Saturday, 8 December 2012

Kuah to Rebak

Hi everyone,
We spent Wednesday and Thursday nights anchored off Kuah which is the main town on Langkawi.  On Thursday we went into town to clear in to the port and to check out the shops.  We found a pretty good chandlers.

Zen Again Track
GoogleEarth Track entering Rebak Island Marina
Langkawi is a duty free zone, and that's certainly clear from the price of booze.  Very cheap!  The shops in Kuah have lots of it, plus lots of chocolate and crockery.  No idea why there's so much crockery - perhaps it's popular with SE Asian tourists.

On Friday (yesterday) we weighed anchor under sail and had a very pleasant sail 8nm SW to a place called Sunset Beach.  We sailed past several tiny but spectacular islands.  All the islands are covered in thick jungle, and most are very steep-to so one can sail past very close.  Some rise out of the water almost vertically as exposed cliffs, while others have cliffs elsewhere on the island.  Very spectacular.  The area reminds us of the Whitsundays, having lots of islands close together which clear sailing between.

Departing Kuah Anchorage
En route
We anchored at Sunset Beach with Kakadu and everyone jumped in the water to cool off and to scrub their hulls.  We managed to clean all but the keel.  The Coppershield/Coppercoat antifouling is almost two years old and still appears as good as new.

In the afternoon we motored the 4nm to Rebak Marina.  The marina is "inside" Rebak Island and you can't see the yachts until you're in the narrow entry channel.  Happily the light breeze was flowing through the marina, contrary to some reports we'd heard of it being windless inside.  It was great to have a proper shower, and to catch up with other yachties at the resort Happy Hour.  The facilities here seem pretty good.  We are at 06 17.78N 99 41.89E.

Anchored off Sunset Beach
In the entrance channel to Rebak Island Marina
In the pen
The Hard Dock Cafe and hardstand
This evening we have a Sail Malaysia dinner to attend, followed by a coach tour tomorrow and the farewell party on Monday here at Rebak.

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