14
Feb
09

Aboard M/V Eastwind to KongKong

leaving sebana on EastWind II

leaving sebana on EastWind II

I had wanted to write about Eleanor’s “Chinese New Year” trip to the bridge, but it seemed to be boring with no pictures to show. When sailing, my mind is totally on sailing and not at all in taking pictures, which is why there is so little to show… Well, when the doctor ask if we would like to join him on this trip to KongKong, I thought it was a great opportunity for me to grab the pictures!

So here we are, leaving Sebana onboard EastWind II on Valentine’s Day 2009. Our destination, a great seafood dinner restaurant in KongKong river. This is going to be a 2hr motoring journey down Santi river, up Johor river, dodging shallow waters and rocks along the way, then turning up into KongKong.

Restaurant view from Eastwind at anchor

Restaurant view from Eastwind at anchor

This was a very pleasant day for a boat trip. Not too hot, not rainy, but unfortunately it was not a clear day. The air was thick with smog, hence the smoggy looking pictures. Also an unusual S wind was blowing in this NE monsoon season. Just our luck, the NE winds would have cleared the smog.

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Party crowd onboard SZ5996

Now, I am still planning to write about Eleanor’s trip… at a later time.. so I am keeping some of the pictures today for then. But here are some pictures that should keep you entertained for now. Here is one nice picture of a sailboat out from Changi. SZ 5996, great to see ya sailing today. Contact me if you want more pictures of you sailing.

I counted 3 sailboats out there today. It always is nice for me to see sailors out there enjoying their boats. Raising sail is the ultimate best return a sailor can have for all the hard work in sailboat maintenance. Having friends onboard and having a great time together is double the reward. At least, that is how I feel about me and Eleanor.

Akama preparing to go ashore

Akama preparing to go ashoreBuddy boating.

Akama followed our wake to KongKong. Here’s a great picture of how its done. Using the crane arm, 1st lower the dinghy, then followed by the O/B. On a sailboat, we have the improvise with the mast, boom and fuss around with the ropes, winches and whatever! How nice to have a dedicated arm for lifting .

Now, this trip is about boating and food! What good is a destination with nothing to look forward to at the end? This Chili Crab was excellent. I was lucky to grab a picture of it before too much of it was gone. Very fresh and just the right taste!

The famous SouthEast Asia Chili Crab

The famous SouthEast Asia Chili Crab

We all had a great time today, thanks to our host Doctor Peter! EastWind II is one of the few very well kept boats in Asia. Its engine ran smooth, its equipment worked well… afterall, we did not run aground and we all manage to enjoy ourselves yakking. No unexpected diasters to take care of. Plus I manage to keep all this energy and do this blogging right after coming back…. To be honest, I started preparing the pictures on our 2hrs journey back. Again, thanks to the very comfortable cabin setup onboard EastWind. EastWind II at anchor

EastWind II at anchor

EastWind II at anchor

 

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