Our Isolation Bubble in West Sumatra

We have now been in isolation for 3 weeks, had our temperatures taken and have been declared fit and well by the Indonesian Navy. With our orders of food and fuel, delivered and stowed away on board, we were ready to set sail on an overnight passage to our new promised island hideaway, 70 nms away.  We can stay there

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Indonesia and Covid 19

We are cruising in a different world. After nearly 3 wonderful months away travelling, visiting family and friends, we got back to Mai Tai which we had left hauled out in Pangkor boat yard for all those necessary jobs, ready for the next couple of years of cruising. We had some of the work done by the boat yard crew

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USA and New Zealand

From Cambodia, the next leg of our journey was to visit family and friends in California and then on to New Zealand for Christmas. By booking a series of flights on cheap airlines, we end up taking a very long and circuitous route to reach our final destination.  However, Lane and I just switch into travel mode, armed with a

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Cambodia

Over the last 10 weeks of 2019, with Mai Tai high and dry in Pangkor Boat Yard, Malaysia, Lane and I have been enjoying some land adventures. This is indeed the season when many cruisers leave their boats to head home for family visits, do some land adventures or prepare their boats for the next cruising season. We needed to

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Sulawesi to the Strait of Malacca

Borneo is divided three regions, one belonging to Malaysia, one Indonesia and one, the tiny nation of Brunei. These past 3 months cruising around Western and Northern Borneo, we crossed between the different regions several times, each time requiring us to go through the lengthy process of checking into and out of each country. Screeds of paper work, official stamps

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Northern Borneo – Part 2

We have been on the move again, this time up and over the top of Borneo and now heading down the east coast of Sabah as far as Tawau, where we say goodbye to many of our rally friends, all heading in different directions. Some will be returning to Australia, others are heading north to cruise the Philippines, while we

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Northern Borneo – Part 1

Borneo is the 3rd largest island in the world.  In the north part of the island, the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak make up about 26% of the total land area. The tiny State of Brunei is wedged between Sarawak and Sabah on the South China Sea. This northern territory of Borneo borders on the Philippine Islands and

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Natuna Island, South China Sea

The weather in this part of the world is very unpredictable, varying from dead flat calm with no wind at all, a gentle breeze may come up during the day, then the squalls blow through, so in planning an overnight passage, it is not always easy to get the perfect conditions. The day we chose to sail over to Natuna

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South China Sea – Anambas Islands

It has been exactly a year now since we sailed out of New Zealand on Mai Tai, heading off on our adventure to sail around the world. So far, after 6099nms (14000 kms approx.) we have only got as far as Malaysia, which means we have made it about a quarter of the way around.  We also realised that this

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“Cruising” China – March 2019

While in Australia in February, we were visiting with my brother and sister in law, Paul and Susi, and talked about doing a trip together. All of us agreed that China sounded good. Since we were about to head off sailing again in April, we would have to go within the next month. We discussed an itinerary, checked out visa

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