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Jon & Chris raise the mainsail as we make our way north to Thailand
Jon & Chris raise the mainsail
as we sail north into Thailand.

This gets a bit complicated, as we have visited Malaysia multiple times, first in 2006‑7 and then in 2009‑10 with our trip to Malaysian Borneo.  A return to the Penninsula in 2011, and back again after the big refit, for another jaunt to the South China Sea, Borneo and over the top towards eastern Indonesia in 2014.  The latest letters are on the top, and move back in time, just like a blog.

Colorful Malaysian fishing boats
Colorful Malaysian fishing boats in Langkawi

After exploring Singapore upon our return from the USA in late November 2006, we began a series of day sails northwest up the Straits of Malacca.  Long known as a pirate's haunt, we felt no threats from the friendly fishermen who surrounded us day and night!

We stopped along the coast of Malaysia in isolated anchorages from which we savored solitude, and then at the Port Dickson marina where we enjoyed the hustle and bustle of the historic city of Melaka (Malacca).  With us was Amanda's Aussie friend Rachel who joined us for 10 weeks during her summer break from university.

We returned to SE Asia in October 2009, after having crossed the Indian Ocean both ways -- east to west, and west to east.

The following are our noon positions and statistics as we sailed from Addu Atoll in the Maldives Archipelago to Langkawi Island in Malaysia.  The trip was characterized by light winds, since we were very near the end of the SW Monsoon.  Wind speeds and directions are apparent - true wind-speeds were somewhat higher and true wind angles were a bit further aft (our forward speed pulls the apparent wind forward):

October
2009
Latitude East
Longitude
Day's
Run
Miles
to go
Wind
Speed
Wind
Direction
Comments
Thurs 1 0 39' S 73 19' (9) 1391 5-12 130 Pretty calm, gorgeous night
Fri 2 0 00'    75 26' 133 1258 7-12 120 Crossing the Equator!
Sat 3 0 42' N 77 41' 142 1116 8-13 130 Beautiful light-air sailing
Sun 4 1 27' N 80 08' 146 970 5-10 150 Huge Squall, start sailing "wing-&-wing"
Mon 5 2 13' N 82 25' 155 815 10-15 155 Beautiful wind, lovely sailing
Tues 6 2 53' N 84 41' 143 672 10-14 150-180 Half Weh!
Wed 7 3 28' N 86 39' 123 549 6-10 150-180 Caught 2 fish!  Light winds from almost dead astern
Thurs 8 4 03' N 88 41' 128 421 10-15 145 Greased Fish contest in Ocelot's salon
Fri 9 4 42' N 90 54' 138 283 8-12 150-180 Annoying adverse current but beautiful sailing
Sat 10 5 20' N 93 07' 140 143 4-8 140 Very light conditions, seeing more ships now
Sun 11 5 53' N 95 15' 143 0 0-14 90 Pick up mooring off Weh Island, Indonesia

 
Fri 16 5 56' N 95 32' (18) 250 <5 --- Strong currents, no wind
Sat 17 6 07' N 97 26' 114 136 6-11 60-140 LOTS of ships entering & leaving the Malacca Straits
Sun 18 6 22' N 99 41' 136 0 <5 --- Arrive in Langkawi, Malaysia!

Totals for this leg from the Maldives to Langkawi: 1,660nm in 294 sailing hours (12 days 6 hours) for an average speed of 5.6 knots - not bad considering the light conditions.  The GPS says we hit 14 knots at some point.

In 2010 we stayed in Malaysia virtually all year (OK, with a 3-month trip to Nepal in the spring and a 3-month trip home in the summer).  Much of the last half of 2010 was spent in Malaysian Borneo, exploring that interesting coast.  While there we wrote the following newsletters:

Singapore to Borneo  describes our passage to Borneo and some of our fun in Kuching
Heading East  describes our trip NW along the north Borneo coast
Mt. Kinabalu  describes our inland trips into Borneo
Brunei to Kuching  describes our trip back down the Borneo coast
On the South China Sea  describes our trip back to peninsular Malaysia

In 2011 we wrote up our travels to Peninsular Malaysian interior .

In 2014 we added 4 newsletters:

South China Sea  describes our passage from Tioman to Miri, in Borneo
Top Of Borneo  describes our trip NE along the coast to Kudat
Kinabatangan River  describes our journey with Ocelot up the river
Leaving Borneo  describes our sail to Tawau, on the border of Indonesia

Enjoy!

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