Belitung to Krabi, Thailand

Well it has been a long time since our last blog. As you will see, much has happened.

We travelled from Belitung to Nongsa Point through the Riau Islands.  There we left Donetes while we visited family in Perth.  On our return we sailed to Puteri Harbour to clear in to Malaysia.  From there we sailed to Port Dickson on the west coast of Malaysia. From here we travelled by road to see the wonderful sites of Kuala Lumpur and Malacca.  At Port Dickson we also enjoyed watching the West Coast Eagles fourth premiership.

Leaving Port Dickson we sailed to Pangkor where we spent a month on the hard stand for some necessary maintenance and repairs.

We then travelled to Langkawi via Penang where we had a great few weeks before returning to Perth for Christmas and other celebrations.  On return we travelled north into Thailand and were not disappointed in the magnificent scenery.

We are now back in Perth but will return to Krabi in Thailand next week to commence a ten week sail back to Perth to …

Wakatobi to Belitung

It is certainly a trap for young sailors.  We have been so busy doing, we (I) have been too slow in writing our blog.  For those on my Facebook I hope you have enjoyed the photos and videos and snippets of information.  This edition catches us up to date from Wakatobi to Belitung.
After leaving Wanci on Wangi Wangi in Wakatobi ( try saying that quickly five times J ) we negotiated the tight entrance to the sheltered anchorage at Hoga Island, still in Wakatobi. After several days of very dark, wet and blowy weather we abandoned our plans to sail NE to Raja Ampat.  As beautiful as it is, the wet season conditions prevalent in that area during the SE Monsoon were too depressing a prospect for us.

Before heading back west we were surprised and delighted to receive an invitation to visit the Bajo Village. This fascinating village on stilts occupied by the so called Sea Gypsies was humbling and very interesting.  We are constantly amazed by the friendliness, happiness and generosity of the…