We wish we were!
After a day sail (or motor sail) of 64 miles, we reached our final destination of the year – Rebak Marina, on Pulau Rebak Besar, an island that forms part of Langkawi. This location came highly recommended by other yachties. So far we are not disappointed and believe we made the right decision to sail the extra 400 odd miles from Danga Bay to leave Pipistrelle at a very safe haven while we fly home to the UK for a couple of months. Rebak Marina is part of the Rebak Island Resort, and belongs to the Taj Resort group. Their five star facilities are made available to visiting yachts – more later!
We were given a warm welcome by Tim and Rebekah on Kittiwake, who we first met in 2009 and had not seen for three years. In the meantime, they have adorable 1 year old twin girls and we have managed to spend some time with them – in between the long list of boatie tasks.
Top priority is to mothball our good ship to withstand the intense heat and humidity of the area. While the marina is calm and protected it is a sun and heat trap. We both like the heat, and Bob can handle it better than Elaine, but at over 85% the humidity is somewhat trying and when we are not running the aircon, we are running in water – rather like being in our own private sauna! Consequently, all the awnings we possess have been deployed and to keep the heat out of the pilot saloon we have completely covered the glass windows on the inside with car windscreen shades – not pretty but effective. We thus seem to be living in a twilight world below decks.
We have removed the headsails to save 2 months’ UV damage; shipped the dinghy by cargo boat to Langkawi for repairs; disconnected the VHF and SSB aerials to protect against lightning destruction, and left the rest of the electronics in the oven (Faraday’s cage!), as well as leaving the boat as well protected against the sun and wind, as is possible, together with a myriad of other tasks.
Early one morning we enjoyed a nature walk in the jungle, organised by the hotel and spotted Oriental Pied Hornbills.
Every afternoon after a day of chores, we allowed ourselves the luxury of a cooling swim in the hotel pool.