|This is the anchorage in Lembata, Flores. There is never a shortage of wonderful scenery.|
On the negative side of the ledger … we have been motoring way too much here. The winds tend to be weak and not at all reliable. If you end up sailing more than motoring (or motor-sailing,) on a given day that is good, but not common. The exception to this is when you cross the straits that exist between islands. Here you often will have 25+ knots. Some of these straits are quite wide and it can take several hours to cross, during which you may have currents helping (or hurting) your progress.
|We were picked up at our boats for the tour to Rindja. This is the tour boat that caught fire. the replacement one was not as large or fancy.|
An addendum to this post. Did an inspection of the rig today and was most annoyed to find that one of the lower shrouds has a broken wire. This should not happen since the rigging was replaced only three years ago. There are no riggers in Indonesia and I checked with DHL who are the best couriers here and it would take a week for delivery and would cost almost $400. At this point I am considering hopping on a plane to Perth, Australia to get the needed wire and fittings. Darwin is much closer but at least three airlines fly to Perth so the fares are much cheaper. I should be able to do it for about the DHL cost. The joys of cruising in areas that are not the home to many sailboats.