02/11/18 Fri. We are running a little late and still doing
jobs and shopping - but we hope to check out tomorrow and sail on
Sunday. Today, Ana made a cover for the inverted dinghy (while
it's on deck), to keep the sun off it. We did the market shopping
this morning, stocked on veg and chicken.
03/11/18 Sat. The plan was to check out this morning and
sail tomorrow but strong NE winds put paid to that. We will wait a
day or two!
05/11/18 Mon. Checked out this morning, filled the water
tank and slipped the mooring. Winds are NE, so we will be against
the elements. Not quite what happened!! When I tried to
start the engine, there was nothing - finally tracked the fault down to
a failed relay on the ignition circuit, so into town again to buy an new
one (and a spare). Changed that and engine started but only ran
for a few seconds - obviously air in the fuel lines despite running the
engine for a long while after changing the filter last week. Once
I had bled the air out, the engine started and ran as normal, so then we
slipped and motored towards Tiga Island (It was now almost 2pm).
We were able to hoist the mainsail and get some help from that until the
wind increased and backed onto the nose. The wheelpilot clutch
refused to stay engaged and kept jumping out, so I had to fix that while
underway, then the temperature gauge went off, so rewired that while Ana
steered. The last two hours toward Tiga were hard going, it was
dark, the wind was 30 kts, thunder and lightning all around us, heavy
rain and rough seas. On arrival at Tiga, the other three boats,
Alistair, George and a catamaran who left before us were already at
06/11/18 Tues. Alistair weighed anchor first at 0600 and
headed back to Labuan with autopilot problems. The cat. went next
and we weighed anchor at 0630, shortly followed by George. Both
those boats turned into Kota Kinabalu, but we carried on to Telek Usukan
where we knew we could rest in shelter for a day.
07/11/18 Weds. A day of rest. Just after 0900, we saw
both George and the catamaran passing the bay entrance, so they are now
ahead of us.
08/11/18 Thurs. Weighed anchor at 0500 and again had to
motor into headwinds towards the Tip of Borneo with frequent rain
showers and uncomfortable short seas. We had now burned far more
fuel than we anticipated, so I made the decision to go around the tip
and head for Kudat where we could get more diesel. We entered the
small bay just as it got dark (and in heavy rain) and anchored in the
middle, near Penuwasa shipyard. With a sea of white horses outside
and some running into the anchorage, it wasn't a very comfortable night.
09/11/18 Fri. Launched the dinghy and went into Penuwasa to
arrange diesel, and see John Marwood (Touche) who we had been
speaking on the phone with. So the first job of the new dinghy was
to carry 120 litres of fuel in jerry cans back to the boat! During
the afternoon, we pulled the anchor up and moved opposite the 'marina',
dropping the hook again and putting two stern lines to shore with
George's help. Had lunch with George and Smiley on their boat
Australis. A more comfortable night than last night!
11/11/18 Sun. Remembrance Day and a hundred years
since the armistice was signed. Today, we would have been at the
War Graves Cemetery in Labuan but here we are in Kudat awaiting a
weather window. There is nothing good coming but maybe tomorrow is
our best chance, so we intend leaving in the morning at first light.
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