Slip Away

Slip Away

Sun May 20 15:12 2018 NZST
Weather: Sunny, warm, winds 15-20 SE

Still anchored at Direction Island, Cocos Keeling. We've been here a week now, and expect to be here for probably one more. We are enjoying the snorkeling here - the drift through "The Rip", as well as the other reefs scattered about the anchorage. The reefs are very healthy, and the fish life is good - lots of butterflyfish, parrotfish, sweetlips, surgeonfish, wrass and others, as well as the occasional black tip or white tip reef shark (which are not worrisome). We're still looking for eels, octopus, nudibranchs and other creatures - no sightings of those yet. There are some nice walking trails on Direction Island with signboards providing a bit of history. We've also visited Home Island (population of about 700 Malay Muslims) and yesterday, we went to West Island (population of about 100 ex-pats, mostly Aussie and British), as well as a couple of small hotels and restaurants. Grocery shopping is expensive here - a head of iceberg lettuce costs AUD $12. We passed on that. Internet is sparse and also expensive - the wifi hotspot on Direction Island is not working, but we have had a few hours of internet when we visited Home and West Islands - so we're pretty out of touch. (We send these updates through our SSB/Ham Radio email.) When we were at West Island yesterday, we checked our postings on this webpage and saw the comments from friends and family - so good to hear from all of you! We are watching the weather for an opportunity to move on to Rodrigues Island - possibly later this week. All is well. :)

Sat May 12 15:39 2018 NZST
Run: 76nm (137.6km)
Avg: 4.2knts
24hr: 101.1nm
Weather: Sunny, warm, winds 15 SE

Anchored at Direction Island, Cocos Keeling - our first anchorage in the Indian Ocean! As we approached the island this morning, we were escorted by a pod of dolphins, and after we dropped our anchor, a couple of small black tip sharks swam over to welcome us too. With the sun out, the water here is that beautiful iridescent blue that we have not seen for a while. It's warm here, but not too hot - the tradewinds are maintaining a very pleasant temperature. We are very happy to be here! Overall our passage was good. We mostly had steady tradewinds in the high teens, which is just about perfect, but the seas were not comfortable, with swell running in two directions, usually around 2 meters high, and sometimes up to 3 meters. But we'd been forewarned that the seas in the Indian Ocean are generally rough, so our expectations were managed. We had good weather the first three days of the passage, but then had quite a few squalls the last couple of nights. So we reefed down and sailed slowly the past couple of nights, and everything was fine. We just had some breakfast, and the officials radioed us to let us know they would come out to Slip Away to check us in after lunch, so we're going to take a nap!

Glad to see you made it to your anchorage! Trying to check in on you two!! Love ya! Joyce

Wow!!! Does this mean the entire Indian Ocean passage is done? Whether it does or not, congratulations on great sailing!!! We're watching you. ;) xoxoxox

Oh, that waters sound stunning. How long do you think you will hang out there? Time for a few swims? Enjoy the nap...we are sure it is well deserved. A nice nap for Slip Away too. Off to the gym today, been varnishing, stripping the mast of her fittings. That's about it from here. Cheers, M&M

Jan & Rich , nice to see you safely anchored , we are in Sydney assisting with the pack up for the move to Anchorage for Rob & Li. warm Regards Doug & Sandra
Fri May 11 21:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 3.8knts
Run: 118.6nm (214.7km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 119.1nm
Weather: squally, wind 18-25 SE, seas 2-3 meters

Day 5 underway to Cocos Keeling - 62 miles to go. Last night was a bit dark and stormy - not fun, but it wasn't too bad, and with our sails reefed, Slip Away and her crew were fine. But, it slowed us down a bit, which made it a certainty that we could not arrive at Cocos Keeling this evening before nightfall. Although we intended to go into the "Port Refuge" anchorage, which is supposed to be easy to get into even after dark, we re-thought that plan because we weren't sure if we might have another night of squally weather, which would add a level of stress and difficulty. So, we decided to slow down and plan to arrive tomorrow morning - better to spend another night at sea and enter safely after daylight. We've spent the day lumbering along at around 3-4 knots. Another sailboat on their way to Cocos passed us by, and we chatted briefly on the radio.

Thu May 10 21:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.2knts
Run: 183.1nm (331.4km)
Avg: 7.5knts
24hr: 179.4nm
Weather: wind 14-18 SE, seas 2 meters

Day 4 Underway to Cocos Keeling. Rich had a busy watch last night with lots of fishing boats, none of which had an AIS signal. Also, seas were a bit lumpy last night, so neither of us slept well, but they moderated today and we both got some sleep during the day (at different times - one of us is always on watch). We occasionally get a hit on the AIS from a large ship, but none have been close. Looks like we will be arriving Cocos Keeling tomorrow evening. If the winds stay up, we can get in before sunset. If not, there is an outside anchorage that looks reasonable to get into after dark.

Wed May 9 21:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 161.2nm (291.8km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.3nm
Weather: wind 15 SE, seas 2 meters

Day 3 underway to Cocos Keeling. Reefed down for a few squalls today, but they haven't had a lot of wind or rain in them. 330 miles to go. All is well.

Whoa...you are getting there! We have become land lubbers and gym junkies.
Tue May 8 22:21 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.0knts
Run: 156.1nm (282.5km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 152.3nm
Weather: wind 12-15 SE, seas 1-2 meters

Day 2 underway to Cocos Keeling. Making good progress. Great sailing winds. Seas a little lumpy, but we're getting used to the constant motion of life at sea. All is well aboard.

Mon May 7 21:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.5knts
Run: 22.3nm (40.4km)
Weather: 10 ENE, pleasant seas

Left the anchorage near Krakatoa this afternoon, and we're on our way to Cocos Keeling. :-) Sailing wing-and-wing. Winds are a little lighter than we would prefer at the moment, but we're happy to be on our way, and the winds should pick up in about 12 hours or so. 20 miles down, 600 miles to go. ETA 12 May.

Hey guys, looks like things are tickity boo...Keeping an eye on ya.
Sat May 5 13:42 2018 NZST
Run: 52.6nm (95.2km)
Weather: sunny, hot

Anchored at Rakata Kecil. We had an easy and non-eventful passage through the Sunda Straits in the late afternoon yesterday, and then continued on to arrive here last night at about 7:20 p.m. We found our way in and anchored safely, but it was stressful. We arrived almost 90 minutes after sunset, so it was very dark since the moon had not yet risen. Additionally, we needed to weave our way through a number of fishing boats just outside the anchorage, and shortly before we arrived, we were hit with a squall bringing lightning, thunder and some rain. Fortunately, the squall did not have a lot of wind and rain in it, and we crawled slowly up to our anchoring waypoint, dropped the hook and thankfully it set well. We celebrated with a couple of beers, cheese and crackers for dinner, then cold showers, and then we crashed and slept like the dead last night. The views of the original Krakatoa volcano and Anak Krakatoa, which was born from a 1927 eruption of the original Krakatoa are stunning. We plan to spend a couple of days here preparing for our passage to Cocos Keeling - refilling our main fuel tank from the jerry jugs of diesel we carried on deck, preparing food, and other jobs. We'll also be keeping an eye on the weather and will leave when it looks right. All is well!

Fri May 4 15:45 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 137.5nm (248.9km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 171.9nm
Weather: sunny, hot, light breeze

23 miles to the Sunda Straits. We have good timing in that we'll go through the Straits in daylight hours, but timing isn't perfect because we will likely have a current against us. But, there's not a good place to stop and anchor to wait for perfect timing, and if necessary, we'll crank up the turbo to give us a bit more speed. We've been motoring for 101 hours now - no good sailing winds at all. If all goes as planned, we'll get to the anchorage near Krakatoa tonight after dark, but we have an anchoring waypoint from friends, and the anchorage looks open and easy to approach.

Thu May 3 20:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.0knts
Run: 62.2nm (112.6km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.7nm
Weather: 12-15 South - right on our nose

Headwinds and countercurrent - clawing our way along.

Thu May 3 11:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.3knts
Run: 88.9nm (160.9km)
Avg: 6.3knts
24hr: 150.3nm
Weather: Light winds, some clouds, great moon ~ck

Night watch was busy but manageable. Making progress through the Bangka Straits. All is well!

Wed May 2 21:00 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.4knts
Run: 146.7nm (265.5km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.7nm
Weather: clouds and sun, some squalls, mostly light winds

Made good progress last night and today. All is well. Just getting to the Bangka Straits. 315 miles to go to the Sunda Straits.

Hey guys, looks like you are ticking along well. Just got back from a few days in Langkawi catching up with friends. Will be going to the local gym with a few of the folks here at Pangkor. The last couple of days I have managed 2 yoga sessions in the apartment...yeah for me. All well with us but nottin too new on board. XX
Tue May 1 21:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 5.5knts
Run: 73.4nm (132.9km)
Avg: 3.1knts
24hr: 74.2nm
Weather: Overcast, light winds

Just crossed the equator, so we're back in the Southern Hemisphere. This is Slip Away's and our third equator crossing. Conditions were better today, so made much better progress than yesterday. Stopped and anchored last night because there was too much fishing activity to travel safely. Got underway early and with a strong counter current and 10 knots of headwinds, we were creeping along and feeling very frustrated. But conditions improved as the day progressed. The current switched and started helping us, and the winds abated in the early afternoon, so the ride got smoother. The forecast is calling for light and variable winds the next few days, so hopefully that's the end of the headwinds. We're hoping to travel all night tonight as we're further offshore than last night, but if needed, we've picked out a couple of spots to stop. 220 miles down, 450 to go to the Sunda Straits.

Mon Apr 30 22:12 2018 NZST
Speed: 4.9knts
Run: 38.3nm (69.3km)
Weather: SE 10

Crossed shipping lanes this morning - no ships at all in the northbound lanes, but southbound lanes were quite crowded. Drove along the "median" until we found a break in the traffic, and then quickly crossed over. Fought winds on the nose all day, so pulled into a harbor to wait for a break in the winds and had the opportunity to spend 2 1/2 hours with the Indonesian Navy, explaining to them what we were doing. Lots of photo taking. Winds have died down, so we're on our way again.

Sun Apr 29 18:42 2018 NZST
Run: 119.4nm (216.1km)
Weather: sunny, hot, humid

Finally got away from the dock at Admiral Marina in Port Dickson yesterday at 5 p.m. Did an overnight run of 109 nm to Pulau Pisang and the timing was good for us to stop and anchor for the night. Will leave again tomorrow at first light to cross the shipping lanes, and the tides should be right to give us a favorable current through the Durian Straits. Our passage last night went fine but was not particularly pleasant. We started out with a favorable current, so we were making great speed, but then the tide changed. The adverse current slowed our speed to less than 4 knots and gave us a bouncy ride for several hours. We had headwinds for the entire trip, but fortunately nothing too strong (mostly 8-10 knots). The moon was beautiful, and we love the light that a full moon provides. Lots of big ship traffic in the Straits of Malacca (at one point, we had 128 targets on our AIS), but all went well. 560 miles to go to the Sunda Straits.

Hi Jan & Rich, good to read your report and hear you are on the move again , F2 is back home in Melbourne, 9 years since we left , we’ll be state side for the foreseeable future , we will soon have our only Grand daughter “Mako” in Anchorage, safe sailing , love Doug & Sandra
Mon Mar 19 17:03 2018 NZDT
Run: 147.5nm (267km)
Weather: hot and humid

Arrived this morning at Admiral Marina, Port Dickson, Malaysia, after an overnight run from Pangkor Marina. Lots of big ship traffic in the Malacca Straits and especially around Port Klang, but we managed to get through it with no issues. AIS is so incredibly helpful in those situations!

Tue Mar 13 0:09 2018 NZDT
Run: 74.9nm (135.6km)
Avg: 3.2knts
24hr: 77.5nm
Weather: hot and sticky

Berthed at Pangkor Marina. Planning to spend a week here before continuing south.

Mon Mar 12 0:57 2018 NZDT
Run: 15.1nm (27.3km)
Weather: Balmy

Anchored at Pulau Rimau. Heading off early tomorrow morning for Pangkor Marina.

Sun Mar 4 19:36 2018 NZDT
Run: 28.8nm (52.1km)

Berthed at Straits Quay Marina in Penang. Planning to hang out here for a week.

Sat Mar 3 23:24 2018 NZDT
Run: 52.6nm (95.2km)

Anchored at Pulau Bunting. Heading into Penang Straits Quay Marina tomorrow. Looks like it may rain tonight.

Fri Mar 2 21:15 2018 NZDT
Run: 5.4nm (9.8km)
Weather: sunny, warm, light breeze

Anchored outside Rebak Marina. Heading to the beach bar for happy hour, then dinner with friends Sue & Bob on s.v. Mawari. Leaving in the morning to sail south toward Penang.

Wed Feb 21 19:51 2018 NZDT
Run: 125.4nm (227km)
Weather: hot and humid

docked at Telaga Harbour Marina, Langkawi, Malaysia

Sun Feb 18 21:39 2018 NZDT
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
Weather: sun with haze - warm

Left Krabi Boat Lagoon Marina today. Drove by beautiful Railey Beach and now anchored back at Koh Dam Khwan. Would have liked to anchor close to Railey, but very crowded with tourist boat traffic. Quieter here.

Fri Feb 16 3:54 2018 NZDT
Run: 11.2nm (20.3km)
Weather: hot & sunny

Berthed at Krabi Boat Lagoon Marina for some rigging repairs.

Thu Feb 15 1:48 2018 NZDT
Run: 28.4nm (51.4km)
Weather: warm, light breeze

Anchored at Koh Dam Khwan, off the coast of Krabi, Thailand. Very scenic anchorage, and very quiet now that the tourist boats have gone home.
Will go into Krabi Boat Lagoon Marina on the morning high tide.

Tue Feb 6 20:45 2018 NZDT
Run: 29.8nm (53.9km)
Weather: balmy

Berthed at Royal Phuket Marina. Greeted with a "Welcome Packet", cold towels and cold bottles of water. Very nice! Planning to stay here for one week.

Mon Feb 5 2:45 2018 NZDT
Run: 119.1nm (215.6km)
Weather: balmy

Anchored at Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand. We agree with a friend's description of this anchorage as both beautiful and appalling. It is a lovely bay and has the potential to be a fantastic anchorage if there weren't longtail boats driving by us every few minutes and techno music blasting from onshore (day and night). Just stopping here for the night before heading to Ao Chalong tomorrow. We don't feel compelled to return here.

Sat Jan 27 12:54 2018 NZDT
Run: 156.4nm (283.1km)
Weather: balmy

Berthed at Rebak Island Marina, Langkawi.

Jan & Rich , nice to see you on YIT , we are back in Sydney, drove up from Melbourne to do some babysitting, we are sailing F2 back to Melbourne , leaving here in a few weeks after some time around Pittwater and the Hawkesbury. Safe travels R Doug & Sandra

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