Today we sailed from Batumonco on the NW tip of Komodo Island to the bay on the N coast of Banta Island. We had a marvellous 15-18 knot SSW breeze and blasted across the 10nm wide strait between the islands in less than 90 minutes. We carried full sail and managed to keep ahead of Kakadu, mainly because they kindly only hoisted their headsail. The current was strong but across our course. In all the straits so far we've found the information in the book "Southeast Asia Cruising Guide Volume II" to be the best predictor of currents.
|Zen Again Track|
Since the island is in the middle of the Sape Strait the wind has remained relatively constant all day. Being on the leeward side of the island we're getting some good strong "bullets" down off the hills too. We're hoping the wind will hold in tomorrow and carry us across to Sumbawa Island. Once in the lee of that island we expect the wind to die as it did off Flores and the other large islands.
|Zen Again at Banta|
|Kakadu at Banta|