Saturday, 16 September 2006

Palau Lawang to Sanskit

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails” – William Arthur Ward 

Leaving P Lawang at 0515 with the current against us as usual, we anchored at Gili Air at 1400. 
Location, Location, Location
This was a wonderful 4 day stay and we met so many wonderful people; both yachties and locals.  Volleyball became the match of every afternoon – the locals versus the yachties, with the locals winning every time. 
Great shot by Keith could not save the day
There are no cars on Gili Air so it was a pleasant meander around the island with a horse and cart.  
Easy touring

Upon reflection, we question why, with this easy ride, did we decide to 'walk'around the island in the search for the best Margarita?
Another bar, another Margarita
Best Barman and Best Margarita

It was still blowing and this can be another uncomfortable anchorage with bad holding so re-anchoring became the order of the day. Margarita-ed out, we motored across to Lombok Island to renew our visas.

The Kombol anchorage was calm and afforded the opportunity to catch up with boat jobs whilst waiting for our visas being processed at Mataram.  We took on another 300 litres of fuel and water.
A short dinghy ride to the wharf
Another water run
Keith gets on well with the locals

After leaving Kombol we wanted to look at Amed but the anchorage was untenable so we carried on along the coast of Bali looking (unsuccessfully) for another anchorage.  In the pitch black playing dodgems with fishing boats not coming up on radar, it was time to check out the Sailing Directions (Pilots) for a ‘small ships’ anchorage. Yes!  A straight left hand turn into shore heading for the coordinates; we finally dropped the pick at nearly midnight. Although in 23m, and a little rolly, we enjoyed a good night’s sleep. The funny thing? We woke to another yacht only 100m away.
Heading out at night again
May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!

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