This year, the race of sailboats Sail Indonesia will be held during the months of June to September. This race will put the island of Morotai in North Maluku as its target. the peak activity event of Sail Morotai 2012 took place on September 14th 2012 in the Gulf of historic Daruba. The president of Republic of Indonesia opened the Sail Morotai event officially yesterday.
the theme of Sail Indonesia this year is “Towards a New Era Pacific Regional Economy”. Hopefully these activities not only to put Morotai into the map of world tourism destination but also to improve the economy of the Morotai itself.
Sail Morotai 2012 featured a variety of activities, such as: sailboats racing, International seminars, nautical sports, cultural festivals, and exhibition of various products of small and medium enterprises.
It presented approximately 120 sailboats enliven this international activity. The ships were not only depart from Darwin (Australia) but also from Davao (Philippines) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia). Overall, Sail Morotai is expected to attract around 5,000 visitors from Australia, the United States, Japan, and other countries.
Morotai Island is known as the “Pearl of the Pacific in the mouth”. A beautiful island with a huge marine potential. In the waters there are approximately 160 species of high economic value fish reaching 148,473.8 tons per year. Therefore, the region has the potential to be developed as an industrial area integrated maritime and fisheries and marine tourism and history.
Operation of Sail Morotai 2012, aims to put Morotai in the world tourism destinations as a tourist location history. This island does have an important historical value which is one of the first location of World War II. At that time, Allied forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur landed on Morotai and defeated the Japanese army.