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Trip: Sailing Away

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Reggae Bars, Cable Cars and Austrian Palaces

MALAYSIA | Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | Views [3024]

Our 3 day sail from Singapore to Langkawi was relatively uneventful. On our exit from Singapore we entered the Malacca Strait which is one of the well known pirate hot spots in the world. Apparently pirates tend to stick to robbing cargo ships so ... Read more >

Tags: I should have known better!

Colonial, Metropolitan and a Quay named after me!

SINGAPORE | Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | Views [1486] | Comments [1]

Raffles Marina is a haven compared to Bali with little to no dirt, a huge swimming pool and yacht club complex. It recently won the Christoffle best marina in Asia award and it rightfully deserves it. On our first day here I wandered the marina ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Gallery: Singapore

SINGAPORE | Monday, 19 Nov 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Altered Perceptions – a different Indonesia

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 14 Nov 2007 | Views [1748] | Comments [1]

Did I say environmentally disastrous? Did I say dirty water? Are we still talking about the same Indonesia? We left Bali Marina after a last breakfast at the yacht club on a sunny Monday morning. We had formed a flotilla of sorts with six boats ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Bali Hai

INDONESIA | Saturday, 27 Oct 2007 | Views [2263]

Bali is a hedonistic, sun blessed paradise of extremes, or at least that is what Bali has been for me. We arrived into Benoa harbour on the southeast side of Bali early on Wednesday morning. The marina is dirty, very small and overcrowded and looks ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Komodo Dragons - Ancient Predators

INDONESIA | Thursday, 18 Oct 2007 | Views [9896] | Comments [2]

The Lonely Planet Guide to Indonesia states that the Komodo Dragons are not relics of the dinosaur age but remarkably versatile, hardy modern lizards but very little is actually known about this incredible creature. Why they exist only on and around ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Nasi Goreng, Nasty Illnesses and Nuts!

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | Views [3874]

Nasi Goreng, Nasty Illnesses Saumlaki looked like a nice well spread out city from our anchor spot offshore and we were glad to arrive. We were preparing our special arrival breakfast when we were interrupted by the arrival of the ‘health inspector’ ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Torres Strait – the home of aqua water and inquisitive flying foxes

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | Views [8474] | Comments [3]

We left Port Moresby at 3pm in the afternoon after a final swansong lunch at the yacht club and some refuelling. I wasn’t sad to see the city skyline fade away but the three weeks I spent in Papua New Guinea were incredibly special and I was lucky enough ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Gallery: Indonesia

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 17 Oct 2007 | Photo Gallery

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PNG - a lifetime of differences

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Tuesday, 18 Sep 2007 | Views [2656] | Comments [2]

Our 10 days in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, has been interesting but hardly scintillating. There is a real problem here with security due to the high unemployment rate and presence of rascal bandits. There are constant stories of armed robberies, ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Gallery: Papua New Guinea

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Port Moresby and Expat Hospitality

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Views [6066] | Comments [5]

We arrived in Port Moresby on Saturday morning as expected after an easy and uneventful passage – surprise surprise! We were unsure of what to expect as we had heard many stories about the ‘raskols’ which roam around the streets of Port Moresby mugging ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures

Louisiades, Locals and Laughs

PAPUA NEW GUINEA | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Views [4284] | Comments [1]

We finally arrived at the entrance to the Louisiade Archipelago nine days after we had left New Caledonia. The Louisiades are a group of tropical islands surrounded by a barrier reef which forms a protective lagoon. They are situated approximately 600km ... Read more >

Tags: Beaches & sunshine

Heading North… what’s an ocean passage without drama?

NEW CALEDONIA | Monday, 10 Sep 2007 | Views [1513] | Comments [1]

We started out from New Caledonia headed for the Chesterfield Reefs on a clear and sunny Tuesday morning and were at the fuel dock ready for refuelling by 7:30am (a record for us!) The minimart here was our last chance to spend those pesky Polynesian ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Sailing on to unknown waters...

NEW CALEDONIA | Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | Views [1185] | Comments [3]

So this will have to be a quick one as I have very limited time before we get going. Tomorrow morning we leave Noumea and New Caledonia for the last time as we head to the isolated and uninhabited Chesterfield Reefs for a few days and then on to the ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Gallery: New Caledonia

NEW CALEDONIA | Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Isle de Pines or Isle de Paradise

NEW CALEDONIA | Thursday, 9 Aug 2007 | Views [5026] | Comments [2]

We left Noumea bound for the outer Islands of New Caledonia on a rainy, windy morning and the weather did not improve much throughout the day. We aimed for a well protected anchorage on an island just off the south coast of Grande Terre (the main ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

Ocean Sailing - the ups and downs! and up... and down... and up... and down...

NEW CALEDONIA | Sunday, 22 Jul 2007 | Views [2306] | Comments [9]

Friday the 13th dawned sunny and calm. After clearing out of Opua by about 10:30 we sailed out of the bay. Sad to see the New Zealand coast slipping by but very very glad to be finally on our way. Decked out in beanies, jackets, vests and two pairs of ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Stormy Seas and a Friday 13th departure.

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | Views [1069] | Comments [4]

The end is in sight, we leave New Zealand tomorrow morning at 10am, customs booked for 9am. Today is a busy day of stowing away provisions, cleaning the boat, filling up with fuel and water, returning the car, fixing final things on deck and just generally ... Read more >

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Playing the waiting game...

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 28 Jun 2007 | Views [1321] | Comments [2]

Unfortunately the weather gods have chosen not to smile on us yet. Our weather agent, known here as Santa Clause, has advised us that two thumping great lows are crossing the Tasman at the moment and now would be a very bad time to go. He literally wrote ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

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