Sunday, 21 October 2012

Nongsa Point Marina

Hi everyone,
We arrived at Nongsa Point Marina at 1630 yesterday.  We had a better than expected passage from Mesanak Island, with quite a nice steady wind for about half the time.  Once in the channel between Bintan and Batam islands there were many ships, both at anchor and underway.  Some of them do 20 knots, and the ferries are faster still.  It's an amazing transition from an island with small fishing villages to having the skyscrapers of Singapore in sight in a single day.  We are in a pen at 01 11.813N 104 05.833E.

Zen Again Track
It was nice to be able to step ashore, have a hot shower and buy a beer at a bar, apart from the expense of the latter.  The marina includes a resort (or is it vica versa?).  Either way, the resort facilities are available to marina users, including showers, laundry, bar, restaurant, shuttle bus etc.  It has taken a day for it to sink in that we have now completed Sail Indonesia.

Last night we splashed out on dinner at the restaurant.  It was an "all you can eat" affair for S$30 per person, including one drink in the price.  We ate with the crew of MV Lizzie, one of the few motor boats which did Sail Indonesia this year.

Today we made a start on our laundry, doing it aboard since the marina laundry had a long queue.  We also had a good cleanup below, and emptied our last jerries of water and fuel into their respective main tanks.  This afternoon we enjoyed the pool (although it was pouring with rain by that stage), then settled down to use their free WiFi.  Which of course is what I'm using right now!

Zen Again at Nongsa Point
We expect to clear out of Indonesia and depart Nongsa Point on Tuesday morning to move on to Danga Bay Marina in Johor Baru, Malaysia.

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