“… the charts leading into the only good anchorage on the island are totally inaccurate. Disregard them.” - Cruising Guide to IndonesiaWith that advice and knowing Popeye needs at least 3 metres of clear water beneath her, we gingerly eased into coral-reef-filled bay of Tanjung Penayang. We had been given a set of lat/long waypoints that we had programmed into our iPads and followed in a connect-the-dot fashion until we were uneventfully far enough into sheltered water.
|The blue pins are the waypoints we followed.|
Our thirty hour passage had gone quickly, thanks to a favorable 2-3 knot current. The wind hadn’t been strong enough to allow us to sail the whole way, but the sea hadn’t been rough, either. Despite having to work through being on rotating watches and only having two hours of sleep at a time, we were excited at the prospect of going ashore and seeing what this island had to show us. It would be the jumping-off point for Lorne and Joelle as the island had an airport where they could catch a flight back to Singapore (and eventually, home to the States). We would also need to re-provision with fresh fruit, some produce, diesel and propane.
|Evan gives Kate an overview of the island|
We now have established ourselves at Kelayang Beach Resto and met Evan, the local guy who can get you a rental car, diesel and anything else you need. Oh, and his wife takes in laundry and runs the restaurant at the end of the pier. Evan has acted as tour guide, taking us to a Tarsian Monkey sanctuary; the Belitung museum; a songbird competition, the local produce market, the ATM and to get Kate a SIM card for her phone. It is a beautiful island, the best snorkeling yet, sandy white beaches, stunning granite outcrops and wonderful people. Paradise found.... Amazing adventures...
|Thanks Lorne. The rain didn't seem to faze you at all!|
Heather and Charlie tracked us down a few days ago, based on little more than a screenshot of a google map and a photo of a roadside sign that points down a dirt road to our beach. Never having cruised on a yacht before, we are quickly orienting them with all the necessary information and they are catching on very quickly. The first morning after they arrived, they both joined Kate and I for our morning plunge off the stern swim platform. We then floated in the bathtub-temperature water and planned our day.
We will be leaving tomorrow, having a 40 - 42 hour passage. Heather and Charlie's indoctrination will continue as they learn to do night watches. What fun we are going to have.
|How Charlie and Heather found us|
|Crown of Thorn starfish on the reef|
|Joelle and Sean snorkeling|
|We are here.|
|Lengkuas Island Lighthouse|
|All of us at the top|
|More of the same|
|down the iron stairs of the lighthouse|
|Sluice ponds at the tin mines|
|A Tarsier Monkey at the sanctuary|
|Budi, the man behind the sanctuary|
|Hooray! Fresh vegetables!|
|Bird singing competition ... with trophies!|