With unknown reefs and rocks scattering the seabed running aground was a frightening possibility. And in an isolated part of Indonesia, with no-one around to come to our aid, we were in a precarious position.
This article will be appearing in Yachting Monthly in 2020, but we thought you might like to read the full version here first… How we sailed to Krakatoa and stayed for three days.
We estimated it would take about a week to Malaysia if we took day sails and anchored overnight in the lee of places you won’t find in any cruising or pilot guides.
Three or four metre waves hitting your sailboat beam-on doesn’t always make for the most comfortable of overnight passages. But we were sailing, and that’s what it’s all about!
Just yer average life at anchor next to a tropical island: boat work, beach walking, beer drinking… using a hookah (that’s hookah, not hooker!) for boat maintenance.
The only difference between this tropical island and a boat is that it’s permanently moored. Yes, it has trees (we have masts!) And there are monitor lizards. But let’s not get too picky about it…