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Owner: The Cruising Kiwis



Location: Langkawi
Latitude: 6.35000000
Longitude: 99.80000000
Published: 3 Mar 2024

SAILING truth about the Kiwis

We have been sailing south towards Langkawi with a full crew on Javelot our live aboard catamaran. We are en-route back to Rebak Island Marina for repairs to our Yanmar sail-drive boots which despite assurances that they were stuck for good started peeling the moment we hit the water. And it's all change to the crew. Having tolerated seasickness our entire sail our friends Claire and Adam abandon ship on the beautiful Island of Koh Lipe. Back on dry land they reveal the truth about sailing with the Kiwis in our celebration of boat life.

Thomas Ventura - Look both ways -
Lady Bri - Splash -
David Mumford - Ball and chain

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Much love to you all,
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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