Launching Maggie Drum – Thai Style!

Jib, office worker at PSS, and one of the yard boys get the crackers ready

Saying ‘goodbye’ to Maggie Drum

We met Duncan and Caroline in Panang last year. Duncan approached us asking for advice on where to haul out and do work on the boat, and we recommended PSS. Fast forward a few months and we were neighbours once more, this time in cradles on the hard. They are two very splendid people and we became good friends, which is why it was sad to see them go. Still, they were itching to get back in the water (who isn’t?) and it was a nice little send-off, as this video clip shows:

Someone believed our story about Christening a new teak cockpit with red wine! Photo: Caroline Woodhead

Someone believed our story about Christening a new teak cockpit with red wine! Photo: Caroline Woodhead

Shortly after uploading this clip we received an email from Duncan and Caroline. They had taken with them two mutual neighbours, Sharm and Rumi, two Korean travellers who had never been sailing before. We encouraged them to go with Duncan and Caroline (you might catch a glimpse of them in the video when the boat is in the slip). On the eve of my birthday we all sat round discussing how the Koreans should go our for a test sail to see if they like it (I’m happy to report they did). We filled Sharm and Rumi’s heads with sailing yarns, stories and traditions. Like the one where it is good luck to spill red wine on Maggie Drum’s brand new teak cockpit. It seems Sharm believed fell for it, judging by the pic Caroline just emailed us!

Jib, office worker at PSS, and one of the yard boys get the crackers ready

Jib, office worker at PSS, and one of the yard boys get the crackers ready

Sharm and Rumi wave goodbye as they venture off on their first trip to sea

Sharm and Rumi wave goodbye as they venture off on their first trip to sea





8 Comments on “Launching Maggie Drum – Thai Style!”

  1. Yes,we also had the joy of meeting and sailing with Duncan and Caroline through Indo.  They are the sort of people that you will try to meet again.  great video!
    thanks
    Verity and Nathan 
    Albatross II

  2. Hi there
    I thought it was going to be a face lift on Esper – not a complete re-build!  quite amazing how much work you are having done, you should have a brand new boat when it’s finished, so all the work and effort will obviously be worthwhile.  The work and planning seems to be going with military precision so hope this continues for you!  Look forward to seeing her all finished!
     
    We are currently anchored at Velassaru and unfortunately we have had rain for the past couple of days, hopefully that will be over now and we can carry on south after Gaia and Sunflower (another boat we met in Uligan also on their way to Chagos) who are both a bit further south than us.  We plan to sail the one and a half degree channel sometime next week – much earlier than last year – will let you know when we’ve done it!  Hope to spend April in Chagos and finally get to see it!!
     
    Good luck with all your work, will keep you informed of our progress and look forward to reading about yours!
     
    Love Div and Ants

  3. Dear Duncan & Caroline,

    Thanks again for the rescue, hope the beef wasn’t too rare!
    Enjoy the rest of your trip,

    Regards,

    Paul, Elle and Charlotte
    Phuket

  4. Just saw your comment. The beef was perfect!! We are now in Portugal and cross the Atlantic in November. Do keep in touch

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