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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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