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Navigating Singapore Shipping Lanes
    When crossing Singapore Straight yachts are required (by law) to cross each shipping lane at a 90-degree angle so as to be out of their way as quickly as possible. Ships are about 10 minutes apart and in some places there are four lanes to cross as well as their designated turning lanes, which are of course wider!

They travel I guess at about 20 knots or so and we average 5 knots which doesn’t always add up when one wants to get out of the way of a massive freighter!

We decided to sneak westward along the top of Indonesia then make our crossing where we hoped would be our shortest and least complicated route.
    To add to all this the tides are very strong, crossways of course just to add to the excitement and if you are really unlucky you can get hit by a lightning storm which may then blind your visibility or worse, blow all your electronics!

    I had been reading up on all of this so not only did we have the knowledge but I had mentioned all the horribles that could happen to us as well.

    As it was, we fought tide for a while and came close to a few barges and the like but we had sails up and managed to cross drama free and arrived at the customs zone safe and sound.

They directed us to anchor but it was 100ft with strong tides so while they were trying to get our paperwork in plastic bags handed over with the boat hook, Mike was trying to get the anchor back up and I was trying to ensure we did not run up on a reef! Not really the ideal spot for yachts to check in!
    With all formalities completed we were quickly on our way up a narrow channel with the tide racing then we had to turn across it with motor full steam to then enter the One 15 marina on the quite exclusive Sentosa Island, Singapore.

    Singapore is an amazing young country. The train stations are spotless, fines are imposed for littering, eating, drinking, spitting, chewing, the carrying of durians (a very smelly but popular fruit in these parts) and because they have plastic cards for fares there are no paper tickets to get thrown around.

    We bussed and trained our way to little India which was an array of colours, fine food, antique shops and cheap beer. From there we taxied to the Botanical Gardens which we will never forget. These people pay such attention to detail in all that they do, whether it be the simplest pathway or the most elaborate orchard display.

Another day we visited the bird park. Included in the many displays is a man-made waterfall inside a huge Avery, you can’t believe it’s not real.

This place once again is also full of amazing gardens and even included a king penguin display.
    We journeyed into the centre of town one evening, but the beer was $22Aus a jug and that was on special so we went home early.

    We only stayed 5 days in Singapore as it seems to cost money whatever you do, but it is well worth visiting and exploring this place.

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