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TERENGGANU, EAST COAST, MALAYSIAN PENNINSULAR … 7TH TO 16TH JUNE 2009

Heritage Bay Marina, Terengganu, Malaysia …

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* A SMALL MARINA, BUT VERY MODERN. ATTACHED TO A NEW'ISH RESORT COMPLEX. *

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* THE BEST THING THAT HAPPENED TO ME AT `TERENGGANU ... 1ST MATE `CATHY' CAME ON-BOARD! *

Heritage Bay Marina, Terengganu, is a modern establishment, attached to a small Resort/Hotel … not many berths, but then it doesn’t need them as Terengganu is well away from the busy circuit of cruising, being halfway up the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsular … South of the Thai/Malay border.The Heritage Bay Marina/Ri-Yaz Heritage Resort & Spa Resort … seems to owe it’s origination to a single sailing event … The Monsoon Cup. There are six World Class racing yachts housed at this marina, tended by an Australian (David) from Perth, Western Australia … and he organises the Race and trains local crews.  

These are not huge yachts (about 10 metres) and are built in Perth. David explains world class Skippers and Crew descend on Terengganu, only once every year, to compete in a series of Match Races (I think that means only two yachts race at any one time … and losers are eliminated until, you guessed it, they have a winner!)He was also of the opinion the Race Series would end in the near future … what then of the Heritage Bay Marina.

* THE MARINA AND RESORT WAS ISOLATED FROM THE TOWN CENTRE ... HENCE A WATER-TAXI (FREE) TO TAKE PATRONS ACROSS THE BAY! *

 

This is another business which appears to be ill-conceived by Government/Business. The Terengganu area is a mini-Singapore … in as much as there are major reclamation works going on. Terengganu will be transformed in a few … no, quite a few years … given the continued influx of big money.

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* A LITTLE SITE-SEEING AT `MALACCA' WHILST WAITING FOR THE MAINSAIL REPAIR! ***** GREAT VIEWS FROM THE ROTATING `THING' HIGH ABOVE THE CBD OF `MALACCA', WEST COAST OF MALAYSIAN PENINSULA. *

Scott gave great service, picking me and the sail up from my Hotel in China Town, Malacca … and inspecting it at his massive out-of-town loft. Three days later the sail was returned to me along with a very affordable account. (MR450.00 … about AU$180.00)

I had the time to look around the centre of Malacca … BUT, I must be hard to please? There is one good attraction … a revolving platform which lifts you and many about 80 metres … giving a great 360° vista of Malacca City Centre and out to sea. That was Malacca to me!

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* `MALACCA' HAS STREET TRICYCLES WHICH COMPETE FOR `MOST COLOURFUL'! *

Back on the ship … with the first day recovering from the over-night bus trip from Malacca. The following day was refit-mainsail-day! And the sun was out in full force … it gets blistering and you strenuously avoid working in it … but, I had to as the refit is a long job and heavy work! Come 1500 hours and I was knackered … so much so I couldn’t think of what I was meant to be doing and small problems took on HUGE proportions of difficulty. By this time I had moored Déjà vu from a mooring 100 metres away from the marina to allow it to swing with the breeze. Even this plan was foiled by a strong outgoing tidal current. For today, I was beaten!

I must have looked so … as I heard a knock on the hull of Déjà vu (didn’t hear the dinghy come alongside as I had melted onto the roof of the cockpit) and a complete stranger called up to me … DO YOU NEED A HAND?   It took awhile for the offer to sink in … dead-slow brain reaction … and eventually it dawned on me, I did need a hand! And I conveyed this message to my new friend. He came aboard in a flurry … told me to relax as I looked done-in … and completely took over the refitting of the main. `Stranger’, Greg, of a magnificent French made Catamaran `Lady of Siam’ … saved my sanity, if not my life, that day and when slightly recovered I just followed his instructions and come sunset all was in place, better than the original installation … Greg made changes to the sail-cover rigging as he went.

To top it off … he invited me onboard `Lady of Siam’ for dinner … along with four other new friends he had made that day.

I’ll never forget this guy!!

 

Fully rigged … the main looked great!

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* `RE-YAZ HERITAGE MARINA' ... A GREAT DESIGN FOR A RESTAURANT ... NOT BAD FOOD EITHER! *

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KUANTAN … KUALA KEMAMAN … KAPAS ISLAND, EAST COAST, MALAYSIA … 2ND TO 5TH JUNE 2009

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On the 31st May, a pleasant Reception, with entertainment, was held on the beach-front … next to the Hyatt Hotel.

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* THIS FISHING BOAT RAN AGROUND ENTERING `KUANTAN RIVER' ... CARELESSNESS SURELY? *

The following day the Rally organisers had arranged a bus tour to a Museum through the afternoon … and a generous Dinner at night (just a great pity the power failed early in the night) … with great entertainment by the State Dancing Troupe … a group of professions, lavishly dressed in colourful costumes.

Kuantan City (Lat: 03° 48.52N … Long: 103° 20.26E) … wasn’t a favourite stop-over by a long shot … and maybe the organisers may consider an alternative anchorage for the next Rally?

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* `DEJA VU' ... JUST IDLING ALONG ... NOT TOO MUCH WIND! *

There were no festivities, as a result of our unscheduled stop-over, but the town offered good service backup for the fleet with fuel, food, batteries etc., available. There were good onshore restaurants (some Chinese Houses, with beer!) Kemaman was a two night relief from Kuantan and much needed!

KAPAS ISLAND … 4TH JUNE 2009

(Lat: 05° 13.69N … Long: 103° 15.71E)

Déjà vu suffered a failure approaching Kapas Island … a `controlled’ jibe (we had a 20 knot breeze directly from astern) … not controlled enough it would seem as it resulted in a torn main sail.  Bugger!! 

* BADLY TORN MAINSAIL … DAMAGED DURING A `CONTROLLED JIBE’ … ENTIRELY MY FAULT! *
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* `KAPAS ISLAND' JUST SOUTH OF TERENGGANU TOWNSHIP ... EAST COAST OF MALAYSIAN PENINSULAR! *

 

We were about 17 nmiles SSE of Terengganu and I could only be hopeful there was a sail-maker or canvas worker in town?

Kapas Island offered crystal clear water and good snorkeling … but Déjà vu left early the next morning for Terengganu … and hopefully the services of a sail maker?

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TIOMAN ISLAND TO TERENGGANU, EAST COAST, MALAYSIA … 30th MAY – 1ST JULY 2009

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TERENGGANU – East coast of Malaysian Peninsular:

The Fleet was gaining the impression we were having to move too fast to keep up with the Rally programme … couldn’t change the programme, just had to keep going! 

* IT'S GREAT TO HAVE INTERNET CONNECTION AT SEA ... COMPLIMENTS `VODAFONE' AT A COST *

A pleasant night’s stay at Pu Tulai Island (about eight nmiles NW of Tioman Island) was made more enjoyable by a party on the beach. This interaction with the Fleet sailors is always impromptu and a good time to swap experiences.

Next day it was through more stormy weather … with all yachts more conscious of the lightning flashing down! Good strong sailing winds was a welcome change … followed by a nasty shock coming into Kuantan … the fleet was expected to anchor in the open ocean? A BAD choice of anchorages, subject to all the moods of the ocean … and for me, one night was enough. Many of the monos were rolling like crazy, but had to endure it, as the small alternative anchorage in the river, was blocked by a shallow entrance! But, not for Déjà vu, the Cat … draft less than one metre!

* IT CAN BE CALM AND BEAUTIFUL AT SEA! *

Déjà vu was now anchored in the narrow river adjacent to the Kuantan CBD. It proved a small anchorage, safe for only 5-6 yachts … but, subject to strong currents of dirty water and wash from frequent, fast moving, large fishing boats. There’s no safe access to the City from your dinghy, leaving only the high-pontoons of the Marine Police to negotiate.

* THE RALLY BURGEE (FLAG) *

Luckily, they were agreeable to us using their facilities!

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