Extreme dining

Our trip from Lombok to Bali was uneventful – we had a pleasant day sail in the company of Fruits de Mer and Pacifique. We had decided to do the trip over two days, stopping to sleep at an anchorage en route so we didn’t have to travel at night (so many fish traps in this neck of the woods!).

Farewell to Lombok – going past Gili Air

 We arrived at Amed Bay in North East Bali in plenty of time for a swim before going ashore to one of the resorts on the beach. That was the plan anyway but the extreme swell meant we had to go to plan B!

Land ho!

Yes, you’ve guessed it, it was more rolly than Maurole (Morerolly) and Namrole (Damnrolly) put together – and even worse than Lumpy Lombok! 

It was very hot so after we had anchored and had a bit of a tidy up, we dived in to the sea off the back of the boat. 
Anne-Mieke and Gerrit from Fruit de Mer swam over to Bali Hai for a drink and we called over to Lesley and Phil on Pacifique to join us. Not wanting to arrive empty handed Phil very nobly swam all the way to the boat with supplies in a cooler box! Those lessons in lifesaving came in useful!

 

Sundowners rally style!
 
The swell was so severe that we had to take it in turns to hold on to the cheese and biscuits/nibbles/drinks while those not holding on had a piece of cheese or a sip of their drink.

 

There was plenty going on on the beach – even a festival of some sort!
 
Probably unwisely considering the extreme roll, we invited everyone for a pot luck dinner. Jonathan delivered everyone back to their boats and then picked them all up again about 40 minutes later. 

 

One of the lovely craft we saw en route – the sails were made from tarps!
 
We had an amazing meal of steak, fish, pasta salad, coleslaw and roast potatoes. Yes it was a bit difficult to find your mouth with a fork. Yes we did have to hang on to dishes and serving plates! But it was great fun and we all agreed that we wouldn’t forget our “extreme dinner”!

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

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