01/02/19 Fri. Today, I received the sad news of my
sister-in-law's passing but I am unable to phone my brother Clive at the
moment because I don't have phone connection.
05/02/19 Tues. Went to the airport during the evening to
meet Ana, did a little shopping on the way back to boat.
07/02/19 Thurs. Despite many attempts to update this site,
I am unable to connect some parts of the programme to the internet and
files are disappearing in the process - I am not even sure if anything
will work when I return to Malaysia and get decent internet. Last
time I tried to update, FileZilla (the ftp transfer programme) said the
files were transferred but the webpage did not update and is still
showing 18th December! I will probably give up now until we return
09/02/19 Sat. We did some more shopping yesterday, buying
20 metres of braid on braid rope to replace the stbd. genoa sheet, some
non-sag epoxy filler and various other bits and pieces. We are
hoping to check out on Monday and sail on Tuesday morning (weather
permitting), heading for Rasa Island.
12/02/19 Tues. With strong winds forecast for today, we
postponed departure for a day!
13/02/19 Weds. Slipped our mooring at 0715 in company with
Neil and Phil onboard Shelley and made our way out of the channel
before setting course for Rasa Island. There was about a 1 metre
swell but with the genoa out and the engine at idle speed, we made
reasonable progress. Both boats anchored in the lee of Rasa
Island, in 9 metres of water, at 1530.
14/02/19 Thurs. Weighed anchor at 0800 and sailed the 23
miles to Inamukan arriving there at 1215. The anchorage here is
now full of fishing floats/nets, cultivating kelp or something and we
were unable to get completely around the island and were therefore not
as sheltered as we would have liked to be. It was a rolly night!
As when I anchored here some years ago, the sky turned black with fruit
bats at dusk when they left the island and headed off to the mainland to
15/02/19 Fri. Again, at dawn, the sky was filled with
thousands of bats returning to their sleeping quarters and we watched
them for over an hour. At 0730, we weighed anchor and sailed the
31 miles to Brookes Point.
16/02/19 Sat. After another uncomfortable night of rolling,
we weighed anchor at 0415 and headed south. With a 2 metre swell
and 20/25 knots of wind, it was a very rolly passage to Banggi Island,
both boats anchoring in different bays at 2300 after a sail of 107
miles. At least the Balabac Strait crossing was not too rough!
17/02/19 Sun. Weighed anchor at 0800 after a good breakfast
and made our way toward Kudat, again with strong winds and the boat
heeling over to stbd pushing 8 knots at times. We both anchored in
the duck pond at 1230, launched our dinghies and then moved onto the
wall opposite the 'marina'.
23/02/19 Sat. We stayed 6 days in the pond, meeting
and eating with old friends, John, George, Alain and Violetta amongst
others. Bade farewell to Phil from Shelley as he flew home
to Darwin. This morning we slipped and motored out at 0500 and
headed towards the Tip of Borneo. After rounding the tip at 0730,
it was a downwind sail to Telek Usukan and we anchored there at 1600.
24/02/19 Sun. Went over to Neil on Shelley and
helped him take down his mainsail so the furling motor can be removed in
Labuan and serviced. Then we went ashore for ice creams!
Neil had dinner with us onboard Rhumb Do.
25/02/19 Mon. Weighed anchor at 0500 and made our way
south again, it was a murky day with poor visibility, Kota Kinabalu
being almost invisible as we passed. We arrived and anchored in
Pulau Tiga at 1645.
26/02/19 Tues. A later start today, weighing anchor
just after 6.30am, the wind was a gentle 5 knots on the stbd. quarter
with a rolling sea and the wind only picked up as we passed the northern
edge of Labuan, giving us a 6 - 7 knot sail down to Victoria harbour.
We moored in the marina there at 1330. A few notable changes in
our absence, the Kraken bar has closed down, new toilet blocks are being
built by the marina office and a few friends boats have sailed (replaced
by others!) Went to the main Digi office in Financial Park to ask
(complain) about my old account, which I terminated with effect from
16/11/18 and which I am still getting bills for!
27/02/19 Weds. Into town this morning to check in
with Jabatan Laut and Immigration. No promised call from Digi re
my old broadband account.
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