And sails, we had been expecting to have to do a lot more motoring as we approached the equator again. We completed
The 460 mile in 3 ½ days, So where approaching the channel up to Kupang on Friday morning. I had noticed an Island
With a bay to our Starboard and after a look at the charts I decided we would stop for lunch and a swim and carry on to
Kupang in the afternoon as we probably would not get clearance in on a Friday, Kupang being mainly Moslem. So we
Pulled into the bay at 12 o clock, at 2.30 our swim and lunch being completed and with 12 miles still to go we pulled up
The anchor and started out of the bay, on our route in we had crossed a shallow area of coral so I decided to head straight
Out towards the channel in the centre of the bay. So here goes, the confession we motored into some coral and became
Caught up unable to reverse or motor forward to get into deeper water, We were going to have another enforced rest
Whilst the tide went out and then returned before we would get enough water to float off and out of the coral.
The next few hours would be very tense as Penguin lay further and further on her side and would finally settle on the
Coral, during this time I spent my time putting pads under the boat and laying the boom down onto the ground to take
Some of the weight of the hull, The danger of laying on coral is that their would be pressure points against the hull
Which might break through leaving a hole for the water when the tide came back in, At about all the local
Inhabitants of the
Strange sight, a number of them got up courage and came over for a good look around, they even helped me clear
Away coral from behind the keel which had been trapping us . The purpose of their trip was to take advantage of the
Low tide and collect food from the reef. As twilight came they all lit the primus lamps which they carried on the stern
Of their canoes and then spent the following 3hrs fishing using different methods, some spearing fish as they walked through
The coral some in the water Along side the canoe spearing the fish as they were attracted to the strong light of the Primus.
And although penguin was still on her side as the tide slowly came Back we experience a Magical scene as 80 lights floated
around us on the reef and all the people being fully engaged in getting their food.
Time I got myself out of here!
At around ten Penguin was floating again we waited for another 40 minutes or so then reversed out from the reef at
We were safely at anchor, we made the decision to leave the bay in daylight the following day as we had all had enough excitement
for one day. On inspecting the hull the following morning I found a crack in the external skin of fibre glass which I patched over
To keep the internal foam from getting wet. And then finally it was off at to make our official landfall in Kupang East Timor.
Our experience of
Friendly full of fun and smiles. We managed to complete all clearing in with the aid of the very helpful local agent Napa Rachman
cruising permits were also ready for us. So all the running around in
to go off through the
Cost of everything was so cheap, we could all four go for a meal for less than £8.00 each time you went to the ATM it would
Let you take out one million five hundred thousand rupee which was £88.00. Our trips to the local market were always a highlight
Good fruit and veg lots of colour and colourful characters all surrounded with a large amount of rubbish, The roads were full of
Mopeds and mini buses all driving with one hand on the horn, total sensory overload Sea Front Kupang
Kids from the fishing village kupang.
It is one of the most volcanically active areas in the world so the scenery was stunning some of our snorkelling was better
had experienced anywhere especially
around Komodo and
Beautiful temples and fantastic craftsmanship .
The infamous Komodo Dragon Only the craft vendors are more deadly.
4 days to experience a tiny bit of what
That time would never be an issue we would be able to take whatever time we needed to enjoy the most interesting places sadly this does
Not happen, we have certain destinations that we need to arrive at certain times, I had arranged to meet up with a Friend from my School
the 15 june and Jacky would be flying into Phuket on the 3rd of july,
I had better not be late for that Rendezvous. So we left
evening. Our Scottish backpacker
Colin also decided that Penguin had now served her purpose in transporting him
wish him well with the rest of his trip. We had completed a further 5920 miles