05:55.95S 113:59.14E Java Sea, Sunday 23rd November AM
Strong currents and headwinds have made even motoring to the northwest a bit
slow. After using up a whole tank of fuel for not much progress we are now
sailing gratifyingly fast but in the wrong direction. We should get to the
Tanjung Puting National Park at Kumai before Pongo pygmaeus becomes extinct
We've caught no poisson so far but that's mainly because my last good lure
plus hand-line got dropped over the side by mistake.
The local fishing folk continue to think that if we can't see them then
everything is fine. I wouldn't normally care all that much but the offshore
fishing boats here look as if they are made from brightly painted railway
sleepers and could do some serious damage. There are also a good number of
freighters and tankers plying these waters and it all makes for a busy night
Fannie and Aurelien are also having a bit of trouble with the Mal de Mer.
Mal de Mer has exactly the same symptoms as Seekrankheit except with
different expletives. What use are galley slaves who prefer to sit out in
the rain squalls rather than go near the galley? They'll be all right in a
day or two.