Dinner with a King!

It’s always a joy to have dolphins riding your bow, and we were lucky enough to have two pods of dolphins accompany us on our 12 hour passage along the Central Sulawesi coast from Tolitoli to Buol. In both places we were extremely well looked after by local guides (mostly English teachers from the local…

Jumping ship!

It’s the end of an era. As planned, the Angel Wing crew part ways here in Tawau. Andy and Angel Wing are heading south then west, while I head east onboard SV Indigo II. It was pretty emotional leaving my home on Angel Wing, but new adventures await. Raja Ampat here I come…

I ❤️ Brunei

Maybe its island living, but like the Sarawakians, the Bruneians are a chilled out friendly bunch. We spent ten days hanging out in Brunei, a tiny little enclave country wedged into Malaysian Borneo. It’s ruled by a Sultan, is predominantly Muslim, and is sitting on a big lake of oil, which finances the place. Brunei…

Selamat Hari Raya!

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” Anita Desai On the small and remote island of Pulau Seresan, we were invited into the homes of the local Indonesian people to celebrate Hari Raya Eidilfitri (the end of Ramadan) with them. We went ashore to explore as normal (not realising it was Hari Raya),…

A big dose of vitamin sea

After the murky waters of the Malacca Strait, and shore excursions to Myanmar and around mainland Malaysia, we were overdue for some vitamin sea. Fortunately the Johor Islands along Malaysia’s east coast obliged. Actually the Johor Islands were a pleasant surprise. A little cluster of islands ringed with great beaches and fringing reefs, with welcoming…

One year cruising!

Happy cruising anniversary to us. We cast off the lines and left Scarborough Marina at 4am one year ago! In that year, we’ve covered more than 6000 nautical miles across several seas and four countries. How do you distil a whole year into one post? It’s a bit tough, with all the awesome adventures we’ve had;…

A cave full of … ?!

In Krabi Province, much like Phuket, there are amazing beaches, hollow islands called hongs, spectacular scenery, delicious local food, and of course, hundreds of longtail boats and millions of tourists. But in Krabi, we also stumbled upon something rather unusual: a cave full of cocks! Yes … penises … of all different shapes and sizes….

Whistlestop tour!

Welcome aboard Debs!! Thanks for being our latest guest crew member on Angel Wing! And even though it was only for a brief whistlestop tour, we still packed a fair bit in: Paddling through the hongs in Phang Nga Bay, followed up with some pretty classy sundowners!   Diving and snorkelling at Koh Racha Yai,…

Flamers and fireworks…hello 2018!

Incoming!!! Normally that’s a call you hear on a battlefield when rockets and artillery are raining down, but it was also yelled out several times during our new years eve celebrations aboard SV Billaroo in Patong Bay, Thailand. Every now again, an errant paper lantern, lit by revellers on nearby Patong Beach to accompany new years’…

The mysterious red stripes of Langkawi

There are 99 islands in the Langkawi group. And nearly all of them are marked in various places by three horizontal red stripes. On trees, rock walls, along roads and beaches, around corners…everywhere! But what do they mean? Who knows. Even after three weeks in Langkawi, we are still none the wiser on what the…

King Neptune has the last laugh

I woke up as a slimy POLLYWOG … but went to bed a trusty SHELLBACK because we crossed the equator!   And crossing the equator is a coming of age for seafarers. Reaching the equator deems that you are capable of enduring long and difficult sea-voyages (apparently), and thus marks the transition from jube to…

The big 5-0 in Townsville!

After cruising the capes (Cape Upstart (great oysters!), Cape Bowling Green (rolly as hell), and Cape Cleveland), we spent a great week in Townsville catching up with friends, seeing the sights, eating fondue, and celebrating Andy’s 50th birthday! We took a berth in the Breakwater Marina. It’s a great spot to park – central to everything…