THE crossing, Fabrice, Pat and Yaya showed up on April 13. Quite a few technical details still needed to be solved and by April 15th we were ready to go. The 'crossing' was such a piece of cake compared to December 1st epic attempt.
In December, we found out that you can't follow the Kundur speedboat because it's too fast. But you can follow his track if you can record its itinerary through the GPS. Good idea, Bruno! After 2.5h of smooth seas, we surprisingly arrived in Tanjung Batu, on time for lunch, like a well organised tour.
Refuelling took quite a while and by 1330, we were crossing the final 10 mile stretch, which felt like a slight choppy lake. It was almost like a piece of cake. At this point beware, confidence can become your fiercest enemy.
True to form two incidents almost ruined our journey. Firstly, Kecil, our smaller boat, ran over a fishing net. Apparently we didn't damage it but the lady in the Sampan was not ready at all to negotiate. Waving at us with a 3ft long machete she looked so mad, desertion over valour and we decided not to come too close...