A belated update
28 November 2010 | Phuket, Thailand
Since my last entry I've been busy on various projects, unrelated to sailboats and the sea. Time has been limited but I've made another trip to the Similans and several trips to Langkawi and the islands twixt here and there.
The following photo was taken by a good friend, Larry R., just last month. He sailed his boat, Brisa Del Mar, and I, Bucephalus, to Langkawi. This was my first single-hand trip and it most certainly was an adventure. We ran into squalls all the way down, my cruising chute halyard became entangled with the roll-furler for the jib and I learned how to jump start my engine. As for the cruising chute halyard incident, I had read somewhere that by turning the boat in circles you can roll up the jib and yes, I did try it. The first two "rolls" were successful but after that, the jib sheets were keeping the jib from furling more. Cutting the jib sheets was an option but I ended up attached to the bow with a safety harness and man-handling the jib around the forestay. Once on anchor, I went aloft and freed up the problem.
Langkawi was quite, a bit of a relief after my trip there last December. That is when I was on the dinghy dock when a sailor in a dinghy was towed in by another boat. The sailor was yelling about someone being run over by a fishing boat. I then noticed someone was lying in the bottom of his dinghy. This person turned out to be the man who had been run over, hit and run, by the fishing boat. His left arm was nearly severed and he had deep cuts across his chest and right arm. It nearly took an act of God for me to get the Malays who where there to call an ambulance. After what seemed an eternity, medical assistance arrived and the injured man was taken to a hospital. According to Noonsite.com the incident was reported to the authorities but nothing was done, even though the other man in the dinghy got a good look at the driver of the fishing boat. I'll let you take away from this whatever you want.
The photo is Bucephalus riding the waves on our trip south, last month. She is such a sea-kindly boat. Kudos to W.I.B. Crealock and her builders.