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…

Episode 4. Strangers and fiction

Candeux, a new 48 foot aluminium catamaran, continues its way westward through the Philippines to Thailand via Malaysia. Owner Ben and first mate Hugh have anchored at Manucan Island in the Cagayan Islands after nearly becoming a new addition as a wreck in the Notices to Mariners when Candeux’s steering failed at the worst possible…

Episode 3. Man, you can: but should you?

Having nearly ended the Philippines leg of our journey to Thailand via Malaysia as yet another wreck on the charts, Ben (the skipper) and Hugh (first mate) aboard Candeux decide a rest day is in order. We decide we need a rest day in the middle of the Sulu Sea at Manucan Island in the…

Episode 2. Just when you thought …

Candeux, a brand new 48 foot aluminium catamaran, under the command of the owner Ben, is slowing making its way from the Philippines to Thailand. After nearly losing Ben to the shopping mecca that is not Tagbilaran, and then to the lost river refuge of Port Bonbonon, Candeux, with Ben and first mate Hugh, continues…

Episode 1. Escaped and escaping

After escaping the Canberra heat and fly fiesta, Hugh arrives on Mactan Island in Cebu, the Philippines, to join sailing mate Ben, who has finally taken delivery of his new Mumby 48 foot aluminium catamaran, Candeux. Ben loves a pun: two (deux) cans (hulls) and two people can… all they need is the can-do attitude.…