Digiboat's "Product Testing"
Thu 31 May 2012 01:21
After 2 days and a nigfht at sea sailing down from Banda Aceh, we dropped anchor in the N bay of Pulau Simuelue, the northern most of the Mentawai group. Quite straight fwd sail down, some tricky conditions early as we fought the land breeze verse trade winds convergence zone, but once clearly into the 14-18kn SW trades we sailed at up to 9kn in a mostly favourable angle S and fairly mild sea conditions.
Zac hooked a small marlin just as we left previous anchorage, but his infamous Harrison Knots (which he's been now trained out of doing with the boat lines and sheets - guess time to start on fishing twine) just unravelled and my favourite lure swam away.
Otherwise little to report from the sail, easy conditions, nice sailing in fairly mild sea conditions so no-one seasick or too uncomfortable.
Motored last 50 nm or so as the wind had dropped off into the bay - more like a large natural harbour really. The charts are about 400 mtrs out here so we came through the narrow hbr entrance firmly over the land! Fortunately we had öld school"technology - torches, eyes, and radar - so managed OK even as a storm covered the moon and the rain scrambled the radar echos just as we're approaching the tricky part!
Will pull anchor shortly after a peaceful night's sleep and head to unchartered (or badly chartered) territory in search of virgin surf...