Monday, 30 July 2012

Dili to Kupang

'All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware' - Martin Buber
Leaving Dili on Monday 23rd at 0715, Lea performed an immaculate reverse off the mooring; why is no-one ever watching when this happens?   
Goodbye Dili
The charts show a number of suitable indents along the coastline so we decided we would take our time checking out this amazing shore and day sail close to shore on our way to Kupang.
The view is always different in each anchorage
Flat seas and stunning coast

Timor-Leste is interesting in as much as it includes the enclave of Oecussi, which is actually located within West Timor (Indonesia). 
Timor-Leste in green
So relying on the charts for those important imaginary 'boundaries', there was a lot of flag changing so as not to upset anyone.
Timor-Leste flag back up

We took 7 days to meander along the coast, alternating between flat, moderately rough and steep seas, with winds anywhere from 0 to 35 knots. Anchoring each afternoon ensured a great sleep and we even had a lay day in one anchorage. 
Local trader
Another easy anchorage
Before the storm came in
All the distances averaged about 30nm between anchorages. On Monday 30th, a week after leaving Dili, we anchored at Kupang. We were back in Indonesia.
Anchored at Kupang

 May all your bars be wooden and well-stocked!


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