Turtle Islands and nightmare squalls

When a second squall followed behind the first, all six rally boats turned 180 degrees and were pushed towards the reef. Boats began dragging in the soft sand forcing one of our number to motor deeper to escape the danger.

Just yer average day on a rally in northern Borneo!

With lightning streaming and thunder rumbling behind the blanket of spray, a call came over the radio from one of our fellow boats saying he’d lost his engine. The static on our VHF radio made it difficult to hear properly and we couldn’t see him, so all we could do was hope he put his anchor down safely.

Even though the conditions were lively, the crew of two sailboats made it onto the island. And it was worth all the problems to get there. Watching a turtle lay her eggs and then helping to release a box full of babies are intimate moments we’ll never forget.

Thanks for following our story, it’s nice to have you along for the ride.

Peace and fair winds,
Liz and Jamie xx

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