Sea Bunny will probably leave our comfortable and scenic anchorage at Pulau Peucang in the morning and head for Cocos Keeling - out of SE Asia after nearly 7 years and back to Australia, albeit 1200 miles out in the ocean west of the large main part.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Sunday, June 21, 2015
This location provides a very sheltered anchorage to wait for a weather window for the passage to Cocos Keeling which may be in three to four days.
Yesterday was a long white beach walk. Today a trail across the island through primeval forest - deer, pigs, peacocks and monkeys are the main fauna seen. Lots with strangler figs hitching a ride to the canopy. Walk was pleasant as the forest floor is clear of scrub and except for the climb to the end viewpoint the way is flat.
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Shall we climb up Anak Krakatoa? Having climbed on black lava in tropical sunshine (or even sub-tropical, Rangitoto, Auckland) we recalled that it is not a terrible pleasant experience and decided - not today.
The rangers had kept out of our way in the eastern anchorage and not told us to leave, as they had with another yacht the day before.
We contented ourselves with photos on such a calm day.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Transited the narrow part of the Strait just before dusk in a flat calm and the tide just turning in our favour and little wind. Negotiated lots of Java ferry traffic waiting to enter the port on Sumatra through the haze of burning rice paddies/land clearance/volcano.
Friday, June 12, 2015
|View from the anchorage|
Monday was doing a successful temporary fix of the fridge - new one being delivered to Cocos Keeling P.O - so the cheese mountain does not have to be thrown away!
Tuesday was Indonesian bureaucracy day - immigration and customs - and shopping. Excellent fruit and veg market.
Wednesday the battens for the cupboard shelves were found and fixed in.
|Company - US yacht Strider|
Dutifully followed agents advice to return cans to different location as the police were with the delivery truck.
Not pleasant! Nearly all day job including clean up.
Now we are back to Plan B and will leave here tomorrow for an anchorage further south in Belitung ready for a departure towards the Sunda Strait on Sunday.
When we leave this anchorage we shouldn't be somewhere we've been before for the next 12000 miles or so.
Friday, June 5, 2015
mediately- hence the recant batch.
Having got to NW Bangka yesterday the cool light of day and a more benign weather forecast led us to revise the plan of going round Bangka to get to Belitung (plan C part 2), Accordingly we headed from the NW to the NE of the island ready for a 130 mile passage to Belitung (Plan D).
The 35 mile trip across the top of the island was uneventful, except both the tide and wind were against us so it took longer than expected.
On clearing the island we found 10-15 knots of wind from SE - the exact direction we wanted to go. Seas were 1 m. The 36 hours would be much extended, meaning an uncomfortable trip and a night arrival amongst the reefs at the NW of Belitung.
Plan C was adopted - alter course 60 degrees to starboard and head for the NW of Pulau Bangka for a 15 hour passage and the option of continuing to the west of Bangka and then NE to to Belitung (Plan C part 2).
This worked and after a stressful hour passing through the fishing fleet 10 miles N of Bangka we anchored at 2115.
In the morning a local fisherman came alongside for a chat - somewhat difficult with his 10 words of English and our 10 words of Bahasa Indonesia!
Another mostly upwind trip in light winds, although we started off with a westerly. A few fishing boats and lots of fishing structures.
A few jobs were completed, including laundry!
Not many ships or even fishing boats and the VHF surprisingly quiet after Singapore. Small underway jobs completed.
Now at Pulau Mesanak, where we stopped on our way up in 2008. Another quiet anchorage, little motion but much calmer than the RSYC marina. Beers on the aft deck with a view of the full moon rising, which will be good for the overnight passage to Belitung in a couple of days.
Not sure how this post will turn out - testing the email post over the new Iridium GO satellite link.
Monday, June 1, 2015
|Fuelling team - shared birthdays|
We're now anchored off Ayer Rajah, some way down the Riau Strait. Sheltered and peaceful, with only fishing stakes for company.