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.

25 September 2017 | Badjo Kima - Northern Sulawesi - Indonesia
25 September 2017
25 September 2017
25 September 2017 | Northern Sulawesi - Indonesia
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25 September 2017 | Northern Sulawesi - Indonesia
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14 September 2017 | Pulau Maratua - Indonesia
14 September 2017 | Pulau Maratua - Indonesia
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Sulawesi Diving

25 September 2017 | Badjo Kima - Northern Sulawesi - Indonesia
Andy & Sue
Back into the water at Badjo Kima towards the northeastern end of Sulawesi: our thanks go to Jules Minkhorst for letting us use some of her beautiful photos of a recent dive together. Credits go to Jules for all the pictures in this posting.
This end of Sulawesi boasts beautiful soft corals and small creatures in abundance. This photo shows a Bubble Coral Shrimp, carrying a clutch of eggs to continue successive generations.

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Another family of small animals also in great abundance are the Nudibranchs. Different types present different colours and shapes, most with beautiful markings. The fronds are gills.

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Finally, a photo of Andy and Sue: we do not get many of these; normally one of us is holding the camera.

Jigging for Dinner

25 September 2017 | Northern Sulawesi - Indonesia
Andy & Sue
Along the coast of Sulawesi many fishing boats are seen, some colourfully decorated, some using nets but many are using hand-lines to jig a hook while the boat is stationary. It is amazing to see these craft at sea. A spotter or two on high-seats, a boat full of zealous faces pursing a family’s dinner, we presume. The spotter directs the helm, they arrive at the chosen position and a multitude rush into action, lines suspended, arms frantically jerking up and down. Sometimes in unison, more often like a gaggle of mad conductors reading from different scores. A few moments of energetic activity then lines are reeled in and the search for a new shoal commences.

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One of the colourful fishing craft passes by. The motor is the type usually attached to a portable generator or pump; mounted on a large hinge with a long shaft hanging astern, propeller spinning behind. Some boats have two such engines, one each side of the helmsman.

Turtles at Risk!

25 September 2017 | Northern Sulawesi - Indonesia
Andy & Sue
Using aerial photography, such as Google Earth, when checking detail in poorly charted areas, is particularly useful. However, attempting to glean too much detail can be misleading. Small bays that seem to be remote from habitation and pristine often are discovered fully occupied by temporary fishing communities camped beneath trees during spells between nights or day fishing.
One place we made an overnight stop was just such a location. One boat returning from sea sped into the anchorage shortly after we arrived. He pulled up beside us, ignoring our greeting of "Selamat Sore" as he gazed minutely at our boat saying "Bagus, Bagus" (Good, Good) then he said hello. At that moment our attention was drawn to two large upturned turtles in the boat, one began a plaintiff flap of flipper, carapace thumping against the hull; the exertion caused blood to spurt from a mortal neck wound with each movement. The other carapace remained motionless. A harpoon protruded over the bow. Remembering the Malaysian conservation work being done in Sabah, our minds returned to the presentation given. Those tiny turtles we released are known to range widely throughout the region before returning to lay eggs some years later. In the case of these unfortunate creatures, no eggs will be laid anywhere. The sums are easy to calculate: one boat with two fishermen, equals two turtles dead today. There are hundreds of these boats along the coast of Sulawesi and we saw others sporting similar harpoons. We do not know if turtles are protected in law, if so enforcement appears to be insufficient. From what we have seen here, the work done in Sabah is undermined for those turtles who take the west flowing current along the northern Sulawesi coastline.
Photo shows the fishing boat with two dead or dying turtles on its way to shore. We were too shy to point cameras accusingly at their catch before staying the night.
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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Sue doing fin pivots part of the skills tests
Swapping regulators to share air
Drills for Sharing air.
Large (massive)shoal of "Grunts"
Bobbing on the surface - ready to descend
Its like flying!
Just the sounds of bubbles, and more bubbles, and yest more bubbles
A prickly customer!
Sue doing the book work.
Cheesey grin.
Look no hands!
Sue makes a big splash.
Beach frolicks on Christmas Day - Left to right: Laura, Stuart, Sam, Alice & Ed
Beach frolicks on Christmas Day - Adrian, Andy and Steve in foreground
Beach frolicks on Christmas Day - Frisbee water-polo. The first frisbee sunk and was not found in stirred up and myurky waters
Dinghy Park on the beach
Left to Right -Goi, KP, Kourtney, Pete, Gavin, Mandy
Stuart - "It was this big" - from Ocean Lady
Andy flanked by Mandy (Secret Smile to his right) and Laura (Ocean Lady to his left)
Sunrise on Christmas day at Prickly Bay
Sue shouting at the laptop with slow performing Skype
Christmas stockings
Christmas Regalia
Cooking aboard
Our home - now we need a good recipe for green bananas.
Opening the present carried from La Gomera by Pete and Kourtney (Aboard Norna) and sent by friends Andy & Lesley Scott (aboard Kodiak still in the Canaries)
De Big Fish - Christmas meal on Christmas Eve
Laura (Ocean Lady)
Gavin & Mandy (Secret Smile)
Kourtney (Norna) and Sue (Spruce)
Sue ... but you could tell that anyway
Scorpion Fish
Moray Eel hiding amongst shells
Andy and Sue on dive boat heading fro Shark Reef
Sue very happy to have successfully done her first scuba-dive in the sea.
Andy, content that Sue is happy.
Rain while we hide beneath our deck awning
Sue says "OK"!
Drills and skills on scuba course
Drills and skills on scuba course
Dive boats are driven hard... it seems the plan is to get divers off the boat and into the water before they become seasick...we thought ourselves unlikely to succumb
Norna arrived in Grenada - Pete stowing the jib
What a big Avacado
Susie (True Blue), Andy (Spruce), Robin (Flapjack) - arrival celebrations aboard True Blue on the day Flapjack dropped anchor in Prickly Bay
Caribbean Cookery master-class
Produced at Sue
Norna arrives in Grenada
Norna arrives in Grenada - Kourtney on the helm
The entrance to Prickly Bay Grenada.
Getting closer to Grenada.
Hog Island very crowded this year.
Prickly Point. Prickly Bay just around the corner
Prickly Bay
Local fisherman. Our first local since arriving in the Caribbean
Dinner aboard Ocean Lady. Left to Right: Alan, Stuart, Laura, Andy and Sue behind the camera