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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!

SMECR-3-1

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NORTH/EASTERN MALAYSIAN LEG … FROM 23RD MAY 2009

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* `SV MILLIWAYS' ... DAVID AND HEATHER OF THE UK. THEY FOUND THE LIGHTNING STRIKE VERY UN-AMUSING! *

Déjà vu caught up with: Milliways (UK) … Four Star (NZ) … and Pura Vida (Australia) at:

o Lompat Bay (Lat: 01° 35.63N … Long: 104° 15.67E)

and travelled in convoy to

o Pu Sibu Island (Lat: 02° 13.98N … Long: 104° 03.53E) …

o Pu Tinggi Island (Lat: 02° 19.03N … Long: 104° 06.04E)

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* TIOMAN ISLAND MARINA ... THE FLEET WAS A LITTLE `DOWN' FROM THE BAD LUCK OF `MILLIWAYS'! *

Approaching Tioman Island you couldn’t help but take notice of a large, black storm approaching from the mainland. Time to reef down sails. This done, all you could do was carry on … no chance of avoiding it!

 

 

 

 

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* `TIOMAN' ISLAND `GALA' LUNCH ... FOLLOWED BY BEACH GAMES! *

Lightning and thunder was plentiful and with the strong breeze Déjà vu was loping along at a nine  to ten  knot pace … starting to catch `Milliways’ (UK), `Panthalassa’ (Aust), the Catamaran,`Charmar’ (Aust) and another Cat `Hybra Sail’ (Aust).

Then one of the worst happenings a yachty has nightmares about … David from `Milliways’, shouted over the VHF that his yacht had been hit by lightning!

* JULIAN OF `SV CATCH'US' ... ANOTHER `LIGHTNING' VICTIM FROM INDONESIA! *

Although his motors continued to function … all electronics which had been switched on and operating at the time of the strike … were fried! He was without Chart Plotter … Echo Sounder … all lighting etc (although the VHF radio still worked!) He had lost the ability to find the Marina on the west coast of Tioman Island. At the time of the lightning strike, `Milliways’ were just two nmiles ahead of `Déjà vu’!

Thereby, the small fleet around `Milliways’ , took charge and guided them into the safety of the marina.

Unknown to the writer … `Panthalassa’ had suffered a gearbox failure earlier and was disabled … although able to sail due to the strong winds. Catamaran `Charmar’ was standing by them and eventually took her under tow.

Settling down in the Tioman Marina … `Milliways’ started the Insurance Game and eventually returned to Singapore (in company with a very generous `nurse-maid’ gesture by `Four Star’!) Repairs took five months and only the Insurance Company will know how many $$$$$$$’s!

Tioman Marina has the clearest water I’ve experienced in a marina. The Island and surrounding areas is renowned for water clarity and many visitors to the island are divers.

Although we were not to learn this until after leaving … Tioman also has a reputation for Piracy!

ooOoo

 MECR-5

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SEBANA COVE MARINA, MALAYSIA … 18th MAY 2009

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* THIS IS A RESEARCH STATION FOR FRUITS AND OTHER THINGS ... JUST NORTH OF `SEBANA COVE', MALAYSIA ... A VERY INTERESTING VISIT! *

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* A MAGNIFICENT DISPLAY OF `COY' GOLD FISH? AT THE RESEARCH STATION! *

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* I DEEPLY APPRECIATE WHAT NATURE CAN PRODUCE IN THE WAY OF FLORA! DON'T ASK ME ANYTHING ABOUT THE PRETTY THINGS THOUGH! *

A visit organized by Sazli and Hardeep, to a: Fruit Farm … Home Stays area … Fishing Museum and a Hotel … made a very good days outing.

LEAVING SEBANNA COVE … VISIT BACK TO JOHOR BAHRU, MALYASIA

It was time to leave Sebana Cove for the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsular … however; I had to return to Danga Bay Marina to pickup a handheld GPS mailed to me from Perth. In company with Patrick and Elizabeth of `Labarque’ (UK) we made our way across the northern straits between Singapore and Malaysia … to the causeway joining the two countries. In sailing/motoring this leg (through a severe thunder storm) we had completed a circumnavigation of Singapore … which is an experience worth storing in your memory banks!

Anchored adjacent to Malaysian Police wharf (Lat: 01° 27.46 … Long: 103° 46.33)

PEOPLE CAN BE GREAT!

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* The Johor-Singapore Causeway, viewed from Singapore, facing Malaysia. (Image compliments of Google Images) *

The Johor-Singapore Causeway, viewed from Singapore, facing Malaysia.

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* A VERY GOOD SCHEMATIC SHOWING THE LAYOUT OF THE NORTHERN SHORELINE OF SINGAPORE! *

With the five-score-and-ten plastic bags unloaded it was time to transfer them to the dinghy. Actually, this `landing’ defies description … as the floating pontoon was actually a bunch of planks somehow tied together and strategically located at the base of a vertical, stainless steel ladder … and it was three metres up the ladder to the landing. NOW, the tide had gone out and it was five (5) metres down to the plank landing! I was standing, a little stunned, and trying to work out how I could lower this heap of plastic bags down to the dinghy. Nothings impossible I keep saying … but this came close! Up walked a group of Police Cadets, who had taken in the scenario in a flash … suggested I climb down to the planks and they would form a human chain from the heap at the top, down the ladder to me at the base. In three (3) minutes it was done, they accepted my humble thanks and were gone! What a miracle of help and cooperation!

PATRICK AND ELIZABETH

* PATRICK AND ELIZABETH OF `SV LABARQUE' ... THEY HAVE BEEN CRUISING FOR 20 YEARS OVER A DISTANCE OF 100,000 NMILES! *

I left `Labarque’ to their business and retraced my path back to the Straits of Johor. The area around Changi (an in-famous area as a result of the Japanese jail created there during WW2) … is under heavy, heavy reclamation development by the Singapore Government. They are literally creating land by filling in a huge area of sea and mangrove. I would guess most of the barges plying the waters of the Straits of Malacca and Johor … up from Indonesia and down from Malaysia … are carrying sand/rock to use at these reclamations. It’s rumoured a complete Indonesian Island has disappeared as a result of this transfer of earth! Makes for a good rumour if not absolutely true?

Chapter 2-MECR-4

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

  

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

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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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`DANGA BAY’ MARINA – JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA … 9TH MAY 2009

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* `DANGA BAY' SIGN AT MARINA (Photo compliments if Google Images) *

* `DANGA BAY' MARINA ... A LITTLE GLAMOURISED BY A NIGHT SHOT (Photo compliments of Iskandar, Malaysia) *

Danga Bay Marina is a short distance from the City of Johor Bahru … and a MR1.00 bus ride. 

A sad yachty hung himself, on-board his yacht, today! How down must you get to end your life like that? The Police swarmed over the marina and evacuated all people on yachts, in order to remove the body with the maximum degree of decorum. He was not one of the Rally Fleet!

 

Travelled to Singapore, via earthen causeway, (there’s another newly built bridge on the western side of Singapore … near Raffles Marina … which has a clearance of 25 metres for yacht mast clearance … 

* MAY BE CALLED THE `WESTERN CONNECTION' BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND MALAYSIA ... *

thereby allowing yachts into Johor Bahru, Danga Bay and a new multi-billion Ringgit development at Puteri Harbour … all in Malaysia, just one mile across the strait from Singapore.) … primarily to pick up the Yamaha outboards ignition coils from the Dealer. All was in order and I fitted them the next day … thereby giving me a two-motor configuration again! What a relief. Also fitted a new camshaft drive belt

* THIS BRIDGE HAS 25 METRES CLEARANCE TO THE WATER-LINE ... DOESN'T LOOK IT WHEN YOU ARE GOING UNDER? *

to the port motor … it’s called `preventive maintenance’.

 

Cats are not designed to operate on one motor … although a few cats are purpose-designed with just one motor situated in the centre of the yacht. They are a disaster to maneuver in a marina … or, any tight spot, ask their owners!

Maybe I shouldn’t mention the Rats at Danga Bay Marina?

Another very pleasant outdoor Dinner at Danga Bay!

Chapter 2-MECR-2

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* APPROACHING `DANGA BAY' ... ON THE LEFT A RECENTLY COMPLETED GOVERNMENT OFFICE COMPLEX ... NICE! *

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

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* 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

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* `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

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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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