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SAIL INDONESIA RALLY – 2007 … 23 of 25 … `Shallows Of Gili Air’ …

Lombak Island … 20th September 2007 … (Lat: 08º 22 S … Long: 116º 07 E)

 ***   FIRST HALF OF RALLY … DARWIN, AUSTRALIA TO BALI, INDONESIA   ***

From Bima I pushed the pedal-to-the-metal for a few days … leaving Bima on the 14th September and stopping overnight at Sanggar Bay … Kavanga Island … Medang Island … and Lawang Island.

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*** A HIGH-SPEED SPORTS YACHT MAKING GOOD TIME FOR HOME? ***

Late in the afternoon along came `SV Meridian’ and `SV Icy Red’ … and Meridian anchored in a tight passage with a short chain.

Next morning she was on her side on a sandy/weedy shallow reef … having dragged in the 25 knot breeze the night before.

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*** `SV MERIDIAN’ AGROUND … LUCKILY ON SOFT, WEEDY REEF. ***

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*** THE TWO SKIPPERS DID A GREAT JOB `SKIDDING’ THE YACHT OFF THE SHALLOWS, USING THEIR GENOA SAIL. ***

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*** `SV ICY RED’ SAILING CLOSE ACROSS DEJA VUS STERN AGAINST A STRONG WIND AND TIDAL CURRENT! ***

So, the following day we three left this little anchorage and carried on towards Lombok Township … straight into a three knot tidal current … and 20 knots of breeze … on the nose.

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*** THE GORGEOUS BLONDE, HELEN, 1ST MATE HELPING SLIDE MERIDIAN OFF THE WEEDS. ***

Then, for the first time ever, the unthinkable happened … the Starboard motor stopped dead … Bugger!

 
 

Cause of engine failure … a fuel hose clamp had fallen off the motor connection … it doesn’t get any simpler than that … but took some finding!

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*** LOMBOK HOTEL … TOURIST OFFICE PROMOTIONAL DINNER. ***

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PASSAGE SOUTH OF SINGAPORE TO SEBANA COVE MARINA … 18th MAY 2009

  

* THERE ARE SUPER TANKERS/FREIGHTERS BY THE HUNDREDS! *

*** Please `double-click’ images to enlarge!

The fleet’s next port-of-call was Sebana Cove Marina … a 45 nmile journey across the southern border of Singapore, the Straits of Johor … through part of the 60 nmiles of anchored and mobile shipping!  On entering the melee I took a count of the shipping in my area: …

(1) Super-tanker …

(2) Singaporean Warships …

(1) Passenger Cruiser …

(2) Floating Oil Platforms …

(1) Drive on/Drive off Car Carrier …

(1) Tug towing a barge and they were traveling faster than Déjà vu. 

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* CRUISE LINERS ARE IN THE MINORITY IN `SINGAPORE' WATERS ... THIS PRIMARILY A COMMERCIAL PORT! *

  

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* CAN YOU BELEIVE THERE ARE MANY (5/6 THAT I SAW) ANCHORED IN SOUTHERN SINGAPORE WATERS. MAYBE THEY'RE THERE FOR MAINTENANCE? *

 

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* ENCLOSED CONTAINER SHIPS ... DRIVE-ON/DRIVE-OFF ... VERY GOOD FOR VEHICLE TRANSPORT AS WELL! *

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* I'VE HAD ENOUGH OF BARGES ... BUT, THEY'LL ALWAYS BE THERE. THE MAIN CARGO TO SINGAPORE SEEMS TO BE SAND/ROCK FOR RECLAIMATION OF THE SEA. `SINGAPORE' WANTS TO BE `BIGGER'! *

On the radar I had targeted ten ships … travelling between three to twenty-one knots.

Just to add additional flavour to the experience … God organized a gale from Sumatra, Indonesia. These storms are infamous all along the west coast of the Malaysian Peninsular … because they come fast and very hard. Sixty knot bursts of wind are common enough … but our `blast’ seemed to max-out at 40 knots, with visually impenetrable, sheet rain.

Visibility was less than 100 metres … and out of this curtain came flying ferries, from Indonesia and other places, I guess … and ships large enough to cut Déjà vu in half and not even know we had made contact! Could their radar see me … I doubt it … mine couldn’t see them. All you see on the screen in heavy rain, is a white-out … which comes from the radar microwave beams bouncing back off the rain! This was very scary.

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* SINGAPORE SHIPPING AT ANCHOR ... 750 SHIPS REPORTED AT THIS TIME! *

When entering Singapore waters from the northern Straits of Malacca … you cannot ignore the shipping-at-anchor. There seem to be thousands of ships, many of them moving! We were told by a yachty who may have known … there were 750 ships at anchor … 70% of whom did not have any work! This flotilla of ships stretched across the Straits of Johor … across the bottom of Singapore (and Malaysia) for 60 nmiles!The Singaporean Harbour Control people should get a medal every week for handling this volume of shipping without obvious collision and disaster.

Chapter 2-MECR-3

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* A GREAT PHOTO OF SHIPPING AT ANCHOR, SOUTH SINGAPORE WATERS (Photo compliments Google Images) *

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PUTERI HARBOUR MARINA … 13-17TH MAY 2009

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* IN THE MOST MODERN/AFFLUENT AREA OF SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA ... WE STILL SEE THE `OLD WORLD' *

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* AMY FROM `SV SEAFIRES GEM' ENJOYING THE DRAGONS OF THE EVENING! *

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* SANDY OF `SV CATCH'US', LOOKING A BIT PENSIVE (PROBABLY HUNGRY) PUTERI HARBOUR GALA DINNER WITH TOO LITTLE FOOD FOR THE MOB! *

This marina is unique in as much as the designer has thought `outside the square’ and anchored the floating pontoons without the need for huge, large diameter steel upright pylons. They have somehow anchored the pontoons underwater, to mooring blocks(?) Giving the marina a very tidy look … unlike any other I have seen!

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* A VERY TIDY MARINA ... FIRST I'VE SEEN WHERE THEY HAVE DONE WITHOUT UGLY PILONS! *

The Marina is very isolated … almost too far from Johor Bahru to be able to call a taxi. Staff service is excellent, however, and there are two runs each day by a mini-bus to local shopping centers.

* FUTURE PLANS FOR THIS AREA ARE VERY AMBITIOUS! I'D LIKE TO COME BACK IN 20 YEARS TO SEE HOW IT ALL WENT? *

You is able to take a taxi from there to the city at a reasonable price. To get back again though … you must float-a-loan.

Chapter 2-MECR-2

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* AMANDA (SV BLUE MOON OF AUS) HAVING FUN WITH DRAGONS! *

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