July 24, 2012
I am sitting on the deck of the Republic of singapore Yacht Club looking over the yachts and boats in their pens. There at G8 is SHADOW. Journey – DONE.
2500 miles later and there is a great sense of Personal Achievement…I haven’t had this feeling since I sailed my last boat, Murianne, into Darwin harbour at 0500 in the morning with the windvane working and I was standing at the mast watching the wharf area go by.
This tme to my surprise I sailed from where I anchored overnight after completing the Selat RIAU section during the day. There was good wind and I was pushed splendidly along almst unmtil the entry of the marina.
Now what about this?
- I anchored in 9m off Pulau Nongsa with Singapore in the background.
- Hmm…at 0300…I’ll check the anchor winch. Nothing! That began a 3 hour project of cleaning connections, switches and EVERYTHING. Finally – when I released the brake on the anchor winch everything worked well!
- THEN as I sighed with relief I looked astern to see a rock sticking out of the water. AARGH it was low tide and I was right on the edge of the reef.
- Anchor in…at these times it always takes AGES and I JUST touched the reef as I moved away. Phew!
Onward to the “breakwater” which is outside the RSYC. Well…..I was lookoing for a wall and NOT a verytin white line at water level.
“Hey. THAT’S the breakwater!” I exclaimed to myself., Changed course and the 0nly one who was NOT panicking was me.
Pulau Nongsa Position: