Borneo passage days


We do have our fair share of squalls (really, it’s a daily event) but most of the time we have spent making our way from one part of Borneo to another has been mild and mellow. We aren’t catching any fish, but we aren’t trying hard- the fishfinder (the best cheap depth sounder you can buy!) rarely shows anything but the bottom, a mere 30-50 feet below. Crossing a river outflow can be the most exciting part of the day.

crazy river outflows

That’s OK with me. There are hours to read in the shade of the cockpit.

passage reading

We have picked up small friends. The one hung out on Niall’s book for a long time one morning. Bonus points for anyone who can identify the book.

What doesn’t feature in coastal Borneo passagemaking? Wind you can sail with! Usually there isn’t any, but when there is, it’s on the nose. Of course. 
upwind to Kuching

12 Responses to Borneo passage days

  1. Karen Taylor August 18, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Looks like a Jack Aubrey story.

    • Behan Gifford August 18, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

      Nice Karen! More O’Brian fans on Tahina? Niall is currently on Desolation Island… the bird approved.

  2. kherbert August 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

    Love the pick with the river water/ocean water being different colors.

    • Behan Gifford August 20, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

      isn’t it crazy looking? we’ve seen it with a lot of rivers, but this one really stood out.

  3. JESSE August 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

    Nice. 🙂

  4. Normandie Ward Fischer August 18, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Wonderful pics. And isn’t wind on the nose or none at all so typical of cruising? I mean, mere sailors (such as my cousin, the racer) think we can go out there and fly with the wind. Well, we could, if we didn’t have a destination in mind and a desire to get there sooner rather than later.

    • Behan Gifford August 20, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

      thanks Normandie. It’s so true. Destinations and timing often drive us… it’s why we resist schedules. The flip side is having good friends come to visit, and needing to make a certain place/time! There’s a balance there somewhere. 🙂

  5. Bill August 19, 2013 at 7:11 am #

    Its a Swallow of the Far East variety….. Here I would say a barn Swallow

    • Behan Gifford August 20, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      cool, thanks Bill! we wondered, but our ID books are all for seabirds.

  6. Anonymous August 19, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    Master and commander!

    • Behan Gifford August 20, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Actually, Desolation Island, but the same series!

  7. boatbaby August 19, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    Amazing that the bird loves good literature. And someone beat me to it, but I was going to say knowing your boy’s book taste from past posts and seeing Stephen made me immediately say “some Patrick O’Brian book!” I hope the happy passage making sticks with you!

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