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Where have we been?

January 18, 2013

I guess it has been a while since my last posting. We have not gone very far but we have managed to keep ourselves busy keeping out-of-the-way of the crocodiles in the various anchorages and avoiding the pythons in those places where we have been at a marina. Seems crocs like cloudy water on the banks of rivers where mangroves run rampant. Pythons seem to like the warm wood the docks provide for sunbathing. I have to say though I think it is the pythons that concern me the most. That comes from having been to a museum in Bandar Seri Bagwan, Brunei where they had a stuffed python that had a head double the size of any self-respecting golden retriever. That particular python had been killed after swallowing one child and one male adult at one sitting!

Enough of that kind of stuff. There have been too many wonderful things we have managed to do and see to focus on what could be.

We moved on to Miri for Christmas.  A small town but with a marina where we stayed for the holiday season.  We helped organize a Christmas dinner on the docks for about 15 boats.  Even managed to find a turkey and everyone pitched in with traditional Christmas dishes representing the Philippines, Canada, United States, Sweden, France, Norway, Holland etc. etc.  I couldn’t believe there was even turkey left over which was great for us!

After feasting ourselves on Christmas goodies we stumbled out of the marina headed for Kuching.  It’s about a 250 mile journey along the coastline well-known for not having reliable winds.  We struggled along interspersing the sailing with a little bit of motoring. On New Years Eve day we were within telephone range of the shoreline to make a call to a friend already at anchor in the Santubong River.  Our french sailing friends Evelyn and Herve promised to cook us a New Years Eve dinner if we could make it in.  Having no wind we  decided to motor and 16 hours later made it into the anchorage at 1700hrs just in time for dinner onboard a 50 foot Dutch catamaran called Isis.  Again a mix of crew 2 boats from Australia, one French, one American, ourselves and then the Dutch.  Despite the pelting rain we had a great time staying dry on the back deck of the catamaran.

New Year’s Eve was  a great welcome to Kuching.  Kuching is probably one of the most pleasant towns in Brunei.  It’s population is about 150,000, situated on a river and has managed to build beautiful walkways along the river’s edge, has a stupendous parliament building as it’s the capital of Sarawak, one of two provinces in Borneo.  We spent out time there avoiding the rain, visiting museums and stocking up on food items for the trip to Singapore.

Our departure was delayed due to bad weather but 10 days later we finally set sail for Singapore.  Turned out to be one of the roughest and windiest passages but at least we sailed there.  We arrived at the north entrance to Singapore Straits at sunset.

OK – tune it for the adventure thru the Singapore Straits.  I don’t have time right now to finish this off and the next posting will have pictures…..till later

4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Middleton permalink
    January 28, 2013 04:41

    No crocs or pythons back here, just bears and cougars which are starting to wake up. The weather has been pretty uneventful, cool and lots of overcast with little snow or wind. Personally I’m about ready for some sun so we’er off to Kauai and Maui in April. Have fun and keep safe!

  2. Louise permalink
    January 28, 2013 05:10

    Thanks for the update! Sounds like being at marinas is mostly about eating and buying food (and avoiding reptiles). Looking forward to hearing about Singapore.

  3. January 28, 2013 11:07

    I was wondering what you’d been up to, and glad you are safely arrived in Singapore. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures in the straits.

  4. Donald Innes permalink
    February 2, 2013 05:03

    Hello Tony
    thanks for your post
    as always a great read
    you next port of call, has to be one of the worlds largest ports
    that must have been a bit scary
    I got a cheap passage out of there in 1973
    on a old Greek passenger ship
    on my way back to Perth from the UK
    the port was massive then
    both be well
    safe passage
    much Peace
    Don ( hey you two you are going to miss the Liberal defeat and the rise of the next NDP)
    (Government, long time since you two missed working an election)

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