In transit

At 05 42 E 112 39 S Starting the next long transit of the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia rally. Technically we should have left Bali for Borneo but Chandara and I decided to skip Borneo and head direct for Beltuing. This reduced the number of long transits by one. It is also giving us an opportunity to get back on schedule. We only get 90 days in Indonesia and we have been repeatedly advised not to overstay. We are already behind so we need to catch up. Not to mention that getting away from the volcano Agung was a good strategy! There have been two long transits already. From Thursday Island in Australia to Debut, Indonesia. And from South Buru to Maumere. This is the third – from Bali to Beltuing. Technically over 540 nautical miles. Chandara and Reboot stopped after about 200 nm in Bawean for crew rest. XO and I needed it. I slept 18 hours. We ran into Jaga II and Althea who are a day ahead of us. Unfortunately we will arrive in Beltuing when we are supposed to be leaving. But the next
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Sydney Racing (2)

A little more on Friday night. The starting line was off the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron. There was no committee boat. Rather the powers that be observed from the comfort of the club. I assume from the bar….. As a consequence the area around the start was very constrained compared to my other experiences in yacht racing. Not only were we maneuvering around the other contestants but also had to deal with the shoreline. It made for quite a lot of near misses. This particular series uses a staggered start. Rather than all the boats maneuvering to cross the line at the same time each boat has an individual starting time. The idea (which I think is cool) is that they arrive at the finish more bunched together. As part of the handicapping winning boats are assessed start delays. Since we were undefeated in our division we were assessed 2 additional minutes of delay. We crossed the line smartly and without incident. For the first part of the race we were in a pack of 6 or 7 boats all withi
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The Dinghy Project


Starting in Pago Pago we noticed that the PVC part of the dinghy was coming loose from the fiberglass. We had a small tube of PVC glue and tried for a patch. It didn t work. When we got to Vuda Point we put the dinghy on the ground. Almost the entire seal between the PVC and the fiberglass was gone. Fortunately the local chandeliers had PVC glue, something we had been unable to find in American Samoa, Tonga and Savusavu. After many hours – most by Matt – of cleaning and scraping the old glue and dirt off today we reglued the entire dinghy. Thanks to Matt it is looking 100% better. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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