Saturday, September 30, 2017

Belitung, Indonesia

At anchor. Long trip. Averaged 3.7 knots vs normal 5 knots. Beautiful harbor. All OK.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Local knowledge

I am closing in on Beltuing, Indonesia after a frustrating multi-day transit. Reboot does not have the"legs" to motor 500 nautical miles so I sail what I get. Which has been a lot of 2.5 to 3.0 knot speeds. That adds extra days to the trip.

On this approach to the island one has to navigate through some off shore reefs. Now we know the charts are not good so I picked a wide route and plotted it. As I approached I noticed a tug in front of me on the AIS. He was heading in the same general direction but picked another route. So now I am following his breadcrumbs.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

And God said...

"Let there be light."

Dawn is always a special time.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In transit

At

05 42 E
112 39 S

Starting the next long transit of the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia rally. Technically we should have left Bali for Borneo but Chandara and I decided to skip Borneo and head direct for Beltuing. This reduced the number of long transits by one. It is also giving us an opportunity to get back on schedule. We only get 90 days in Indonesia and we have been repeatedly advised not to overstay. We are already behind so we need to catch up. Not to mention that getting away from the volcano Agung was a good strategy!

There have been two long transits already. From Thursday Island in Australia to Debut, Indonesia. And from South Buru to Maumere. This is the third - from Bali to Beltuing. Technically over 540 nautical miles. Chandara and Reboot stopped after about 200 nm in Bawean for crew rest. XO and I needed it. I slept 18 hours. We ran into Jaga II and Althea who are a day ahead of us.

Unfortunately we will arrive in Beltuing when we are supposed to be leaving. But the next few hops are shorter so we can make up some time. The organizers didn't plan the transit times well.

We have about 340 nautical miles to go. Give or take three days and nights. And no, even the nights are NOT better. The water all the way is shallow - usually about 200 feet. This means the bane of all Indonesian sailors: fishermen and fish aggregation devices (FOD's.) They are super nice people but it requires a good lookout to stay out of their way. It adds a lot of stress.

So off we go. Not much to do. No Internet. Reboot pretty much sails itself. This is of course good and bad. The bad is if I fall asleep we just keep going no matter what. I will read and play cards and nap all I can.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Beltuing

Underway to Beltuing, Indonesia. ETA 3 days. 1 POB + 1 Cat.

Fair winds and following seas :)

More on the Indonesian volcano. We are now 300 nautical miles west of it. We met many nice people in our visit to the area. We hope the are all safe.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41395831

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Underway

Underway to Beltung. 548 nm. 5 to 6 days or more dependent upon wind. 1 POB + 1 Cat

Fair winds and following seas :)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Irony

In Indonesian"Hati" means "heart." " Hati-Hati" means "caution" or "danger." In English "Hottie" means .... at least in my experience ...

Fair winds and following seas :)

Lovina, N Bali, Indonesia

At anchor. All safe. Big festival until the 19th. Should be fun!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Departure

Heading for N. Bali, Lovina, Indonesia. 1 POB + 1 Cat. 46 nm, Eta late afternoon.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Need a survey

Better picture of the multi-function display. See we are not on shore!

Fair winds and following seas :)

Arrival

In Amed. All safe. Fast trip.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

North Lombok

Last part of trip 25/knots on the bow. Not fun. At anchor. All safe.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Sunday, September 10, 2017

North Lombok, Indonesia

Underway to North Lombok. 1 POB + 1 cat. 41 NM. ETA late afternoon.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Leapfrogging

I first logged onto what is now the Internet with a 300 baud modem and a green CRT monitor. There was no World Wide Web, no graphics, certainly no "social media" (and its unrelenting commitment to invade your privacy for its economic gain.)

I am now cruising in the land of 2G. Web pages take 30 seconds to load. Forget video. It is quite the reminder of how far we have come in speed and usability.

Why leapfrogging? As the net got faster the content got more complex. This drove the need for an even faster net. Which facilitated even more complex content.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Gili Lawang

At anchor. All safe. Lots of Wonderful Sail to Indonesia company.

08 17.72 S
116 41.44 E

Quiet. Almost no wind. Hot. Several fishing boats in Selat Sungain.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Underway

To Gili Lawang, Lombok, Indonesia. 1 Pob + 1 cat. ETA ate afternoon today.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Medang Island, Indonesia

At anchor. Rocking and Rolling. After a day of light winds got 20 knots and 4 foot seas on approach. Still blowing. Hope ot will calm down after sunset.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Voyage

Departing Wera Bay for Kilo 1 POB. ETA late afternoon.

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CAPT Roger J. Jones USN (ret.)

Sailboat Reboot (MMSI 366 958 630)

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Weir Bay

At anchor in Weir Bay, Indonesia. All safe.

Saw pictures of the hurricane hole in Tortilla, BVI. Lots of charter boats wrecked. My thoughts go out to all who have been hurt and wishing luck to those in the path.

Fair winds and following seas :)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Dinghy Woes

My dinghy just collapsed. All three tubes are not holding air. I guess it had a good run.

So, another $4,000 to $5,000 unplanned expense. Complicated by the fact that it is near impossible to buy a new one in Indonesia. Not to mention the 70% tariff. The good news is that I am still on the Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia Rally so I can grab rides.

Fair winds and following seas :) My thoughts are with those in the path of the hurricane.

Underway

Weir Bay. XO & I. ETA tonight late.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving  (which here was yesterday) let me share some of my faith with you. Not the Judeo-Christian kind, but faith in my fel...