Well we are at it again in 2014 and 2015, sailing and surfing around the banyak islands and nias.
At present stuck in Lagundri Bay on the island of Nias waiting for the arrival of our new autopilot
to replace the failed raymarine
st70 control head
Is coming from Raymarine
via Hong Kong
and Surabya. Stuck in customs
for 4 days, but now on the move again.
Hopefully that will be the end of hand steering
. It was difficult to steer for 22 hours from Sibolga on Sumatra to Nias.
Luckily my wonderful wife is aboard and she helped a lot with the passage
The surf has been indifferent during JUly, August and September. Now the rainy season here in Nias. Torrential downpours most nights.
Broke the aft anchor rope
three nights ago, much better with a 18mm nylon rope
attached to the fortress
. What an anchor
, really digs in and very difficult to break out.
We are planning on sailing back to Phuket in Thailand
in early November. Normally takes about a week with stops for waiting for good weather
windows. Where we will store surfmachine on the hardstand
at Krabi Boat Lagoon
and head back home to Margaret River for the southern summer.
Had some unreal spearfishing in Bawa, Nias and the bay of plenty in the Banyaks. Been eating fresh fish
Fair winds from Keith.