- May 13, 2021 at 8:39 pm#49369LizAdmiral@liz-cleere
Living with lightning and thunderstorms at anchor is never easy, but after you’ve been doing it for a decade you sort of get used to it. There’s really nothing you can do except sit back, sip your ginger beer and think happy thoughts.
The joy of going back in the water after doing some work on your boat is often tempered by anxiety. Is everything going to work? Is the boat going to leak? We found a couple of problems, but they weren’t bad enough to stop us sailing. So after a couple of days of testing all systems and waiting for the transitional monsoon weather to settle, we wanted to get out.
Sheltering in our favourite spot proved impossible because of the strong swell. But since Sabah’s western shore is lined with coves and bays Jamie picked out a new place to drop the pick. As he predicted, the water was flat when we tucked up inside Agal Bay; the winds might get up, but as long as the fetch isn’t coming into your chosen anchorage you should be pretty comfortable.
Within minutes of arriving, the rain came down in spades and the storms started. A friend had given us a bottle of his home-made ginger beer just before we left Kudat, so we put it to the test while we sheltered from the elements under Esper‘s dodger. And just as Liz finished the bottle, we heard the loudest clap of thunder since arriving in SE Asia. Jamie had the camera rolling as it went off…
We’re sorry the latest episode is late this week, we’ve been going through a few ups and downs, which has meant we have not been able to do any work on our laptops.
Ups: Liz completed her PADI Open Water certification. Yay! 😊
Downs: On the day of our last dive, Sabah went into tight lockdown and we were instructed to return to the marina; Jamie’s ear began to hurt; with Jamie in agony, Liz took the helm for the 30nm passage; after a night of fever, Jamie went to hospital where he was diagnosed with a blocked eustachian tube which was pushing against his ear-drum and causing substantial pain. We’re getting back to normal, but it will be a couple of days before we’re fully functional again.
In the meantime, here’s next Sunday’s episode ahead of time for you, it includes the loudest clap of thunder we’ve ever heard above SY Esper!
Peace and fair winds,
Liz and Jamie xx
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Peace and fair winds!May 14, 2021 at 7:16 am#49375LizAdmiral@liz-cleere
I need the Ginger Beer recipe 🙂
Haha! Me too. Our friend gave us a parting gift of one bottle of his home-made ginger beer. As you can see from the footage, it was strong stuff! 😊 I’ve tried making it in the past, but each batch tasted different and never as good as the delicious nectar we were drinking in that thundery anchorage.
Peace and fair winds!
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