Just back from an interesting couple of weeks sailing, leaving Langkawi we actually had to hoist the storm jib as we beat into 40 knots of wind. Having to hoist the storm jib in anger is something we rarely do and I can only recall having to seriously hoist it once before. Confident that the winds would ease approx 20 miles up the coast often caused by local winds funneling through the islands, I was glad to be correct in my assesment as continuing onwards would have been both uncomfortable and foolish. The winds stayed with us for nearly 2 weeks staying at 20 knots plus providing us with some exhilarating sailing and interesting boat handling around the marina.
Thankfully the winds eased once back on the eastern side of the bay and we enjoyed most constant 10-12 knots which after the previous week almost seemed a little dull. For those of you that know me, you´ll be aware that i´m never happy!
Back in Langkawi the winds are still blowing so we are looking forward to the next couple of weeks.