60 nm to the Spice Islands
26 July 2010 | The Banda sea
We've had a good night crossing the Banda sea. A steady 15-20 knot SE wind has kept us moving towards our destination at a comfortable 7-8 knots. Looks like we will make the islands mid afternoon which is a relief as the anchorage is through a pass between two of the islands and as the water is very deep right up to the shoreline anchoring is tricky, not something I was looking forward to doing in the dark.
We will be anchoring among a cluster of three of the largest Banda islands, one of which is an active volcano. The anchorage is supposed to be pretty spectacular....we'll find out.
We can't see any other rally yachts around, but expect some of the faster ones are already at the Banda islands. The rough passage across the Timor sea has sorted out the fleet.
Not sure if our radio transmission will be very good once we are in the anchorage at Banda due to the surrounding hills and volcano, so further updates may not be possible for up to a week when we move onto another anchorage
Love Bern & Di