Galley Goodness: Sundowner Mushrooms

We are currently on passage along the Malacca Straits, and while anchored at Pulau Pisang, we were invited by our good friends Garry and Julie on MV Fiddler VI to join them for sundowners and dinner. While on board, Garry whipped up a delicious sundowner snack (that I think he adapted from an old CWA recipe…

Strait sailing with the big boys!

“A typical Malaccamax* tanker has a maximum length of 333 m, beam of 60 m, draught of 20.5 m, and a tonnage of 300,000 DWT.”  That’s roughly 30 times bigger than us, and 37,000 times heavier than us!! But in order to transit from Indonesia to Malaysia, we needed to cross the Singapore Strait and…

Gee, 90 days go quick!

It feels like just yesterday that we were arriving into the little Indonesian port town of Debut after five days sailing across the Arafura Sea. But 90 days, 2200 NM and 30+ islands later, we are anchored in Tanjungpinang, and with the rally wrapped up and our port clearances done, we are preparing to sail…

King Neptune has the last laugh

I woke up as a slimy POLLYWOG … but went to bed a trusty SHELLBACK because we crossed the equator!   And crossing the equator is a coming of age for seafarers. Reaching the equator deems that you are capable of enduring long and difficult sea-voyages (apparently), and thus marks the transition from jube to…

Meet the orangutans

Meet Ukraine. He’s a teenage male orangutan, and he braved the rain to be the first onto the Camp Leakey feeding platform to pig out on the bananas so he was the first one we saw on our two-day trip into the Kalimantan (Borneo) jungle to see the orangutans. He ate his fill then scarpered…