When learning to sail we’re taught to passage plan as far in advance with as much information as possible, so how do you cope with the unpredictable?
This is the epicentre of surfing in the Mentawais, and it was busy at the Kandui Resort. We anchored with breaks all around, a little unnerving but exciting too!
They weren’t all dressed up for the tourists in traditional costume, but just knocked about in the usual t-shirts and shorts. One guy was fascinated by Jamie’s arm tattoo, and took no persuading to show us his own tribal tattoo.
We had been watching the beach from SY Esper, all alone and safely at anchor in a reasonably calm bay in the Indian Ocean. There appeared to be a resort behind the palm trees, but it looked quiet.
In the remote islands of Batu, we discovered just how faulty our charts are as we navigated between narrow channels and rocks, passing over land and across reefs.
Are we the problem? Should we keep the remote places we find a secret to protect them? Some say we should, some say we shouldn’t…Get ready, Jamie is in rant mode and he lets it all out in this week’s Q&A!