Little Green Boat

Spruce left the UK in 2011, arrived in SE Asia during 2015. Finished land/air touring in Asia. Afloat again and getting ready to head east to Raja Ampat and on to Japan and Alaka in 2018.

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
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05 August 2017 | Kudat - Borneo
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19 July 2017 | Papar - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo

Dive! Dive! Dive!

19 August 2017 | Sipidan & Mabul - Sabah - Malaysian Borneo
Andy & Sue
Three days with time spent beneath the waves gave an insight into local marine life. Two dives on a reef local to our anchorage, one dive at Mabul, two at Kapalai and three plunges at Sipadan gave a reasonable spectrum of what can be found in Sabah, Malaysia’s eastern most Province. This shoal of Big-Eye Snappers was happy to come close to slow moving divers.

19 August 2017
Interesting colourful smaller creatures positively glow: this one a Nudibranch, a sort of slug-like animal, is but a single example of many different types seen at Mabul. The fronds on its back are gills. There are artificial structures at Mabul, which certainly attract a wide variety of creatures. The “dive resort” complex is a stilt village built on the reef at the site of a former fishing village. We are not fans of these types of development; it would be far more ecologically sound to bring divers by boat from properly serviced centres on shore.

19 August 2017
A much bigger animal, a Crocodile Fish, shown here, blends into the background, camouflaged to seem like coral bedecked stones. It would be easy to swim straight past if you did not have your eye tuned in to spot these weird fish.

19 August 2017
An old favourite is the Clown fish. Several different species bathing luxuriously in the fronds of exotic Anemones abound. Sizes vary from tiny to around 100mm: a feisty fish that faces challengers fiercely, but is always ready to seek the relative safety of its stinging host.

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Larger still are these chaps, securely wedged into crevices to avoid the current sweeping them away. The bigger animals at Sipadan are mainly confined to Turtles, Napoleon Wrasse, Jacks lurking in the periphery of visibility and …

19 August 2017
… Sharks. Mainly Reef White Tips but it is excellent to see Sharks in these waters have not all been slaughtered to sacrifice their fins for the Chinese market. So far, in SE Asia, sharks seen have been very few. The elderly lone specimen seen three months ago in Tioman Island was the pride of the local dive shop; he was, however, a sorry comparison with those seen in previous years around the Pacific reefs and Islands. Sipadan showed signs of being a much more balanced eco-system, although smaller fishes were in fewer numbers than we expected. That might be due to the large numbers of sharks and other predators located at this oceanic pinnacle island.
Vessel Name: Spruce
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 - Enderlein Design
Hailing Port: Portsmouth, UK
Crew: Sue & Andy
About: Sue is an artist, plays the flute and guitar. Andy enjoys technical challenges and hoped to learn to speak more Spanish. Unsuccessfully:-( Maybe this year?
Extra: During 2013 and 2014 we sailed across the Pacific to New Zealand and then Australia. 2015-16 brought us north into Asia. The past few years cruising has enabled us to visit many countries, meet lots of interesting people and to understand the world a little better.
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Australian friends: Kylie, Samantha and Stuart...last seen in Barbados, Dec 2009
the vessel Farallone moored in Newport harbour. WE hear this was the vessel that carried gangster, Al Capone, to Alcatraz.
Super-yachts ashore at Newport. J-Class Hanuman, in the middle. Last saw her in Antigua during Classic Week, April 2010.
Traditional house
One of the large residences on the ocean drive
Anne & Mark wave goodbye after giving us a tour in their wonderful VW Beetle
Old and the New.
Anne, Andy and Mark before the generous tour.
High Tea aboard Spruce.
Peter and Raewyn aboard Saliander. They will be slowly cruising across the Pacific to their home country, New Zealand.
Catacaos getting anchor up ready to depart for the south.
Aytumn colours beginning to show
Bert aboard Heimkehr
Lucas trying his size for helming Heimkehr
A disrupted breakfast at the Seamans Church Institute, maybe somebody burned the toast.
12m yachts racing in murky weather... there
Looking across the stern on Meteor, seen last year in Madeira.
Old ralway carriage
Iconic American sight
Lorraine, her mum (Bron) and Sue aboard Heimkehr: in the wheelhouse. How we long for a wheelhouse when it is cold and wet :-)
Andy and Marlene aboard Heimkehr for sundowners
The dinghy dock on boat show days at Bowen
Graham & Lorraine (Catacaos) with Lucas (Ship
Bert & Marlene, friends from Heimkehr, at Dutch Harbour. The last time we got together was in Bequia, St Vincent & Grenadines 8-months ago.
The sunshin just after sun-up.
More fine yachts racing
The Seaman
An old representation of Narragansett Bay on the wall in the entrance hallway of the Seaman
Andy reading a book in the Seaman
Mrrals in the chapel at the Seaman
Newport Boatshow for four days, coinciding with the Southampton Boatshow in the UK.
A splendid old vessel leaves the harbour at Newport
A view from our window
A buzz of activity during Boat Show at Newport
A sculpture hanging beside the harbour wall
A sculpture showing a dive into a breaking wave
Arriving in the vicinity of genteel Newport. Chairs set out for guests to watch the yachts entering and departing Newport.
One of the 12 metre class yachts heading out for a day