|The passage from Labuan
Budjo to Larentuka was about as straight a line as one could imagine. The general
sailing instructions are to go north to 8 degrees south and then turn east.
There is very little in the way of scenery or town along the way. This did not
prevent us meeting people though. Along the way we were hailed by Viking Lea, a
ketch from Australia that was working their way east. One of the crew had an
allergic reaction to a fish they had eaten. He was requesting anti-histamine to
relieve the itching that developed. Dave D. came up with some good medicine that
seemed to do the trick.
|Fellow cruisers were not
the only excitement that we had along the way. One afternoon we saw a thunder storm
up ahead. This one looked a little different than the others that we had seen along
the way. On closer examination, I could see the beginnings of a funnel forming at
the base of the cloud. I didn't think too much of that until I saw spray on the
surface of the water underneath the funnel on the cloud. As we watched, a textbook
perfect water spout formed about 1 mile off to our starboard side. This was the
first time any of us had ever seen one other than pictures.
While not something that I would want to try to sail through, we were
far enough away that the water spout did not pose a threat to us.