Field Trip

Thu Sep 12 11:21 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 29.24N 124 49.9E
Run: 7.4nm (13.4km)
Weather: Sunny skies, 1012.6 barometer, 27C, 13-15kts SW

We are anchored here at Manado, and it is a beautiful location. Good amenities on shore and overall calm. Only ding is the anchorage is DEEP. We are in 30m, and it drops of to 100m about 30m from our anchor. We have 110M out, and under the boat we are sitting at 40m as we swing off the shelf. The good news is the prevailing winds blow us off shore, so if we were to somehow drag (we would be drifting at sea with no issues.


Wed Sep 11 16:00 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.5kts
knts
GPS: 01 30.0N 124 43.5E
Run: 103.6nm (187.5km)
Avg: 4.4knts
24hr: 105.1nm
Weather: Sunny skies, 1011.1 barometer, 27C, 6-8kts W

We are about 8 NM from anchoring. We had a great night last night with good winds and a crisp sail. We should be anchoring in about two hours and get ready to check out this area for provisions and diving. The anchorage is steep and deep here, but should be OK for a night or two.


Tue Sep 10 16:21 2019 NZST
Speed:
2.8kts
knts
GPS: 01 39.0N 123 14.0E
Run: 202.4nm (366.3km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.3nm
Weather: Sunny skies, 1011.1 barometer, 27C, 4-6kts SSE

The sailing has been going well, even is a bit slow. It?s been beautiful weather, and we are enjoying the trip. We should arrive tomorrow at some point, depending on wind. Currently slow sailing at 2.5 - 3kts with 5-6kts of wind. All is well.


Mon Sep 9 9:51 2019 NZST
Speed:
6.7kts
knts
GPS: 01 58.40N 120 19.31E
Run: 118.5nm (214.5km)
Avg: 3.6knts
24hr: 86.2nm
Weather: Sunny skies, 1007.8 barometer, 25C, 2-4kts SSE

We left Maratha yesterday around noon, and so far have had a great sail. We?ve had to motor in small increments due to the wind dying out, but overall we?ve sailed most of the way so far to the NE corner of Sulawesi. We have about 280NM left, and should arrive in the AM on the 11th.


Sun Sep 8 0:51 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 02 14.36N 118 37.653E
Run: 0.6nm (1.1km)
Weather: Sunny skies, 1009.2 barometer, 25C, 10-12kts SE

We?re still here at this atoll/island. It is beautiful here, with good diving and excellent scenery. This is a place you could easily spend a month. However, it will soon be time to move on, in the next day or two, to the next atoll about 30NM south of here.


Mon Sep 2 15:09 2019 NZST
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 02 14.84N 118 37.407E
Run: 147.3nm (266.6km)
Avg: 2.8knts
24hr: 67nm
Weather: Sunny skies, 1011.5 barometer, 25C, 10-12kts SE

We arrived safely yesterday morning to the atoll. It is beautiful here, and we are glad we had a great trip. We?ll probably be here for a week or maybe a bit more, as we explore this area, do some diving and then wait for a good window to head direct to Manado Sulawesi. There are about 20 boats here, most from the rally, using this as a stop enroute to their next stop. We are glad to be over with the rally...and hope they leave soon to give us some space. ;)


Sat Aug 31 10:21 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.8kts
knts
GPS: 04 07.97N 117 37.74E
Run: 85.4nm (154.6km)
Weather: Cloudy skies, 1007.1 barometer, 25C, 3-6ktsSE

We just picked up anchor here at Nunikan Island Indonesia. This was our first port to clear into the country and we are now officially ?not? with the rally. We are happy to be parting ways with the rally. It was not our deal, but we needed to do it to stay safe, so no complaints from there. We have about 135NM run to a beautiful atoll that is good for diving and relaxing. We will be there in about 24hrs, give or take depending on wind.


Tue Aug 20 10:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 04 35.73N 118 46.67E
Run: 65.3nm (118.2km)
Weather: Cloudy skies, light drizzle, 1007.5 barometer, 26C, 3-5kts NW

We are anchored here in a marine park, with the rest of the boats. The diving has been OK, but not great. However, we are seeing some amazing new nudibranchs, so that is good. We will be diving Sipidan tomorrow, for a total of three dives with the local dive operation. That should be good assuming the weather holds.


Tue Aug 13 10:51 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.8kts
knts
GPS: 05 27.3446N 119 10.30E
Run: 12.3nm (22.3km)
Weather: Clear skies, 1008.1 barometer, 28C, 3-6ktsSE

We are underway with 27 other boats, to our next stop in the ?ESSZONE? as it is called up here. Lots of security. We counted a total of 5 escort boats this morning as we sailed past the small village. All good, and looking forward to safer waters.... :)


Mon Aug 12 18:51 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.8kts
knts
GPS: 05 29.48N 118 59.8E
Run: 64.4nm (116.6km)
Weather: Clear skies, 1006.4 barometer, 28C, 12-15kts SE

We are sailing to our first ?high risk? anchorage with the 27 other yachts. The military and police are escorting with three black gun boats and one large cutter. We will anchor for the night and depart at 0500 for the highest risk area on the NE corner of Borneo. We?ll be in tight formation and should be fine. Otherwise, all is well.


Wed Aug 7 11:00 2019 NZST
GPS: 05 50.47N 118 07.73E
Run: 113.3nm (205.1km)
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1007.5 barometer, 29C, 3-5kts NW

We are still in Sandakan, on the northern tip of Borneo. We'll be leaving this morning (hurray) to head up to the Kinabantangan River to hopefully see the pygmy elephants, and other jungle animals. It is about 35NM from here, so should be an easy arrival with the group. We've really enjoyed Borneo...but not so mucn the rally. Ugh. Nothing worse than 28 boats being herded around to the same anchroages, under tight 2NMx4NM sailing box. Oh well, security is necessary, so it is what it is.


Thu Aug 1 9:09 2019 NZST
GPS: 07 06.9N 117 05.4E
Run: 101.6nm (183.9km)
Weather: Clear skies, 1007.5 barometer, 24C, 5-7kts SSW

We are at anchor, and have not officially started the ESCOM (military) escort around the top of Borneo. We are with 29 other yachts, and making this trip. It will take three weeks and we will have various stops along the way. I?m on the 4-6am night watch here in the anchorage. We have a coast guard vessel anchored on our SB side. There are also black military inflatables patrolling the water. So far so good. If not tune into CNN for an update. :)


Wed Jul 24 11:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.5
knts
GPS: 06 02.1N 116 05.21E
Run: 67.8nm (122.7km)
Weather: Sunny skies, 1011.1 barometer, 28C, 5-7kts SSW

We are on the move again from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia up to Kudat Malaysia. We were in an outstanding marina for the past 5 days. Fully equipped with 2 large swimming pools, covered tennis course, full gym, golf course, billiard hall, Brunswick bowling lanes, 4 proper restaurants. It?s the nicest marina we?ve ever been too. Hard to believe it was in Borneo!!!


Mon Jul 15 15:09 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.9
knts
GPS: 05 21.1N 115 22.8E
Run: 31.9nm (57.7km)
Weather: Sunny skies, 1007.6 barometer, 31C, 5-7kts SSW

We are underway from Labuan, Malaysia to the small islands called Pulau Tiga. It is here that the first Survivor series was filmed, and is supposed to be beautiful...with some good diving. We should arrive around 4pm today.


Thu Jul 11 11:06 2019 NZST
GPS: 05 0.2N 115 41.1E
Weather: Sunny skies, 1009.6 barometer, 27C, 0-5kts W

We are leaving Brunei this morning and sailing over to Labuan. We hope to arrive in Labuan by lunchtime, as it?s only 20 miles. We just haven?t really clicked with Brunei. Lots of reasons, none relating to the news about Sharia over the past couple of months. Regardless, we wouldn?t recommend this stop in the future assuming you spent time in Miri, Malaysia - which is GREAT.


Tue Jul 9 12:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 05 0.2N 115 41.1E
Weather: Sunny skies, 10010.3 barometer, 27C, 0-5kts W

We?ve been getting a weird vibe here in Brunei. Not sure how to describe it, but it?s very laid back, lots of the local women are obese, and while friendly, I would not call it warm as in Indonesia or Sarawak. For being a ?wealthy? country, the roads are fairly dilapidated compared to Malaysia.


Mon Jul 8 11:03 2019 NZST
GPS: 05 0.2N 115 41.1E
Run: 125.5nm (227.2km)
Weather: Sunny skies, 10011.1 barometer, 28C, 6-8kts SE

We had a great time in Miri, Malaysia, and are now in Brunei. We arrived yesterday afternoon after a great trip up here from Miri. We?ll be here for maybe a week or less, before heading to Labuan, Malaysia.


Sat Jun 29 11:27 2019 NZST
GPS: 04 23.17N 113 58.3E
Weather: Sunny skies, 1009.3 barometer, 28C, 6-8kts SE

We are still here at the marina, and enjoying our time getting things done. We fly out this morning and will be going to Mulu National Park, an UNESCO world heritage site for 4 days. It is in the middle of the jungle, and has some amazing caves and things to do with the kids. We return back to Field Trip on July 2nd.


Tue Jun 25 10:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 04 23.17N 113 58.3E
Run: 70.8nm (128.1km)
Weather: Sunny skies, 1009.3 barometer, 28C, 6-8kts SE

We are in the Miri Marina. We arrived yesterday morning after a night on the hook near the entrance. It is a decent Marina with easy access to town via Grab. There are lots of boats here that are part of the Borneo rally, probably 25 so far. About 40 in total are going around the top with military escort. All is well and we will get on boat projects this morning....


Sun Jun 23 14:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.3kts
knts
GPS: 03 58.9N 113 01.7E
Run: 142nm (257km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 142nm
Weather: Cloudy skies, rain, 1009.8 barometer, 30C, 6-8kts SE

The past 24hours we?ve been able to sail. Last night was a decent night, but we went through a large area of offshore oil platforms that were full of supply barges, over 20 in total, out pulling their loads. It was a little bit of dodging the barges last night, and the squalls. Fortunately all the action was during my 12-6am watch, so Sarah slept well. :)


Sat Jun 22 14:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.8kts
knts
GPS: 02 56.9N 111 15.0E
Run: 106.4nm (192.6km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.5nm
Weather: Partly cloudy skies, 1009.1 barometer, 32C, 7-9kts SE

We?ve had a good motor sail...but over the past 12 hours, only enough wind to barely sail with 4-7kts from directly behind...so we chose to run the engine to make some progress. Now we are sailing with 8kts at 120 AWA with our big sail up. We plan to arrive Monday morning early if all goes well. :)


Fri Jun 21 21:06 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 42.84N 110 19.72E
Weather: Partly cloudy skies, 1007.6 barometer, 27C, 5-7kts SW

This is about stopover anchorage for the next four hours as we wait until this evening before heading out for a direct sail to Miri, Malaysi. This sail is about 350NM and will take us two days.


Thu Jun 20 10:45 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 42.84N 110 19.72E
Weather: Partly cloudy skies, 1010.3 barometer, 27C, no wind

We spent yesterday being tourists, and went to the national park to see some Orangutans, and then to a cultural village that highlighted how the local tribes of Borneo once lived in the jungle. It was very interesting and the kids had a great time.


Wed Jun 19 10:18 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 42.84N 110 19.72E
Weather: Partly cloudy skies, 1007.6 barometer, 29C, 4-6kts WSW

Yesterday we explored downtown Kuching with the family and had a great time. This morning we are off to visit the Orangutans in the jungle along with a cultural village that show how the jungle ?tribes? of Borneo live and survive off the land. Kids are excited!


Tue Jun 18 9:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 01 42.84N 110 19.72E
Run: 102.4nm (185.3km)
Weather: Partly cloudy skies, 1007.6 barometer, 29C, 4-6kts WSW

We arrived no issues to Kuching, Malaysia. Yesterday we checked into the country and explored the town. This is a beautiful place, tucked into the jungle do Borneo. This morning we are off to see the Orangutans, and explore the city river walk. We?ll be here for another several days as we explore the area before heading to a national park via the boat.


Sat Jun 15 22:51 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.8kts
knts
GPS: 02 35.13N 109 07.79E
Run: 35.5nm (64.3km)
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1007.5 barometer, 29C, 3-5kts NW

We are underway, on the final leg to Kuching, Malaysia. We should arrive before noon tomorrow. We have flat seas and virtually no wind. We are motoring, with the main up...but the wind is mainly behind us at the moment.


Fri Jun 14 21:57 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 55.68N 108 44.79E
Run: 35.8nm (64.8km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.2nm
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1007.0 barometer, 29C, 3-5kts SSE

We just arrived to this spot for an overnight anchorage. We are not even sure if this island is Indonesia or Malaysia. :) We had a great sail here. It's now dead calm with sunny skies and 4:50pm. We'll be off tomorrow for another anchorage that Elizabeth wants to visit about 14NM from here. All well.


Fri Jun 14 15:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.5kts
knts
GPS: 03 00.80N 108 14.11E
Run: 139.9nm (253.2km)
Avg: 3.4knts
24hr: 82.2nm
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1010.3 barometer, 29C, 7-10kts SSE

We are underway, heading towards Kuching, Malaysia. We will stop along the way, for a night or two at an outer island. We've have great wind, until now. It has slowed down, and changed direction, making it a bit harder to head ESE. We plan to arrive at the first stop later today. It will be about 170NM from Tarempa.


Wed Jun 12 22:27 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 13.16N 106 13.15E
Run: 15.8nm (28.6km)
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1009.5 barometer, 29C, 0-5kts ENE

We arrived back to Tarempa to clear out of Indonesia for Malaysia. We will finish the process tomorrow and then leave for Kuching. All is well...sad to leave the Anambas Islands. It's beautiful here.


Tue Jun 11 20:15 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 14.93N 106 26.78E
Weather: Partly cloudy, 1010 barometer, 29C, 0-5kts SE

We are still here, and sad to say the diving is very poor in this location. It looks nice on the satellite imagery, but the coral is dead, in some cases knocked down by fisherman using explosives. Overall, not good. We plan to leave tomorrow for Tarempa to check out and then sail towards Kuching later this week.


Mon Jun 10 15:03 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 14.93N 106 26.78E
Run: 10nm (18.1km)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 1010 barometer, 29C, 0-5kts SE

We've moved to a new anchorage. Let's just say it is like the Swiss Family Robinsons here. We met a very nice family, at the recommendation of our friends on Il Sogno, who live here with two kids. They are a French/Dutch couple that are living as 'Hunter Gatherers". In summary, they are subsiting off the land as much as possible, don't cook any food (yes, they eat raw everyting, from pork, to chicken, to whatever they find to eat). It was a fun converstaion yesterday about their lifestyle, and we will spend more time with them over the next several days. The kids hit it off very quickly and are excited to have some new playmates.


Sat Jun 8 12:12 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 23.57N 106 26.87E
Run: 57.1nm (103.4km)
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies, light drizzle, 1008 barometer, 29C, 0-5kts SE

We are now anchored at a new place, and unfortunately there are six boats here. Ugh. Most are part of the Indo rally and will be heading off today/tomororw. The diving yesterday was OK, but not great. We hope to find some more spots that will be in the 'great' category. :)


Tue Jun 4 11:00 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 6.4N 105 40.334E
Run: 0.9nm (1.6km)
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies, 1008.6 barometer, 31C, 4-6kts WSW

The weather has taken a dive, and we?ve had cloudy days the past two days. Yesterday was rain almost all day, while good for the water tanks, not as good for diving as we generally don?t dive if there are squalls and lightening in the area. So, we got in one dive in the morning, and then spent the rest of the day aboard, reading, working on photos and videos, etc. Today we?ll do one more dive before heading out to another spot.


Sun Jun 2 20:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 07.16N 105 40.56E
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies, light drizzle, 1007.5 barometer, 29C, 0-5kts N

We are still here at the same spot. It's a bit rolly now as the wind switched to the N with a squall. It should settle down over the next couple of hours. We also did a couple more dives, all good, and some great photos.


Sat Jun 1 11:42 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 07.16N 105 40.56E
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1009.5 barometer, 29C, 0-5kts ENE

We had a another good day of diving and exploring the islands. We'll be here for another couple of days before we have to start moving east. Today will be more diving and some drone footage of the surrounding areas.


Fri May 31 12:48 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 07.16N 105 40.56E
Run: 11.9nm (21.5km)
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1009.5 barometer, 31C, 0-5kts ENE

We found our spot. This is the best anchorage we have been in in over a year. It's beautiful, stunning coral, lots of fish, sandy bottom for anchor and outstanding scenery. We did a great dive and lots of snorkeling yesteday. The islands around us are deserted, and there is a lot of exploring to do. We'll be here for a while.... :)


Thu May 30 14:18 2019 NZST
Speed:
5kts
knts
GPS: 03 6.96N 105 50.872E
Run: 7.3nm (13.2km)
Weather: Mostly sunny skies, 1009.6 barometer, 38C, 4-6kts WSW

We had two days of excellent diving, and are now underway to our next stop about 15nm away. The diving there is supposed to be excellent, so we will see. It?ll be hard to beat the last spot. The weather overall has been great. We had a good squall yesterday afternoon that filled our tanks. Looks like we may get another afternoon squall.


Wed May 29 11:30 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 5.618N 105 57.032E
Run: 18.3nm (33.1km)
Weather: Mostly sunny skies, 1010 barometer, 38C, 4-6kts SW

We moved over to here yesterday enroute to one of the top diving areas in this location. I dove our anchor and found some very interesting coral formations I?ve never seen before. Water was not super clear, but still a nice dive. We?ll stay here for another day, explore the outside diving and then head over to our next stop. So far we are loving the Anambas islands and the remote, beautiful cruising grounds.


Mon May 27 10:51 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 20.38N 106 2.9E
Weather: Mostly sunny skies, 1008.7 barometer, 37C, 4-6kts SW

We logged two dives yesterday and enjoyed the warm, clear water. The coral is pristine...but there are not a lot of fish. Hmmm...hope we find a spot that has both fish and coral. :). We?ll be moving back to the main town this afternoon to finish clearing with the port captain before we find another spot. Nice to be in a secluded anchorage!!


Sun May 26 11:24 2019 NZST
GPS: 03 20.38N 106 2.9E
Run: 98.4nm (178.1km)
Weather: Mostly sunny skies, 1009.5 barometer, 30C, 4-6kts SW

We arrived to the main town at 9am yesterday and was able to checking and do all but the port captain (closed until Monday). The formalities were very easy and everyone was nice. We then moved to our new spot, Turtle Island, for some solitude and diving. We were able to get in one dive yesterday afternoon and check out the anchor. The water is 31 degrees and 40m+ in visibility. More diving today.


Fri May 24 13:54 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.3kts
knts
GPS: 02 10.70N 105 13.5E
Run: 91nm (164.7km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.6nm
Weather: Mostly sunny skies, 1012.7 barometer, 31C, 4-6kts SW

It was a tough watch last night. Sarah said it was her most stressful ever. Lots of boat traffic, fishing boats dragging nets, squalls, etc. We had 105 AIS targets on the screen at one time. Needless to say, it was not a relaxing night. How things are much better. Sunny skies, calm seas and no boats anywhere. We?ll have to slow down to arrive in the light for tomorrow. Otherwise, all is going well.


Thu May 23 22:15 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.8kts
knts
GPS: 01 15.70N 104 16.78E
Run: 61.1nm (110.6km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.1nm
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies, 1009.3 barometer, 31C, 4-6kts SE

We?ve just passed Singapore, and are now getting close to a course change for a direct run to the Anambas Islands, Indonesia. It has been very uneventful, while a lot of traffic, still all good. Our friends on another boat were struck by lightening yesterday in Singapore, and will not be making the Anambas islands with us. We expect to arrive early Saturday morning.


Thu May 23 11:09 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.4kts
knts
GPS: 01 11.99N 103 23.83E
Run: 193.5nm (350.2km)
Weather: Mostly cloudy skies, 1011.3 barometer, 30C, 4-6kts NE

We are underway to Anambas Islands. We are just south of Singapore and heading across the straight. It?s early morning and VERY busy with traffics. All is well..


Sat May 18 23:54 2019 NZST
GPS: 02 53.10N 101 09.616E
Run: 97.1nm (175.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.6nm
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1010.9 barometer, 27C, 4-6kts NE

We just anchored. 12 hours of motorsailing and we chewed off 88NM! We were ripping today and had some good current. We?ll overnight here and then get off early in the morning for Port Dickson.


Sat May 18 11:48 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.65kts
knts
GPS: 04 10.10N 100 35.16E
Run: 155.9nm (282.2km)
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1010.5 barometer, 27C, 4-6kts NE

It?s been a long time since our last update. In short we were on the hard and getting our new coppercoat applied at Pangkor Marina in Malaysia. We had time with old friends, some we had not seen in years. Scotia, Perry, Gai and others were all at the marina. It was fun to catch up. Now we are on the way south to Ananbas Isalnds Indonesia. It will take a while as we have to transit the Malacca Straight, and that is tricky and can?t be done easily at night given the fishing nets, and general crap in the water.


Mon Apr 15 13:57 2019 NZST
GPS: 06 18.10N 99 51.00E
Run: 34.3nm (62.1km)
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 10013.5 barometer, 33C, 0-5kts ENE

We are checking into Malaysia, and are now in the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club. We'll be here for a day or two before moving forward to Penang. All is well...and it is hot!.


Sun Apr 14 11:12 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.1kts
knts
GPS: 06 26.77N 99 22.30E
Run: 77.8nm (140.8km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 63.8nm
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1009.5 barometer, 30C, 0-5kts ENE

We made it to Koh Lipe Thailand. We had about 2-3 hours to spare on the port engine...so all it good. We bought overpriced diesel last night onshore ($5 USD gallon), and then had Thai food for dinner, a good nights rest and now we are motoring on to Langkawi. We expect to arrive in about 5 hours, and will top up with fuel and clear into Malaysia.


Sat Apr 13 5:57 2019 NZST
Speed:
4.4kts
knts
GPS: 06 15.50N 98 15.30E
Run: 68.5nm (124km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.6nm
Weather: Mostly clear skies, 1012.5 barometer, 30C, 0-5kts ENE

We are still motor sailing. The wind has been little at best. We found out this afternoon that our fuel levels on the SB side were lower by 80L than expected. :-) In other words, we ran out of fuel on that side. Not a huge problem, but we are fighting more current and having to motor more than expected when we left Thailand...so our fuel consumption has been a lot higher. We did not wait for wind, as the forecast was showing similar conditions for the next week, and we had to leave due to visas. So, we are cutting it close of fuel and hope to find some in Koh Lipe, a small island about 30NM from Langkawi. If not, we'll end up slowly sailing the rest of the way if we get low on fuel on the SB side. Otherwise, all is well.


Fri Apr 12 19:54 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.4kts
knts
GPS: 06 09.60N 97 15.80E
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1015.8 barometer, 30C, 0-5kts ENE

We've had a good 24hrs. Unfortunately, it's been all motor, but we expected that given the forecast. The biggest challenge has been countercurrent, knocking us down a knot over the past 20 hours. Now the current has subsided, so we are back on at 5kt+ motor. We are now planning to stop at Koh Lipe, Thailand on the way to Langkawi. We will arrive tomorrow around noon, grab some good Thai food and a massage...before continuing to Langkawi in the morning. Koh Lipe is only about 40NM from Kua, our port of clearance, so this gives us a nice stop for the night before getting to Langkawi.


Fri Apr 12 16:54 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.4kts
knts
GPS: 06 09.60N 97 15.80E
Run: 134.3nm (243.1km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.9nm
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1015.8 barometer, 30C, 0-5kts ENE

We've had a good 24hrs. Unfortunately, it's been all motor, but we expected that given the forecast. The biggest challenge has been countercurrent, knocking us down a knot over the past 20 hours. Now the current has subsided, so we are back on at 5kt+ motor. We are now planning to stop at Koh Lipe, Thailand on the way to Langkawi. We will arrive tomorrow around noon, grab some good Thai food and a massage...before continuing to Langkawi in the morning. Koh Lipe is only about 40NM from Kua, our port of clearance, so this gives us a nice stop for the night before getting to Langkawi.


Thu Apr 11 12:36 2019 NZST
Speed:
5kts
knts
GPS: 05 54.62N 95 19.52E
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1010.8 barometer, 20C, 0-5kts ENE

We are finally underway from Sabang, and now heading to Langkawi. It was a wonderful 3 weeks here, and we are VERY sad to be leaving. We expect almost no wind, and will have to motor, but it is what it is, and we are now underway.


Wed Mar 20 3:15 2019 NZDT
Speed:
0
knts
GPS: 05 52.85N 95 15.33E
Run: 105.5nm (191km)
Weather: Partly Cloudy, 1012.1 barometer, 27C, 0-5kts ENE

We are at anchor, arriving yesterday to Sabang around noon. We had a great checkin experience, with all the officials arriving at one time to the boat. We literally had 10 officials onboard doing the checkin process. For Indonesia, that was REALLY efficient. I was shocked. We even did a time lapse video for fun...showing all the commotion with the folks on and off Field Trip. We are just getting settled into the anchorage and are VERY happy to be back. I did my first dive in the afternoon, all is great!! :)


Sun Mar 17 23:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5kts
knts
GPS: 06 42.50N 96 32.72E
Run: 98.2nm (177.7km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139nm
Weather: Clear skies, 1010.1 barometer, 27C, 10-13kts ENE

We've been having a smashing good sail. Using our Parasailor and 10-15kts out of the east with sunny skies and following seas. All is going well and we are actually ahead of schedule. We have spaghetti for dinner and everyone is comfortable and happy. :-)


Sun Mar 17 6:33 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.3kts
knts
GPS: 07 27.317N 97 45.786E
Run: 46.8nm (84.7km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.5nm
Weather: Clear skies, 1010.2 barometer, 27, 5-7kts NE

We are on a rhumb line at the moment for Sabang. We just flicked on the engines as the wind is around 6kts out of the NNE and giving us a slow broad reach. It is calm and beautiful out here tonight. All is well.


Sat Mar 16 19:42 2019 NZDT
Speed:
3.9kts
knts
GPS: 07 47.897N 98 21.099E
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1013.2 barometer, 31, 8-10kts NE

Finally, we are leaving Thailand!!!!!. We are heading out for Sabang Indonesia, one of our favorite spots in Sumatra. We will be there for about two weeks, and then continue our sail towards Malaysia. The BIG news for Field Trip is this journey begins our sail to Guam. Yep, we are heading to Guam to get new Volvo engines installed...for free...as part of the US emissions recall. So, our plans have changed dramatically, and we are now beginning a 6,000NM round trip from SE Asia to Guam and then back.


Wed Feb 20 16:09 2019 NZDT
GPS: 08 49.571N 97 47.917E
Run: 140.9nm (255km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.2nm
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1013.2 barometer, 28C, 0-5kts NE

We logged three more dives yesterday here in the Similans. One of the dives in particular was very unique and beautiful with large boulders and lots of fish. We got some good photos. We are now at the next island north - Ko Bon - and will be here until tomorrow AM, when we need to head back towards Phuket for boat projects. Bummed, as we would like to spend another week up here diving, but must get back to reality of getting items fixed while we have good vendor options in the marina. The weather by the way has been outstanding. Sunny skies every day, 0-5kts and perfect diving conditions!


Tue Feb 19 13:21 2019 NZDT
GPS: 08 39.925N 9]7 38.611E
Run: 6106nm (11051.9km)
Avg: 40706.7knts
24hr: 976960nm
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1013.2 barometer, 28C, 0-5kts NE

For most of the last month we've been in boat project mode, with some guests aboard for a week for diving and exploring. We are now on the move, currently in the Similan Islands diving with another boat. We've been logging three dives a day up here for the past two days. The diving is only 'OK', but any diving for us is good diving. We did have one of the better dives yesterday in the area. It was very good, but still nothing compared to Indonesia or PNG or the Solomons. So far, in all of Thailand the best diving has been in Ko Haa, an island group between Langkawi and Phuket. More updates this week as we move around and explore this island chain.


Tue Feb 19 13:21 2019 NZDT
GPS: 07 12.948N 99 03.722E
Run: 6106nm (11051.9km)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1015.2 barometer, 28C, 10-12kts NE

We are anchored at Ko Rok, and had two good dives today. Our friends Laura and James are aboard, and we've been diving every day for the past two days. We are moving up tomorrow morning to Ko Haa, and will spend probably two days there diving, before we set sail for Ao Chalong to check into Thailand.


Tue Feb 19 13:12 2019 NZDT
GPS: 07 12.948N 99 03.722E
Run: 6106nm (11051.9km)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1015.2 barometer, 28C, 10-12kts NE

We are anchored at Ko Rok, and had two good dives today. Our friends Laura and James are aboard, and we've been diving every day for the past two days. We are moving up tomorrow morning to Ko Haa, and will spend probably two days there diving, before we set sail for Ao Chalong to check into Thailand.


Tue Feb 19 13:12 2019 NZDT
GPS: 08 39.925N 9]7 38.611E
Run: 6168.9nm (11165.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.3nm
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1013.2 barometer, 28C, 0-5kts NE

For most of the last month we've been in boat project mode, with some guests aboard for a week for diving and exploring. We are now on the move, currently in the Similan Islands diving with another boat. We've been logging three dives a day up here for the past two days. The diving is only 'OK', but any diving for us is good diving. We did have one of the better dives yesterday in the area. It was very good, but still nothing compared to Indonesia or PNG or the Solomons. So far, in all of Thailand the best diving has been in Ko Haa, an island group between Langkawi and Phuket. More updates this week as we move around and explore this island chain.


Wed Jan 16 12:45 2019 NZDT
GPS: 06 18.101N 99 51.00E
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1011.2 barometer, 28C, 0-5kts NE

We moved to the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club to get some more boat projects done. The new sails are on the boat, autopilot is fixed and we are working on other projects before our friends arrive Friday afternoon and we head back to Thailand.


Fri Jan 11 1:48 2019 NZDT
GPS: 06 18.872N 99 50.55E
Run: 148.4nm (268.6km)
Weather: Mostly sunny, 1012.2 barometer, 28C, 10-12kts NE

We arrived to Langkawi this afternoon after a two day 'hop' from Phuket. It was an overall uneventful sail outside of the wind gusts we got towards Langkawi. Our autopilot parts arrived today here at the marina, so I'll be repairing the autopilot tomorrow. There are a lot of boats here for sure...and we met a nice family with two teenagers who just bought a boat and are starting their journey.


Sat Jan 5 15:18 2019 NZDT
GPS: 07 49.51N 98 18.25E
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 1011, 0-5 kts W, calm anchorage

The good news is the tropical storm was a dud. We never saw wind over 16kts, and it drizzled. We could get more rain today as the storm continues to pass, and the winds turn, but it's been very very calm. We actually are hoping for some rain as we would like to fill our tanks. Maybe later today....


Sat Jan 5 3:30 2019 NZDT
GPS: 07 49.51N 98 18.25E
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 1012, 10 kts NW, calm anchorage

We moved back to Ao Chalong to get into a better position for the tropical storm. This is the first storm like this to hit this area of Thailand in over 50 years. We are in a good position assuming the storm eye stays north of us. If it moves south, we will need to move a bit to get protected from easterly winds. Here is a link to a 360 Panorama that I took this morning with our drone: https://kuula.co/post/7YvTd .


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