The first few weeks in Indonesia were difficult.
First, we had the possibility of being denied entry and all the attendant anxieties that brought on. And that was followed by five days in quarantine without permission to get off the boat.
The joy of passing our tests, being granted a visa and leaving for our first anchorage was soon tempered by a night storm that had boats dragging and anchors snaring.
Was navigating through Indonesia going to prove as difficult as we had been warned?
Perhaps it might.
Over the next two days off the coast of Kalimantan in the Celebes Sea, we encountered 16 different types of hazards, dangers and obstructions.
- Anchor is stuck
- Fishing nets
- Busy marine traffic
- Spring tides
- Sleep deprivation
- Wind over tide
- Missing navigation markers
- Changes in sea-state
- Floating debris
- Shallow water
- Shipping lanes
- Dragging anchors
The next chat is all about the terrors of sailing and what scares us most. What is (or would be) your biggest fear on board?
Here’s the episode…
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