ICAROS

ICAROS

Sat Jun 15 19:15 2019 NZST
Run: 210.3nm (380.6km)
Avg: 8.8knts
24hr: 211.2nm
11 55.346S 049 17.693E
Weather: 20-25kt SSE A glorious sunny day.

We have just rounded Cap D'Ambre and I can report that Madagascar looks beautiful.

After a rough and bouncy night, the sea flattened out as we approached the coast at sun rise. A favourable current and good breeze has us flying around the top at 10+kt. But now that we are here - we have decided to go to Mayotte, a French island about 240nm south west of here. Upon entry into Madagascar, we are only allowed a 90 day visa. We wish to leave Madagascar towards the end of October for South Africa. So we shall hang out in Mayotte for a month or two before going to Madagascar. It's supposed to be quite nice. (Inspite of the French, he says) 3114 NM from Padang - 18.5 days


Fri Jun 14 19:21 2019 NZST
Run: 201.6nm (364.9km)
Avg: 8.4knts
24hr: 201.2nm
12 59.120S 052 12.920E
Weather: 20-25kt SSE Mainly sunny

The wind and seas have eased a bit for our final leg to the top of Madagascar. We should round Cap D'Ambre tomorrow during daylight hours. Looking forward to getting off this magic carpet (aka roller coaster!!) ride and into the calm protected waters in the lee of Madagascar.

185nm to Cap d'Ambre, north Madagascar


Thu Jun 13 19:18 2019 NZST
Run: 204.5nm (370.1km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 205.4nm
13 14.295S 055 11.970E
Weather: 25kt SE Mainly sunny with some scattered showers

We had a rainy night but plenty of sunshine so far today for the solar panels. Since coming through the gap on Tues we have been angling south. Today we head west and tomorrow north west along the coast of Madagascar and then over the top Sat morning. 2782nm fromPadang, 357nm to the north end of Madagascar What was it you used to say Patricia? We can almost smell the barn!?


Wed Jun 12 19:24 2019 NZST
Run: 218.8nm (396km)
Avg: 9.1knts
24hr: 217.9nm
12 48.757S 058 12.339E
Weather: 25kt SE Mainly sunny with some scattered showers

Yesterday afternoon we navigated our way through the Mascarene Gap, an area between two large banks or shallow areas. Not a great feat as it?s about 65 miles wide! Now we are on a more southwesterly course making our way over to the NW coast of Madagascar. The plan is to try and get as much south as we can before we reach the coast so that we have the wind and swell behind us as we go up and over the top end of Madagascar. But- in the meantime for the next couple of days we are on a more rocky rolling point of sail. With any luck and the forecast is correct, the wind and swell will start easing soon.


Tue Jun 11 19:18 2019 NZST
Run: 180.1nm (326km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 181.2nm
12 11.348S 061 23.055E
Weather: 20-25kt SE Mainly sunny with some scattered showers

Still moving along quite nicely downwind with just the headsail. Hurry Up, Slow down, Hurry up!! The latest weather forecast shows the winds easing around the top end of Madagascar in time for our arrival in a few days. Hurray! Now - wouldn?t it be nice if we could get there during daylight hours. Looks like it might be time to speed up our magic carpet ride.

2415 miles from Padang, 712 miles to the top end of Madagascar


Mon Jun 10 19:27 2019 NZST
Run: 186.4nm (337.4km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 180.8nm
12 23.978S 064 02.589E
Weather: 20kt ESE Another drizzly dreary day.

Still moving along comfortably downwind with just the headsail. We had quite a bit of rain and wind last night but things have settled down today. Heavy clouds fill the sky so the solar panels are struggling.

We expect to be at the north end of Madagascar about Fri or Sat. Currently the forecast has a lot of wind there so we have reduced our headsail in size and are trying to slow down a bit so that the weather has a chance to improve by the time we get there. Yea right!!


Sun Jun 9 18:42 2019 NZST
Run: 398.8nm (721.8km)
Avg: 17.2knts
24hr: 413.4nm
12 36.28S 066 47.86E
Weather: 20-25kt ESE A drizzly dreary day.

Still moving along quite nicely downwind with just the headsail. Have shut the freezer off today. We just have a couple of frozen made-ahead meals left. Time to get inventive with the dry stores. The freezer consumes a lot of power and with these cloudy days our solar input just isn?t enough to keep the batteries happy. Happy batteries are important to keep the Captain happy!! 2115 miles from Padang, 1029 miles to the top end of Madagascar


Sat Jun 8 19:33 2019 NZST
12 56.21S 072 42.31E
Weather: 20-25kt SE Mainly sunny

Still moving along quite nicely downwind with just the headsail. Saw several cargo ships on AIS last night. Now today - nothing. Maybe we passed through a shipping lane.

Chatting twice daily on our SSB radio with several other boats.

Neptune Highway at Rodrigues, AdiejeWah & Nauti Nauti at Chagos, Althea & Jaga II a couple hundred miles behind us.


Fri Jun 7 19:24 2019 NZST
Run: 334.4nm (605.3km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.8nm
12 56.21S 072 42.31E
Weather: 20-25kt SE Mainly sunny

We are moving along quite nicely downwind with just the headsail. The big excitement for the day has been our first AIS target since leaving Sumatra - a cargo ship heading east bound for Singapore. It was 16 miles away and too far to actually see - even when looking out while on the crest of a big wave. Maybe we'll start seeing more shipping now as we approach the north end of Madagascar.

Doesn't take much to amuse us!!


Thu Jun 6 19:45 2019 NZST
Weather: 20kt SE Partly sunny sky with scattered showers

Well, what a difference another day can make!! We are now heading for Madagascar.

A weather forecast of 30+kt breezes and high seas around Rodrigues in the upcoming days made us consider our options. A special thank you to Des in South Africa and Ashley in Townsville, both with first hand experience in the area, for their advice and insights on the weather.

So Plan B is to head to the north end of Madagascar and spend the next few months exploring the NW coast. This area has been quite popular with cruisers visiting in recent years. We have tucked the mainsail away and are now just flying the headsail. We aren't going as fast as we were when the wind was on the beam but it's a nice comfortable run downwind.

1623 miles from Padang 1565 miles to the north end of Madagascar


Hi guys, Great to see that you are now well on your way and belated happy birthday Bev. Been away a few weeks to Zanzibar and did not see any yachts at Ngunwi at the north tip of the island. Perhaps that is not the place where they go? You certainly are a daring couple, sailing all the oceans in all sorts of weather. Wish you all the very best and may the winds be with you.
Wed Jun 5 19:51 2019 NZST
Run: 193.6nm (350.4km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 190nm
14 12.09S 077 30.60E
Weather: 18-20kt SSE Mainly sunny sky.

Well, what a difference a day can make!! We have rather boisterous conditions today.

Last evening the wind picked up from the NW and we were able to sail through the night. This morning after sunrise, thank goodness, the wind dropped off as we headed into a bunch of rain clouds. A couple of hours later we were breaking our way through and starting to see blue sky ahead. Now the wind has filled in from the SE but the seas are quite confused and choppy. The wind is forecast to move more easterly and once it does things should settle down.

1572 miles from Padang 872 miles to Rodrigues


Tue Jun 4 19:24 2019 NZST
Run: 176.3nm (319.1km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.8nm
13 04.36S 080 08.93E
Weather: Light variable breeze. Hardly a cloud in the sky.

The wind dropped out and we have been motoring since midnight. We have a long lazy swell and a favourable current helping us along. The forecast has a change coming tomorrow or the next day. We will pass through a trough with some squally rain and then should find some stronger favourable SE breezes on the other side.

But in the meantime, having a pleasant relaxing birthday gazing out into the blue and we will enjoy a glass of champagne a little later.


What a way to spend your bday. Congrats from Marilyn and Ron. We will travel along with you. Bob and Mim are here now as Auntie Iris came to Wpg. Today. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Bev - enjoy the champers and smooth sailing !
Mon Jun 3 20:15 2019 NZST
Run: 221nm (400km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 207.6nm
11 58.63S 082 30.54E
Weather: 15kt SE Mainly sunny

It was a starry starry night and now it's a blue sky day. The wind and waves have eased a bit and it's lovely smooth sailing. The temperature is very pleasant and we've started to wear T-shirts instead of just swim wear. Gone are the hot humid SE Asian days. There's a pot of soup on the stove and some fresh bread in the oven!! We have today passed the half way point between Padang and Rodrigues. The second half of the journey is likely to be a mix of light and strong winds.


Sun Jun 2 18:42 2019 NZST
Run: 230.7nm (417.6km)
Avg: 9.9knts
24hr: 238.1nm
10 36.56S 085 27.35E
Weather: 15-20kt SE Mainly sunny

Had a couple of passing showers this morning. The past couple of days have been overcast with lumpy seas in the morning and then the afternoons have brightened up to make the solar panels happy. The forecast suggests lighter conditions the next couple of days. It will be disheartening to slow down but the trade off will be a little smoother ride.

The boobie birds continue to accompany us. At cocktail hour a couple tend to circle the boat and come close to the stern to look in at us. Last night we noticed one hitching a ride on the port bow. Not a problem though as he seems to be toilet trained and kept his tail feathers over the edge.


You’re flying along !! Safe sailing - will have a San Miguel and boquerones at cocktail hour to wish you well. Hasta luego....
Sat Jun 1 19:27 2019 NZST
Run: 199.2nm (360.6km)
Avg: 8.6knts
24hr: 205.6nm
09 09.22S 088 30.30E
Weather: 15-20kt SE Mainly cloudy

Yet another good night and no fish died on deck.

We are in SSB radio contact with several other boats we know in the area. Unfortunately propagation has not been good the past couple of days. Fortunately most also have satellite phones so we can still send emails and SMS messages and report our positions and discuss any problems.

We are in daily contact via our satellite phone with Des Cason who is in Durban, South Africa. Des is a retired yachtsman with many years and miles of sailing in this part of the world. He is very generous in sharing his experience and local weather knowledge. We send him a daily position report and within a couple of hours he sends back a two to three day outlook specific to us. He has been providing this service free of charge the past four years. Last year he guided more than a hundred boats across to South Africa and down the coast to Cape Town.

Today we are 860 miles from Padang with 1586 miles to go to Rodrigues.


Fri May 31 20:12 2019 NZST
Run: 225.1nm (407.4km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 209.8nm
07 54.28S 091 07.89E
Weather: 15kt SE Mainly sunny

Yet another good night. We had a small early morning shower which I thought might be nice to rinse the salt off the deck - but we keep getting broad sided and splashed by the occasional big wave. Today the wind has moved back of the beam so the ride is getting smoother. We are now on a rhumb line course for Rodrigues. I had a flying fish come join me on my watch last night. He landed in the cockpit and flip flopped his way to the doorway of the cabin. I was able to grab him with my silicone oven mitt and toss him overboard. Unfortunately two other flying fish were not so lucky and died on deck overnight.


Pleased to hear all is well with boat and weather. Have you tried your hand at catching squid... a delicious addition to the diet.? Are you trailing a lure? David

Glad you’re making good time! Hope the weather keeps cooperating. Just bought a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander for my sweetheart.
Thu May 30 18:27 2019 NZST
Run: 220.1nm (398.4km)
Avg: 8.9knts
24hr: 214.3nm
06 16.66S 093 58.48E
Weather: 15kt SE Mainly sunny

We had another good night. Nice steady breeze and no rain. The wind has lessened a bit today but we are now on a beam reach and still making good time. 498 miles from Padang and 1954 miles to go to Rodrigues !! Yesterday we noticed a couple of boobie birds flying around us and today we have seen dozens. There are a few flying fish around which must be attracting them. So far no fishes or bird poop on deck- all is well on board.


Wed May 29 17:48 2019 NZST
Run: 219.5nm (397.3km)
Avg: 9.7knts
24hr: 232.6nm
04 38.55S 96 43.18E
Weather: 15kt SSE partly cloudy with scattered showers

We had a very good night. Nice steady breeze and no rain. AND best of all - no other boats. After the last couple of years in SE Asia maneuvering at times amongst hundreds of boats, it is awesome not to see anyone else out here.

We are still beating into the breeze and the sea is a bit lumpy but we are making good progress. 185 miles for the day. Hoping the wind turns a bit more easterly.

There are a few other boats out here that we are talking to on the SSB radio and satellite Phone. AdiejeWah at Chagos, Nauti Nauti is 700m E of Chagos, Althea and Jaga II are 400m in front of us, Starcharger left Darwin Mon, Melimila still in Phuket awaiting new sail.


Glad to hear your trek westward on the big I.O is off to a decent start. I hope the happy sailing continues.
Tue May 28 19:09 2019 NZST
Run: 134.2nm (242.9km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 158.7nm
02 24.86S 98 59.184E
Weather: 10-15kt SSE mostly cloudy with scattered showers

We were surprised to find ourselves sailing not long after leaving Padang last evening. Had expected to spend the first couple of days motoring south to find some wind. Had several squalls through the night so we are a bit sleep deprived today. The sea is quite lumpy and we are punching into it to make as many miles south as we can. Will probably take a couple of days to get through the ITCZ and the squalls. Then hopefully we'll have the wind over our shoulder and some friendlier sea conditions.

In amongst the squalls last night we also had to dodge several brightly lit squid boats. Hoping that will be the last we see of the local fishing fleet and any boats we come across now will show up on AIS.

Nice to finally be out on the open sea and on our way.


Mon May 27 22:50 2019 NZST
Run: 2nm (3.6km)
1 3.25708S 100 22.36739E
Weather: Partly cloudy, light afternoon land bteeze

Goodbye Indonesia, Wonderful Indonesia, Goodbye SE Asia. Lots of good times & great people we've met along the way. Looking forward to getting out there & doing some sailing & exploring new countries.


Took the better part of two days to complete the check out procedure in Padang. Incredible the paperwork!! Smiling friendly people everywhere just trying to do their job so couldn't complain.


Will probably do an update every day or two with our satellite phone - just so I can get my technology fix.


Hey there dear Bev and Bob, so you’re on your way across the Indian Ocean ........ exciting indeed. Take good care of each other, won’t you. We look forward to reading your updates on Yit. xx Irene and Lionel
Tue May 21 18:45 2019 NZST
Run: 136.2nm (246.5km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 75.8nm
01 02.2783S 100 23.8212E
Weather: Warm & humid with scattered showers

We arrived into Padang this morning after an overnight motor. Next to no wind and what there was always seemed on the nose. It was a nice moonlit night with just one passing shower. Not a real good test - but a silicone repair job on a leaky salon window may have worked.


We shall spend a couple of days here doing a bit of shopping and having a look around before checking out of Indonesia with the authorities.


Early morning arrival into Padang - hills of Sumatra in the background - visions of orangutan and Sumatran tigers
Colourful local ferry? boat
Sun May 19 23:39 2019 NZST
Run: 90nm (162.9km)
00 33.84S 098 29.07E
Weather: Light breezes, sunny and hot

Left Nias Island yesterday morning and spent last night at Sipika Island. On our way there we crossed the equator and now we find ourselves in the Southern Hemisphere again. This was our third crossing of the equator. First time was between Panama and French Polynesia. Second time was between Indonesia and Singapore. Tonight we are anchored inside of the surf break on Tanahbala Island. There is a Telkomsel tower at the head of the bay with a strong phone signal but sadly no internet. Next stop - the bright lights of Padang.


A toast to King Neptune as we cross the equator
Thu May 16 22:18 2019 NZST
00 33.4492N 097 49.2855E
Weather: Warm & humid with scattered showers

Last day of the Nias Yacht Rally and we are looking forward to a 'Farewell Party' tonight with all our guides. This was the first time they have hosted such an event and have done a great job. A lot of effort went into the preparation of the tours and dancing. For example, hundreds of children prepared for several days to show us their traditional dancing on a visit to their school. Friendly smiling people everywhere we turned. Interesting traditional villages. A big highlight was watching the stone jumping - traditionally part of the training of young men for battle. Nias Island is predominantly Christian with approximately 10% of the population Muslim. Our visit coincided with Ramadan so Nias was a good choice - food & beer available throughout the day !


War Dance - Bawomataluo Village
Stone jumping - traditional battle training for young men
Traditonal dancers
Mon May 13 4:08 2019 NZST
Run: 6nm (10.9km)
0 33.43348N 97 49.28009E
Weather: Scattered showers

Day 1 - Nias Yacht Rally - Teluk Dalam city tour - highlights included seeing the stone jumping monument, a visit to a Catholic church adorned with local wood carvings & in traditional architecture style, a cool drink with the delightful Sister Yustina Hondrö, tea & coffee with the Regent of South Nias and then a cold Bintang to complete an enjoyable day.


Thu May 9 19:46 2019 NZST
Run: 38.9nm (70.4km)
00 34.6948N 097 44.2482E
Weather: Overcast, warm with light breezes

We moved to Lagundri Bay on the south end of Nias Island. Another world class surf location with huge surf breaking at the entrance to the bay. Unfortunately there is a lot of swell invading the bay and it's a bit rocky and rolly. Not so bad for us in our catamaran but the two monohulls anchored with us are not enjoying it. The swell is up enough throughout the bay to make it very difficult to land the dinghy on the beach and there are no piers. So tomorrow we'll probably move a few miles east to another bay and the town of Teluk Dalam. There will be five days of festival activities for us there next week.


Wed May 8 12:06 2019 NZST
Run: 24.2nm (43.8km)
0 54.405N 97 16.833E
Weather: Mostly sunny with passing showers

Enjoying a pleasant stop at a small island - Pulau Asu- off the west coast of Nias Island. We spent a couple of hours walking around the island and visited three surf orientated accommodation businesses. There are also about 50 indigenous people living on the island who help support the surfing industry.


Surfers - a whole new culture of people to us. We met an interesting bunch yesterday. Professional men from all over the world travelling the world to surf. This part of Indonesia is apparently 'world renowned' in surfing circles.


Our picturesque remote tropical island anchorage
Afternoon thunder storm building
The sought after surf on the north side of the island
Mon May 6 18:42 2019 NZST
Run: 346.6nm (627.3km)
Avg: 4.8knts
24hr: 115nm
01 15.284N 097 14.458E
Weather: Hot and sultry with scattered thunderstorms forming.

We had a good trip down to Nias Island from Sabang. The first night we had a squall with 25kn breezes to liven things up between 1 and 2 am. The rest of the time there was a long gentle ocean swell with a light breeze which was NOT on the nose for a change. We even managed to turn the motor off and sail for a few hours.

Typically there is not much sailing in these equatorial waters. The other nice feature of this trip was the near absence of fishing boats and shipping - such a contrast from Malacca Strait on the east side of Sumatra.


The little black box (MDI - mechanical diesel interface) has gone on the port engine again. The Volvo guys in KL will try to get their Indonesian colleagues to come to Nias Island or Padang to replace it for us. It is still under warranty. In the meantime, Bob has attached a starter switch so that we can still use the engine. The instruments (rev counter, temp gauge, battery indicator) do not work without the MDI. Also - it seems the alternator on port engine is no longer charging. Something else for him to fix !!


In the meantime, we have anchored in behind a surf break in a nicely protected anchorage complete with communications tower. What more could a girl want!! Time for a swim and then a nap.


Surf looks much bigger in real life
Fri May 3 18:24 2019 NZST
Run: 1.3nm (2.4km)
05 53.35N 095 19.28E
Weather: Light breezes, sunny and hot

Just testing - sending an email via sat phone to YIT.

Our current plan is to leave Sabang tomorrow morning and make our way down the west coast of Sumatra to Nias Island. Total distance approx 400 miles.


Tue Apr 30 7:23 2019 NZST
Run: 3.9nm (7.1km)
5 52.32408N 95 18.81284E
Weather: Partly cloudy, quite warm with light breezes

Our five days of activities during the Sabang Marine Festival included much more than just enjoying the local food, touring the island and watching traditional dancing. The crews from twenty boats were invited to participate in many interactive experiences – joining in a parade with local children and a marching band down the main street of town, planting bougainvillea on the boulevard outside a school, wearing Acehnese traditional clothing, making mats from coconut palm fronds, line fishing in a pond stocked with an assortment of fish, picking up plastic off a section of beach, playing traditional drums made of goat skin and jackfruit wood after receiving instruction on how to ‘slap and tap’, making coffee in the Acehnese traditional manner. Kopi tarik (pulled coffee) is where the freshly brewed coffee is repeatedly poured and filtered through a cotton strainer from one container to another to enhance the flavour.


On the last day of the Marine Festival we took a ferry across to the city of Banda Aceh where we visited the Tsunami Museum. The 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake was of a magnitude greater than 9M and the epicentre was located just off the NW coast of Sumatra. It set off a series of tsunamis with a maximum height of 30 meters reported and claimed the lives of more than 200,000 people in several countries across the region. The city of Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra was one of the hardest hit losing 90,000 people. Almost fifteen years after the event, driving around the rebuilt areas of Banda Aceh, it was difficult to imagine the destruction and devastation that took place. Local guides described their first hand experiences. Monuments and memorials noted the names of the dead. Pictures and video clips in the museum helped to re-enact the event. Seeing a 2600 ton barge that had been swept 5 km inland into a residential area helped to make one better appreciate the power and destruction of the tsunamis.


While at Banda Aceh, we were also treated to some more traditional dancing. The ‘Saman’ or ‘dance of a thousand hands’ is a sitting dance performed without musical instruments. The young men sit in a kneeling position, singing and clapping and slapping their hands on their shoulders and laps and swaying their torsos and heads in an ever-increasing fast paced rhythm. Quite spectacular to watch.


Making mats from coconut palm fronds
Kopi tarik - pulled coffee
The Saman - dance of a thousand hands
Tue Apr 23 18:23 2019 NZST
5 52.81690N 95 15.40985E
Weather: Mostly cloudy, quite warm with a light breeze,

Still in the same place (between Pulau Rubiah & Pulau Weh) and we’ve been enjoying some lazy days. The good news is we also found some nice coral. Our daily schedule includes a leisurely breakfast, a snorkel or two – maybe a dive, reading and planning for our next few months of travel, some boat jobs, happy hour get togethers and dinners ashore.


We are sitting at anchor with four other boats that we sailed through Indonesia with in 2017. We shall all continue this year across the Indian Ocean towards South Africa. It’s been great to get together again and discuss our upcoming travel plans. We won’t all go the same way or leave at the same time but we shall continue to talk via SSB radio as we cross the Indian Ocean and meet up again in Madagascar or South Africa. We are also meeting other boats here that will transit the Indian Ocean this year. Several boats we know are taking a more northern route stopping at Sri Lanka and the Maldives and we’ll meet them again on the other side later in the year.


The weather has been rather benign - the occasional shower, mostly sunny skies and light breezes. The temperature ranges from about 33C during the day to 27C at night with high humidity. It doesn’t take much physical activity during the day to break a sweat. The best place to be is in the water!! The water temperature is about 30C so not real refreshing but very easy to soak in during the heat of the day. We often sleep the first half of the night on deck as it is just that little bit cooler than inside the boat.


We’ve been doing some diving with a local dive operation. They load up their boat with all the dive gear, pick us up from our boat and we are at a dive site within 10-20 minutes. Too easy!! Not fantastic coral or spectacular visibility but a pretty nice selection of fish and assorted sea critters. We are often diving in current making it more challenging but also beautiful with fan corals and feather stars.


There is a good selection of small restaurants onshore serving local and western food. The meals are very reasonably priced at about $3 or $4. Typically there is no alcohol served although we have found a couple that do. A few local tricks we’ve learned such as ordering ‘apple juice’ (nudge/nudge/wink/wink) and receiving an icy cold amber yeasty smelling beverage.


Several more boats will be arriving over the next few days in anticipation for a local ‘Marine Festival’ this coming weekend. We’ll be treated to local tours, dinners and sporting activities. Looking forward to it.


Glad to hear life continues as I had left it, apart from the extra company and rations of apple juice. The upcoming festival should be worth a few extra shore excursions. Water temps here are about 5 degrees. Air temp: low of 5, high of 18. But......14+ hours of sunshine and getting longer. Enjoy your lazy days.

Great to hear from you again. Just wondered where you were for a while. Looks like you enjoy the place you are at with friends, good food and some special requests when ordering a bear he he he….. Good diving and some nice corals. 30 deg C in the water, that is very worm indeed. No wet suit or shorties for diving. Going across the Indian ocean to SA will be a fantastic experience. Perhaps you will dive at Cape Town with the great white, although it is quite a bit cooler in the water there. Just back from Maldives and some fantastic dives and good videos in 4K. See Youtube and my name. Here is full summer, which is several weeks too early. Best regards from me and Eira and take great care.
Thu Apr 4 3:09 2019 NZDT
Run: 3.6nm (6.5km)
5 52.81690N 95 15.40985E
Weather: Sunny & hot

We changed anchorage and have moved a few miles west to Pulau (Island) Rubiah. A more touristy area with several dive shops, small hotels/guesthouses and restaurants. The water is lovely & clear with lots of fish. Haven't seen much for coral yet - will keep looking.


Forecast is for rain tomorrow but then the weather looks good for the next few days

The prices are pretty reasonable for diving here so may get the locals to take us out for a few dives.


Sun Mar 31 21:57 2019 NZDT
Run: 305.5nm (553km)
Avg: 2.9knts
24hr: 69.4nm
5 52.39430N 95 18.48759E
Weather: Sunny, hot & scattered thunder showers

We have arrived into Sabang after a slow motor with just a bit of sailing. Quite a steady stream of big ships coming over the top of Sumatra entering & leaving the Malacca Strait.


Two dinghy loads of officials to greet us with plenty of paperwork & smiles. Then we had to visit them in their offices to collect our paperwork & pasports. The whole check in process took about 4 hours.


Our arrival has coincided with a local festival with events & food galore.. But first we must check out the water & snorkeling. Water looks marvelous!!


Wed Mar 27 12:18 2019 NZDT
Run: 8.7nm (15.7km)
6 14.92501N 99 44.25634E
Weather: Sunny and warm

Electrical and chart plotter problems sorted. A loose wire and a faulty update seemed to be the culprits.


Time to leave Malaysia and what a send off we received. Military ships galore as well as jet aircraft circling us in the sky. Or perhaps our departure just coincided with LIMA'19 (Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibiton)


Sun Mar 24 12:45 2019 NZDT
Run: 10.3nm (18.6km)
6 18.81608N 99 50.76836E
Weather: Sunny and warm

So... we decide to motor over to Kuah which is the main town on Langkawi. We'll do a last grocery shop for fresh fruit & veg and then check out of Malaysia at the Harbour Master, Customs & Immigration. Right? Wrong...


First thing we notice is our one year old chart plotter/multi-function display at the navigation table doesn't want to turn on. Keeps trying, flickering and going off. No problem - we have another one at the helm station. No - it doesn't work because it is the slave and the nav table chartplotter is the master. No problem - we can navigate by eye and use the navigation programs on our ipad and iphone.


Hmmm the autopilot isn't working - it seems it can't find the GPS. No problem - we have a spare autopilot. Strange,,, there doesn't seem to be any power getting to it. Or for that matter to any of the pumps on port side (watermaker, galley sink, port head).


Well Eric - this is the cruising life at its finest - think we'll be here a few more days...


Hi guys, So much for all the nice and technical gears that make life so easy. Must be very rare to fail all at the same time. Hope you get it fixed and start enjoying life in the slow lane again. Went to Maldives for 2 weeks and had some great dives, but as you have heard and mentioned, there was a lot of damages and greyed out corals, but great marine life worth the trip. Take great care and whish you all the best for the next trip when you leave the fantastic and interesting county Thailand.
Wed Mar 20 7:10 2019 NZDT
Run: 1.4nm (2.5km)
6 17.66823N 99 41.81918E
Weather: Sunny and warm

We booked Icaros into Rebak Marina for a few days and we took advantage of some cheap Air Asia flights to Penang. Bob & I visited the Indonesian Consulate to get a long stay visa. The rest of the time we enjoyed touring Penang, sampling the food and walking around historic George Town. We introduced Eric to some of the local favourites such as Cendol - an iced sweet dessert that contains worm-like green rice flour jelly, red beans, coconut milk and palm sugar.


Roadside Cendol Vendor in George Town
Our hotel pool complete with stationary bicycle and treadmill
Mon Mar 18 11:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 8.9nm (16.1km)
6 17.73008N 99 43.01947E
Weather: Sunny and warm

Eric has come to visit. Most of the jobs on the 'To Do List' are done, the boat is laden with food and grog and now it's time to do some touristy fun things. Spent a few enjoyable days anchored off Cenang Beach. Nice beach to walk along with a great choice of bars and restaurants.


View from the top of Langkawi's Cable Car overlooking Telaga Harbour
Fri Mar 1 13:32 2019 NZDT
Run: 10.2nm (18.5km)
06 18.7584N 099 50.7087E
Weather: Sunny & warm

Painted & polished & ready to get back in the water. Looking pretty nice!!


We'll spend the next three weeks around Langkawi preparing for our next passage. Still a few more jobs on the 'To Do' list and lots of provisioning. Langkawi is a duty free island & they have some pretty good liquor prices. The waterline is going to be quite a bit lower...


Wed Feb 20 8:32 2019 NZDT
Run: 101.9nm (184.4km)
06 17.805N 99 41.893E
Weather: Sunny & warm

Currently up out of the water at Rebak Island Marina to repaint the bottom & a few other jobs. Situated on a small island off of Langkawi Island. A nice resort next door complete with pool & swim up bar that we can use. A pleasant reward after a hard days work. We expect to be here about ten days.


Hi guys. Warm and sunny where you are. Cold and overcast where we are. Who made the better life choice?? Hope you guys are doing well. Your travels look amazing. Wish I could be a barnacle on your transom (setting my life goals pretty low there...at least I'm not shooting for single cell amoeba). Take care and travel safe!
Fri Feb 15 1:51 2019 NZDT
Run: 61nm (110.4km)
07 36.603N 99 01.445E
Weather: Sunny, warm & breezy

Our last stop in Thailand was spent on Koh Lanta. Lovely beach full of restaurants & bars and best of all - no noisy long-tail boats. Could have spent more time here but shall take advantage of a favourable breeze & make our way to Langkawi.


Sun Feb 10 21:16 2019 NZDT
Run: 12nm (21.7km)
08 10.5289N 098 20.3542E
Weather: Sunny and warm

A fun day yesterday. Started with a dinghy parade. Drone footage will likely appear on the Sail Thailand facebook page in a day or so.


A local boatyard hosted the day and we were treated to traditional Thai food, cocktails & beer, batik painting, vegetable carving and rope splicing. Several local boat related businesses were on hand with displays and info.


We're at a well protected anchorage/river but the murky water isn't conducive to swimming. Tomorrow night is the big finale for the rally and then we'll check out of Thailand and make our way back to Langkawi.


Fri Feb 8 23:24 2019 NZDT
Run: 14.6nm (26.4km)
08 15.969N 098 29.333E
Weather: Sunny and warm

Spent a couple of days visiting a few hongs in Phang Na Bay, paddling around several islands and enjoying the scenery.


Wed Feb 6 3:21 2019 NZDT
Run: 16.4nm (29.7km)
08 05.277N 098 36.235E
Weather: Sunny and warm

One of the Sail Thailand Rally activities was a beach clean up. We were joined by 20+ school children and about a dozen adults from a nearby resort. Only took an hour to fill several bags and this was quite a clean beach.


Mon Feb 4 12:17 2019 NZDT
Run: 5.2nm (9.4km)
08 00.534N 098 49.7799E
Weather: Afternoon scattered showers

Exploring the islands near Krabi - along with hundreds - no thousands of incredibly noisy long tail boats.


Sat Feb 2 14:49 2019 NZDT
Run: 9.3nm (16.8km)
08 02.5408N 098 53.8503E
Weather: Light breezes & a blue sky day

We are in Port Takola Marina near Krabi with its lovely karst landscape in the background. Have spent a bit of time enjoying their new restaurant/bar complete with live entertainment.


Ventured into Krabi town to find a shop to check that our main sail winch motor was OK. Have replaced a control box for the winches & so far so good.


Another day we rented a long tail boat with several other Rally members and visited a Muslim village community living on a nearby island. We checked out their rice farming, fish & crab farming, model boat building, wood carving, batik printing as well as one of their Seafood restaurants.


Wed Jan 30 17:30 2019 NZDT
Run: 36nm (65.2km)
08 01.5389N 098 45.7267E
Weather: Warm & sultry with thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon.

The past couple of days in Nai Harn Bay were spent socializing & saying goodbye to many. Thailand is a crossroads for our cruising friends. Some will remain in SE Asia for awhile, some will head to the Med, some will return to Australia & some like us will head across the Indian Ocean towards South Africa.


Yesterday we sailed from Nai Harn Bay towards Krabi which is the next stop on our rally schedule. We are currently anchored below one of the King's palaces. So far - no invite.


An interesting day of sailing yesterday... When raising the main sail, the electric winch struggled to get it to the top of the mast and then died - along with all the electrics. Not sure why it just didn't trip a breaker? We could get all the electrics going again but had to avoid using any of the electric winches (head sail & anchor) or they would knock out the electrics. Fun & games. Shall have to use man power until we get this winch motor sorted.


Hellooooooo dear Bev and Bob, lovely to catch up a little on where and how you are. Bummer to hear about electric winch issues - hopefully sorted now? xx
Sun Jan 27 23:02 2019 NZDT
Run: 6.2nm (11.2km)
07 46.2966N 098 18.1737E
Weather: Yet another lovely sunny warm breezy day

We headed back to Nai Harn Bay yesterday so we could join a bunch of our Aussie mates and celebrate Australia Day.


Sat Jan 26 13:15 2019 NZDT
07 48.9937N 098 22.8577E
Weather: Another lovely day

Day 2 of the Rally saw us visiting a Pearl farm in a nearby bay. About 1500 oysters hanging around in cages for 1.5 years. They don't have to feed them but they do have to clean off the barnacles & other sea growth each month. Then we were off to a rum factory... Need I say anything more !! Up to the highest point on Phuket Island to see Big Buddha and enjoy the views. The day was topped off with a terrific buffet dinner & excellent cultural theatre show at Siam Niramit.


Fri Jan 25 3:33 2019 NZDT
Run: 6.1nm (11km)
07 48.9937N 098 22.8577E
Weather: A lovely sunny day with light breezes

We've come back into Ao Chalong to join up with the Sail Thailand Rally. Had a very nice lunch with everyone at the Phuket Yacht Club. There's only about a dozen boats in this Rally . We already know three of the boats. So nice to catch up with them as well as meet several others.


Wed Jan 9 17:31 2019 NZDT
Run: 5.6nm (10.1km)
07 46.4104N 098 18.1516E
Weather: Sunny, warm and breezy

We have settled back into Nai Harn Bay at the South end of Phuket Island. A nice protected bay in this NE season. We're trying to have our days start with an early morning walk up to the lookout with sometimes a stop at a French Boulangerie on the way back. Lots of restaurants & fresh fruit vendors ashore to keep us happy. There's even a couple of reasonable snorkeling spots in the bay.


Sat Jan 5 14:33 2019 NZDT
7 49.6298N 98 21.8194E
Weather: Overcast with light breezes

The Big Buddha is having a bit of trouble watching us through the clouds. An uneventful past 24 hours with not much wind or rain. The storm has passed us by but we may see a day or two of rainy conditions. We have our rain collection gear in place to try and catch some !!


Fri Jan 4 14:55 2019 NZDT
Run: 5.7nm (10.3km)
07 49.6298N 098 21.8194E
Weather: Overcast and calm

Anchored at the top end of Ao Chalong under the watchful eyes of Big Buddha. The calm before the storm? Eerily quiet this morning. This bay is usually a hive of boating activity but there has been a ban placed on all boats leaving port until Tropical Storm Pabuk passes by. The eastern coast of this part of Thailand will bear the brunt of the storm & we should only feel the after effects - fingers crossed !!


Hi Bev and Bob, Hope that your anchorage in the bay will be safe for you. Just saw tonight on CNN weather report that you may have a lot of rain and wind. All the very best and look after each others. Eira & Tony
Wed Jan 2 13:31 2019 NZDT
Run: 115.6nm (209.2km)
07 46.31N 098 18.082E
Weather: Sunny and breezy

We took advantage of some favourable breezes and have returned to Nai Harn Bay at Phuket. The weather forecast has a tropical storm moving into the area in the next couple of days. We shall move up the east coast of Phuket and find a snug anchorage.


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