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Owner: The Cruising Kiwis



Location: Phi Phi Islands
Latitude: 7.74000000
Longitude: 98.78000000
Published: 24 Feb 2024


When we circumnavigated the coast of Australia in our sailing catamaran our Highfield dinghy appeared to have a life of it's own. Too many times it managed to un-attach itself and drift away from our boat. We have sailing Zatara to thank for rescuing our tender three times! So imagine our surprise when we discovered a lone dinghy, floating out to sea. We jumped in the Highfield and raced o to retrieve it, giving us the chance to pay it forward, retrospectively!
We couldn't have made the rescue without the aid of our friends, Claire and Adam, who are taking a break from cycling the world to come sailing a little slice of the Thailand with us, in fact, as we go island hopping the pristine south west coast archipelagos another patron, Clint, his son Ollie and nephew Brock join us too, it's a full house. To our surprise Ollie is Ivan's little doppelgänger.

Luna Keller - I don't know where I'm going
David Mumford - Ball and Chain

Grunge film frame vector - Rochak Shukla
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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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