Heading north up the Sumatran coast towards the most GNARLIEST patch of water for this whole journey!
In this episode, we have been steadily making tracks north towards Thailand over the last week. With the final stretch in Indonesian waters, we are preparing to round the northern tip of Sumatra. The entire Indian Ocean tries its best to pass through 3 tiny cuts through the land mass. With currents flowing up to 6 knots, we are in for a wild ride if we don't time this right! This could go horribly wrong!
Sailing to Thailand!!! Let the 500 miles begin!
In this episode we are a family at sea on our way to Thailand! For the last few days we had been trying to make ground north through the West Sumatran islands towards the most north western tip of Indonesia to our clearance port Sabang. The weather has been terrible and with only a small window of nice weather before more expected bad weather comes, we have been persevering through some heavy seas, needing to turn around and hide away from weather, been boat bound in the mangroves with torrential rain and then finally sailed north from the island of Nias to Treasure island in the Banyak island group. With still a further 500 nautical miles to sail to reach our final destination of Thailand, the journey is just beginning!
With the weather still not settled, we continue to try and make ground...
In this episode, we continue on our journey north towards Thailand. After getting smoked by a massive squall the day before, we pick up anchor and head back out to sea. Once again the sky is dark and the wind is up. Being a little more tentative this time, we lean on the side of caution and try our best to dodge the bad weather....
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we utilise the sunny days in Thailand and explore some of the many islands there are on offer. The sailing grounds in Thailand are amazing and we are blessed with smooth, easy and fun sailing. The problem is that other tourist boats are only a short boat ride away from the land and therefore we have to be in quick if we want to beat the masses. Part of the enjoyment of living on a sailboat is to find seclusion, away from everyone and everything. Thailand makes that hard, but we tried and we won!!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we depart Indonesia on a 220nm sail across the Malacca Strait to Thailand. After a scary start to the journey with problems with our AIS in the middle of the second busiest shipping lanes in the world... We are blessed with the most amazing conditions and make great tracks to Thailand. We have the best sunsets and sunrises we have seen in a long time! For some reason the best sunsets are at sea!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, our refit is moving forward in leaps and bounds. With the engine room overhauled and the bow rebuilt, we have run into a wall as Chinese New year fast approaches and majority of the businesses in Langkawi shut down for 2 weeks. The lead up to the New year everyone was in holiday mode already and we could not get anything built. Uncle Kevin to the rescue!!! We load up his vessel with everything needed to be remade and a list of items needed to be purchased and off we go sailing to Thailand!
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