In a nutshell, for you it’s the same as arriving by air or road, but like everything to do with sailing, it takes a little longer and can be more complicated checking your boat in and out.
We had been watching the beach from SY Esper, all alone and safely at anchor in a reasonably calm bay in the Indian Ocean. There appeared to be a resort behind the palm trees, but it looked quiet.
She had fallen over the side at anchor once chasing a butterfly, and Jamie immediately dived over to pick her up. It was a wise cruiser, and fellow cat slave, who told us to put a rope ladder off the stern for her to climb up if it happened again.
It’s not unusual to see your track going across land in these rock and reef-strewn areas. Satellite images allow you to see details of reefs, rocks and bommies.
In the remote islands of Batu, we discovered just how faulty our charts are as we navigated between narrow channels and rocks, passing over land and across reefs.
These are the five channels we watch when we can. Check out our list and let us know your favourite sailing channels, who we should be watching, and why? Let us know in the comments.