S.V. Shadow of Lorelei

Three yachts, two people, one quest.

11 July 2013 | Kota Kinabalu
10 July 2013 | East Coast Marina, Manly, Brisbane, Australia
16 February 2011 | Kota Kinabalu, Borneo
09 January 2011
22 June 2010 | Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia
19 December 2009 | Subic Bay Yacht Club
12 October 2009 | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
26 July 2009 | Olongapo, Philippines
02 July 2009 | San Fernando, Philippines
01 June 2009 | Ishigaki, Japan
10 May 2009 | Kochi Prefecture, Shikoku
10 May 2009 | Tokushima, Shikoku.
10 May 2009 | Sumoto Harbour, Awaji Island, Hyogo
10 May 2009 | Kobe, Hyogo.
10 May 2009 | Nagasaki Prefecture, North Western Kyushu.
10 May 2009 | Hirado Island, North Western Kyushu
10 May 2009 | Kochi Prefecture.
10 May 2009 | Osaka
10 May 2009 | Iki Island, Nagasaki Prefecture.

Saigon Snapshot, Vietnam

12 October 2009 | Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Amongst the gnarled roots of a scarred almond tree, thrusting through a crack in the broken pavement around its base, a red flower stood beaming despite the heat.

The flower's struggle to prevail was done. The tree's youth had had its run.

Nearby, a scrawny, to-be man, eighteen perhaps, in baggy New York rappers' costume, parked a cheap Chinese scooter against a rickety table, then bowed. An ageing tourist sat there, unshaven, eating.
The old man's gaze rose, face glazed, jaw set, looked at the youth then at the flower as it caught his eyes.

He shook his head and quietly mumbled to himself.

Inside the open fronted restaurant, a small woman in her late sixties, of similar age to the gray observer, paced past him, a smiling baby on her hip, her gait proud, faint scowl barely showing on her face.
His eyes followed her. The lines and ravages of a rice farmer's wife were contrast to the baby's new skin.

The grandmother reached the damaged tree then turned and returned. As she approached his table, her face relaxed. A broad smile of broken teeth said, "Hellow".

Her voice was gentle, with the lilting sound that Vietnamese have absorbed since the French seeded their language.

"Hi", was the barely audible reply, as knot blocked his throat. He forced a smile through his shining sweat.

"You American?" she asked hip leaning on his table.

"Yes". He replied quietly. The foreigner seemed embarrassed.

"Welcome" she nodded, and having said that walked off with the boy, humming to him gently.

In the leafy boulevard, beyond the new flower, the old tree and the scooter, a sea of humanity, on bicycles, cars, buses, trucks and three million scooters wove itself on Ho Chi Minh City's Lo Lai Street. Everywhere the visitor looked, amongst and beyond the traffic, hoardings buskered foreign wares, cranes waited in the sky and hope shone on the faces of passersby. What his mind saw was hard to read.

The old man rose, paid the bill and left the restaurant. Puzzlement and uncertainty grew on his face as he walked. Furrows appeared on his forehead.

He carried himself and looked like former soldiers who return to Vietnam each year- paunchy, baggy shorts, slightly stooped, Hawaiian shirt to hide the gut with nerdy sandals replacing combat boots.

He did not want to show his feelings. This was the land where once he'd exercised the power of life and death. The smiles he'd forced upon his face were similar to those he'd seen when his gun was a badge.

A woman in a brightly patterned blue pajama common in the paddies, squatted on the sidewalk, conical hat shading her from the heat, worldly possessions around her.

He leant against a half demolished wall and watched. Amongst his sweat, his tears were camouflaged.

The pavements where he'd had his run, was where the flowers stood.
Vessel Name: Shadow of Lorelei
Vessel Make/Model: Lord Nelson 41, cutter rigged sloop
Hailing Port: Brisbane, Australia
Crew: Mauro Migliorelli & Pauline Wilkinson
Commodores in the Seven Seas Cruising Association. Members of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron. We started our cruising life in 1986, left Australia and cruised Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, Philippines and Hong Kong on S.V. "Lorelei II", a hard chine, Breekveldt [...]
Home Page: www.shadowoflorelei.com
Shadow of Lorelei's Photos - (Main)
Just a few pictures of our pride and joy, to make you envious
22 Photos
Created 10 July 2013
Photos of the boatyard, floating pens and workshops at the Drydock, Pt Carmen.
6 Photos
Created 20 May 2013
Philippine Navy Assist after breakdown in South China sea
15 Photos
Created 22 October 2009
A stop in Southern Taiwan
14 Photos
Created 22 October 2009
A very friendly marina and yacht club for foreign cruisers
8 Photos
Created 13 January 2009
A brief trip to visit friends in the United Arab Emirates
15 Photos
Created 23 December 2008
Side Trip to the Original capital of Japan
12 Photos
Created 3 December 2008
Read all about it!!
5 Photos
Created 3 September 2008
Some articles that have appeared about us
3 Photos
Created 3 September 2008
Sights in a place less travelled
20 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 31 July 2008
Places that we have visited with or without Shadow of Lorelei
47 Photos
Created 15 June 2008
9 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
78 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
15 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
56 Photos
Created 4 October 2007
Views and sights of Huis Ten Bosch Park and Marina
12 Photos
Created 2 October 2007
Some of the creative and "missed-by-that-much" signage in Japan
24 Photos
Created 2 October 2007
16 Photos
Created 2 October 2007
Sea and land travels in Japan
12 Photos
Created 26 September 2007
9 Photos
Created 3 September 2007

S.V. Shadow of Lorelei

Who: Mauro Migliorelli & Pauline Wilkinson
Port: Brisbane, Australia

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