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17/06/2010 07:52:19

Linda McKeever<br>Palau
Linda McKeever
Palau

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We are departing later than anticipated from Palau and are interested in the safety of sailing to Davao and onto Sandakan, Malayasia, the end of July or first of August, 2010. Another option is to sail to the Hinituan Pass north of Mindanao and onto Kudat. Finally, due to the change of weather patterns, we would consider Palau to Tawan, Sabah and then down the SE coast of Kalimantan and up to Kuching, Sarawak. Again, we plan to depart around the first of August 2010. We would appreciate any input. Thank you.
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23/06/2010 18:36:02

Jim Den Hartog<br>Netherlands
Jim Den Hartog
Netherlands

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Hi



We sailed from Palau via the Philippines to Kudat Malaysia via the west coast of Palawan, a route we can heartily recommend. However we did so during the NE monsoon in Feb and it is therefore not applicable for your intended departure. Sailing to Malaysia south of Mindanao one has to of course take into account the risks of piracy in and around the Sulu islands were the incidents are very low perhaps because few people risk that route! We can recommend the website Sailsamal by sailors presently grounded for a time in Davao. We are sure Ellen can answer your questions re that route at that time of year better than we can. Besides they will be of help to you in Davao and love to meet up with sailors passing through the area.




Kudat as you probably know is one of the few places in Malaysian Borneo where one can get hauled. The small city is a friendly place with dozens of small restaurants and seemingly almost as many small Chinese run hardware stores. The nearby Golf club is extremely cruiser friendly and a great place to eat within walking distance of the yard.




If you have more need of info re anything on our route which continued along the north shore of Borneo to Kuching and then on to Tioman island please feel free to post them. Please also be aware of the recent piracy warning reissued for a small area in the South China Sea as posted on this site. The area around those islands have been of concern in the past and it needs to be taken into account as they lie on the route from Kuching to Tioman island.
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10/09/2010 02:07:14

Ellen LeeKwen<br>Philippines
Ellen LeeKwen
Philippines

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Linda McKeever
Palau
wrote:
We are departing later than anticipated from Palau and are interested in the safety of sailing to Davao and onto Sandakan, Malayasia, the end of July or first of August, 2010. Another option is to sail to the Hinituan Pass north of Mindanao and onto Kudat. Finally, due to the change of weather patterns, we would consider Palau to Tawan, Sabah and then down the SE coast of Kalimantan and up to Kuching, Sarawak. Again, we plan to depart around the first of August 2010. We would appreciate any input. Thank you.


Hello, from July to about November, the winds are mostly southwest as this is the SW monsoon season and typhoon season. However, the southern part of Philippines (Davao area latitude 7 degrees N) is considered typhoon free. The track of the typhoon normally heads north, northwest from around the Palau area. If it hits Philippines area, it hits mostly the northern and sometimes the central islands, onwards towards to South China Sea, Taiwan or China or Japan. Tropical storms occur throughout the year, but are more predominant during the SW monsoon season. Here in the south, squalls come and go very fast with heavy downpours, usually at nights. We also sailed from Palau, straight to Davao, but it was late December when we did this. By this time, we found that the ITCZ line has already moved south of the equator. It was a fast and boisterous sail for us.

We met a few sailboats enroute from northern Philippines heading to Australia through the Indonesia islands. One came from the Malaysia/Borneo area enroute to New Zealand via PNG/Solomons/Vanuatu. Most are from Micronesia. So far, we have not many yachts passing through Davao yet, and hopefully more will come once the marina is fully functional. We do hope so, as we would like to meet more sailors. Currently, we are hauled out in Samal Island (Davao Gulf). More info on the marina/boatyard in my blogsite at www.sailsamal.com/blog.

PS somebody emailed me asking for advice from Panama to Philippines. Unfortunately, I deleted the mail by mistake. If you are reading this thread, please email me again. Thank you.
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