Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Departed towards Kentar Island

Hi everyone,
This morning we departed Belitung Island with sv Kakadu towards Kentar Island, a passage of about 240nm to the NNW. Four other boats departed at the same time, two of which are heading for Lingga Island which is a larger island west of Kentar Island.

We motored for several hours this morning until a light easterly breeze settled in. It was only 5-6 knots and when we tried to sail we were doing only 2-2.5 knots. Ultimately Kakadu shamed us into changing up from our "cruising" 100% Number 2 jib to our "racing" 150% Number 1 Genoa. With that we were able to do 3-4 knots, occasionally more. We've been having a lovely sail since then.

We've seen very little traffic. A couple of ships in the distance and a handful of fishing vessels. The sea is flat and the sky is half-filled with Cumulus clouds. Nice. Another 3-4 knots of breeze and it would be perfect.

At this speed we'll be at sea for two days and three nights, but in these light but usable winds it will be very pleasant. Of course the conditions are very unlikely to remain static!

Trust all's well where you are.

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