Wednesday 13th October
Tuesday 12th October 2010
0600hrs a fine dawn and some wind! Set the sails and
stopped the engine - hooray!! We never expected to be able to have such fair
weather at the equator!
21.00 finally had to start the engine.
2200hrs Nearly got in a tangle with a trawler, Ollie
called me on deck as he was getting close, finally ended up gunning the
engine and going across his bows to get clear!
Wednesday 13th October 2010
00.20hrs Crossed the line!!! We were all up with a
bottle of bubbly at the ready and stopped the engine to drift across in a
flat calm - the first time for over 10 years since Kanaloa has been in the
0600 A really nasty squall right on the nose 28-30
knots, thank goodness for the plastic curtains for the sides of the bimini at
least we can keep reasonably dry. Decided upon a more sheltered anchorage
other that the one recommended.
0815hrs Anchored in 8.5 metres of water amongst a village
of fish farms all on stilts!
Position 0:24'.21n 104:32'.62e
Distance run 312 miles Average speed 7.2 knots
CROSSED THE EQUATOR FROM SOUTH TO
NORTH AT 00.23Hrs
very clear, but it says 0.00.001 S
12 seconds later its already reading 0:00.004 North
to get David and Ollie up as it was my watch. We downed some bubbly, and I
poured cold water of them, but David retaliated with pouring some of the
bubbly down us too! Thankfully it was still a calm night. We were drifting
along under sail at just 3.5 knots.
hours later however, after Ollie’s watch, the lightning which had been
threatening all night became a full scale big blow with rainshowers. I had
to call David up to help put the plastic back up to protect the cockpit, and
reduce sail as it rapidly increased up to 35 knots on the nose! We motored
into the increasing waves for the next couple of hours. I realised that our
destination anchorage we had chosen was not going to give us any shelter from
strong winds from the NW. Thankfully, the island we were approaching had a
great hook in it offering us perfect shelter on the south side.
I thought were rocks in the anchorage, uncharted of course, happened to be
dozens of these stilted fishing enclosures. I was sure there would be plenty
of boats here, but did not anticipate that the boats would be permanent
housing with fishing nets that can be lowered into the sea at night!
the nets are just being hoisted up at dawn, I am sure they cannot have a
great catch, there are so many of them permanently in the bay.
noise level was certainly cut down by the fact that the locals move between
their home ashore and home on stilts by this method of standing up and
was OK dodging amongst them during daylight, but got forbid trying to find a
sheltered spot here at night, some of them did not have their lights on!
offered us a great day of R&R, David and I went straight to bed on our
arrival, whilst Ollie, much to our great surprise, cleaned the stainless
steel and washed the salt off the front of the boat!
had a second celebration of crossing the Equator at lunchtime, with the
another bottle of bubbly and smoked salmon sandwiches. We had a few visits
from small boys in their rowing boats, asking for ‘biskits’, and
then mask and snorkel! Having neither they had to make do with some peanuts
and pens! We did not go ashore, as we did not want to feel intrusive, and
felt that we needed a rest anyway!
left at sunrise, which hapens to be getting later every day, now it’s 7
a.m. before it’s light, but as we’re going west, it stays lighter
longer, till 7.30 p.m.
could already see the reflection of the lights from Singapore in the clouds
to the west of us, it’s only 60 miles away now.
close to the island of Masenae, the forst looks quite dense and untouched on
the other side of the island. We were in for a shock though, not much more
than 2 hours away was all the hubub of Indonesian shipping and industry
– see our next blog.