All sorts of weather...
16 February 2012 | 6 04.917'N:099 54.141'E, 13 miles south of Kuak, Langkawi
We are now motor sailing into Langkawi and should moor up at the Royal Langkawi Yacht Club in about 3 hours. The sun is shining but there is little wind....
We've had all sorts of weather the last 2 days. Wednesday night, I came on watch at midnight. We had just been zigzagging around lots of nets near One Fathom Bank, a notorious stretch of water in bad weather, with shallows and sand waves on the bottom to make things interesting. A squall came in shortly after I went on watch with winds kicking up to 47 knots in minutes and torrential rain. We just had time to take down most sail (to 3 reefs in the main and no genoa) and to don foulies. Quite an experience cork screwing around - my first fully fledged tropical squall and Ivan tells me it was a big one - needless to say it was an interesting night, trying to keep away from the worst of it using radar. Lots of lightening as well!
To add insult to injury, we have run out of cooking gas so Geo baked his bread in the microwave, which promptly blew a fuse - but fortunately after the loaf was more or less done.
Thursday was much more benign and the picture above was taken in the late afternoon as we went for a swim/fender bash... And Thurs was shower day too - good to feel clean again!
We will overnight at Langkawi and hopefully refill our 2 gas bottles before heading off to Phuket tomorrow late morning - more tomorrow some time!
Ivan and GEO are now transferring fuel from the reserve cans on deck into the main tanks which are 3/4 empty - we'll have a full load after that.