November 5th: Departed Pekacang at 5:00am for Saya Island, a tiny dot in the middle of the ocean. We are not sure what the island is like and if we can even anchor here but we left early enough that if it is not suitable we will continue on. Didn’t get much sleep last night, it was so hot.
Weather turned quite dark and thundery clouds. The wind picked up which made the ocean messy and choppy. For the first time we noticed that the charts were way off, Saya island was about half a mile East of where it was charted. We arrived at the island around 10.30am and there were about 6 local boats taking shelter on the South-West side of the island. We decided to stay and anchor up. I had a sleep and Robbie went fishing in the duck. He went over and chatted to the fishermen hoping to buy a fish from them but they were crab fishermen, that would be right Robbie said – there is no fish left. Anyway we didn’t buy any crabs but Lucy and Harry from Bounty did, they were very small, probably illegal in Australia.
We headed back and called into Bounty where Peter and Heidi had had lunch with Harry and Lucy, had a cold soda water and relaxed for a while. Saw lots of birds circling around and as dusk fell little swallows were trying to come and nest on Bounty. We headed back to Southern Star in case they were doing the same, which they weren’t. Watched another 2 episodes of “Banshee” – it’s getting rather addictive!