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…

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,…

Ding dong, it’s time to hong!

PHANG-NGA BAY, THAILAND As we (motor)sailed north into Phang-Nga Bay, we were greeted by large monoliths jutting vertically out of the sea, dripping with limestone stalactites and coated in lush rainforest. The scenery in this part of Thailand is spectacular, but the real gems are what’s hidden within. Many of these islands are actually hollow,…

Gee, 90 days go quick!

It feels like just yesterday that we were arriving into the little Indonesian port town of Debut after five days sailing across the Arafura Sea. But 90 days, 2200 NM and 30+ islands later, we are anchored in Tanjungpinang, and with the rally wrapped up and our port clearances done, we are preparing to sail…

Sailing to the Spice Islands

The fleet sailed out of Debut, destined for the second rally stop, the famous Spice Islands of Banda! The Banda Sea, which we were traversing for approximately 175 NM, is extremely deep (more than 5000m) in places and is inky black. It’s hard to catch a fish in so much water, so we didn’t have…

Dolphins at dawn…

…dodging cyclones, and diving with sharks in reef lagoons! We’ve swapped our camouflage uniforms for cruisers’ garb. This is where you can reach us now:   Enjoy!

Same same but different…

YEPPOON – PORT CLINTON – PEARL BAY – ISLAND HEAD CREEK Life at anchor usually goes something like this: wake up sometime after day-break … hot brew followed by brekky on the back deck … shore excursion to go bushwalking, beach combing etc … lunch … siesta … another shore excursion … sundowners (ie drinks…

I saw a dugong!

I finally saw a freakin’ dugong! Despite being a bit fanatical about marine critters, I had previously never been in the right place and time to see a sea-cow. But my luck finally changed during an early morning paddle across to Round Island. I was paddling back to Urangan when I spotted what I first…

The Dream is Real!

With the port motor working well and  bunch of other boat projects out of the way, we finally busted out of the marina for some sailing, diving and paddling. This is what we signed up for! Check out our Australia Day sailing adventure here, or watch this little youtube clip we put together, featuring turtles,…

Smooth Sailing to Moreton (4 weeks to go)

Sailing, diving, snorkelling, beachcombing, reading, relaxing, swimming, SUPing, bushwalking, checking out stunning views….we spent the Aussie Day long weekend doing exactly what we signed up for.  And we realised something: the dream is real! All went well with the motors as we cruised out of Scarborough Marina. After replacing a heat exchanger, then refurbishing injectors…

Liveaboard life (6 weeks to go)

We have now lived aboard for a month. A whole lunar month – full moon to full moon. A month of all different types of weather, including some decent summer storms and sweltering 38 degree days. A month full of hosting visitors and relaxing on the deck reading books. A month full of boat maintenance…

Marathon to Moreton, Aug 16

Running 42.2km is hard enough. Running it with a wet shoe is even worse… …Back in April I registered for the Brisbane marathon. I’ve completed the distance before but I was keen to try and beat my personal best time. I commenced a sixteen week training program and during one of my early training runs…