We have just complete our first overnight passage with our daughter sailing 135 nautical miles in 24 hours and arrive back at the island of Langkawi, Malaysia. We never thought we would be returning to this island, but die to circumstances out of our control, here we are... Our first impressions on our return was how different the island is now, it's a ghost town. Shops are shut. Zero tourists. Immigration think we are illegal. The few remaining yachts have been forgotten about or abandoned and there are numerous sunken boats in the harbours. Masts sticking out of the water.... We are here for only a short time as we begin our passage across from Malaysia to Indonesia. Collecting our packages, collecting the essentials that a tax free island has to offer, we cast off the lines and begin the next chapter of sailing.
Nandji is out at sea and sailing again! We had left the marina the previous day, as leaving is always the hardest part to any passage. We had anchored up for the evening and rose before the sun to begin the 130 nautical mile sail north, up the Malaysian coast to the island of Langkawi. It is hard to express the joy of being on the water again and to have Nandji on the move. This passage marked a milestone for our journey as it was our first overnight sail with our new daughter Tallula. What a perfect passage as we had smooth seas and got to sail most of the day with our Asymmetrical sail, Unicorn Fart!
After months of planning, set backs and lockdowns, the time has finally come. WE ARE OUT OF HERE!!!
In this episode, we have been struggling with the officials in trying to get our dog Marley exported from Malaysia to our home country Australia. After months of failed attempts and continuos set backs, we have the green light for our pet t travel With Marley ready to leave, We are off! Bonita, Get the boat ready! Our 3000nm journey from Malaysia to Australia, will take us through Indonesia on our return route. First though, we have to leave the marina. After so many hardships and a year spent in preparing to leave, motoring out of the marina was an emotional experience. Reaching the first anchorage only a few miles away felt like a massive achievement. We are off and let the adventure begin!!
With our pet ready to be exported, we treat him for his final days! It is not goodbye, it is see you soon little man.
In this episode, we got our Dog a penthouse!! For months now, we have been jumping through endless hoops to prepare for our whippet Marley's export from Malaysia to New Zealand and onwards to our home country of Australia. This has been our entire hold up for our departure to Indonesia and our return trip home. We wanted to make sure everything was in order for Marley's departure before we ourselves begin our trip. Finally everything appeared to be in order and Marley was about to fly. With only a few days left of hanging out together, we wanted to treat the little guy. He is such a major part of our family and this is the only way to get him home with us. So putting on our big boy pants, we made the arrangements to have Marley fly home to Australia.
We are trying to leave Malaysia and head home to Australia with our dog. How do we get him home!!!
In this episode, we are out on another shakedown sail as the countdown begins for our departure to Indonesia and onwards to Australia. Nandji is close to ready, we are more than ready but we need to finalise the export of our pet dog. It has been an extremely stressful time trying to prepare the necessary documents for our dog to travel home. We have invested a whole lot of time and money for this process to run smoothly, including the use of a "skilled" agent... More problems, more hurdles and more delays... It is as if the world is against us and we can't get us or our hound home!
A shake down sail wouldn't be complete unless things broke!! That's why we have them I guess...
In this episode, we are out sailing and going through Nandji's systems to make sure everything works. We have been living at anchor for a few days, learning what life is like living on Nandji once again. We need to head back into the marina to continue our preparations for leaving and finalise Marley's departure to New Zealand, with a little breeze, we head back towards the marina. We are on a shakedown, so as the wind was blowing, the sails go up.... Then they all fall down.... We need to head back in to the marina for repairs instead!!
With a strict lockdown looming, we need to get out! Let's go sailing!
In this episode, we narrowly escape the regulations and head out for a shakedown sail before strict lockdown rules are implied to the country. We want to get out of the confinements of the marina and be at anchor where life is more normal. With strict regulations coming into play at mid night, we take the opportunity to head out for further sea trials of Nandji in preparation for leaving Malaysia soon. We want to test out all the systems on Nandji and make sure she is ready for the long journey ahead, sailing back to Australia.
In this episode, finally it is time to head out for a shakedown sail. Nandji spent a long 7 months on the hardstand. We have completed some major repairs, done some massive upgrades, had a baby and now have a beautiful boat we can call home. Nandji has been floating for a couple of weeks and we have managed to organise everything and move back on board. The next step is to see if Nandji works. Let's go sailing and test it all out!!
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