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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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.

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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.

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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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Spruce's Photos - Extended Sojourn in Grenada
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Big Garfish rounding up the little ones for lunch!
Andy in the pit of hell working on the generator.
Garden in the St Pauls area of Grenada
View across the valley from St Pauls
Washing day again!
Saturday at De Big Fish
Andy sets out for a run! short journey in the dinghy first!
Peking duck .
Nutmeg ice cream mmmmmmmm
Sue with Holly and John from the boat Shiloh
February dawn in Grenada. After several grey and overcast days the sun came backwith a vengeance.
Tender sporting a new small cut-away on transom to stop the cavitation when planing. The addition of anti-cavitation fins improved matters but didn
Room with a view: Velsheda (J-Class yacht) and support vessel, Bystander, anchored close by in Prickly Bay
Friends from the Ether: Irene and Chris from New Zealand S/Y CuttyHunk. We were on the same radio net for the Atlantic crossing, the first time we met aboard Miss Mollie.
Friends from the Ether: Mark and Amanda from New Zealand S/Y Balvenie. We were on the same radio net for the Atlantic crossing, the first time we met board Miss Mollie.
A wet grey day in St Pauls, Grenada
Velsheda (J-Class yacht) and support vessel, Bystander, in Port Louis Marina, St Georges
Velsheda (J-Class yacht) and support vessel, Bystander, anchored close by in Prickly Bay
Departure of Mary Ann II. Time spent together in Canaries, Cape Verdes and Grenada. Our wakes will cross again in the near future
Hash Event: Chris (Toots) and Andy enjoying a beer after the event
Hash Event: Chris and Christina who gave us a lift to the event
Hash Event:Runners and walkers relaxing after the event
Hash Event:The signpost bringing the runners and walkers back onto the same trail
Hash Event:scenery
Hash Event:part of the route along a river course
Hash Event: Scenery
Hash Event:Chris and Graeme (Toots) after the event
Hash Event: Disused waterwheel at Westerhall distillery
Westerhall Rum Distillery museum. A car imported into Grenada in 1915 from Panama; the eight car ever on the island
A selection of old bottles
Hash Event: View at Westerhall distillery
Topping up tanks by ferrying water from the shore. No pint putting hours on the engine if we don
Generating power from the sun means we don
Sue heads off to the UK...
... seated on other side at the rear end :-)

These 747s fly a couple of times per week and come over the anchorage en-route to Tobago to collect more passengers a spot of re-fuelling and then across the Atlantic.