Field Trip

Field Trip

Fri May 24 13:54 2019 NZST
Speed:
5.3kts
knts
Run: 91nm (164.7km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.6nm
02 10.70N 105 13.5E
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
Run: 61.1nm (110.6km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.1nm
01 15.70N 104 16.78E
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
Run: 193.5nm (350.2km)
01 11.99N 103 23.83E
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
Run: 97.1nm (175.8km)
Avg: 8knts
24hr: 192.6nm
02 53.10N 101 09.616E
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
Run: 155.9nm (282.2km)
04 10.10N 100 35.16E
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
Run: 34.3nm (62.1km)
06 18.10N 99 51.00E
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
Run: 77.8nm (140.8km)
Avg: 2.7knts
24hr: 63.8nm
06 26.77N 99 22.30E
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
Run: 68.5nm (124km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 163.6nm
06 15.50N 98 15.30E
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
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
Run: 134.3nm (243.1km)
Avg: 4.7knts
24hr: 113.9nm
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.


Thu Apr 11 12:36 2019 NZST
Speed:
5kts
knts
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
05 54.62N 95 19.52E
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
Run: 105.5nm (191km)
05 52.85N 95 15.33E
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
Run: 98.2nm (177.7km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139nm
06 42.50N 96 32.72E
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
Run: 46.8nm (84.7km)
Avg: 4.3knts
24hr: 103.5nm
07 27.317N 97 45.786E
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
Run: 80.5nm (145.7km)
07 47.897N 98 21.099E
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
Run: 140.9nm (255km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.2nm
08 49.571N 97 47.917E
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
Run: 6106nm (11051.9km)
07 12.948N 99 03.722E
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 13:21 2019 NZDT
Run: 6106nm (11051.9km)
Avg: 40706.7knts
24hr: 976960nm
08 39.925N 9]7 38.611E
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 13:12 2019 NZDT
Run: 6106nm (11051.9km)
07 12.948N 99 03.722E
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
Run: 6168.9nm (11165.7km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.3nm
08 39.925N 9]7 38.611E
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
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
06 18.101N 99 51.00E
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
Run: 148.4nm (268.6km)
06 18.872N 99 50.55E
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
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
Run: 3.5nm (6.3km)
07 49.51N 98 18.25E
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 .


Thinking of you at this time. We trust you keep safe. Peter and Catherine The Southern Cross Cruising Tasmania at present

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