Episode 10. Flat chat to Kudat

Ben and Hugh, aboard the new Mumby catamaran  Candeux, leave Balabac Island in the Philippines for Kudat on the top western tip of Malaysian Borneo, on their way to Thailand. We are expecting winds from the north to north west at 10-15 knots.  Lovely.   They may build to 20 knots around 2000hrs but we expect…

Episode 9. Keyway no way

The voyage from the Philippines to Thailand via Malaysia has skipper Ben and first mate Hugh on Ben’s 48 foot aluminium catamaran, Candeux. The next leg is a 70nm run from Brookes Point on Palawan Island to Balabac town on Balabac Island. Another day of 0430 wake-ups for Ben and Hugh for the run to…

Hmmm. More of a reef than a seawall.

Episode 8. Broke at Brookes

Ben and Hugh are in Puerto Princessa, the capital of the Palawan Islands in the Philippines.  From here, Candeux will begin the SSW run to Kudat in Malaysian Borneo in day hops – first to Brookes Point on Palawan Island, then Balabac Island, followed by a leg between Pangii Island and Balambagan Island, and finally…

The welcoming Albanico Yacht Club, Puerta Princessa

Episode 7. Sailing life and strife

Candeux, a brand new 48 foot aluminium catamaran, continues its slow voyage to Thailand from the Philippines via Malaysian Borneo and the Peninsula with owner Ben and crew Hugh. After crossing from Negros Island to Palawan Island we eventually arrive, after numerous misadventures, at Puerto Princessa, the capital of the Palawan Province.  We anchor off…

Episode 6. Here’s spit in your eye

Candeux is a brand new 48 foot aluminium catamaran which Ben, the owner, and first mate Hugh are sailing from the Philippines, via Malaysia to Phuket in Thailand. The voyage has encountered some challenges. So far, we have voyaged from Cebu via Bohol and Negros Island to cross the Sulu Sea to Palawan Island. This…

Episode 5. Reef grief in Araceli

New catamaran Candeux, with skipper Ben and fist mate Hugh aboard, heads from Araceli down Palawan Island. Araceli town on Dumaran Island (immediately north of Palawan Island) has been a fun overnight stop with Peter, May and Ron on another catamaran, inviting us to drinks and the swapping of tales and knowledge.  But, the morning…