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…
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 …
Linda swimming in the cone of a volcano on Satonde Island in Sumbawa
We departed Medana Bay in Lombok on 15 March, ignoring the warning about the 'Ides of March' except that we settled our debts before leaving.
Donetes and Stars End 2 departing Gili Lawang
Finding ourselves still at the tail end of the north west monsoons we had decided to head north east to Raja Ampat.
From Medana Bay our journey took us to:
Gili Lawang (Lombok) 15 Mar 39 NM
Badas Harbour (Sumbawa) 16 Mar 47 NM
Kananga (Sumbawa) 18 Mar 37 NM
Kilo (Sumbawa) 19 Mar 43 NM
Gili Banta (Komodo) 20 Mar 66 NM
Gili Lawa Darat (Komodo) 22 Mar 16 NM
Labuan Bajo (Flores) 23 Mar 22 NM
Bari Bay (Flores) 26 Mar 28 NM
Lingeh Bay (Flores) 27 Mar 32 NM
Bone Rate (Sulawesi) 28 Mar 68 NM
Wanci (Wakatobi) 30 Mar 195 NM