Position: 5º 45.54′ S 110º 14.28′ E
We moved anchorage to the lovely Pulau Parang today. Neither the island nor the anchorage show up in any of the guidebooks, but Trevor spotted a mention of it on someone’s blog and with a little help from Google Maps and good conning timing we found a spot over sandy bottom. We have a friendly fishing boat for company here and I think tomorrow we’ll go looking for a good snorkel spot.
The sail over was ideal, the sea state was calm, and the winds were around 10 – 12 knots, directly abaft. I used the calm conditions to finally learn how to use our enormous spinnaker pole. I’ve always been intimidated with it but after watching Peregrine use theirs on nearly every passage we have done with them, I was inspired to get a method down. Boy am I glad I did. It turns out to be involved but not as wildly dangerous as it seemed the first time I tried (out in the Pacific in 3 meter seas). With a little more process tweaking, I think it might be my new favorite way to sail downwind.
Tomorrow we’ll take a rest day before another big passage. Vick’s got a sore throat and is generally worn out, so taking it easy is the prescription!
All is well.