04/10/10 The month so far has brought
nothing but rain! Each and every day we have torrential rain for
some part of the day or night......or both! Sometimes the rain is
accompanied by winds of varying strengths, measured by my degree of
worry. I have phoned Zainol and tried to explain the urgency of
having a workable engine whilst in this exposed anchorage but I continue
to wait for him to return with my new or modified mountings.
07/10/10 More of the same weather but at
least Zainol has admitted defeat and re-fitted the old mounting, which
at least allows me to run the engine for battery charging and to use as
propulsion in an emergency. In the meanwhile, I have ordered four
new mountings to be delivered from the UK (cheaper than I can get them
in Australia). I have looked at new programmes for the design and
publishing of this website but quite frankly, I am at a complete loss -
the instructions given are vague and may as well be written in Arabic or Japanese,
as they make no sense to me at all. I obviously need a 10 year old
kid to show me how to build a website!
10/10/10 Noted the passing second of
10.10.10 this morning.....no great strikes of luck, or crashing of
12/10/10 Life goes on at anchor.
We've had a few days of complete calm but are presently (1500hrs) experiencing an
F6 from the West, which is making the boat buck quite a bit.
Sleeping is still a big problem because of the humidity and I spend most
nights trying to sleep in the cockpit in order to catch whatever little
breeze there is. I think we know our way around Kuah now and
also have a mental map of the island after driving around in the hire
car the other week. I was first here in the early sixties and
again in 1969 with the 'Hermes', but I have to say that I
remember nothing of the island, no 'deja-vu' or flashbacks. Of course,
there was very little here in those days whereas there have been
building programmes since, and the advent of tourism.
Little trace remains of the tsunami that the island experienced a few
years ago. This evening we received the bad news that Graham of
eeyore, has been badly injured in a motorcycle accident in Phuket
and Storm Dodger, Full Flight and myself discussed what we could
most effectively do from here in order to help him.
13/10/10 Tony and Pat put Full Flight
into Royal Langkawi Yacht Club at 0800 this morning and caught the 1100
ferry to Satun before travelling overland to Phuket, arriving around
2300. Here in the anchorage, we had winds of 45 knots with
absolutely torrential rain whilst I was on Storm Dodger during
the evening - I dreaded what I would find on returning to Rhumb Do
some hours later, but all was OK.
14/10/10 The good news today is that my
engine mountings arrived from the UK - seven days from order to delivery
is pretty good. News from Pat and Tony that Graham's injuries are
bad, but not quite so bad as we were first led to believe; he has
smashed his cheekbone and jaw - the surgeons have rebuild his palate and
inserted a metal plate; he has a broken leg (below the knee) and
some stitching above his eye. It will obviously be some time
before he is able to sail, or even get onboard again. We all wish
him a speedy recovery.
21/10/10 Happy Birthday Sandra
on this Trafalgar Day. So, what's been happening?
Not a lot really; the weather is still unsettled but appears to be
calming a little, my engine mounts are still sitting in the box as
Zainol is busy on another boat at the moment. From the UK, news of
defence cuts astound me.....two aircraft carriers to be built, one will
be a £3 Billion pound white elephant with no fighter aircraft onboard
for it's intended life of just three years whilst the other will have no
aircraft until 2020......just what is the point of building them?
The Ark Royal is to be scrapped, along with the entire Harrier
vertical takeoff squadrons of aircraft. Nelson must be
turning in his grave.
30/10/10 More settled weather - but with
a building storm to the southeast of us, due to strike on Tuesday (the
2nd Nov.) or thereabouts, both Roger and I decided to take the safer
option of moving into the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club marina. By
late afternoon Rhumb Do was berthed next to Shelter, on a
finger pontoon inside the marina breakwater and we were bringing in
Storm Dodger. Both boats are heavily fouled by barnacle growth
and are difficult to propel through the water; they will need a
thorough cleaning before the next voyage! We knew this to be
the case as we had taken the dinghies up onto the beach some days ago
and scraped the bottoms but they too were now covered in barnacles
31/10/10 Settling into life connected to
shore again! My battery charger is not working for some reason -
just what else can go wrong? I still haven't had the engine
mounts replaced....Zainol isn't interested. It seems he only wants
to do jobs which are easy money, and is reluctant to touch anything that
has a modicum of difficulty attached. He has been called back to
Roger's boat on more than one occasion, to fix things that he hasn't
done properly, so the message is.....if you can avoid using him, then do
so! My wheel pilot, or lack of it, is also a major concern at the
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