CLOSE CALL with aggressive Mon [...]
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Owner: The Cruising Kiwis

CLOSE CALL with aggressive Monkeys on REMOTE ISLAND run : Sailing Malaysia


Location: Tioman Island
Latitude: 2.82000000
Longitude: 104.16000000
Published: 2 Sep 2023

CLOSE CALL with aggressive Monkeys on REMOTE ISLAND run : Sailing Malaysia

We have sailed our live aboard catamaran to the beautiful, remote Island of Tioman, in the South China Sea, a divers paradise put on the map by Jacques Cousteau. Times Magazine also named Tioman Island as one of the top ten most beautiful Islands in the world. The tear shaped Island is home to 2650 people, a lush, mountainous, rainforest jungle and lots of monkeys. While out for a morning run my road was blocked by monkeys. Scared of being attacked I waited at a safe distance for assistance but then......
We also drop in with Finn, competing at The Under 23 World Rowing Championships as he progresses from heats to semi finals in Plovdiv Bulgaria.

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Rob, Rachel, Finn, Declan, Ivan

In 1997, after rowing at the Atlanta Olympics, Rob rowed a tiny 7m (22 foot) plywood boat 2,500 miles from Tenerife (Canary Islands) to Barbados (Caribbean). It took six weeks for Rob and rowing partner, Phil Stubbs, to complete winning the inaugural Atlantic Rowing Race.

Skip forward to 2014 and, married with three children, Rob and his wife Rachel purchased Javelot, a 43 ft Fountaine Pajot catamaran. Armed only with Rob's 3 years of racing P class yachts from the age of 11 to 13, and Rachel's non existent sailing knowledge, We set off to learn the ropes of ocean sailing. We broke stuff, replaced stuff and got to know their boat before heading offshore with the kids, Finn (then 13), Declan (then 11) and Ivan (then 8), in tow. Through trial and error we have become confident wayfarers, kind of.
The plan? To sail around the world.
Part of the journey will be retracing Rob’s eldest brother Kerry’s travels at sea. Using Kerry’s original letters from the 1970’s we hope to retrace his movements from Australia through Indonesia and South East Asia to Cambodia where Kerry’s life was cut short after straying into Cambodian waters in 1978. Kerry and two friends were attacked by a Khmer Rouge gun boat, captured, tortured and executed.
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