Evicting a stowaway - Sailing [...]
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Evicting a stowaway - Sailing Thailand


Location: Phuket
Latitude: 7.98000000
Longitude: 98.33000000
Published: 21 Jan 2024

Evicting a stowaway - Sailing Thailand

We have had an uninvited guest (a rat) stowed away on our sailing catamaran for five days. We suspect he swam aboard from a nearby boat. Now as we prepare our floating home to sail around the coast we have to take him with us. As we sail we learn how another rodent that crept aboard a camper van managed to inflict $30 000 worth of damage, in one night, by chewing through the electrics, we want to ensure we evict our stowaway as quickly as possible.
When our freezer stops working is it a coincidence or is the rat to blame?
In New Zealand Rob has been staying on our friends farm. Our vermin problem mirrors the steps Mike must take to keep his farm pest free. Essentially the pests have to go. If you have to destroy an animal you do it quickly, humanely and the best you can.

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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. www.brothernumberone.co.nz
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