The Slog

Not a Blog but a Sailing Log. My musings as Anjea sails me around the world and I make feeble attempts to grok the meaning of the universe along the way.

  • A 1,300km Tanzanian Safari

    I have the privilige of riding ‘The Beast’ Arthur's Honda 750 'Africa Twin' from Tanga, where Anjea is anchored, to Lake Natron in the Great Rift Valley, at the edge of the Serengeti.The crew for …

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  • The Essential and Exquisite Pleasure of Pissing

    The shortest day of the year is nearly upon us – 21st June marks the middle of Winter, and another excuse to celebrate at the Yacht Club. So far we have celebrated quite a few birthdays and a batch …

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  • No Antidote for FGF*

    *Fucking Great Fever

    Yes! I am out of my self-imposed purgatory! I think. But it's not quite heaven here in Tanga. After isolating myself on Anjea for 14 days with no ill effects, I rejoined the …

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  • Beating the Fever

    My recent quick trip back to Australia was far more interesting, in all the wrong ways, than I originally planned. I knew of the ‘novel coronavirus’ in China when I left, but was not aware of any …

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  • The Child In Charge

    At the Ratco bus station in Tanga I am waiting for the bus. Not waiting for it to arrive – the bus is already here, but waiting for it to start. A bunch of fundi keep doing the same things: clean the …

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  • Crossing the Indian Ocean

    11 January 2020: Sabang, The Day Before

    Clearing out of Sabang, Indonesia takes forever. First, it’s Saturday and everyone is just slooowwww. Then the internet goes down, then the power goes off, …

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  • The Magic Is About To Start

    I hate drunks. They are insensitive, self-obsessed, boring, stupid, and uninspiring. Unless, of course, I am drunk too, in which case they are entertaining, insightful, delightful, clever, and …

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  • Back to Java

    Sailing past Java last year I stopped just once in the Sunda Straits, the north-westernmost tip of Java, a couple of months before a tsunami devastated Carita Beach, where I anchored.

    Anakrakata ( …

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  • Go Now or Later?

    The 'eagle' is the symbol of Langkawi. Except it isn't an eagle at all but a kite, a Brahminy Kite to be precise. More photos here.

    When I first arrived in Langkawi in December last year it was the …

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  • Goodbye Indonesia

    Eric Tang and his mechanic at PAMarine have done a great job on the gearbox, which is now reinstalled and working perfectly. It took a while to get the required parts from Sweden but I believe it's …

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