Battling Toward Singapore
Fortunately, the mighty "Nordhavn" doesn't need luck on her side
to meet and conquer the defiant behavior of Mother Nature. The little
40 continues to endure the chaotic seas brought on by turbulent
weather as a second tropical storm has lunged itself in the boat's
intended path, dampening the pace - if not the spirits - of the
Deciding to err on the side of caution, Jim Leishman has once again
re-routed the boat away from its planned course. The storm is whirling
its way northwest toward the Philippines and according to weather
radar, "Nordhavn" was headed right for it en route to Puerto Galera
in the Eastern Philippines. Instead, the boat will take a more southern
route, traversing the Sulu Sea to Leg 1's final destination of Singapore.
The diversion will add less than a day to the current schedule.
Barring any other delays, the boat should reach Singapore on January
26th, where it will stay at Raffles Marina for a crew change and
any necessary maintenance required.
Interestingly, the original ATW schedule included ports of call
to be mde at islands along this more southerly route, but issues
concerning safe travel in the Sulu Sea triggered the change to Puerto
Galera. A contact at the Indonesian Navy will be on the lookout
for "Nordhavn" as an extra precaution but stated that the boat shouldn't
experience any trouble if the area is transited during the day.
He also revealed that the "undesirable" characters patrolling the
area are hesitant to venture out now during what's seen as the unfavorable
season and face unnecessary challenges of bad weather conditions.
(At this rate, it should be smooth sailing all the way for "Nordhavn"!)