Day sail to Riung
Sunday 27th August 2017
Distance run: 43 nm
After a rather rolly night and a moment or two of panic when we saw a local boat laying a net right behind the boat, we lifted the anchor at 0700 and picked our way between the FADs and the nets and out of the bay. The wind was much more fickle and light today, and we had to motor-sail for much of the forty-odd nmiles to our third stop on the island of Flores, Riung. The anchorage here is much more protected, being surrounded by small islands and reefs. We followed our carefully laid waypoints over the fringing reef, holding our breath as the depth went as low as 5 metres under the keel, then picked our way between the islands and reefs and into the anchorage. We toyed with the idea of anchoring off one of the outer islands – this is the 17 Island Marine Park – but decided to take a look at the main anchorage first.
Once inside, we found plenty of room and decided to drop anchor here so that we could go ashore later for dinner. Instead of an anchoring beer, we had tea and banana cake which the calm conditions had allowed me to bake on the way. Yummy!