Episode 19. The Evelyn virus

After an overnight passage from Bintulu on the west coast of Sarawak our 48 foot aluminium catamaran Candeux arrives at Kuching.  It is a big city and the river reflects this, with lots of ships, large and small, and numerous commercial and residential building along the river front. The marina is nine nautical miles up-stream. …

Log encounter, and damage temporarily repaired, Candeux heads into a night passage

Episode 17. Logging the miles – Bintulu to Kuching part 1

It’s raining. Undaunted skipper Ben, crewmates Duncan and Hugh continue to sail Ben’s Mumby 48 aluminum catamaran Candeux from the Philippines to Thailand.  Our leg today is from Bintulu on the west coast of Borneo further south to Kuching on a 200nm overnight passage.  From Kuching we are then about 65nm from the SW tip…

A massive seahorse guarded the entrance to the marina at Miri

Episode 16. Mis-directed in Miri; breezing to Bintulu

Ben, Hugh and Duncan are making their way down the west coast of Borneo aboard spanking new Mumby 48 catamaran Candeux. They are heading from the Philippines to Thailand via Malaysia, and have so far encountered more than their fair share of misadventures. Luckily, it’s not all chaos and disaster (otherwise who would go sailing?).…

Episode 14. Anchors and angst

The third member of Candeux’s crew, Duncan, has arrived from Newcastle (Australia) via Brunei. This is Duncan’s first day of sailing on Candeux, so we are looking at a fun day with hopefully a secure and interesting anchorage. We depart Labuan at 0530hrs for the river entrance at Tanjung Baram (the Baram River), which is…

Episode 13. Getting a bit of curry

Hugh and Ben finally pick up their third man, Duncan, on their run from the Philippines to Thailand via Malaysia in the new aluminium Mumby catamaran Candeux. As usual, it is not without its dramas. The run from the nature reserve of Pulau Tiga to Labuan Island just off the east coast of Malaysian Borneo…