In this episode, the journey south towards our atoll destination continues. We set off from the Telos islands planning an overnight sail with the full moon. The glassy seas soon become a rough sail with little sleep as we arrive to the Mentawais town of Tua Pajet. Ruined from the sail, we need time to recooperate before continuing on. With an empty freezer, Yosh heads out spearfishing and returns with the biggest Mangrove Jack he has ever speared!! Continuing south once again, we anchor in a bay where only weeks before a surf charter vessel dragged anchor and got smashed up on the reef. Another shipwreck in this area.... A friendly reminder of how lucky we are.
In this episode, we wake up to a pristine morning at the equator, getting under way in mirror like conditions we decide to drop anchor after seeing the hours on the engine and it needing a service. Bonita takes you through an oil change, whilst Yosh tries to get dinner. "Yosh, what are you doing mate?"
How quickly the weather can change in this part of the world. One day the sun is shining bright and not a breath of wind, the next is stormy and blowing 30 to 40 knots!! Of course we decide to get under way when the weather is bad and spend the day drenched from constant side ways rain as we sail down the coast to a new protected anchorage for shelter. Even though we are in the lee of land, the sea fetch built up in the strong winds and with 10% genoa out, we still sailed at a rapid pace!
In this episode, out to sea we go and it is downwind dream sailing, until its abruptly over... Smashed by squalls, we break the running rigging and are forced to enter into the islands to seek shelter for repairs. Our glass is always half full as we hadn't planned to stop here, however it is a very stunning area to stay for a while!! Supplies are steadily dwindling away and are forced to head into the village in search of gas and food. Heading through the cut between the islands, we nearly have a collision with a ferry that wont stop or move!! What an amazing village full of friendly faces. We are on land for no more than 2 minutes and walked 30 metres when ladies run out from all corners to play with our daughter Tallula. Nothing like having a baby when travelling!
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