After we left Cukai, we headed north to Terengganu, the final rally destination before we turn back to the SE and head for Borneo. It was too far to make the harbor in one day so we pulled in to 20' of water in front of a long beach just past a port. We were enjoying a beer when this harbor boat full of young guys motored up and told us we had to move 1-2 miles further up the coast--we were still within the official port limits and even though an oil tanker would never come into water this shallow, we couldn't convince them to let us just stay put overnight. So we moved a mile up the coast and all were happy. Back to the beer before it got warm.
Patrick and Elizabeth on LaBarque had arranged for us all to play cricket on the beach that afternoon and to bring a dish and just have a pot luck on the beach with sundowners. LaBarque folks have been speakers at several of our technical briefings as they have been on the rally 3 times and have spent years sailing the routes we are on now. They are a wealth of information and happy to share it with others. In fact, he has put together the only cruising guide for this area and we have all been trying to contribute to it with safe anchorage waypoints that we find and feedback on changes from the official navigation charts (like the new breakwater walls not yet charted). He and Sazli are trying to come to an arrangement where the gov't tourism office will pay to have the guides printed for sale to cruisers.
Here we are setting up to play cricket. I actually swung the bat a few times and got some runs, but I wasn't up to fielding the balls that went into the water. I tried to stay dry above the shorts.
We're munching down on our pot luck dishes on the beach here at Kapas. No matter how hard we try, we can't seem to keep sand out of the food! I just decided it was a good idea to make something crunchy so we don't notice it so much.
A slab of the bark they use is on the left. The honeycomb-looking piece on the right is a block of wood that has had cores cut out for the wooden pegs they use instead of nails.
Some of the planks with the local hardwood used for boat building. They look like a supply of crosses, something you won't find readily in this Muslim country.
Sazli took this shot as Jason was talking On The Air.
Some cute little cars we saw along the roadside in Kuala Terengganu.
These are some funky woven things on display at the batik factory. The peaks in the weaving are pretty unusual.