Leg 5: “How can I be sure they won’t let me drown?”
The Nelum Pokuna Theatre is an ultra modern performing arts center in the center of the bustling city of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Serving as the last Pit Stop on the Race, it is from here where teams will set off on the 5th Leg.
And this Leg will have teams flying on SriLankan Airlines from Colombo to the city of Male in the island nation of Maldives.
Arriving at around 8am, teams must first make their way to the Tsunami Monument where they will pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Here, teams will also find their next clue, the Detour.
For this Detour, teams will choose between two tasks important to everyday life on the island of Male. The choice: Precise Slice or Speedy Delivery.
In Precise Slice, teams must head to the Male Fish Market and watch a demonstration to learn how to skin and filet large yellow fin tuna. Teams must correctly skin and filet 12 fish (six by each team member). Once the fishmonger is satisfied with their work, teams will receive their next clue.
In Speedy Delivery, teams will head to the Male Produce Market where they will take crates of produce to deliver to three different stalls inside the market. Each crate has coconuts, bananas and stacks of betel leaf.
Teams must pick up a delivery slip showing how many of each product must be delivered to each of the 3 stalls. Once they’ve collected a receipt from each of the stalls in exchange for their produce, they can return to the market manager to exchange the receipts for their next clue.
After the Detour, teams must make their way on foot to Republic Square.
The clue at Republic Square directs teams to travel by ferry to the nearby island of Villingili and to search outside the terminal for their next clue. Teams are allowed to hire a taxi to the terminal.
The cluebox in the vicinity of the ferry terminal reveals a Double Road Block for this Leg.
For this Double Road Block, teams must decide which of them is more comfortable in water and which is more comfortable on land.
The team member more comfortable in water must swim out to retrieve a set of puzzle pieces from one of 20 floating buoys. The team member choosing to remain on land must wait for their partner to retrieve the pieces from the water.
And before the teammates can tag each other, the water team member must check-in at the Double Yield board.
The team member choosing to remain on land must now dig in a marked area of sand to find their own set of puzzle pieces. Once both team members have found their puzzle pieces, they can begin solving their half of the puzzle on their own before coming together to join both halves to reveal the location of the next Route Marker: the Muliaage.
Teams must take the ferry back to Male and make their way on foot to the Muliaage where they will find the next clue.
That clue tells teams “To find the Pit Stop, find the Sultan.” Teams will need to figure out that “the Sultan” refers to Sultan Park, 2 blocks way.
The first team to arrive will win P100,000 from Shell V-Power Nitro+.
The last team to check-in WILL NOT be eliminated as this is the first Non-Elimination Leg of the Race. The losing team must choose a Non-Elim envelope to reveal their penalty which will be assessed on the next Leg. The penalty choices, like season 1, are:
-Automatic 30 minute penalty at the next Pit Stop
-Marked for Elimination
It worked out this way for TARPHDME (lol), but I think I’ll make it a point to have TARPHDME visit at least one new TAR country every season. That is, a country that NO TAR has ever visited. In “Season 1,” it was Nepal. And here it is Maldives.
This Leg also helps fill the “tropical” quota for this season, though the Detour is still pretty “poor metro.”
Lots of walking on this Leg since apparently you can walk anywhere on the island of Male within half an hour.
I am definitely sticking with the Double Road Block and of course, a Double Road Block is the perfect spot for a Double Yield. Plus, every TAR should have at least one puzzle-type task.