In this episode, we continue our exploration deep into the Southern Mentawai Islands. With our crew member Max from the Youtube channel Max & Occy onboard, the froth levels are high as we score one of the best waves in the area all to ourselves. Sailing to us is about the discovery of new places and we like to seek out as many of those as we can! Non stop sailing and surfing, then the need to hide away from weather regularly means we are on the move A LOT. After a couple weeks of living the dream., it is time to do some maintenance to bring Nandji back up to speed. Nothing like teachiing crew about sailing then scrubbing the decks!!
We welcome a new crew member onboard Nandji. A fellow youtuber from the channel Max and Occy, moves into the V-berth. We head south into the remote Mentawai islands in search for some seclusion and crowdless surf. An area that used to be hectic with boat charters paying big dollars, is now a hidden remote quite paradise, just like it was 30 years ago. We have some glorious sailing, followed by rough weather, but we scored some amazing waves!!
WE ARE FREE!!! We have been dreaming of cruising around these islands for the last 18 months of being stuck. I honestly think that it was the thought of arriving to the Mentawai islands of Indonesia was what helped us get through our time in Malaysia! After a few little hurdles to navigate upon arrival, we made clearance and wasted no time to get out to the islands. This is the beauty of living on a boat, being able to change our backyard by going sailing! We are in the wet season though so our backyard is going to change often as we constantly have to seek shelter for the night. A task happily completed as after not moving for such a long time, we are happy to pick anchor multiple times a day to have fun!! Living on our small boat for sure has its challenges at times, but what we lack in house size, we try to make up for with adventure as we want to live life to the fullest and share this with our beautiful daughter.
In this episode, making our second attempt at crossing the Malacca Strait to Indonesia, we are in a rush before the strong winds approach. Rounding the most western tip of Indonesia, we head south down the west coast of Sumatra and have some glorious days at sea. This passage is our biggest challenge yet as parents as we sail 1000 nautical miles as a family of 3.
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