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Banda Naria to Kenawel Indonesia

by Art on


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It's hard to leave Banda Naira (The Nutmeg Island) as we've had such a wonderful time here but, it's time to carry on to the west and make progress toward our end-of-season goal of arriving in Langkawi, Malaysia. Indonesia is a huge country and the distances much greater than you think. The passage to our next stop-over is about 450nm and we'll take a couple of days to get there. Part of the reason to go from Tual to Banda was to take advantage of the wind angle (predominate winds are from the east) and so we now take advantage of the easterly winds once again to give us a nice wind angle on our way southwest.

by Art, 'About 100 nm from arrival'

Indonesia lies close to the Equator and while that brings some big advantages in the temperature of the water (28.5c) and pleasant weather conditions in the winter months, it also comes with light winds. So, while we had some nice sailing conditions when we first left Banda Naira, we've run out of winds now in our second day. So, earlier today, the engine came on to assist us in motor-sailing and now is our sole means of moving forward in these flat seas.

We did come across a weird area of crossed seas and cresting waves(1.5m high) without any wind around and it turned out to be two currents meeting way out here in the middle of nowhere. From a distance, as we approached, we thought it might be a wind gust front blasting along but the once we reached the area, we realized what it was.

Later tonight (about midnight our time) we pass by Pulau Komba, an active volcano on a small island which should give us a good show of its eruption! Then we sail (probably motor!) onto Kenaweh to begin exploring this new and wonderful location!

by Art, '120 nm southeast of the Banda Islands'

Fantastic weather for our sail to Kenawel. As planned, we are on a nice tack to the southwest in slight sea conditions with the wind varying from 6.5 to 11 kts. Our main is fully up and our Genoa is out (the wind angle is too tight for our A3). Our AWA is 45 and we’re getting about 7.5 to 10 kts SOG; it’s just really pleasant sailing conditions. At 06:00 this morning, we had a small pod of dolphins come visit but they didn’t stay long. With a supply of fresh tuna filets from the local fisherman in Banda, we’re not compelled to put out a fishing line yet but we see plenty of fish feeding on the surface with a horde of seagulls wheeling above them so we could most likely pick some up if we wanted to. Another day of sailing ahead of us, but time stops out here so our arrival will just signify the end of a wonderful passage. In the meantime we enjoy the privilege of being here.

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