Friday 11th May, 2012
Position 5:59S 106:10.16
Anchorage at Palau Panjang, at the top of the Sunda Strait.
Left Jakarta at dawn after a hectic three days
clearing in and out, servicing the engine, fixing a few things, trying to sort
out permission to land at Cocos Keeling, and having two of my three credit cards
not just stopped, but cancelled altogether. Oh, and transfering 170 litres of
diesel fuel in jerry cans into the tank. I am a wizz at syphoning now: watch
your petrol tanks back home (and that is if you manage to get any fuel in
them, I hear that there is a strike on?).
Jakarta not as wet as during my last visit, but
still teeming with people, and an overwhelming experience once again: the
contrast between rich and poor again very obvious. Had a better look aroung
Kota, the old Dutch City, but really not much to write home about, so will stop
Tonight it is the Sunda Strait, the tide starts to
flow down at 9pm, for twelve hours, so you can't afford to miss it. Will try to
keep my weather eye out, and will try to write again at the other end. Time for
a wash and some supper at this peacful anchorage, and perhaps a strong cup of
coffee before we go.