Mentawais, West Sumatra

I have to open with a big “Bravo” to Team New Zealand winning the Americas Cup.  It seemed incredible to be able to watch live coverage of the racing from our remote anchorage here in the Mentawai Islands, West Sumatra.  We could only imagine the vibes back in New Zealand, on the water, from all the vantage points over the

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Mai Tai Adventures During Lockdown

Since our last blog, when we were busy getting Mai Tai all fixed and ready to leave for the next part of our circumnavigation,  Christmas came and went.  Suddenly, I realise that we are already at the end of January. We are fortunate that we are allowed to travel within Indonesia, at least in this region of Indonesia.  Plus we

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Still in South Nias

Thinking of you all and wishing you a Very Merry Christmas. We hope you can enjoy this festive season with friends and family despite Covid restrictions. Just for a wee break away from Mai Tai, we recently spent a few days at this plush Adimulia Hotel in Medan, where they were getting into the spirit of Christmas despite the noticeable

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Up Shit Creek Without a Paddle

OCTOBER 2020 So much has happened since our last blog and yet we are still here waiting for borders to open around us.  We are comfortable and safe here, so will only move on when everything is in place ahead of us. I jokingly mentioned about choosing which tree to decorate for Christmas, and now this is beginning to look

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Slowly Expanding Horizons

August 29th, the Prime Minister of Malaysia announced that Malaysian borders would not be opening until the 31st December.!!!!!  Previously the opening date for borders was set at 31 August. Thailand is also closed to cruising yachts until sometime next year. So, what now???? It has been over 4 months since we arrived in the remote uninhabited island of Barogang,

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Life Moves Slowly at Barogang Island

Life continues on Barogang, Indonesia If anyone had even suggested we would be here on this remote island for more than 4 to 5 weeks, we would have questioned their sanity. But we have formed a close-knit group here, helping each other in various ways and managing to stay sane and mostly having fun. We mentioned in our last blog

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Barogang – 3 months on

After 3 months on our deserted island of Barogang, isolated from any contact from the outside world, our little group of cruisers have formed a close-knit community making the most of our time here.  It could well be another 2 to 3 months before the SE Asia borders re-open, so we have all changed our plans to turn this year

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Life at Barogang Island, West Sumatra

Nine weeks since isolation, 6 of those weeks here on our tropical island of Barogang in the middle of nowhere. And who’s counting? There may be times when it may not be safe to leave our secure anchorage if the weather turns nasty, and we might have to wait a week longer for news of the outside world, and connect

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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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