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Starting with a fun evening meeting local people, then venturing to the Blue Ring to dive and coping with engine issues, this episode lists our compelling reasons for sailing around the world.
We left Lahad Datu, the rally boats stuffed to their gunwales with guests who were joining us for a party at Silam, our next destination. But before that we just had to visit the local mud volcano…
We sailed 50 miles towards the pirate zone and straight back to night watches. This meant that after several days of freedom in the jungle, Esper had the ‘graveyard shift’ from 01:00 till dawn.
Liz catches her biggest fish. And we find a stunning anchorage. But it is narrow. And there’s a shifting sand bar beneath murky waters right in the middle…
It became apparent that we were very much part of the team and expected to keep to the protocols set by ESSCOM. As mariners it was our job to maximise safety at all times and keep them up to speed on what was happening. We share those protocols with you here.
This week, we head back towards the pirates (hitting submerged logs, dodging debris, running aground and navigating shallow water on the way). But first we have one more night in the Kinabatangan River.