Mr Bean at Sea

18 September 2007 | Langkawi, Malaysia
20 February 2007 | Langkawi, Malaysia
16 February 2007 | Talaga Marina
13 February 2007 | Talaga Marina
07 February 2007 | Koh Mok
03 February 2007 | Phi Phi Don
27 January 2007 | Phuket
13 January 2007 | Phuket and surrounding islands.
09 January 2007 | Phuket and the surrounding Islands
03 January 2007 | Phuket and the surrounding Islands
26 December 2006 | Phuket and the Islands
10 December 2006 | Phuket
01 December 2006 | Thailand
22 November 2006 | Panang
16 November 2006 | Port Dickson
30 October 2006 | Singapore
30 October 2006 | Singapore
18 October 2006 | Bangka Island..01.32'N 105. 50.97'E
09 October 2006 | Borneo..03 20.03'S:114 33.01'E

Ruing to Seraya KL

19 August 2006 | Ruing
Malc
Photo above of The old traditional village of Bena

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Saturday 19th August 2006 .. 8.24.38S 121 05 04E

Up at 0600 hours, Gary and Liddy were knocking on the hull at 0700 hours, saying they were off on the trip, I lent them our hand held, to report back when any thing was happening, as we were not going over there that early
It was a good move, as I was able to have breakfast, and we went ashore at 0745 hours, and still the tour didn't leave till 0900 hours, Gary, bless him giving us updates on the present situation.
We got to Bejawa, the capital of the area, by noon, of a very pleasant, meal, with a chose of scraggy chicken or fish, which took forever to cook.
From there we went to Bena, an old traditional village, which as we approached in the coach from above it, was very similar in look, to Macha Pichu.
From there we went to the Mengeruda hot springs, which had a hot water fall with pools below to swim and slide about in, it was very lovely , just like having a hot bath, and great to ease to aching limbs cause by very bumpy roads and poor suspension of the bus. The whole trip was very good, and escorted all the way by the police with siren blazing and lights a flashing , the government are really taking very good care of us.
We heard that extra police where brought into the area to guard the dingies on the dock, and to keep a heneral eye on things, the government and tourism department are very keen to stop any problems happening, as they see the rally as a way of promoting tourism in Indonesia.
Photos below are of the tour, first one is our police escort .going through the local capital of Bajawa.
The photos on the next page of Bena Village, this village was built as a ship, and commands wonderful views from it's bow, the women were doing the hand weaving, and most of the older ones had their months full of beetle nuts , which make them look like vampires that have just drawn blood from a victim.

Saturday 20th August 2006

Went ashore for lunch with Gambori, Aquarius and Belvenie, after us boys did our passage plan to Bali, as we need to get there for the 17th Sept, so we can renew our visa's before they expire.Below. us with our free sash given to us at the festival.

Sunday 21st August 2006

Left Riung at 1100 hours, for a short sail up the coast, to a little indent in the land, we had picked out on the chart, it turned out to be a superb anchorage, photo below shows the outlet to the sea, the photo below that shows the large expanse of water before becoming a river, also showing dinner cooking on the Barbie.

Above photo shows some villagers that where invited to look around the boat, the children have their presents in their hands, writing books, pens, and tee shirts.

Tuesday 22nd August 2006

Left anchorage at 0930 hours, the wind seems to be coming up early now, and we had a good sail all the way to our next anchorage,23 mile west at Lindley bay, we had 10 to 15 knots of wind from the NE, and we had a lovely down wind sail . There was an extensive reef around the anchorage, not shown on the chart, but once in, it was a very calm one in 17 metres of water.
We where inundated with canoes, with calls of Mister, Mister from the children, all wanting something, but after a few presents and bantering of Fish, Coconuts and Sea shells, they leave you alone.
Had a very pleasant evening on Gambori, with Aquarius and Jack and Dafinee, off Resolute an American couple.

Wednesday 23rd August 2006

Spent the morning doing a few jobs, the small heads inlet pipe seemed to be blocked, so used the dingy pump to un-block it, which was done successfully. Also changed the furling line on the Genoa, as the new one I brought in Darwin was too thin, and cut into my hands when furling.
Afternoon we went over to Aquarius for a Barbeque, with the four usual boats, Libby made a stunning soup starter.
Thursday 24th August 2006

Left Lindley bay at 0745 hours for TK Bari, 28 miles away, had to motor most of the way, got there by 1400 hours, and was inundated with the bloody local kids, it is becoming a nightmare, and will try to avoid villages in future.
Had the three usually boats over for a sun downers, and to discuss the next passage, there are twelve boats in the anchorage, so we have decided to stop at a Island on the way to the next stop, to let them get ahead.
Photo on the next page shows Gambori at anchor with all the teenage children in there canoes, with was the worst we have had ....

Friday 25th August 2006

Left TK Bari at 0745 hours heading west and a white sandy beach to barieque on, no village with children, and as we were leading the pack, it become our mission to find one.
After rounding the island of Seraya Besar, which we looked to see if it was possible to anchor there, but there was too much coral, so continued on to a smaller island called Seraya KL , 25 miles up the coast.
We nosed the boat in to the shore, the bottom rises steeply from 30 metre to 5 metres, we had arrived at high water springs, and the tide would drop us 2.5 metres. After some checking the water which was very clear, we decided to drop the anchor in 20 metres, on the shelf, and drop back in to the shallower water. The conditions where so, that we just put out 40 metres of chain, and we settled in 6 metres, 3.5 metres at low water.
Lindy snorkelled around the boat, before we pulled back to set the anchor, all look good, but we decided not to set the anchor, just let the weight of the anchor and chain hold us, as the wind is very light. We could pull up are shelves into deeper water if need be, the reason we did not set the anchor was, as the ground was very rocky, didn't want to trap the anchor in 20 metres, and risk losing it.
The three other boats in our pack arrived, and within an hour, we where all on the beach having a barbeque, it's so lovely that we will stay another day.
Our trip for here, now we are at the end of Flores, may take us to a little island Labuan Bajo, then on to Rinca and Komodo, to see the large monitor lizards of the same name, then on to Sumbawa, which we know nothing about, then on to Lombok, and Bali.















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Vessel Name: Mr Bean
Vessel Make/Model: Bruce Roberts
Hailing Port: Eastbourne, UK
Crew: Malcolm Robertson
About: Admiral Lindy Robertson
Extra: Yacht Mr BeanIs presently on the hard stand at Rebak Marina, Langkawi. while we spend the summer back in the UK. Left UK, from Eastbourne Marina on June 15th 1998, and have nearly sailed around the world, mostly just the two of us.
Mr Bean's Photos - Mr Bean at Sea (Main)
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Port Bastia, Corsica
King of Aragon
Left boat in Venezuela, to go to Peru, we walked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, this is looking down "Dead Womans Pass
Stern to at Avatu Harbour, Rarotonga, The Cook Islands.
Alcudia Marina, Malloca, where Mr Bean stayed on the hard stand of winter 1998/1999
Ryan, Ollie,Owen, our grand children and Jack and Amy off La Barca on Koh Hong, near Phuket
Ollie catching squid off  Phuket: Ollie catching squid off Phuket
The wonderful Port Dickson Marina, Malaysia.: The wonderful Port Dickson Marina, Malaysia
Blessing the yachts before leaving Bali: Blessing the yachts before leaving Bali
Voodoo Dancers, Ranon, Vanuatu.: Voodoo Dancers, Ranon, Vanuatu.
Natives in Sunday best, Malekula Island, Vanuatu: Crowded boat, Awie Island, Vanuatu
Locals at Avokh Island, Vanuatu: Locals at Avokh Island, Vanuatu
Tricky to get in, but what a place to anchor, Yellow Patch, Oz.
Working on Mr Bean at the start of our trip at Eastbourne Marina
The wonderful Island of Pi Pi Don, the back packers paradise, with Mr Bean in the back ground.: The wonderful Island of Pi Pi Don, the back packers paradise
Grandad, Issy, Mima in West coast of Phuket: Swimming with Issy and Mina
Some of the family on Mr Bean: Family on Mr Bean
Darwin Yacht Club ready to go on the Darwin/Langkawi sailing rally.
Deepest Borneo ready to see the Orangutan
Racing in the Phuket Kings Cup on Calypso JJ, winner of the Ocean Rovers class.: Racing in the Phuket Kings Cup on Calypso JJ
Towing La Barca into The Royal Phuket Marina, engine failure.: Towing the La Barca into The Royal Phuket Marina
Two friends that visited us in Tahiti, Reg and Audrey: Two friends that visited us in Tahiti, Reg and Audrey
A great show at Papeete, Tahiti, posing with the dance group myself and Reg , one of our guests.: A show at Tahiti, with me and our guest Reg
Lindy, Mike and Mary with one foot in the Northern hermishere and one in the Southern in the City of Quito, Equador.
White water rafting in Equador: White water rafting in Equador
Riding on top of the Train carriage in Equador, Riobamba to Devils Nose.: Riding on top of the Train carriage in Equidor.
Pouhera Village, Makemo, difficult to get through the pass, due to the strong out flowing current.: Pouhera Village, Makemo, one of the Atols of the Tuomotos.
It was difficult to get through the pass, due to the strong current as the Atol empties.
Marquises , Baie de Toiohoe...Lindy and Mary take a turn in the Dragon Boat traiing sesson.
Bridge of the America
Away to Ngungura, for a week end break from boat jobs: Away to Ngungura, for a week end break from boat jobs
New Saloon Table made from teak that drops down to make a saloon bed and also new settee covers
Going throught the Panama Canal, with a very large ship keeping us on our toes: Going throught the Panama Canal, with a very large ship keeping us on our toes
Carival Time in Panama City, with the crew off S/V Meriva: Carival Time in Panama City, with the crew off S/V Meriva
Mr Bean at Haymen Island Marina and Resort, whilst its crew have a luxurious 3 day holiday at the five star resort.: Mr Bean in Haymen Marina, whilst its crew have a 3 day holiday at the resort.
Lindy, Mike and Tracy at the cafe come internet area at Rebak Marina, Langkawi: Lindy, Mike and Tracy at the cafe come internet area at Rebak Marina
OCC Club Cocktail party at Minerva Reef on route to New Zealand from Tonga, Malc, Lindy, Simon, Carol and Keith.: OCC Club Cocktail party at Minera Reef on route to New Zealand from Tonga
Looking down on Telaga Marina, and the anchorage outside it,Langkawi, with John and Pat in the fore ground.: Looking down on Telaga Marina, Langkawi
Painting the top sides of Yacht Mr Bean in Whangarei New Zealand: Painting of Yacht Mr Bean in New Zealand
Custom Officers visit yacht in Savusavu, Figi: Custom Officers visit yacht in Savusavu, Figi
Mount Cook, New Zealand, South Island
Bluff, the Southern most point on South Island, New Zealand.: Bluff, the Southern most point on South Island, New Zealand.
Stewart Island, New Zealand, Hiking was not easy here, I nearly disappeared in a grass bog forever.
Fishing was good in Figi
Welcome Home: A great home coming welcome from our grandchildren on our arrival at Heathrow airport UK after our flight from Oz.
Rounding Cape Don: Rough seas around Cape Don, Oz, on route to Darwin.
Towing S/V Meriva, got to Wreak Bay, Galapapos Islands, 24 hours later.: Towing S/V Meriva, we entered Wreak Bay, Galapapos Islands, 24 hours later.
Lizard Island,Oz, Captain Cook used its peak, to see if he could find a way out of The Great Barrier Reef: Lizard Island,Oz, Captain Cook used it peak, to see if he could find a way out of The Great Barrier Reef
A Prawn fishing boat,at Finders Island,Oz,resting during the day, ready to go back out at night: A Prawn fishing boat,at Finders Island,Oz,resting during the day, ready to go back out at night
Statue of Captain James Cook at the town called after him: Statue of Captain James Cook at the town called after him
Reefed and running on the north coast of Oz: Reefed and running on the north coast of Oz.
These Orangutans are lovely to see in their own environment, well done to the guys that save them.: These Orangutans are lovely to see in their own environment, well done to the guys that save them.
Male Orangutan in the Tanjung Putting National Park, Borneo: Male Orangutan in the Tanjung Putting National Park, Borneo
Friends yacht anchored in TK Bari, Indonesia, some village
Komodo Dragons on the Island
Anchorage at Riung, Indonesia: Anchorage at Riung, Indonesia
First view of West Timor, early morning though the mist: First view of West Timor, early morning though the mist
Bena Village, built as a ship, and commands magnificent veiws from it
Moored in Phi Phi Le
 
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Who: Malcolm Robertson
Port: Eastbourne, UK