Parlay - Where's Parlay

Retired in October 2013 and sailed down to Queensland. In July 2015 decided to sail around SE Asia taking our little dog Whiskey with us this is our journey for our friends & family

Vessel Name: Parlay
Vessel Make/Model: Irwin 52
Hailing Port: Darwin Australia
Crew: Ray, Shaunnaugh & Whiskey
11 July 2016 | Koh Phangan
10 June 2016 | Koh Samui
10 June 2016 | Koh Samui
04 June 2016 | Kualu Terenggua
04 June 2016 | Kualu Terenggua
31 May 2016 | Tioman
19 May 2016 | shaunnaugh
18 March 2016
15 March 2016 | Ko Lippe
23 February 2016
23 February 2016
10 February 2016
Recent Blog Posts
12 August 2017

Where's Parlay- Pangkor Marina

Hi Everyone,

11 July 2016 | Koh Phangan

29/6/16 to 6/7/16

29/6/16 to 6/7/16

02 July 2016

Koh Samui 1 June - 28 June

1 /6/16 to 28/6/16.

10 June 2016 | Koh Samui

P. Rendang to Koh Samui

25/5/16 P. Rendang

10 June 2016 | Koh Samui

P. Rendang to Koh Samui

25/5/16 P. Rendang

04 June 2016 | Kualu Terenggua

Kualu Pahang - Kualu Terenggua

17/5/16 Kuala Pahang. We anchor at Kuala Pahang for the night on our way to Cukai. We saw 2 flags indicating that there was a net on the seabed but we couldn’t find the 3rd flag and we thought we were being very careful to anchor away from the flags but when the fishermen were pulling up their net [...]

Where's Parlay- Pangkor Marina

12 August 2017
Shaunnaugh
Hi Everyone,
After our trip back home to Australia we have arrived back in Pangkor Marina, I had heaps of requests to restart the blog so here it goes;

We are in Pangkor marina at the moment, Ray has reinforced the galley (ship's kitchen) floor, he removed damaged wood under the fridge & replaced it with new hard as steel wood from the sawmill. He has also reinforced the hatches with heaps of screws & wood, he has reinforced most of the beams underneath the floor and at the moment he is removing the teak beading from the hatches, which will be replaced with new beading once the tiling is completed. We were really impressed that the floor was in good condition after 27 years, it shows the original builder took care when they built this ship. We are due to leave the marina on the 20th August but if the floor is not finished we will stay until it is completed, Ray said it will take a while for the skirting to be completed because it's going to be a jigsaw puzzle. Plus it has to be sanded & varnished.

We are happy here at the moment our neighbors are friendly & the wet season rains have started, cooling off the evenings. My only gripe is I am limited to how much I can use the galley because there is no sealed floor.

Tomorrow we are taking the day off, we are planning a ferry trip to Pangkor island for lunch & a bit of R&R. Poor Ray's back needs a rest. Until next time

29/6/16 to 6/7/16

11 July 2016 | Koh Phangan
Ray Jones
29/6/16 to 6/7/16
Nereid dropped anchor at Bo Phut, so I jokingly asked them to come for storm drinks instead of sundowners as we seem to get storms just before sunset, anyway I must have cursed us because at about 4pm the storm from hell hit. A small charter yacht was first to take off dragging the pick it flew past us like he was under full sail but finally he got it under control and pulled up about 100 meters behind us, then it was Nereid’s turn and not long after it was our turn to drag. Luckily the boats that dragged anchor all had their crew on board, the only boat at anchor that didn’t have any crew didn’t drag and he came out to his boat just as the storm abated. Ian and I both agreed that the wind was probably about fifty Knots. It increased by 5 knots per beer we drank, while discussing the storm at the markets that night. We had a great time at the markets and went to 3 different areas to listen to bands.
The next day we left for the “Ang Thong National Park, 21Nm to the west of Samui. We motored all the way and dropped the anchor with the idea of going and looking at the islands interior lake. We were told we had to go to park headquarters to pay park fees and that Whiskey (both the dog and liquid form) was not allowed ashore at the National Park.
We stayed the night and went in around morning to the HQ bay and paid our 640 TB and had a looked around. We decided to climb the mountain to the lookout the next morning. When we started the trail there was an abundance of the cutest black and white faced monkeys, they put on a good show for us leaping from tree top to tree top. The trail was paved at the lower section but the steeper upper section was raw. The last 30 metre was sharp coral type rocks on the edge of a cliff face. I went ahead to check out the trail and found the going difficult and dangerous. I indicated to Shaunnaugh that it may not be worth getting injured just for the extra 20 meters. As it was she had started up about 10meters and had become stuck. I was only a few meters from the platform so I thought I would go up and take a quick photo. As my head got above the platform I could clearly see that there was a mating ritual being performed by 2 homosapians. Thankfully they were male and a female. I wasn’t sure what to do, should I take photos? Maybe I should film it for one of David Attenboughs wildlife shows or just go up and applaud the performance. I was also hoping that these people who were obviously overcome by their wild surroundings didn’t try leaping from the tree tops. In the end I stayed below the platform and took some photos of the mountains and island below while listening to the noises of the ritual above, after the last groan I went up and took some photos of the view of the other side of the mountain.
When we returned to the boat we pulled anchor and move on to look have a look at the natural stone bridge, the lake and the islands to the north. We decided to give the lake a miss as it was another two hour hike and we hadn’t recovered from the last one and I didn’t think they could outdo the previous wildlife show. We stayed the night and moved to the much talked about Koh Tao 25Nm north, famous for its clear waters and good diving.
We dropped anchor in Hin Wong bay with guidance of Frank a local of 20 years of German decent who is married to a Thai woman. We went ashore for lunch at Diane’s restaurant. The bay is boulder fringed with one small beach which our new acquaintance, Frank, showed us as I had to tow him in as he had run out of fuel. After lunch we had to pass a beach bar to get to our boat and an Aussie guy struck up a conversation so we had to stop for a drink. When I say Aussie he was born in France and moved to Ireland and then immigrated to Stralia. Boy, what an accent he had, he was with a Canadian girl and they were having a conversation with Mol, the local Thai owner of the bar and beach. The conversation was interesting to say the least, especially being that Mol can do lots of different accents.
The party was broken up when the 5 o’clock storm hit, 1hr early then expected so we bolted back to the boat. Whisky who is generally petrified of storms sat on my lap in the dingy with her head up as we flew into the driving rain, once on board she danced around on deck in the rain barking like there was no tomorrow. We still haven’t worked out what got into her as normally she would be a shivering wreck.
The next day we asked Mol if she could organize a car to take us over to the main town on the other side of the mountain. This was done in a very high Tec manner of screaming out to Diane, at the restaurant up the hill, who told us that it won’t be long and proceeded to wander around to find someone. After about 20 minutes we decided to walk but the hill was the steepest I have ever seen so we gave up just as our ride arrived. Thank goodness we didn’t walk. In all these islands around here they don’t build the roads in a zig zag over the mountains they go straight up. They are so steep if you have 2 people on a motor bike, the passenger has to jump off and walk as the bike just can’t make it. We had a good day in the big smoke but were happy to get back to our secluded little bay with Mols secluded little bar. This time Hubert the French, Irish, Aussie had two of his mates an American Swedish Aussie with A.D.D and he liked drinking red bull and an Aussie born and bred which was good because he could translate for the other two, we had lots of laughs with them even though was hard as it was understand what was being said.
The next day off to Koh Nang Yuan which are three small islands joined by a beach at neap tides. The beach will submerge on high water springs. An interesting place but I have been to a lot of places like this but without the tourists running all over it. It would have been a nice place once but they have turned it into a commercial jungle. We had lunch and sailed on to Mango bay in central north Koh Tao and we picked up a mooring, had a swim and went to a restaurant up the top of a 100 metre stair case looking over the bay. We had 5 star views and 5 star meals.
The next day all the dive boats come and fill all the moorings and commence diving instruction. A lot of people come here to do their dive tickets as it is cheaper and after watching them it looked quiet thorough. The water is very clear here and there are a lot of divers around and under our boat so I put on some goggles and have a look around. There are lots of hollow blocks about ½ a metre square stacked on the sea floor; I think it is to encourage coral growth to go to the sandy areas from the existing coral growth on the shore line fringe reef. I am not sure if this is a good idea or not.
Spent a few days here relaxing, swimming, diving and mowing the grass above the waterline on the hull and then sailed back down to Koh Phangan to get internet and vegetables. We sailed down the west coast as the weather was flat and it would be OK to anchor there however all the beaches had fringe reefs making it hard to get ashore with the dingy. In the end we up sailing around the whole island calling in to Haad Rin or full moon party bay for lunch. We organized a take away curry for dinner. It was too rollie on anchor here so we pulled anchor and travelled up to Haad Thong bay and the anchorage here was perfect. There were three other yachts were here Quasar, Brick house and Nereid. We made arrangements to go to dinner with Ian and Alison and they came back to our boat for Bailey’s, chocolate brownies (made by Shaunnaugh), some shit music and jokes.
We have a special effect on people as we woke up in the morning, Nereid was gone. That’s one boat down and two to go, we will work on them today. We had a quiet day doing paper work and fixing auto pilots. Chris from Quasar invited us over for sundowner drinks and said that Brickhouse would be there too. It was a good evening and we came back and had our take away curry for dinner. At 4am a storm blew up and my anchor alarm went off. We were dragging anchor and coming down on Quasar quite quickly in the 40knot squalls. I started the motor and drove forward to stop us hitting Quasar and the wind shifted about 60 degrees pushing us away from Quasar I eased the engine down. I was as happy to see that the anchor had reset with us 50 meters abeam of Quasar. Chris called up as we were closer and I told him the situation and we agreed it was safer to stay as we were until morning. We rode it out until first light and the wind had dropped to 30kns and we pulled anchor and reset 200 metres away. I was sure that would have that special effect on them and they would leave but it looks like they’re stuck with us as a strong wind warning has set in for a few days.
We had about 30 local fishing boats come and anchor in the bay because of the bad weather. They are anchored in two groups of 10 with only 1 or 2 anchors down and as soon as the wind picks up 1 of the groups take off all still tied together, they all calmly cast off from each other and go and re-anchor in smaller groups. The other group of 10 goes through the night with no apparent problems.

Koh Samui 1 June - 28 June

02 July 2016
Ray Jones
1 /6/16 to 28/6/16.
After arriving in Ko Samui we spend a few days at the North Bay (Bo Phut). It has a tourist district to the West and a more local scene in the east. So we mix it up between the two. Some of the food in the tourist district is actually eatable which is surprising (we have a saying in Thailand tourist areas the more you pay the worst the food is the taste). I think the reason for the food being Ok is that these bars and restaurants are owner operated and not part of a corporate also there are no rubbish franchise outlets.
Billy Kitson and Steve, both who I know from the old East Freo days and a mate theirs Bob were holidaying in Koh Samui. They came to the boat to catch up and we had beers, lunch and beers, went sailing, with more beers and just to finish it off we had BEERS. It was a good day and many a good story was told well at least the ones we could remember.
My niece Sue arrived from Bali. Bill and the boys come around to Bo Phut and we sailed around to Lamia Beach where they are staying. It’s about 12 Nm on the east side of Koh Samui. We dropped anchor and had a swim and then we continue what we didn’t finish the other day, beers and bullshit. I think Bill is in his element on the boat as he was a cray fisherman for 23 years and he’s also good at beers and bullshit.
We all went ashore have dinner and we spend the night on anchored here and in the morning set sail for Koh Phangan about 12Nm to the north of Koh Samui. We had a good sail up in 10 to 15kn beam reaching. Once we got behind the land we start to get catabolic winds or bullets off the mountains. Sue reckons this is great as when the strong gusts hit, about 25kn, we heal right over and speed up but we decide to reef the sails. In the process one of the deck blocks disintegrates showering bits of plastic and metal everywhere which immediately causes huge amounts screaming and shouting. Anyway the screaming and shouting worked and we soon have everything under control and pulled into a bay half way up the east coast. This place is so tranquil and we immediately go ashore and have lunch and a walk along the foreshore amongst the rocks which has pathways meandering through all the holiday houses. It is absolutely beautiful and we find that the houses go all the way up the top of the hill. It only costs about AU$20 a day to hire one of these holiday cottages. We spend the next few days going from bay to bay along this coast and find that they are all similar, the imagination to build these buildings on top of huge rocks is amazing, some bays are more relaxed than others some are even yoga retreat with heath food and drinks. One of the yoga retreats was probably our favourite.
We have a great sail back to Samui but we all decide that there is not enough wind and it is a well known fact on our boat that you have to drink beer to get more wind, so we go to work with Sue leading the way, 4 beers later and we’ve got 15 Knots of wind. I tell Sue to stop as we have enough wind now, but she wants to go faster, she’s on a mission, so I decide to help. We manage to get the anchor down just before the storm we drank up hits. We go ashore and attend the markets which have lots of traditional food like boiled egg Kababs, deep fried silk worms and crickets and my favourite chicken feet. We end up at the Billabong surf club to watch the band and Sue chats up 3 Thailand businessmen that are drunker than we are. We have a good time talking to them and go home and sleep well.
Next day got a Taxi to Lamia to watch Freo win their second game and catch up with billy and co.
We hired a car for 800TB about $30. Best deal we could get. Most wanted 1200TB and some as high as 2000. It is a near new car so we are happy and spend the next 2 days cruising around Samui. We get down south and there doesn’t seem to be much happening and we find a beautiful little bay and restaurant and ask for lunch, the guy says that they are closed as it is Sunday and we start to leave disappointed but he says he can open but only to serve beer, so we stop for one and sit in the veranda and it is so peaceful as we are the only ones here. After we move on to find somewhere to eat and come across what we are looking for a good seafood restaurant. The food was great and we decided to go up the mountains to do some waterfalls. Did one and then tried to go to the second one with Siri (that stupid computer girl) directing. We ended up going down tracks barely wide enough for the car, but as everyone knows hire cars can go anywhere. We were going in to people’s private farms and if they didn’t look so upset I might have stopped to buy some eggs. Our plan was to travel straight over the mountains back to the boat but Siri couldn’t work it out, so we went the long way home and chilled out and watched the amazing lightening in the clouds.
Next day we did the big Golden Buda, the skydiving thing and local Thailand markets and food super market called macro which specialises in bulk buying which I think Sue was quite interested to see her line of work from a different perspective. We also went up a mountain near the Airport and went to the Pagoda wat (temple) which was interesting but as it was above the airport it was more interesting watching the planes take off.
Next day took Sue to the Airport and dropped the car back and pulled anchor and sailed back to Phangan. Saw Sue’s plane take off and bank right to Singapore smack on time. Sue was good company will she was here. We are going to have to find something to ween us back into our mundane life. I know just the thing, full moon party at Had Rin Nok. This is the biggest and best full moon party in the World. We go to lunch to phone everyone on face time just in case we don’t survive the party. Have a few beers at lunch to put us to sleep this arvo so we will last at the party. Have a couple of drinks while we put on our glow paint and glow sticks and hit the beach at about 10pm. It is so full on I estimate the crowd at about 15000 there is a new DJ and dance platform about every 50 meters so you just keep moving and find the music you like to dance to, everyone is dancing all the time. That is of course unless you aren’t sliding down the water slide, doing the limbo under the limbo fire pole, doing acrobatics on the high bar, joining in one of the200 metre conga lines or going for a swim. This is a bucket list must do. Because we are old farts we go home early at 4am as we have to get some sleep as the after party starts at 7am. We sleep in and go ashore and have breakfast and turn up to the after party to have a look. We are late, it is 10am and there are only 150 people there but most are well under the weather. We watch the comical scene for about 10miniutes and decide to head home checking one fallen soldier we found was still alive and in care before we left him.
We find out that our friends Ian & Alison off SY Nereid have arrived at Samui so we sail down to meet them. They are at Chaweng which is the most populated area on Samui. It is a place we haven’t been so we go for a look. It is full of resorts so we catch a cab to Lamia and eat there and watch one of the better fire shows I have seem. They love fire shows in Thailand. A good time is had but we don’t like Chaweng so we sail back to Bo Phut as we need to dump rubbish and stock up on veges.
As we enter the Bay I get a radio call from Chris off SY Quasar how we met at the Tiomen Islands. He has just cleared in to Thailand and we make arrangements to share a hire car to do our shopping ECT. We pick up veges and garbage bags at the local street market but leave the crickets, silkworms, and frogs for Chris, Clare and Ryan. We do the rest of our shopping at Macro, look for some electronic stuff for Ryan (Chris’s son) and we use the car to pick up so diesel for Parlay

P. Rendang to Koh Samui

10 June 2016 | Koh Samui
Shaunnaugh and Ray
25/5/16 P. Rendang
After leaving Terengganu Marina we went to P. Rendang. We anchored in the small harbour where the marina park headquarters are situated; it smelt of diesel and was rollie so not a nice anchorage. As there was a storm approaching we didn’t feel like moving on and we decide to find a better anchorage tomorrow. Before bed we took Whiskey ashore and had a walk around, there were some turtle nurseries ashore and we were careful not to let Whiskey go into this area. We spent a quite night on the boat then went to bed early.
The next day we decided to try and find a better anchorage. While cruising around the island we passed some yachts in the Malaysia Rally, when we called on them on the VHF radio they didn’t respond, some yachts on rallies agree on a channel between themselves thus they communicate between themselves so this may have been the case. On Parlay we don’t do this, but choose dual watch which scans a nominated frequency and the emergency channel.
We continued sailing around but each bay was rollie and in the end we gave up and decided to go to the other island. We arrived at Perhantian Besar near the Arwana Resort, we were very happy with this anchorage so happy that we made a cocktail and had a swim off the boat. We didn’t like the resort but there were lots of nice places to eat so we went in for dinner. The tourists in this bay were mainly Malaysian and Chinese. The next day we went into shore to have lunch then we moved to the channel between the Perhantian Besar & Perhantian Kecil this wasn’t very good so we went over to a bay on Perhantian Kecil. This was a nice little bay, it had a lot of westerners, which means alcohol and our dog Whiskey is more accepted ashore and we decided to stay for 2 days and have a rest from travelling. Late in the afternoon on the 2nd day we were going for a swim when we noticed about 4 local fishing boats arriving in the bay. We thought this was a bit odd so we got out of the water to see behind the island a massive storm coming over. Ray immediately started hauling up the dinghy and I started to shut all the hatches and portholes on the boat. The first wind to hit us was about 30 knots, Ray got back in time to help me clip down the clears around the cockpit. I suggested we let out some more anchor chain but it was too late and we were being hit by winds up to 50 knots and rain. If we started to drag we would go out in the weather and let out more chain. I suggested to Ray that he change out of his sarong as it may blow off of him if he has to go outside. He said it already had blown away and he was naked getting up the dinghy. Dam! I missed it. One of the small fishing boats dragged during the storm but the rest of us stayed on our anchorage. When the winds stopped it kept raining most of the night. I’m happy we moved to this bay as according to local knowledge this was the right bay for the storm.
Although it rain all night we got a good night sleep and decided to continue on our way. We moved up the coast to an area Ray had picked on the map. When we got there I saw a seawall ahead and thought it would be nicer to anchor behind it, it was about 1hr away. When we got there we couldn’t find anywhere to anchor because of all the fish traps that were along the edge of the channel so we had to continue on. We found a little inlet in front of a village Ban Khok Khan. This village looks as though it had taken a beating from a gale as trees were blown over and the beach was so badly eroded that the houses had toppled over onto the beach. Most of the villages were living in humpies. Looking down the coast from where we had just come from there was a monster storm lashing the coast. So it looks as though we are going to get storms every afternoon/night. We decided to get an early start in the morning and see how far we can get up the coast. Just before lunch Ray and I had a major disagreement. He had found an anchorage he wanted to head for before Songkla we would get there before dark and I wanted to go straight through to Songkla arriving just on dusk or maybe after dark. We could not agree, as neither would give in we decided that we would continue all night to Koh Samui.
The winds picked up and we had the storms we had predicted. It has been a long time since we have had wind like that and so Ray was having so much fun sailing that I have got him to write the following because I only came and helped when needed.
Below is Ray’s version.
It was a very interesting night of which I enjoyed as it kept the adrenaline flowing and it was easy to stay awake. We had about 12 knots true wind, close reaching most of the day until all the storms came just before dark then the wind kept shifting and going up and down in strength so there was a lot of furling in and out. There were squid boats and trawlers everywhere and the occasional tug pulling a poorly lit barge.
The squid boats were helpful with their bright lights as you could head towards them and if there were any pots, fads or nets between you and the squid boats you could see them, doing this though mean I had to pass quite close to them but most of them were anchored. The squid boats I have seen in the past have had white or green lights but these had all sorts of colours. One I passed about 50mtr in front of his bow had the brightest lights and they were white, green, mauve, purple and turquoise, it was quite a sight but being the ever vigilant photographer I forgot to take a photo.
The trawlers were difficult as there were so many of them and they were so close together you didn’t know if they were pair trawling (towing a net between the two trawlers) or stern trawling. The trawler’s lights were something I’d never came across or studied in school. One of them had a very bright red and green light which from a distance looked like port and starboard but as I got closer, I knew there wasn’t something right because the angle of approach was changing but the red and green were still there, I finally, just in time, picked up the true navigation lights to see I was going to cross 100m in front of his bow. The super bright red and green were long tubes in the rigging and once again my photography skills let me down.
It was good to see sunrise but on the whole it was a heap of fun.

30/5/16 We arrived at Koh Samui at 17:00

Picture attached - Street art

P. Rendang to Koh Samui

10 June 2016 | Koh Samui
Shaunnaugh and Ray
25/5/16 P. Rendang
After leaving Terengganu Marina we went to P. Rendang. We anchored in the small harbour where the marina park headquarters are situated; it smelt of diesel and was rollie so not a nice anchorage. As there was a storm approaching we didn’t feel like moving on and we decide to find a better anchorage tomorrow. Before bed we took Whiskey ashore and had a walk around, there were some turtle nurseries ashore and we were careful not to let Whiskey go into this area. We spent a quite night on the boat then went to bed early.
The next day we decided to try and find a better anchorage. While cruising around the island we passed some yachts in the Malaysia Rally, when we called on them on the VHF radio they didn’t respond, some yachts on rallies agree on a channel between themselves thus they communicate between themselves so this may have been the case. On Parlay we don’t do this, but choose dual watch which scans a nominated frequency and the emergency channel.
We continued sailing around but each bay was rollie and in the end we gave up and decided to go to the other island. We arrived at Perhantian Besar near the Arwana Resort, we were very happy with this anchorage so happy that we made a cocktail and had a swim off the boat. We didn’t like the resort but there were lots of nice places to eat so we went in for dinner. The tourists in this bay were mainly Malaysian and Chinese. The next day we went into shore to have lunch then we moved to the channel between the Perhantian Besar & Perhantian Kecil this wasn’t very good so we went over to a bay on Perhantian Kecil. This was a nice little bay, it had a lot of westerners, which means alcohol and our dog Whiskey is more accepted ashore and we decided to stay for 2 days and have a rest from travelling. Late in the afternoon on the 2nd day we were going for a swim when we noticed about 4 local fishing boats arriving in the bay. We thought this was a bit odd so we got out of the water to see behind the island a massive storm coming over. Ray immediately started hauling up the dinghy and I started to shut all the hatches and portholes on the boat. The first wind to hit us was about 30 knots, Ray got back in time to help me clip down the clears around the cockpit. I suggested we let out some more anchor chain but it was too late and we were being hit by winds up to 50 knots and rain. If we started to drag we would go out in the weather and let out more chain. I suggested to Ray that he change out of his sarong as it may blow off of him if he has to go outside. He said it already had blown away and he was naked getting up the dinghy. Dam! I missed it. One of the small fishing boats dragged during the storm but the rest of us stayed on our anchorage. When the winds stopped it kept raining most of the night. I’m happy we moved to this bay as according to local knowledge this was the right bay for the storm.
Although it rain all night we got a good night sleep and decided to continue on our way. We moved up the coast to an area Ray had picked on the map. When we got there I saw a seawall ahead and thought it would be nicer to anchor behind it, it was about 1hr away. When we got there we couldn’t find anywhere to anchor because of all the fish traps that were along the edge of the channel so we had to continue on. We found a little inlet in front of a village Ban Khok Khan. This village looks as though it had taken a beating from a gale as trees were blown over and the beach was so badly eroded that the houses had toppled over onto the beach. Most of the villages were living in humpies. Looking down the coast from where we had just come from there was a monster storm lashing the coast. So it looks as though we are going to get storms every afternoon/night. We decided to get an early start in the morning and see how far we can get up the coast. Just before lunch Ray and I had a major disagreement. He had found an anchorage he wanted to head for before Songkla we would get there before dark and I wanted to go straight through to Songkla arriving just on dusk or maybe after dark. We could not agree, as neither would give in we decided that we would continue all night to Koh Samui.
The winds picked up and we had the storms we had predicted. It has been a long time since we have had wind like that and so Ray was having so much fun sailing that I have got him to write the following because I only came and helped when needed.
Below is Ray’s version.
It was a very interesting night of which I enjoyed as it kept the adrenaline flowing and it was easy to stay awake. We had about 12 knots true wind, close reaching most of the day until all the storms came just before dark then the wind kept shifting and going up and down in strength so there was a lot of furling in and out. There were squid boats and trawlers everywhere and the occasional tug pulling a poorly lit barge.
The squid boats were helpful with their bright lights as you could head towards them and if there were any pots, fads or nets between you and the squid boats you could see them, doing this though mean I had to pass quite close to them but most of them were anchored. The squid boats I have seen in the past have had white or green lights but these had all sorts of colours. One I passed about 50mtr in front of his bow had the brightest lights and they were white, green, mauve, purple and turquoise, it was quite a sight but being the ever vigilant photographer I forgot to take a photo.
The trawlers were difficult as there were so many of them and they were so close together you didn’t know if they were pair trawling (towing a net between the two trawlers) or stern trawling. The trawler’s lights were something I’d never came across or studied in school. One of them had a very bright red and green light which from a distance looked like port and starboard but as I got closer, I knew there wasn’t something right because the angle of approach was changing but the red and green were still there, I finally, just in time, picked up the true navigation lights to see I was going to cross 100m in front of his bow. The super bright red and green were long tubes in the rigging and once again my photography skills let me down.
It was good to see sunrise but on the whole it was a heap of fun.

30/5/16 We arrived at Koh Samui at 17:00

Picture attached - Street art

Kualu Pahang - Kualu Terenggua

04 June 2016 | Kualu Terenggua
Shaunnaugh
17/5/16 Kuala Pahang. We anchor at Kuala Pahang for the night on our way to Cukai. We saw 2 flags indicating that there was a net on the seabed but we couldn’t find the 3rd flag and we thought we were being very careful to anchor away from the flags but when the fishermen were pulling up their net it was stuck so they asked us to pull up our anchor a little bit, it came up with the chain tangled in the net. I think he was as surprised as we were to see how knotted it was, they tried to untangle it with no luck. Because the net was half in his boat and attached to our anchor chain, the chances of his boat damaging our boat was great so the fishermen had no alternative but to cut the net away from the chain. They weren’t very happy with us and after they left Ray cut away what was left on the chain he returned the sinkers back to the fisherman with some money as compensation. The fishermen were grateful for the money and offered us what they could, which was a stingray, as we have never cooked stingray we declined the offer, with international relationships restored we slept well that night, the next morning to Cukai.

18/5/16 Cukai. We anchored up the river across from the centre of town. There are shops, supermarkets and lots of places to eat. There are some trendy café’s and a morning market every day. The population are mainly Muslim; we are anchored not far from the Mosque so I woke up to do my yoga with the call to pray every morning around 4am. It’s actually a nice way to start off the day, if the person praying can sing well.
We have discovered on our travels thru S/E Asia that most people of the Muslim religion in this area do not touch dogs or anything a dog has been using, it doesn’t mean they dislike dogs but if they do happen to touch a dog they have to do a very involved cleansing ritual at the Mosque. While saying this we have to keep in mind that there are different Muslim religion similar to how we have different Christian religions, you know what I mean; Catholic, Church of Scotland and the evil Westboro Baptist Church. So I am not sure if this is the case with all the different Muslim religions.
This is how we know this area in Cukai is mainly Muslim as there are thousands of cats and no dog/dingo population to keep the numbers down. The animal lovers put food out each evening, big mixes of rice, chicken and vegetables for the cats and kitten to eat. The cats also beg around the restaurants, in Malaysia a lot of people eat out and socialize each night. They often give the cats and kittens the scraps, and of course the cats and kittens forage at the wet market each morning and eat what they can get from the fishmongers/butchers or off the floor.
In the 4 days we spent in Cukai we only saw one dog, a German Shephard cross watch dog, he was a very friendly dog as he doesn’t have to be mean as no-one goes near him anyway. When we came to town with our little white fluffy dog in a basket people were interested. Some would just look with disapproval, others with curiosity and some people would approach being very careful not to stand too close and have a discussion of where we came from and information about Whiskey. The funny part of it is the cats were the same; some would just look and stare with disapproval, others just watch and others would approach Whiskey for a sniff. Whiskey enjoyed herself, she felt like a celebrity. We will have to come back to this town as Whiskey enjoyed it as we did, next we went to Terengganu.

Kuala Terengganu. We went to Terengganu stopping at some islands on the way, which were all beautiful and at one island we anchored with 16 boats that had local tourist squid jigging they left by 10pm to go back to the mainland giving us an anchorage to ourselves, it was interesting to watch.
Kuala Terengganu is where we had to clear out of Malaysia before going to Thailand. We went into the marina office and they told us we could have any berth that was vacant so we pick one and moved into the berth. Day one we sorted out the clearances, and then the next days we had freedom to explore. We went to explore China Town, the Museum and took Whiskey for a dinghy ride to see the Crystal Mosque; we didn’t take her off the boat very much at this port so this dinghy ride was her big day out. We also went to the Islamic Family Centre and Fun Park to see the miniatures of the famous Mosques from around the world, unfortunately this was closed. We noticed that there was a big group of people at the Islamic Convention Centre and decided to go and have a look to see what all the excitement was about, after walking around for awhile we realized it was a Career’s Day for the girls and boys from the local high schools. They had a music band either promoting the university music department or giving us inspiration, we aren’t really sure but they were pretty good so we decide to stay and have some morning tea and be entertained. We decided not to go and see the elephants that have been gathered from the wild to “save them”, which is debatable in itself as we I don’t think it is appropriate for wild elephants to be trained to do circus acts and interact with the general paying public so we left that tour out.

The river in Terengganu leaves a nasty looking brown stain on everything, I was told that this is from the pollution but with the amount of large lizards (they look like our water monitors) swimming in the river I doubt if that is the case, I think it maybe tannin from the sap of trees am looking forward to coming back to Terengganu and hiring a car to explore the surrounding areas.

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