Apart from the weather, continuing knocks and vibrations from our engine were shaping the route and causing delays, so we had to embrace the enforced changes and go with the flow.
Crossing at night is not normally a concern. But the Gulf of Tomini is crowded with rumpons (fish aggregating devices, aka FADs). They lie in wait to snare you in their lines. And more dangerously, their solid floating platforms can put a hole in your boat.
…it rapidly starts to resemble a classical quest, complete with highs, lows, wonderful characters, self-realisation, philosophy and strange, far from home.
…when you consider they had never seen a sailboat before, it was amazing and heart-warming how they took us into their homes…
Our trusty Honda EU20i 2.0kW has been slowing down and the rapidly declining generator is starting to become a real problem.
The shallow sliver of water caught between Sulawesi and the small island of Lembeh is the Lembeh Strait, muck diving centre of the world, and a mecca for underwater macro photographers.