02/03/12 Stephane and Carina of
Solong arrived in the anchorage a day or so ago and this morning we
went over for coffee and a longer chat than the earlier brief 'hello' to
12/03/12 Not much has been happening
except for the normal day to day events. I've helped Peter onboard
Catspaw with a mainsail problem and today we moved Andy's boat
onto a shallower mooring so that Roger can have his deeper mooring for
the next few weeks while he flies back to the UK to sort out domestic
issues. This afternoon, Rolf and Eva sailed into the anchorage
onboard Present, though I haven't had the opportunity to talk to
17/03/12 It's getting kinda lonely
around here! Over the last few days Roger has left for the UK,
Lorna has left for Manilla, Stefan has left for Germany, Barry has gone
off to Manilla also, Rolf and Eva have sailed, so has Stefane and Carina
and soon Ranald is going up the Klias river for a few days. There
will be hardly anyone left in the yacht club that we know!
19/03/12 This morning I saw what I
initially thought was a speedboat coming straight for me, then realised
it was a small waterspout. I hurriedly took in my washing and had
a quick look around to see if anything else was loose on deck. It
passed about 20 metres ahead of my bow but the powerboat anchored
adjacent to me had it's anchor chain rattled and the sun awning billowed
out alarmingly. So we had a baby twister!
Birthday to my big Bro! Last night was my 200th
consecutive night at anchor - no marinas, no night sails!
Boats are coming and going, Stephane and Carina onboard Solong
came in for a few nights and have gone again, others are doing the same
thing.....mostly heading southward toward Miri and Singapore.
Ex-pats are coming back again after the school holidays so the club is
getting busy again.
28/03/12 Last night was a bit hectic in
the bay. Around 1am, the wind picked up to 30 knots plus from the
south and kicked up a metre sea across the bay which in turn made the
boat bounce around somewhat. I was on deck by 2am putting a safety
line on the anchor chain just in case the snubber came off, then called
Storm Dodger on VHF to ensure they were OK, which they
were.......just unable to sleep!!
29/03/12 How do flip-flops shrink?
I know, it's impossible........yet mine have! The other night I
gave Ranald a lift back to his boat (Tarali) and had a couple of
beers with him. On leaving his boat, I couldn't find my flip-flops
(my comfortable and favourite 'Crocs') in the dark and told him I would
get them tomorrow, but when I did.....they had shrunk about 4 sizes and
I now can't get them on. And when I do, they are too tight and my
heels overhang the backs by about 2 inches. Before you wonder
about my sanity, yes...they are my flip-flops and not his, so how
did they shrink in the dark???
30/03/12 Borrowed Barry's Landcruiser
again today and took Leah to the airport for her flight to Kota Kinabalu
where she is spending a couple of weeks with Pete, Donna, PJ and Heidi
onboard Orono. Afterward, Astrid and I did a bit of shopping
before having dinner in the Yacht Club.
31/03/12 A very pleasant surprise this
afternoon when I went ashore and saw Armin and Monica (from Slammat)
sitting on the beach! They had been to New Zealand and were on
their way back by air to the boat in The Philippines, and had a night
stop-over here in Brunei. Fortunately, there was an arranged 'do'
on in the club - an '80's night of music and dancing, so they were able
to attend that with the ex-pats and us. It was great to see them
again. A couple of photo's on the Brunei page
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