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…

Candeux basks in a stunning sunset, anchored off the Kota Kinabalu Yacht Club.

Episode 12. Wild men at Kota Kinabalu

After yet more running repairs on Candeux, skipper Ben and first mate Hugh reckon they are ready to venture further down the west coast of Borneo. The next leg is a relatively short hop – the 40nm from Teluk Usukan to Kota Kinabalu where we plan to stop for a couple of days to obtain…

Episode 11. It’s a whopper!

Ben and Hugh, aboard 48-foot Mumby catamaran Candeux have left the Philippines on their way to Thailand via Malaysia. Beside the long litany of misadventures they have encountered along the journey, there are other distractions. While in Malaysian Kudat, the Islamic call to prayer from the local mosques has been waking us up early, so…