Day sail to Rinca Island
Thursday 7th September 2017
Distance run: 17nm
Actually it was a day motor rather than a day sail to Loh Buaya on Rinca Island, as once again there was no wind. Steve was meant to be on a dive trip today, but had a stomach upset that kept him in the loo for much of the night, so he cancelled. Bob and Sue managed to top up with diesel early, so after a trip ashore to get some fresh fruit, veggies and bread, by lunchtime we were all ready to leave.
We arrived in the anchorage at Loh Buaya soon after 5 p.m., dropped the anchor, launched the dinghy and tried to take a line ashore to tie back to the mangroves as per the instructions in the pilot book. It was low tide and there were a couple of metres of thick, gloopy mud to get through to reach the mangroves, so in the end we gave up on that idea and just swung as usual. We went ashore to see about tickets and a guide for early tomorrow, but by that time it was all closed up. So we made a plan to meet ashore at 0700, and settled back on the boats to enjoy a calm, peaceful night in the very protected anchorage.