Leisurely trip over to Koh Adang Thailand today. Beautiful weather, blue skies mild dry air, light winds.
We plan to have Christmas dinner on Boxing day with Tina and She can of SV Aurelia.
We shall take a week or so and with our way yo to Phuket.
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Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 20, 2015
The yacht in the photo is SV Aurelia belonging to our friends Tina and Stevan from Australia.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
|Ibu Ketut of Sari House in Lovina Bali|
|Susan with Roland Leijten, Tropis Living Bali|
|Roland and family|
Sunday, November 15, 2015
We spent two nights in Kuta so that we could go shopping with Roland looking for doors for Villa Cengkeh. We can recommend staying at the Fontana Hotel on Jl Dewi Sri. It is designed by the reknown Balinese architect Popo Danes. You can get a great deal there in the off season and it is very convenient for shopping. We were successful is finding the doors we needed and have now gone over to the Lovina area and are staying in Kalibukbuk at Sari House. A nice guest house operated by Ibu Ketut (+65 877 6258 8191). It is only 50 meters from Buda Bakery and Restaurant which has great meals, sandwiches, salads, pastries and homemade ice cream. Ginger and lemongrass are our favorites.
There are always fascinating things to see on the trip over to Lovina from Denpasar.
|Restaurant with odd statues and art|
|Baskets, brooms and hats, daily necessities|
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
We got our official "clearance" from Immigration by anchoring off of Sisters Island and waiting 15 minutes for their launch to come by. No tying together, no boarding. They have a net on a stick such as one uses to bring in fish into which one puts the paperwork and passports. After reviewing the papers, stamping things, they are returned the same way. The marina is about 45 minutes from the clearance anchorage.
The bars, restaurants, pool, showers and gym here are first rate. The pontoons in the marina have seen better days. Mostly motor vessels here and a few catamarans that do charter. Note the blue skies in the photos. The 3 months of smoky haze has finally been blown away. What a relief!
There are also 3 very special boats berthed across from us. These are from a Singapore company called Zycraft. See zycraft.com Their boats are manufactured from carbon fiber and carbon nanotubes and used for very specialized work. One is even an unmanned vessel that can patrol at sea for up to 30 days at a time.
|Zycraft vessels: unmanned on left, anti priate escort on right|
Saturday, October 31, 2015
This is a nice marine associated with a large resort. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the are in the middle of renovating the swimming pool, so Susan has had to walk 15 minutes each day to use the pool at a sister resort. It is the off season, so there are few guests.
We have had two delicious lunches in the resort restaurant; however, we still have a substantial amount of frozen meat from Australia, so Susan has been cooking delicious meals too.
On Monday we shall cross the strait and checkin at the Republic of Singapore Yacht Club. Villa G will stay in Singapore two months and we shall fly back to Bali to look after the house construction there.
|Nongsa Point Marina, Batam Island, ID|
Thursday, October 22, 2015
We are anchored near the NW corner of Pulau (Island) Belitung, only 400 miles south of Singapore. Belitung would normally be a highlight of any sailors travels with granite boulders, sugar white beaches, and friendly people, but the haze and smoke ruin it all. We have done essential repairs and gotten rest and will depart in the morning for the Lingga Island group. We do not expect the haze to be gone, but we hope that there will be rain. We have not had rain on Villa G since March. With all the fires and smoke, the whole boat is covered in a reddish brown dust, cinders and ash. We wash the decks in salt water which helps the looks, but the feel of salt underfoot is not so nice.
Susan has baked a pecan pie and made chili con carne, yum!
|The Morning Sun, no Clouds, Just Haze|
|Sail2Indonesia Rally is also here in Belitung Indonesia|
|An Indonesia Fishing Boat|
Monday, October 19, 2015
Susan woke me at 4am saying "we have a problem." "What is it," I asked. "The Genoa came down," says she. I looked out the pilot house, saw no sail up and then gazed into the sea on the port side. There she was. We turned on the deck lights, put on our life jackets and went out into the 20 knot wind. The halyard had parted about 50 cm from the head of the sail. We pulled it slowly out of the water and onto the deck. The biggest problem was to keep it from blowing back in while we tied it down. No small feat with a rolling deck, wet sail and strong wind. Of course it got done as you can see from the photo where our trusty jib has already been hoisted in place of the genoa. After a shower to wash off the salt water we reflected on the joys of sailing, then carried on. This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using Iridium Mail & Web software.
Friday, October 16, 2015
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Friday, September 11, 2015
Sunday, September 6, 2015
Beautiful small bay on the stunning yet barren island of Flores, Buda Tenggara, ID. Very quite. The small village has no electricity and few boats. Kids paddled out to visit this morning and brought bananas and rose apples to barter for coffee and sugar. DF
Thursday, September 3, 2015
We cruised up Boling strait at 5am but were too late. The current began rushing towards us and one to two knots was the best we could make even with Villa G's big engine. Fortunately there is a provincial town with a good area to anchor in Leba Leba Bay off the strait.
We have huge volcano mountains in all directions and a couple continue to pour out white smoke. The anchorage was very windy in the middle of the day, but fortunately for us it was calmed.
The water is only 25 C as it flows in from the Indian ocean.
We plan to depart at 4am to get the right current forward the sea to the north and look for a nice comfortable anchorage.
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
We anchored in Kupang harbour at sunset Sunday evening. We engaged Mr. Napa Rachman as an agent to do our formal paperwork. He got the ball rolling at 7am yesterday and brought back everything for us to sign at noon today, Tuesday. We signed, got our documents and extra copies and chatted a bit then did a round of photos. So much easier than running around all over town to the different offices, Immigration, customs, harbour master and quarantine.
We will depart for Adonara island tomorrow. We plan to cruise along the coasts of Flores, Rinca, Komodo, Lombok and then to Bali for the next month or so.
In the photo is Napa, Umberto his skiff driver with me, Dana
Saturday, August 29, 2015
There has been only light wind, so we are motoring. Fortunately, we have an extra 750 liter diesel fuel bladder on the foredeck that gives us great confidence in having sufficient fuel. In fact, we should be able to motor to Singapore if necessary. The weather is very good. Not too cool, not too hot and mostly clear skies. The water is about 28.5 C.
Dolphins have visited several times and swim in our wake near the bow. One Blue Footed Booby visited for about a half hour. We have just passed a major offshore oil and gas production area and left the Australian economic exclusion zone, so Indonesian fishing boats should be popping up now and again. Tonight may be a bit busier than the first two when we only saw one other ship each night.
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Sunday, August 16, 2015
Ketut looks after her guests very well, cooking excellent vegetable omelettes for breakfast, or whatever you want. I asked her if she likes to cook and the answer was a resounding "yes", so she offered to cook dinner for us each night. I immediately accepted and subsequently enjoyed six delicious dinners. Susan did not have to cook and I did not have to wash up afterwards.
|Ketut and me, Dana|
|Our Bungalow at Sari House|
|Four guest rooms at Sari House|
Sunday, August 9, 2015
|Birthday dinner at Spice Beach Club|
|Live Music at Spice Beach Club|
|Morning coffee at Buda Bakery|
|Laying of the first foundation stones for Villa Cengkeh|
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
|Fresh Strawberries and Asparagus|
From Badugul down the north slope toward the coastal city of Singaraja and the area of Lovina beach are steep forested mountain sides growing coffee, mangoes, and avocados.
The mountains above our new home site a filled with clove (Cengkeh) trees. This is the season for picking the buds from these trees as the begin to flower. The buds begin green and are separated from the flower stem by hand and put into the sun to dry.
Other trees on the lower slopes produce bread fruit and cacao as shown in the last photo.
|Drying Cloves or "Cengkeh"|
|Cacao Pods for Chocolate|