Departure

Planning on a 2 pm local departure from Port Dickson. Destination Pangkor Marina, Marina Island, Pangkor. About 155 nautical miles. With currents about two full days. 1 POB + 1 Cat. Fair winds and following seas:)
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Local Help

This morning we were on shore when a strong thunderstorm came through the anchorage. We were concerned about our boats dragging. The very heavy rain obscured our vision and the rough surf suggested it was not a good time to hop into the dinghy to check. After several hours the skies finally cleared. We headed out to check on the boats. One was missing having dragged. Where was she? Nuzzled up against and tied to one of the large fishing boats. Apparently some of the locals had rescued her and secured her until the owners could come. These kinds of selfless acts help restore faith in the kindness of people. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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Local knowledge

I am closing in on Beltuing, Indonesia after a frustrating multi-day transit. Reboot does not have the”legs” to motor 500 nautical miles so I sail what I get. Which has been a lot of 2.5 to 3.0 knot speeds. That adds extra days to the trip. On this approach to the island one has to navigate through some off shore reefs. Now we know the charts are not good so I picked a wide route and plotted it. As I approached I noticed a tug in front of me on the AIS. He was heading in the same general direction but picked another route. So now I am following his breadcrumbs. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SailboatRacing-Rebootusa60493/~3/6LJAuMUWe6E/local-knowledge.html

Local knowledge – Australia Chartlets

My friend John @ Anglican Church Grammar School pointed me to these beautiful chartlets (free) for Queensland and New South Wales. The links are:http://www.msq.qld.gov.au/Boating-maps/Moreton-Bay-guideshttp://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/using-waterways/maps/boating-maps.htmlEnjoyFair winds and following seas 🙂
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12 Sept – Monday- 5 pm (local – UTC + 12)

We are still hiding out behind Yavua, Fiji waiting for the weather to clear. This morning we got rain. This is usually the sign that the weather will change. Fat chance. Apparently we have another night and then we might get a window to depart.Today the weather has been even weirder. The wind started to drop into the low teens. It has not been below 20 knots for three days. Then bam- a 33 knot gust followed by stained winds in the mid 20 s. The seas are also strange. We are behind the island so we get some protection. They still vary from periods of 2 foot waves to periods of 4 to 5. Sometimes on the nose (aligned with the wind, we are at anchor.) Sometimes on the beam.We had another rule 6 incident today. The marine mf/hf (ssb) radio stopped working a couple of days ago. Today it started working again for no apparent reason. We checked into the Pacific Seafarers Net so they know we are out here.Settling in for another night of gusts and rocking. Fair winds and following sea 🙂
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SailboatRacing-Rebootusa60493/~3/U4h9YgKyVNg/12-sept-monday-5-pm-local-utc-12.html

Via Inmarsat:

It is 4:30am local time and I am on watch. The ride tonight has been aweful and my back hurts from trying not to fall out of bed. I feel like I have not slept but Rookie says I was cutting wood. A flying fish just landed on deck. XO brought it into the salon to show off his fishing skills. It went overboard before he could make a mess. The water temp has been a constant 81.5*F. As the air temperature varies between 77*F and 88*F we get a lot of light rain at night. Tonight was no exception. Fair winds and following seas 🙂 Please note your reply is limited to 160 Latin characters or approximately 135 for non-Latin characters. Sent via Inmarsat. The mobile satellite company
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