Sunda Strait

Digiboat's "Product Testing"
Simon Blundell
Sat 5 Mar 2011 20:05
06:03.986S  104:12.448E
Winds have been resaonably kind most of the night enabling us to make a few extra miles.  It is a great feeling to see 9 and 10 knots on the clock instead of the usual 5 to 6.  But they have eased off again this afternoon and evening.
We have now decided to keep south of Java as the wind predictions are much the same as on the north side.  We also save about 24 hours in extra distance and the ocean swell aren't too bad.  It is a shame in some ways as there are a couple of interesting ports on the north side.  However none of us feel like going through the bureaucratic run-around again for a short visit.  So it looks like next stop is Bali.  We don't expect mobile contact before then.
We found some spare fishing line this afternoon so rigged up a new lure for another try at catching dinner.  Still no bites so chicken for dinner, but we are more hopeful now.
Wind not too cooperative - NNE-NNW at 8-12 most of the day puts it too far aft to be of much use. Occasional puffs of 12-15 teases us. So motorsailing al;l day with one engine ticking over. Just abeam of western side of Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java, hopefully tomorrow will have a view of Krakatoa as we cross over to Java. But more hopeful for the wind to fill in as forecast by the gribs, to a solid 15kn.