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LUMUT, PORT KLANG AND PORT DICKSON, MALAYSIA … 5/7TH MAY, 2009

*** Please `double-click’ on image to enlarge!  

* SOUTH OF LUMUT, MALAYSIA … A VERY LARGE HOUSE-ON-STILTS … ABOUT ONE MILE OFF SHORE. 3-4 METRE DEPTH … *

A Dinner last night at Lumut Yacht Club … a tour of a Marine University and Turtle Farm … and the fleet was on its way south to Port Klang and Port Dickson.

 

 

* SOME SORT OF DREDGE AT PORT KLANG, MALAYSIA *

 
 
 
 
    PORT KLANG, MALAYSIA … 7TH MAY 2009   Port Klang is a very busy commercial Port and demands respect when you are sailing through at night, any time for that matter … as I was forced to do. No defined anchorages … you just look for shallow water on the Chart Plotter and try it out?  
 
 
 

PORT DICKSON, MALAYSIA … 8TH MAY 2009

Port Dickson Marina is a very modern facility attached to a Hotel … swimming pool … restaurant. Reasonably priced and offers very good protection from the ocean swells. Has a small `hard stand’ yard for repairs. 

 

* PORT DICKSON, WEST COAST OF MALAYSIA … VERY COMFORTABLE THROUGH THE SUMMER MONTHS … SWIMMING POOL, RESTAURANT AND SAFE MARINA *

 

 

Coming into a facility such as this … with a Catamaran with only one motor, can be fun, as the motor is offset to one side, the Cat wants to go around in circles. I had many friends already in the marina and standing at my berth, ready to help … and I came in fast to keep steerage … and prayed they would pick up Déjà vu’s mooring lines … then for the single motor to haul back and stop us, fast. It all worked to perfection. 

 
 
 

* PORT DICKSON MARINA, MALAYSIA *

 

 

The reason for travelling this journey with only one motor in action was: The port motor had failed to start way back at Langkawi and I diagnosed the problem to be a failed (from age) ignition coil. I was warned of this likelihood by a good friend back in Australia (Jim Holt) who had experienced the same failure with both his motors at the same age as mine (about 3,000 hours) Sure enough, that was the problem. I had to order the new coils (I replaced them both) via the Yamaha Dealer in Singapore … however, delivery from Japan was four weeks. Hence the executive decision to risk motoring through to Singapore on one motor. Worked OK!

PORT DICKSON TO JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA  

* MAP OF `STRAITS OF MALACCA’ … `INDONESIA’ LEFT … `MALAYSIA’ RIGHT … `SINGAPORE’ AT BOTTOM *

 

 

This leg was long and I had intended anchoring just south of the city of Malacca. Strong winds and storms put a stop to this idea and I wasn’t looking forward to an over-nighter through the narrows of the Starts of Malacca!

Shipping up and down the Straits of Malacca is unbelievable … you have to experience it to appreciate it … and night time is the best time to do that! There are two channels marked on your Chart Plotter … one for northbound and another for southbound shipping. Most of this shipping is mammoth in size … and at night each ship is heavily lit to make sure everyone in the area knows they are there … and they move fast!   It’s a bit like George Street, in Sydney. 

Then to the Malaysian side of these two lanes, travels `the-small-stuff’! Barges towed by tugs with uncoordinated lighting … it’s almost impossible to tell (until it’s very close) which way these monsters are going, as they have a tow-line between tug and barge, 200-300 metres long … and this isn’t lit!
 
 Putting my `Lumut’ experience to one side … for `Weenie Ones’, such as Déjà vu … tugs and barges are the greatest hazard on the open sea. There are hundreds of them and they seem to make their own rules. Cruisers beware of tugs towing barges!

 

Déjà vu made Danga Bay, Johor Bahru, at 1500 on the 10th May … 28.5 hours from Port Dickson.

 

SMER-3

ooOoo

* `PORT KLANG’ PORT AUTHORITY … LOOKS LIKE A HUGE BIRTHDAY CAKE! *

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PENANG-LUMUT, MALAYSIA … 4/5TH MAY, 2009

 

* THE TRAFFIC BRIDGE LINKING `PENANG ISLAND' TO THE MALAYSIAN MAINLAND! *

This leg was to be an over-nighter … distance to Lumut from Penang, about 80nmiles, taking seventeen hours.

Déjà vu arrived at the Lumut Yacht Club at 0300, on the 5th May. The Skipper was very tired (Yep, solo again) and was quick to drop the anchor and hit the bunk … hard!

I was rudely awakened at 0630 by the hysterical screams of a woman? You couldn’t ignore this noise … plus, the background of shrieking from a large group of males? There was some sort of pandemonium up there … so a splash of water on my face to wake me up and I headed on deck.It’s difficult to describe the scene … about 100 metres astern of Déjà vu, was a 60 by 15 metre sand barge with one of the Rally yachts hard against the side of it.  

 

* A BETTER VIEW OF HOW THE TUGS MANOEUVRE THE BARGES IN A CONFINED SPACE ... VERY UNSATISFACTORY! `LUMUT YACHT CLUB' *

My initial reaction was: This bloody great 500 tonnes of metal had hooked the yacht … pulling it into the barge, which had stalled. Well I was partly right … the barge had hooked the anchor chain of the yacht and pulled it hard against its side (and this was the cause of the French woman’s screams … and the chorus of background shrieking came from the crew on the barge).

They were shrieking MOVE, MOVE, MOVE, MOVE! That’s the only English word they uttered … and they were directing it at Déjà vu! The barge hadn’t stalled at all … it was heading our way, very slowly, but, uncontrollably! And it was going to hit us … and then scoop Déjà vu up with the French yacht!

Déjà vu only had one motor working … so I started the Starboard motor and went forward to detach the bridle from the anchor chain. Another glance at the unstoppable juggernaut barge quickly convinced me there wasn’t time for this … plus, the barge crew was still shouting for me to MOVE, MOVE! The barge hit Déjà vu … by some miracle it had cleared the starboard steps and hit the protruding end of the rub-strip … splitting it open for about 100mm … then continued, rubbing down the full length of the yacht. I have never, never been so scared in my life … looking up at this out-of-control juggernaut was scary, very scary!

* THE SAME BARGE TYPE THAT `CRASHED' INTO ME (JUST ANOTHER TIME) ... THEY DON'T HAVE MOTORS AND RELY ON THE ATTACHED TUG TO START AND STOP THEM! *

I took an executive decision and ran back to the engine control, putting the starboard engine full astern. With all due modesty I have to say … this was a gutsy move … as this action could take Déjà vu back to meet the French boat even quicker! But, this was a Catamaran … and to have the starboard engine going hard astern should take the cat away from the barge … and this it did! By the time the French yacht was adjacent to Déjà vu’s bow we had enough clearance to let the barge and the yacht pass-by with out collision … and Déjà vu was now doing a 90° pirouette on her anchor … we were clear and safe.

 
 

* THESE BARGES ARE HUGE ... 60 BY 15 METRES AND WEIGHING 500 TONNES EMPTY ... *

 I went forward to pull the anchor and move Déjà vu … when my knees gave out … from shock I guess? I’ve read about people being weak-at-the-knees but couldn’t understand, or believe the feeling. My knees were knocking and they were about to collapse … I sat down until the feeling passed.

The French yachts Skipper was thinking clearly by this stage and he let all his anchor chain out until the nylon rode was feeding out from the chain locker … and this he cut! His yacht was free … and he quickly moved to a safe anchorage … damaged, but floating!  

 

* THIS IS HOW CLOSE THE BARGE CAME ... ANOTHER 100 MM (4 INCHES) AND DEJAVU WOULD HAVE BEEN PUSHED UNDER! *

The next morning representatives of the barge company were down from Kuala Lumpah and made offers to the Frenchman and me … an offer of MR1600 (about AU650.00) to me, which I accepted. Good compensation for the physical damage to the yacht … but not for the TERROR of the experience. The French wouldn’t settle and left it to their Insurance Company to work it out.A Dinner that night … a tour of a Marine University and Turtle Farm … and the fleet was on its way south to Port Klang and Port Dickson.

 

MECR-2

ooOoo

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SAIL MALAYSIA EASTERN PASSAGE RALLY 2009 – 3RD MAY – 2ND AUGUST 2009

 My long-term plan is to sail from Phuket, Thailand, West through Sri Lanka … India … Maldives … Yemen? … Oman … The Red Sea … Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean.
 
 To have favorable winds (NE’er to push us across the Indian Ocean) I and many cruisers, will wait until Dec/Jan/Feb to commence this crossing. Therefore, I have ten months `to-kill’ … before this crossing start time!

* FERRY TERMINAL ALONGSIDE PENANG MARINA ... TURBULENCE MAKES YACHTS `CRASH' MAST-TOPS TOGETHER! <3rd May 2009> *

Rallies are good! You meet and make new friends … have the opportunity to investigate a great number of different yachts, both mono and catamaran configurations … and of course to experience new sights ashore.

I had recently completed the Sail Indonesia Rally 2007 … from Darwin, Australia, through to Singapore … and it seemed a good idea to take on another Rally (Sail Malaysia Eastern Passage 2009) … which commenced at Penang, Malaysia, on the 3rd May and finished at Kota Kinabalu (KK), Sabah, (Borneo) … on the 2nd August 2009.

This was a three month Rally and meant Déjà vu would be asked to cover a distance of 2,100nmiles to reach KK and then return … a long, long way.

 
 
 

* CREWS FROM YACHTS THAT GATHERED AT `PENANG' ... WE WERE TO MEET MANY MORE AT `JOHOR BAHRU' MALAYSIA *

Penang is on the West coast of the Malaysian peninsular (about 80nm south of Langkawi … still none the wiser aye?) … and the Rally sails down to Johor Bahru, Malaysia (across a narrow strait from Singapore.) As there’s an earthen causeway between the two countries (the same causeway the Japanese crossed to invade Singapore through WW2) it’s not possible to sail through the strait north of Singapore, to reach the Malaysian Marina of Sebana Cove. All water bound vessels must sail south of Singapore and then north along the east coast to Sebana Cove Marina. This 45 nmiles journey is an exciting experience in itself … as you must negotiate through approx. 750 very large anchored and mobile ships, plus a fleet of fast moving ferries. There’s another Chapter coming on that place in time!

* CAUSEWAY LINKING `SINGAPORE' AND `JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA' ... (Compliments of Wikipedia) *

From Sebana Cove the fleet sails/motors north, up the east coast of Malaysia, to a town named Terengganu. Then, across the South China Sea (over 500nm) to the Sarawak City of Kuching. From Kuching … up the West coast of Borneo (Sarawak, Brunei, Sabah) to the City of Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.This Sarawak-Brunei-Sabah (and Indonesia) layout is very confusing until you are forced to work-it-out (for navigation purposes) … and it evolves all these States/Countries are on the one plot of land … BORNEO ISLAND! And this Island is shared by three countries … Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia! Wish I had the patience to read the history of how that occurred!

The Rally finished with a BANG-of–a-PARTY at the Marina/Resort of Sutera Harbour, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Borneo … on the 2nd August, 2009.

* THE MALAYSIAN PENISULAR ... GIVING A GOOD DESCRIPTION OF THE EAST COAST IN REGARDS TO `SINGAPORE' (Photo compliments of Wikipedia) *

You thought that little write-up was all there is, right. Wrong … it’s only the preamble!!

* A GOOD PLAN OF THE LAYOUT OF `SINGAPORE' IN RELATION TO `JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA' ... (Photo compliments of Google Images) *

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