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, 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, after a visit from the Malaysian customs, we decide it is time to head back to town to replenish our fresh supplies and learn more about the current world pandemic. After the ladies complete the food shopping, we learnt it was too early to be back around people. We head straight back to Nandji and set some sails and got as far away as we were allowed, time to spend another month off grid of lockdown living. Rather than return to Angry monkey beach, we find a new anchorage at the bottom of some cliffs. With no internet for two weeks, we move Nandji again closer to a beach where the Whippet can stretch his legs easily. With no other people around for weeks, the noises of the jungle really made it feel we were a long way from anyone or anything. A great place to hide away and let the world heal.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we are up early with the sunrise and head out under sail, close reaching the final 15 nautical miles to Langkawi, Malaysia. Countries were beginning to drastically implement new laws and regulations and us sailors are the most vulnerable. We are hoping to reach a safe harbour before Malaysia shuts the border and we are not exiled at sea. This were changing daily but everything was very new back then and were hopeful that this would not be for long. We continued on with our plans to prepare to leave to Indonesia and we rushed around collecting packages and preparing Nandji for the Indian Ocean. The ladies provision the boat ready for 6 months of sailing and we are waiting on our visas for Indo to be ready and then we are off!
Flying down wind, we need to avoid a fishing trawler and we LOSE steering... In this episode of Sailing Nandji, our quick dash to Langkawi is complete and we have some stronger winds forecast to blow us back to Thailand. We head out early and enjoy some great fun sailing. There are lots of fishing trawlers to watch out for and trying to do some quick avoidance, we lose our steering at sea... She will be right! Who needs steering anyway, Right???
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, its time to run the hours up on our new engine fang as we sea trial our new motor. After installing our new engine we soon realised that we would be in need of an autopilot as we plan to do a bit of motoring around Indonesia chasing waves. We break the bank and purchase a CPT Autopilot which is stand alone easy to install unit. Yosh installs the autopilot and then we sea trial the new autopilot.
We may be out of the boatyard but we still have crap every where and lots of little tedious jobs to finalise. Each day whilst we wait for our good camera to be fixed and returned to us, we work 8 hours on the boat anchored somewhere nice away from people and then in the afternoon light, go exploring around the islands. Work hard, Play hard! It is good to be back in a bikini and sailing around Langkawi finally.
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