01/04/12 Invited onboard Tarali,
Astrid and I joined Ranald, Pete, Kevin and Jill for an enjoyable
08/04/12 Easter Sunday. Nothing
unusual happening, sunny day to sunny day - interspersed with
thunderstorms. Peter and Irene onboard Catspaw have left, I
had a day out (Good Friday) onboard Fourth Dimension, sailing to
Labuan with Barry, Paul and Mark. Today, the yacht club was
inundated with kids for an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Bonnet Parade,
there were supposed to be about fifty kids - but it seemed more like a
hundred and fifty! The hull of my boat is now encrusted with
barnacles (so the prop. must be) and would probably not be able to make
more than a knot through the water. Cleaning it will be difficult
because of the poor water visibility - not to mention the risk of
10/04/12 We (Astrid, Jordan and myself)
caught the bus into BSB this morning for a day of 'mooching' around the
shops. I couldn't get the new fuel tank that I need for the
outboard engine because the Yamaha dealer here is useless - I don't
imagine I would have any problems in either Miri or Kota Kinabalu!
I did manage to get myself a much needed new fry pan, and another rod
and reel for fishing. The tides here over the last few days have
been exceptionally high and low, today being the most extreme and we had
a bit of excitement on
returning from BSB. After taking the shopping back to the
boats, we retraced our dinghy course to the yacht club pontoon, which is
maybe a half mile away. The approach to the pontoon is marked by
two (inner and outer) marker posts which you have to leave to starboard
to stay in the channel.......but we ran aground at the outer marker,
even though it was well to starboard! As this marker is about 300
yards from the pontoon, I didn't fancy walking in the mud for that
distance and it was too shallow by now to row, so we 'punted' the dinghy
to the pontoon and found it was too high to climb onto in our usual
fashion. There is a wide ladder at one end, angled at about sixty
degrees and we decided we would have to use that but when we stepped
onto it there was a loud crack and the whole thing swung inwards toward
the pontoon - the base of the ladder had broken away from the sea-bed!
It was hilarious and I couldn't stop laughing, but now the ladder needs
urgent repair of course, before anyone gets injured.
12/04/12 This evening in the clubhouse,
there was an 'acoustic session' with Kirsty MacClean and Peter Ferry and
we spent a pleasant evening with Didier and Sophie from Sauvage,
who arrived in the anchorage last night. They have certainly seen
a lot of the World onboard their boat, as detailed on
16/04/12 Went to the airport at lunch
time with Reggie, Wendy, William, Jordan and Astrid to meet Leah who was
returning from Kota Kinabalu after her visit with Orono. At
this moment (7pm), a huge storm with heavy rain, very loud thunder and
incredibly bright lightning is directly overhead and holding us trapped
in the yacht club - no sense in trying to get back to the boat in this!
We shared the evening with a German couple, Andrea and Detlef who are
newly arrived from Japan onboard their Formosa Phoenix.
Ranald and his daughter were also trapped in the clubhouse along with a
few other ex-pats.
17/04/12 Last night's storm increased in
ferocity and I had to abandon the internet/computer when water started
cascading through the roof above me. Sadly, it seems to have
affected my computer as everything from the desktop through to these
pages is now displaying differently. More of a worry during the
storm was the threat of a lightning strike on the boats which
disappeared from sight in the downpour and we could see the lightning
hitting the anchorage somewhere between the boats and the far shore. The lower floor of the club
quickly became an indoor swimming pool with around six inches (or more)
of water sloshing around. The winds reached about 50 knots,
bringing down the club flagpole and the large canopy that had been
erected for the Laser Championships over the weekend. The seafood
restaurant next door lost a large part of it's roof during the gale.
20/04/12 Had a day out to Labuan onboard
Fourth Dimension with Barry, Paul, Jamie and Johannes.
Birthday Jordan! It started to rain around 2am this
morning and continued relentlessly until 2pm........12 hours of rain!
My batteries, starved of solar charging have dropped to the minimum and
the engine wouldn't start because of an ignition fault which I will have
to rectify either tomorrow or Tuesday. Birthday cake evening for
Jordan in the clubhouse!
27/04/12 Went to Labuan onboard
Fourth Dimension with Barry, Paul, Don and Mark to collect a new
hard drive from Alistair who's boat is still in the marina at Labuan, I
now have several 1 terabyte drives and approximately 1500 movies -
should keep me entertained for a little while!
28/04/12 Went into Gadong in search of
an ignition warning light (I traced the ignition fault to that) but was
unable to get exactly what I wanted and will have to modify a somewhat
larger 220 volt lamp holder which was all I could find.
29/04/12 Took Jordan and Leah into
Gadong as they wanted to go to the cinema - only two seats remaining
because of local payday (end of month). We managed to get a lift
from the club to the cinema from a Muslim lady, giving her $10 for her
trouble, which is exactly what it would have cost us on the three buses
needed to get there.
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