The Captain’s Log
ell I did promise in the last issue to return to our bimonthly rhythm, something that is not at all easy when we are here in the islands where most places have no internet connections at all.
But, before I go any further here are special thanks to the office of President Jose Ramos Horta of East Timor for all of his and their guidance and assistance by inviting us to East Timor and making our deliveries so much easier and effective
And a very big and heart felt hug to Li-Jean Chia who almost single handedly saved us this year at the Boat Asia show in Singapore. Jean's effervescent energy and wide ranging talents were an amazing help
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This is a time of year when we are very busy making our deliveries. A time when we find out how successful we were over the past 6 months at gathering the supplies for our famous lists. No more hoping tomorrow will bring what is needed. These next few months are long miles sailing, worrying nights in bad anchorages, or making big circles when the there is no anchorage at all, trying to keep on top of the boat maintenance, and in general plain hard work. Then again we do manage to have some fun sailing and meeting / helping new people.
We left Singapore on the 17th of May with calm weather and lots of sunshine. After clearing out at the Western Anchorage we headed south for Jakarta with Rolf and Kira as crew. 5 days of mostly calms and motoring later we tied up at one of our favorite places - The Jet Ski Cafe on Pantai Mutiara Island ...read more about the place »
This years arrival in Jakarta was made much easier by our friends at SSM Shipping Co. who have their own in house shipping agents. Read more »
24 hours after leaving Jakarta the monsoon set in
Well it had to happen sooner or later and 24 hours after leaving Jakarta with our old friend Andy Woodward as well as Laura Tomasi and Pedro Mesquita along as crew (Pedro works in the office of the president of East Timor and is an avid sailor) the monsoon came around and set hard against us. Luckily we had full fuel tanks because the strong winds and seas knocked us back from +/- 6 knots to less than 3 knots, (sometimes as low as 1.5 knots).
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Medang Island and our first deliveries of the year
Pulau Medang is a small island just off the North West coast of Sumbawa Island, Indonesia. With a population of around 2,000 this peaceful little island boasts 2 schools and one nurse, whose clinic is the front room of her house.
Read here to learn more about our stopover and how we were able to assist both the school and the clinic »
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It seems that Medang marked a turning point in the weather for us. Often the winds were in our favor allowing us to sail or motor sail saving fuel and of coarse not having to listen to the noise of the engine. We took the Northern route this time along the "top" of the islands and within the East porting counter current that sets in this time of year. The scenery was spectacular with hardly a day going by without a smoking volcano or signs of recent eruptions. At night more than once we could see the deep red glow of a volcanic crater. This was truly the heart of Indonesia's famous Ring of Fire.
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Supplies for the East Timor enclave of Oecussi
Arrival in Dili
and our deliveries there
This months culinary delight comes from our friend and shipmate Pedro Mesquita whose authentic Portuguese specialities were enjoyed by the whole crew on our way from Jakarta to East Timor. Pedro works in the office of East Timor's President Jose Ramos Horta, but managed to take some time off to sail with us from Jakarta to Dili.
The recipe »