On passage to Borneo

We are currently in the Anambas Islands in Indonesia and internet coverage is terrible (apparently someone stole the fibre optic cable!) Anyway a longer update will have to wait til we get somewhere with better coverage. Our overnight passage from mainland Malaysia was a mixed bag. We were farewelled by a huge storm, and just…

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…

Dinghy disaster!

OK, here’s what our dinghy is supposed to look like: And here’s what it currently looks like: It blew up! Literally. The air expanded in the midday sun causing a seam to pop, scaring the pants off some nearby people on the beach. Now the front section won’t stay inflated. We tried gluing it back…

Our next adventure begins…

And so the next chapter of the Alpha Odyssey begins. We have joined the 2018 Sail Malaysia Passage to the East rally , which sails from Langkawi (Malaysia), back down the Malacca Strait, around Singapore, up the east coast of Malaysia, then across to the Anambas and Natunas Islands (Indonesia), and then across to Borneo. This…

Anchor chain bootcamp!

Here’s an idea for bootcamp: dragging a tonne of anchor chain back and forth across sand. I wonder if anyone would turn up if that’s what was advertised? Unfortunately for us, we didn’t have a choice. Ever since we had the chain regalvanised in Penang  , it was constantly skipping on the gypsy, making it…

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;…

Sawasdee Surins and Similans!

Sawasdee carp, greetings from the Surin and Similan Islands! Little islands dotted around the Andaman Sea that are rich with abundant marine life and amazing water clarity. As a marine-biologist-wannabe, I was in heaven! Surin Island tranquility As we arrived into Tranquil Bay in the Surin Islands [bold] we picked up one of the numerous Government…

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,…

Langkawi: where eagles (and sails!) soar

Lang is the (shortened) bahasa word for eagle and kawi means brown stone, so Langkawi, our current location, is named after the sea-eagles that are ubiquitous around these islands. As we sailed into the Langkawi island group, we spotted lots and lots of sea-eagles circling the limestone pinnacles that jut out of the sea. Brahminy…

Sealift magic in Pangkor

We hauled out. It was time to replace the anodes and anti-foul, so we engaged the services of the sealift at Pangkor Marina, and hauled our girl out for a few days. Hauling out is always a bit stressful, but the team at Pangkor Marina were uber-professional and got the job swiftly and expertly. And…

Murder in Pangkor!

A murder of crows that is. There are crows EVERYWHERE here in Pangkor Marina. No seagulls, just crows. (Maybe they ate all the seagulls??) Anyway, they love to hang out in your rigging and poop on the decks. And they’re creepy. We are docked in Pangkor Marina for nearly a month, so I’ve had to…

Safe as houses in the Malacca Strait

“A century ago, and for more than half a century before that, piracy was rife in the Malayan seas. … The Archipelago was split up into countless petty kingdoms and each rajah was the commander-in-chief of a pirate fleet. … A thousand rivers gave them hiding-places whence the swift warboats could dash out … and…