To Belitung

To Belitung
 
 
 
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We get up this morning to see a kingfisher surveying his lot and a monkey still sleeping.
 
 
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Then the incredible noise of fishermen returning after a night out.
 
 
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As we get ready for the hundred and fifty mile journey to Belitung a youngster passes washing his nets.
 
 
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We leave at seven thirty and pass a friend having to be towed in. Below us one point seven metres.
 
 
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We follow our track in. Plenty of day fishermen wave enthusiastically.
 
 
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The marker buoy and seawater beyond. a whopping four metres below.
 
 
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River water becomes the sea and we drop into seven metres deep.
 
 
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A lady being tended as we got into seawater.
 
 
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The first time Beez Neez is on the South China Sea (on the chartplotter).
 
 
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A peaceful afternoon – gusts to three and a half knots and a tug and tow, this time not a coal tow but a small chum, depth now a massive fifteen metres below......... One all at backgammon and a successful seven on the trot at Tri-ominoes sees me pull slightly ahead overall. Huh. I’ve been losing ever since that gibbon took four of the pieces. I’ve ordered a new one and Alex will bring it out in January. Huh and thrice Huh I say. Time to watch a gentle sunset.
 
 
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I get up to begin my 02:00 to 06:00 shift to have Bear point to a light behind us. That’s Dockwise Vanguard – colour me semi-happy, a favourite chum and goliath of the sea. Nothing for it but to look her up to put her glorious self on the blog.
 
 
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Dockwise Vanguard during her build.
 
 
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Dockwise Vanguard carrying an oil rig platform, the cruise ship Costa Concordia and another rig (carrying as she passed Beez). WOW, how I would love to see her.
 
 
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A fair way off I could see a ship on the AIS. At a quarter past four the radio chirped. The captain of Erik Spirit (tiny dots four miles off) called to ask if I would pass to stern, I promised faithfully to do so and wished Erik Spirit a safe onward journey. A voice like Omar Sharif wished me the same. A full colour me happy and a quick look at her stats.
 
 
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All night I had storm clouds and lightning to my left, I listened to a good Harlan Coben, a dark daybreak and bed at six.
 
 
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I got up at ten to a very troubled sky and after breakfast a harrowing five nil loss at backgammon........ Growl. Tough. Steady.
 
 
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14:30 we are heading along the north coast of Belitung.
 
 
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We pass a local lady.
 
 
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The lighthouse on Lengkuas Island a must visit..............
 
 
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..........as are the big boulders that look like we are approaching the Baths of Virgin Gorda, BVI’s.
 
 
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We settle far behind all the other rally boats in the anchorage ‘C’. It is not on our itinerary but we so wanted to visit Belitung.
 
 
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A bit rolly so Bear went off with the stern anchor. A big moon to our left.
 
 
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We could then settle to enjoy the sunset and I got my backgammon revenge. Huh, time for bed said Zebedee.
 
 
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ALL IN ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO EXPLORING BELITUNG
                    A BIT OF A SLOG AGAINST THE CURRENT NOW THE SEASON HAS CHANGED EARLY