May started with us preparing for the first leg on our yearly humanitarian missions. Budgets were tight as usual but for the first time in our history we had full diesel tanks and enough funds to keep them that way for the next 3 months.
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On May 10th we set sail with three of us on board. The third was Joanne Har one of Singapore’s top web designers. Jo had no experience of long passages or bigger boats, but her “Can Do” attitude soon over came any worries.
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The first leg of almost 1,000 miles was so peaceful it was almost boring. We had a few thunderstorms but aside from that there was hardly a puff of wind, so the most difficult daily task was to decide what's going to be for dinner. Considering it could have been much worse had the winds come against us, we were happy to be motoring in calm seas.
We spent just long enough in Bali to top up the fuel tanks and buy provisions. Both fuel and provisions are much more effordable there. On the forth day we slipped our mooring in Serangan Bayand headed out.
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We arrived in East Timor on the 25th of May, 15 days out from Singapore. Two days later the South/East Monsoon set in against us, blowing solid from the East and putting a kink in our plans to continue on to Papua New Guinea, although we do have hopes of being able to reach the northern parts later in the year sailing from Banda.
The entrance to Dili harbor is pretty straight forward, but do take note that there are some nasty reefs behind
both the red and green entrance lights.
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Checking in proved so simple I had
trouble understanding it was over.
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More about Dili harbor... C-Maps seem to be accurate here so you can follow them for the entry. There is a leading range at 136 degrees true between the marker lights, but it is a bit hard to see without binoculars and some patience.
The anchorage is fairly good holding in about 15 meters on a mud bottom. You will see the other boats to the east as you enter; there is a white ketch on a mooring that marks the eastern limit of the practical anchorage area. It is rather wise to not leave the boat un attended, although the boat boys from the local charter company do keep a fairly good eye on visiting boats and are glad to be helpful in other ways as well.