When the first murmurings of this year’s SW monsoon came rumbling in, we cancelled our plans to meet friends in town and stayed aboard. Squadrons of clouds hurled lightning across the sky at each other for two days, while we sheltered in the cockpit and collected rainwater in buckets.
Older readers of followhtheboat will know that Jamie’s sailing adventures started aboard s/y Ramprasad, skippered by owner Sam Coles. We are sad to report that Ramprasad ran aground and eventually sank off the coast of Madagascar this week.
Next time you turn the tap on for a glass of water, to have a bath or make a coffee, enjoy the ease of that simple act. In our latest episode we explain why it can take us over two hours to do the same.
Checking in is easy in Ao Chalong, with harbour master, customs and immigration in three rooms next to each other. The whole process took 15 minutes, considerably faster than finding water.
Loving this musician called The Fisherman. He’s really prolific and has been putting stuff out for years but this is possibly his most appropriate for our lifestyle. If you can’t see the clip or play it in the website, listen to it here.
Earlier this afternoon I had to relay a medical emergency on the VHF because no one responded to the initial call-out.
One of the ‘perks’ of publishing our adventures online is reading and responding to the feedback we get. From youtube comments to emails, we love reading what people have to say, not just about our website but about themselves too. In the last week we received two heart-warming communications from two kind Americans.
If you would like to know which is Liz’s favourite anchorage, what superpower she has always wanted to have and where she would like to be right now, you’ll need to catch the video…
We came across a number of restaurants and bars, but for once had to pass them by because we needed to shoot as much footage as possible before driving back to Essex. There were marquees packed with everything you never thought you needed in the galley, alongside fantastic bits of gleaming machinery for engines and decks. The atmosphere was buzzy. Exhibitors shiny with anticipation and visitors wide-eyed with the intent to buy.
We make it to the southern entrance of Phiphi and are horrified to find this once peaceful anchorage packed with dive boats, long tails, day trippers, super yachts, hundreds of private mooring buoys and not forgetting mini booze cruises (cut to bob’s booze cruise).
We’ve got two great tunes on our latest sailing video diary this week, and this is one of them: an uplifting, light-rock tune by Adam Thomas. Not normally our kind of music but it fits the clip and makes us happy. If you can’t see the clip or play it in the website, listen to it here.
This is a new one for us, a sailing interview with a non-sailor! In actual fact Jia, manager of PSS Shipyard, does own his own (motor) boat but he rarely gets the chance to go out in it.