Sunday, 6 March 2011

MIRI TO LABUAN 6th March 2011

Left Miri at a round mid-day on  Friday the 4th....yes, and with bananas on board!. In spite of the bananas we had a great sail around to the river anchorage in Kuala Belait, Brunei. Its about 35NM so we arrived well before dark, in time for pleasant sun-downers in the cockpit, and glad to be out of the marina again. On Saturday the weather held again for a great sail in fine conditions to the infamous anchorage built by the Sultan of Brunei's brother. Some sort of folly for Brunei and a lovely anchorage for yachties passing by. The most peaceful and calm anchorage imaginable with picturesque shore side. Unfortunately its a no landing area so we were content to look at it with beer in hand from the cockpit once again.
This morning after a leisurely breakfast we motored out and set sail for Labuan about 35NM again. However the wind died and after only a  very short sail we motor sailed into the marina at about 3.30 pm. We passed the time learning to put eye splices into double braid lines. The larger ropes still challenge us and the instructions are total double dutch!. Labuan still a dodgy marina but we have some parts and some mail here to pick up. We also have a new anchor winch on order and will wait for that here also.