Around The World Voyage : Commentary : Leg 2
February 15, 2002
Position: Moored at Bondos Island Resort
04.10' North - 073.29' East
After a very uncomfortable night anchored off of the Northwest side of Male we finally are underway for the resort island of Bondos - about five miles to the north. The same winds, which were making our anchorage so uncomfortable, were blowing hard out of the Northeast and the short ride was a wet one. Mohamed Shareef, Executive Secretary to the Managing Director of Bondos Island Resort, boarded Feeling at Male and guided our two NORDHAVNs to their resort island.
Bondos is about a half mile across and is a completely self-contained resort with about 250 beachfront bungalows and a staff of over 400. They generate their own electricity, have a desalination plant, run a water taxi service to Male and the airport island of Huhule and operate numerous excellent restaurants, bars and shops. When a guest arrives at the Bondos resort, everything needed or desired is supplied. They offer daily scuba and snorkeling trips to the surrounding islands, there's sport fishing, wind surfing, catamarans, tennis, parasailing, everything and all within a five-minute walk. There's no need for cars.
The resort management allowed us to use their harbor facility - a tiny man made harbor which provides shelter for the dozen or so resort boats. Plus it is used by the water taxis to load and off load guests. The entrance is no more than 75 feet wide and there is breaking surf along the north cut of the channel where the coral has been dredged. It was a white knuckle ride entering as lots of headway is required to maintain directional control. We literally surfed into the tiny harbor basin and went hard into reverse to keep from hitting the resort. There were plenty of helpful line handlers and we tied - bow to - with a mooring line astern to keep us off the seawall. The two NORDHAVNs dominate the little harbor and have created a lot of interest amongst the resort guests.
We will leave tomorrow to return to Male where we will take on fuel. I'm not looking forward to this as they plan to send a vessel out to bunker our fuel. Feeling went through the process yesterday and said it was very unpleasant in the rough outer anchorage. We have asked our agent if he can get us into the inner harbor and take fuel from a truck on the seawall. We'll find out what the final program will be tomorrow. As soon as we fuel up and grab a few last minute provisions, we will run direct to Salala, Oman a distance of about 1,300 miles. Our original plan was to run direct to Djibouti however we've heard from so many people that Salala is a nicer stop. We hope to find other vessels that may want to convoy into the Red Sea with us. The diversion to Salala will only add 150 miles to the overall voyage.
As previously mentioned - the passage from Phuket to Male was very pleasant.
The voyage of 1,529 miles took eight days and seven hours. We averaged 7.7 knots for the voyage. Our total fuel consumed was about 670 gallons. Our average consumption including 100% generator run time was 3.36 gallons per hour. The winds remained constant from 10 to 20 knots - always from the Northeast and the seas were comfortable the entire way. We hope the second half of the Indian Ocean is as nice to us as the first.
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