July 19, 2012
As I write I am just sailing between to islands – LIPAR (I thought it was LIPART but (a) that doesn’t sound Indonesian and (b) the printing on the chart has a blob so I had to guess! The other island is LIAR.
I’m on the edge of a shipping lane and a passenger vessel has just passed on its way to Tanjung Priok, Jakarta.
The wind was excellent last night. Sailing at night is the way to clock up the miles in this part of the world. In the last 24 hours I motored for 2 hours to charge the batteries and push through some tide and sailed at a cracking pace for the rest of the time with an Easterly wind held forward of the beam. (Meaning “slightly ahead of me.”) I was up and down like a yo-yo all night keeping watch for fishing boats etc etc. Fortunately the fishing huts didn’t appear until morning when I sailed through about 20 of them in one area. I don’t fancy the idea of crashing into one of them in the night…or anything else for that matter!
Position at 1030hrs Thursday 19th July, 2012:
The trip meter reads 1542 nautical miles.
In the past 24 hours the distance travelled was 116 miles.
Wind is E @ 7kts. Temperature is 29.5C Fridge is 4.5C!
This leg is the last of the long stretches. After this section I will be entering Selat Riau which will take me up to Batam and from there when I am ready I will cross to Singapore.
Well that’s the plan anyway…..