Four anchorages. Five people on board. Cruising in company with a catamaran. Join our sailing adventures to Tioman Island Malaysia on Yana de Lys.
Are we nearly there yet? Oh yeah, sailing adventures are always slow travel
We sailed with our friends Tina, Adrian and their eight year old, Chloe who live in the residential community at Senibong Cove. They liked the idea of sailing, but wanted to experience real sailing adventures.
Tina won the World’s Best Galley Slave award. Her meals and OCD inspired cleaning were legendary.
Adrian took to the wheel like a duck to water. The other captain didn’t have the heart to turn the autopilot on. Didn’t want to spoil his fun.
I suggested Chloe was the boat boy. But she wouldn’t have it. “I’m not a boy. I’m the Tiny Captain. Are we nearly there yet?”
The other captain spent the time at our first anchorage replacing the leaking hose. Kindly supplied, with free advice and reassurance from Adam on Soggy Moggy, (did you guess she’s a catamaran?) our cruising companion.
Tina cooked a spectacular dinner.
Chloe wanted to know how long it would be before we got to Tioman.
Tanjung Pengileh to Desaru. Still a long way to Tioman Island Malaysia
We set off early the next day. At one point I counted 101 vessels in the shipping lane. A safety boat stalked us.
We’d steamed clear of Lima Pass and North Rock when the hose broke. Again. So we sailed most of the way to Desaru in a sloppy swell with the wind directly behind us.
The anchorage was very rolly. All night.
Our sailing adventure companions were close to mutiny. Chloe wanted to take a speed boat to Tioman. Adrian was seasick. But Tina was fine and managed to cook up a sensational Teriyaki Beef and Rice.
Resort with no beer
We made good time on our 40 NM leg to Pulau Sibu Tengah. And anchored out of the swell behind the resort‘s sea wall. Yay. No more talk of mutiny.
We mistook the call to prayer for the call to beer at the resort. Dreaming of cocktails and ice cold beer we rocked up to find an empty resort which didn’t sell alcohol.
Plenty of deer, pooping around the pool. But no beer.
Kay from Soggy Moggy must have known something we didn’t. Kay declined to come ashore. Citing a good book. Our hamburgers we deesgusting. “Nasty” according to the Tiny Captain.
The pool looked okay, but naturally the swim up bar wasn’t operating. I was afraid of catching a disease from simply looking at the skanky service area.
Pulau Tioman (Tioman Island Malaysia)
Day four was all plain (motor) sailing to our idyllic anchorage at Pulau Tioman. 40 NM at an average of 5.4 knots.
The other captain and I were here on our honeymoon 27 years ago. I’ll tell you about Tioman Island Malaysia in my next blog. I have to go snorkeling now.
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N 01 22.810 E 104 05.506 Excellent holding in mud.
N 01 33.519 E 104 16.222 Sand, very rolly
Pulau Sibu Tengah
N 02 11.064 E 104 05.667 Well protected behind the resort’s seawall
N 02.49.333 E 104 09.563 Sand in achingly clear blue water.
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