I guess we've been lucky so far. We saw many huge logs (and entire trees) floating around in Indonesian waters. In daylight, you can see them and avoid them, at night, it's a different story. And so it happened. Sailing across the Java Sea at 4am, just before dawn, while I was on watch. I … Continue reading Caught in a trap.
Heading West during the start of the NW Monsoon is a hard slog. We're picking our moments few and far between! From Bali we sailed across the Java Sea and encountered a few heavy squalls (think roaring forties). Nothing the boat and the crew couldn't manage, but not very pleasant nonetheless... We're taking a few … Continue reading A hard slog
Quite different from the rest of Indonesia. After the barren landscape of Flores and Komodo we are back in lush and green surroundings. We sailed past erupting Mount Agung and then continued West quickly to hide for an approaching tropical cyclone. We found the perfect hurricane hole in West Bali's national park. The cyclone headed … Continue reading Bali
Volcanoes, thankyou Agung for the show, mother nature showing us just who is in charge , Agung was left behind looking menacing and way too big to sit under, our new friend Tropical Cyclone Cempaka is bearing down this afternoon, it shouldn’t hit us too hard and we are tucked away on the North-West tip … Continue reading Gentlemen don’t go to windward……
We spent last night anchored underneath Mount Agung, Bali, as it was erupting. Are we crazy??? Not really. We were outside the 12 km exclusion zone and not at risk should it erupt. The only thing we had to watch out for was the ash cloud which can cause trouble breathing. Luckily, the wind was … Continue reading Anchored underneath Mount Agung, Bali
We spent the last few days in the Gili Islands, Lombok. It meant we've had front row seats to watch Mount Agung erupt from a safe distance. But ... we need to head west and get past that smoking giant. So, today we bit the bullet and sailed towards it. Don't worry, we're safe (we … Continue reading Front row seats 🌋🌋🌋
We sailed 300 NM or so in the last few days to Gili Air, Lombok. We can see Mount Agung smoking and puffing from our cockpit and just found out this afternoon that it erupted yesterday and the highest level 4 alert is now in place; expectations are that a massive eruption could happen any … Continue reading A rough ride and an erupting volcano.
The Komodo Islands didn't disappoint. We stopped in a few stunning anchorages: great snorkelling, beautiful rugged landscape to admire and plenty of wildlife. We were joined by our friends on Impetuous Too, whom we had last seen in Fiji and now have a third crew member onboard: one-year old Ravi! After a few days in … Continue reading The Komodo Islands
Mr Postman, where is our parcel? It should have arrived in Labuan Bajo a week ago ... For some reason it was sent to Kupang instead. Many phone calls later and, yes!, it finally made its way here this morning. The parcel contains some essential replacement parts for our broken down watermaker, without it we … Continue reading Waiting for the Postman…
We have been day-hopping along the coast of Flores. The reason we don't sail at night? Fishing nets! They are everywhere and hardly visible, even in daylight. Small fishing vessels are dotted along the coastline until quite a long way offshore and their miles-long nets are set up between tiny invisible buoys. It meant extra … Continue reading Bad things always happen in threes!