as the only winds we get are associated with passing thunderstorms.
The winds are mostly light and tend to clock around us and then die out - so challenging conditions for sailing.
We will cross the busy Malacca Strait just west of Singapore and then continue up the Malaysian west coast about 270 more miles to Pangkor.
Michel from S/V Carmina told us that David (Gulf Harbour Radio) received a stent and is feeling much better. Wonderful news !!
Getting along OK with one engine. Would be good to find a diesel mechanic - maybe further along in Lombok or Bali. There is a Volvo dealer in eastern Java. Or maybe we'll make our way up to Singapore or Malaysia to get repairs done.
We have been anchored off a small fishing village. The small basic houses are on stilts and the main road through the village was paved just a few days ago in preparation for our arrival. We have enjoyed touring the surroundings ? the remains of an ancient fortress, a freshwater sinkhole / swimming pool, a turtle conservatory, a mangrove island where they are establishing an organic rice industry and visiting the local market. Last night we were invited to the Regent?s house for tea and cake and then to a nearby venue for a gala dinner complete with traditional dancing and a feast of traditional foods including lobster and crab.
Looking forward to a nice long sleep and new adventures in a new land tomorrow.
Shall sit at anchor off Amedee Island until we can clear Customs & Immigration Monday am.
SW change last evening and have been sailing well since albeit still quite bumpy.
PS - It's SUNNY and WARM !!
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