I was thinking about calling this thread "One of the dumbest things I have done in my life"
I was asked by a very good friend to deliver a 41 foot Beneteau racing yacht from Singapore to Perth. Sounds ideal I thought. Coupla nights in Singapore then sail the lovely blue South China Sea and off to Indonesia through the Java sea and do some sight seeing on the way. How lovely. WRONG !!
The South China Sea is brown and full of sea snakes. The wind blew on the nose of this poor little yacht at 63 knots across the deck at 3am, 200 nautical miles from the closest land. This continued for 18 hours. What was supposed to take 6 to 7 days of light fluffy breezes and taking in the sights turned into a watery nightmare of being double harnessed and locked onto the turnbuckle counting your life in 15 minute segments for 11 days. Oh yeah ... no smoking or drinking on board allowed. Not that you could even if you wanted to. Living life at a 45 degree angle inside a brown washing machine was an experience I do not want again. Only made the trip to Bali before fatigue set in. Jumped ship and flew back later to deliver yacht to Perth. Sheeesh !!
New motto ... No motor ... No go. Picture is of the only bit of calm weather I had between Singas and Batam.