[OcelotNews] Ocelotians arrive in Banda
KD7NDG at Winlink.org
KD7NDG at Winlink.org
Tue Feb 10 04:13:00 PST 2015
Dear Friends & Family, 10 Feb 2015, Banda Islands, Indonesia
We've arrived! We had a LOVELY sail, flying the spinnaker until about 2pm when we realized that if we continued on this way (doing 7 knots in 10 knots of wind) that we'd arrive in the dark of the morning. So we doused the 'chute (as we call it) & rolled out the jib, but we were still going too fast. So we took 2 reefs in the mainsail, which got us under 5 knots. About 8pm the wind died a bit & our ETA went out into the afternoon, so we shook out the 2 reefs. In the early hours of the morning the wind went right behind us so we moved the jib over to starboard & ran wing-&-wing.
The night sky was a delight, as we had the southern cross on our right, & the big dipper on our left. The sky was pretty clear so we used a phone-app to identify the stars & constellations. Sunrise was glorious (of course) & revealed several of the small Banda islands around us. At 9am we crossed the bar & entered the channel between the island with the town & the island with the volcano, & at 9:30 we picked up a mooring & shut down the engines. It was a slow passage, averaging just over 4 knots, but the most pleasant passage we've had in a LONG time.
About 1:30 our friends on Per Ardua arrived, picked up a neighboring mooring, & we all headed into town. It's quite cute, with narrow streets, friendly folks, & a 5-sided Dutch fort on the hill. Banda is the original of the Spice Islands, so we sampled Nutmeg juice & nutmeg jelly. We also made arrangements for a snorkeling trip tomorrow, & a spice-tour the day after. We certainly plan to climb to the top of the volcano that dominates everything right above us (Google has a superb shot down into the primary caldera) but timing is still TBD.
We're currently at 4°31'N 129°54'E, moored just across from town. As always, you can see our position at http://www2.winlink.org:8081/maps/positionReports.aspx?callsign=KD7NDG
Fair Winds & Calm Seas -- Jon & Sue s/v Ocelot
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