Day sail to Jerejak Island, Penang
Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Distance run: 62nm
Anchor up at 06:45 with the first light, to leave earlier would have been foolhardy as we were completely surrounded by fishing markers. The local fishermen had laid their nets while we slept, and it was now our task to find a way out between them. No surprise, we are in their fishing grounds after all, but a little tedious.
After a bit of dodging and weaving we noticed that one of the other boats had gone right between two floats that were obviously connected, but came out fine the other side. At this point we realised the nets were low enough to go over safely, and did the same without a problem. The trouble is, you just never know what is underneath those damn floats, and we would never be the first to try our luck. But thanks Doug, on ‘Gambol’ for doing it for us and saving a lot of time!
Further out we saw small fishing boats paying out very long box nets which appeared to lay on the sea bed. We gave them a wide berth anyway…
It was a good trip up the coast with some sailing, some motoring and some both, but the weather and seas were fine and the time passed quickly. Soon we had sight of the island of Penang and the Second Bridge, under which we needed to pass in order to get to our anchorage between the smaller island of Jerejak and the larger island of Penang.
Penang Second Bridge. Fishermen paying out their nets across the approach to the bridge.
The road bridge is miles long and disappears off to the mainland beyond the range of vision, well mine at least!
Safely under, no problems with the height of this one!
We found a good spot in the anchorage and dropped the anchor. It was definitely not the most picturesque we have been to, nor the quietest, as the Penang side was very built up with motorways and high rises just back from the shore. Jerejak island on the opposite side of us across the water was tree covered and much more peaceful. However, the locals do not like yachts on that side, and the last thing we want to do is upset them. So we settled for one noisy night before the ‘fleet’ sails under the First Bridge in the morning. I say ‘fleet’, because at that time there were just four rally boats in the anchorage…