It's only 6 miles across the Singapore Strait, and a surprisingly enjoyable hour was spent weaving my across the busy shipping lanes. No rest though for the radar detector - it was permanently detecting. In a disarming contrast with the bustling man made scenery around me, I was briefly joined by two dolphins in the middle of strait; I've never seen that off Dover.
A dramatic thunder storm welcomed me to the Johore Strait, allowing the engine half an hour rest and me a brief break from hand-steering, while the sails and wind-vane took the strain. The Johore Strait separates Singapore Island from mainland Malaysia. My plan was to work my way round the island to an anchorage off Johore Bahru from where I'd check-into Malaysia and be a bus ride away from Singapore.
My route took me past heavy industry closely followed by packed beaches; high-rise to precarious homes built on bamboo stilts in the shallows of the channel. Each twist of the channel revealed unexpected sights.
I'd just dropped the anchor when I spotted another yacht heading in my direction. It was Peter and Margaret on Sandpiper who I'd first met in Panama and seen more recently in Darwin. Feeling slightly better that another yacht had made the same mistake, I rowed over to see them. No mistakes on Sandpiper, they'd deliberately chosen to anchor here as it was ideally placed for trips into Singapore, and the customs dock provided a secure place to leave the dinghy. Perhaps I've accidentally stumbled across a perfect anchorage for my stay around Singapore. Now all I have to do is check-in...
27/10 17:30: N1° 27.5' E103° 46.4'