In this episode of Sailing Nandji, after spending a week in a popular anchorage amongst yachties during lockdown, we get on the move as one week in one place is way too long! We have been limited in the amount of activities we have been able to do and we are in need of other ways to let us have fun and keep us in shape. Wet season means waterfalls and Langkawi has a couple of giant waterfalls! Langkawi also has some very high peaks that disappear into the clouds and what better way to stretch our legs than to climb to the top of the second highest peak in Langkawi!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, With people on the move domestically around Malaysia and a big holiday celebration on the cards, we decide it best to do what we do best. Avoid humans! Departing our last anchorage of a hole in the wall, we squeeze Nandji through the cliffs and into the channel. We are planning to raise our Asymmetrical spinnaker Unicorn fart, but during the time of leaving the channel, a big squall had brewed and we were now about to cop some bad weather. Rather than continue into the storm and bash into the on coming weather, we make a quick decision to change our plan and hide away in what turns out to be one of the best places we have anchored in Langkawi. With so much stunning remote coast line to explore, we take Flubber on an excursion and finish with the best sunset we can remember. Sometimes plans change but if it is one thing we have learnt this year is to adapt and make the most out of any situation. As sailors, we are dependant upon the weather to travel and this means plans can change frequently. Adapting to live with this for ever changing scenario, the rewards received when accepting that things dont always go to plan are priceless. That is how we ended up here. Away from the crowds, alone and happy.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we head out for a sail to north coast of Langkawi to explore the intricate mangrove system that occupies majority of the coast line. With miles and miles of back waters to explore, we load up Flubber and do our best to get lost! Langkawi is only 6 degrees above the equator and is protected from the ocean swell. These two factors mean that sailing in the area is often light winds and smooth seas. It is a very relaxing and peaceful way to travel. We sail 20 nautical miles to reach this maze of creeks and anchor through a tight gap between two cliffs! What an amazing place!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, its lockdown life on our tiny home in Malaysia. We have been finding ways to keep ourselves busy during lockdown and we are now expecting a new little crew member onto Nandji. Living in a small space in the tropics whilst pregnant, is not everybody's idea of a fun time. Bonita is experiencing the first trimester and it is important we take good care of her during this period to ensure a healthy baby. Her symptoms are starting to show and some days are harder than others but Bonita powers on through (whilst I smile and chuckle) and we head back to the doctor to get another ultra sound. What a noise it is to hear your babies heart beat for the first time!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we maybe stuck, but we can still explore! Just because we are not able to continue sailing around the world, does not mean we cannot keep exploring where we are. Boat life to us, is more than just sailing. We enjoy being anchored away from everyone and everything and enjoying the nature around us. A major reason we love living on Nandji is to live closer to nature and immerse ourselves amongst the elements. It's the little things in life that are the most rewarding. A simple bow shower under the rain makes all the difference.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we have a slow morning wake up after dealing with our biggest storms this wet season. Rolly anchorages are the worst, so we decide to head over to calmer waters where we let you all know of what is going on in the world of Nandji! We have some massive news!!! Being stuck in this beautiful location has been hard at times but we are lucky to be somewhere safe and friendly. Over the last few months, we have had time to reflect on our journey thus far and it has been a great time to remember the places we have visited and the people we have met along the way.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, in this current crazy world we live in we feel you need to make the most of when an opportunity arises. We are not able to sail across oceans due to the covid restrictions, but we can still go sailing! We woke up to a great wind and blue skies, a rare occasion in Langkawi during the wet season. What better time then to go have some fun. Winds up! Sails up! Let's go sailing, Destination, NO WHERE! The swell free waters of Langkawi, Malaysia is great fun to play in with the wind up. We tack our way down the straight and are met with another vessel who lays down the challenge to Nandji. Time to test out our racing skills!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we had been anchored away from everyone and everything for 2 months waiting for the world to get back to normal. We are unsure of what will happen next and what we will be required of us to do, potentially leave... As the world is changing so much we decide it is time that we need to be 100% self sufficient, which requires installing a water-maker. We had been getting very creative in our water collecting techniques recently, but with the potential that we could be asked to leave or just in case the zombies start roaming, we are ready to sail off into the distance to live out our days. After 4 years of bathing and washing in saltwater, it is time to shed the salty crust and have a fresh water shower! We install the Rainman naked 12V system, which can make up to 70 litres per hour and runs entirely from our Solar set up. Which means we make water from the SUN! Now that is self sufficient!!
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