Tuesday, 15 August 2006

Kupang to Lembata

"The sea finds out everything you did wrong." - Francis Stokes

This leg was about where equipment failed or was about to fail, or life happened! In this case OWL did not want to play anymore - spare fuse installed (internal fuse not mentioned in the manual); we found a reef in the dark - backed off carefully; and the anchor became firm friends with a bombie - 45 minutes of 'circling the wagons' had it back on board.

An overnighter through Selat Pantor brought us to Kalabahi.
Whales and dolphins are in this area
Like 'Find Wally' this wonderful house was hard to spot
This is basic sailing
Kalabahi.
Yachties at Kalabahi
Another batch of wine put down. This was done after the visit by Quarantine and the Police. It was a time of presents: a sarong from Maureen of "Giddyup" and a photo of Tientos by Pat Gannon from "Minke II".
At 26 tonnes, we cleared in as a ship
A welcome to Kalabahi
A crowded anchorage
Pat Gannon captured Tientos in the morning fog
Balarin

More Police visits and a very active volcano.
The sulphur can be hard when you are allergic
Inter-island cargo is all by sea
Given Tientos' colour, there is always lots of horns and shouting when a 'snap' moment occurs.
SNAP
Wakinga Bay

This is where the anchor wrapped around a bombie, but we did have good holding in the continual bullets of over 30knts .
Despite the bullets, this was a quiet anchorage
Heading out for another night fishing
Lembata
This was a very pretty spot giving us our first opportunity to swim astern. Great little restaurants ashore and lots of beach dancing.
Keith visited the local water filtration plant; Australian made, the water is available in 20 litre containers and perfectly potable.
Welcome to Lembata
Wonderful beach side eateries
Tientos under Lewotolo
The phinisis are a way of inter-island travel
Beach performances by the locals

May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!



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