Road trip in search for anchoring spots

Blue chart map of Jasons Bay

My plans for this upcoming Labor day weekend is to sail Eleanor to Tioman. Yes yes… its 1 month later than my planned date… too many surprises got into the way.

Last year, on our trip with Doc’ Peter on Eastwind 2, we anchored off Jasons Bay. A terrible rolly anchorage that I hope to miss, by heading straight over to Pulau Tinggi for the night.

Terry and Ana of S/V SiHai are a great source of information for sailing this region, they have some very interesting recommendations. The best part is, we could all hope into my trusty Trio, drive 1.5hrs to the northeast and reach the village to check out their secret spots. It is certainly not known by most yachties..

Sedili Kechil, a maybe anchorage

Alright, so this is Jasons Bay with the Sedili Kechil village on the south and Sedili Besar on the north. The small red dots are marks where I might anchor. The black X marks on the pictures should roughly correspond to the red dots on the map

It seems like I might just be able to anchor in the little river for mid-high-mid tide, a span of 6hrs will give me just enuf sleep. A quiet little river with no much boat activity, but close to the road where Doug could come in Trio to check on me… nice.. and it looks like I really wont have a problem unless its a really low tide. BTW, Eleanor draws 3ft…

View of Sedili Besar from the pier, many fishing boats in port

The bigger river looks to be a flat water anchorage too, if you dont have a really tall mast. Looks like they will be just enuf headroom for Eleanors 24ft mast ontop of 4ft above water cabin, to pass under the hanging electric lines at the entrance of the river. Once in there, I should have many anchoring spots to choose from… hmm..

How about anchoring somewhere between the fish farms...

Nearer to the pier is nice, but I might be in the way for those large fishing boats getting in or out… and perhaps a little noisier… but Doug would be able to see me from the town square carpark…

Or I could anchor just a little further away, in a quieter spot… hmm.. what would I choose…

But really, this is just great, a road trip to check out the monsoon conditions and pick out the anchoring spots.. oh wow! What a luxury for planning an adventure. We must realize that this is not always possible, but if it is, we should make the best of it!


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