big yachting event, and finishes with the HK to Hainan
race. Recently announced the revised Hainan to Vietnam race. Marina, moorings and
to Bali, a tropical paradise with warm & wonderful
people" A small marina, big on hospitality, and
home of the Royal Bali Yacht Club. Website contains
informative Indonesian local knowledge.
Offshore Sailing Club:
Founded in 1973 and designed to promote keel boat racing
and ocean cruising in Indonesia.
Yacht Club - Batam Island:
Located across the Singapore Straits, 30 minutes ferry ride
from Singapore, at the Nongsa
Point Marina. Co-host and 2 night venue for
the annual Singapore Straits Regatta held each
A non profit club dedicated to promote the sport of
sailing, and Indonesia as a yachting destination.
Selangor Yacht Club:
A well established yacht club with marina and support facilities. Host of the annual Raja Muda
Regatta (November) along
the Straits of Malacca. Located at Port Klang, with public transport
access to Kuala Lumpur.
Situated on the waterfront in central Manila.
Berths, full maintenance and service facilities and a strong sailing
Galera Yacht Club:
A club based adjacent to a resort and marina facility in a popular holiday
adn recreation area of the Philippines; 40 minutes flight and 15 hours
sailing from Manila. Their website and club operations aim to provide
the best source of information for cruising yachts visiting the
Maya Maya Yacht
Another club operated in close liaison with a
major resort. Substantial haul-out and repair facilities.
Located in Port Carmen, Cebu. Comprehensive maintenance service and safe
place to leave a yacht while exploring on land.
A small beachside resort on the Southern Philippines island
of Negros. Operated by a an English couple this friendly venue plays host
to many cruising yachts.
Active sailing programme, plus moorings, temporary
membership and tender service for visiting yachts.
Singapore Yacht Club:
Marina and lots of on shore
facilities. Host to the Singapore Straits Regatta each January.
Commercial marina with berths, moorings and lots of on shore
facilities, including accommodation, repairs etc
Secluded and quiet marina with on shore facilities. Linked to
Ubin Lagoon Resort for accommodation, adventure activities and water
Haven Marina - Phuket:
A popular venue for vessels stopping
over in Phuket. Full marina and maintenance services available. Berths
have water and power.
Links to places,
resorts, islands and beaches that make great destinations for
cruising and activities.
Island - Indian Ocean:
A regular stop for yachts on route from Darwin
to Bali. Large island with lots happening. Reasonable support
facilities, regular flights to Perth. Diving, wildlife and
Island - Indian Ocean:
A first stop for many yachts heading across the
Indian Ocean to Chagos or Mauritius. Basic
support facilities, regular flights to Perth, and a fantastic
anchorage. Lots of diving.
The highest land above sea level is 3 metres, so you need to
be close to see it.
Races, Regattas and Events:
events in Brunei Bay Radio's service area. Conducted on an annual,
bi-annual, or more regular basis.
This organised rally has evolved and grown from the Darwin to Dili yacht
race. It now includes numerous shore based events, cultural
experiences and activities. This event is used by many world cruising yachts as
their principle exposure to the traditional cultures of the
Indonesian Archipeligo. It now links with Sail Malaysia from
Singapore to Lanagkawi. Organisers help with Indonesian Cruising
Sail To Indonesia:
Provides a varying programme of rallies along with support
for individual yachts or small groups of yachts exploring
Indonesia. Backed by the knowledge of an experience
Indonesian rally organiser and marine tourism facilitator,
with local contacts in many of the popular yacht cruising
areas in Indonesia.
to Ambon Yacht Race:
An annual event organised by Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht
Association in Darwin. Yachts moving from Australia into
Asia can take advantage of this event to enter the Spice
Islands area and follow the race with island hopping through
the Spice Islands to Manado at the top of Sulawesi. Organisers help with Indonesian Cruising
BIMP = Brunei, Indonesia,
Malaysia & Philippines
EAGA = East Asian Growth Area
BIMP-EAGA includes all of Borneo island, Sulawesi, the Spice
Islands, Irian Jaya, and parts of the southern Philippines.
This was a traditional trading region where goods and people
moved by local sailing vessels and canoes. Prior to the
arrival of colonial nations - UK, Dutch and Spain - a large
part of it was the region over which the the Sultan of
The BIMP-EAGA Business
Council is the fifth member of BIMP-EAGA, with
Nation level status.
The Northern Territory (a state of Australia) is a partner
and coasts of the
Triangle - containing a large portion of the worlds
coral reefs - make up a significant part of BIMP-EAGA and
help give the area it's unique character and environmental
BIMP-EAGA Yacht Rally:
BIMP-EAGA Yacht Rally
is a series of passages,
venues, anchorages, events, islands, shore excursions and
local regattas linking the four countries of BIMP-EAGA -
Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. This rally
was proposed and ratified by the BIMP-EAGA Business Council
at their October 2008
in Manado. The rally has the support of the BIMP-EAGA
Tourism Cluster members in the different regions where it
visits. In 2009 the rally begins from Manado - following the
conclusion of Sail Bunaken - travels to Sabah and Palawan
and concludes in Brunei in early November.
This rally now involves two events, a programme
that follows Sail Indonesia to venues and attractions along
the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia - in the Malacca
Straits - to Lankawi. The second event involves a return
down the Malacca Straits to sail up the east coats of
Peninsula Malaysia to the Tioman Islands, before making a
passage to Kuching - on the island of Borneo - and
subsequently short hops to venues and events along the west
coast of Borneo, including Brunei and round the top of Sabah.
Based at Port Dickson this annual event is the first of the
November/December series of regattas along the Straits Of
Malacca leading to the Kings Cup in Phuket.
Cup Yachting Challenge:
A major event on the north west coast of Borneo. Since it's
early years of starting in Labuan to end in Miri - sailing
against the SW Monsoon - the event has shifted to start at
Miri and finish in Kota Kinabalu. The event is most suited
to lighter cruising yachts and racing yachts.
An extremely popular event for racing and cruising yachts.
Involves a series of overnight passages and day races along
the west coast of Peninsula Malaysia.
Spectacular racing area based from Malaysia's premier tourist
Based in Subic Bay this is a premier regatta with great support from local sponsors.
HKYC's South China Sea race (held on alternate years) brings yachts from HK to participate in the President's Cup.
On these years the President's Cup is held over Easter. On
alternate years (when the CSR is not run) the Presidents Cup
Regatta is held earlier in the year, when winds are normally
Held each year in mid January it includes a
number of prominent Singapore yachting venues, and a passage across to
Batam Island (Riau Yacht Club) and return.
An organised event open to sail and motor yachts. Great way to see this
A relatively new event with lots of attractions and action.
Nga Bay Regatta:
Phuket Kings Cup Regatta:
Asia's largest sailing regatta held each year in late November or early
December. A focal point for racing and cruising yachts.
updated: 30 October 2017
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