Having decided roughly in which direction to head in order to get to Phuket, we weigh anchor from Ko Lipe on a hot morning. Since the boat is pointing into the wind whilst tied to the mooring we get the mizzen and the mainsail out. Look out for the editing error early on in this clip – can anyone spot it? con’t below….
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After getting the sails out Jamie unties the snubber, which is the hook attached to a rope that’s in turn attached to the anchor chain. This acts as a spring to take the strain off the anchor chain in rough seas. Although to be honest the sea state lately has been rather flat. It’s questionable as to whether we’d get a sail in at all today.
Despite the light winds we decide to get the headsail out, which is called a yankee.
We make our way towards Adang and Butang, the two islands to the west of Ko Lipe, at a slow pace, which gives us a chance to take in what it feels like to sail properly with no engine. Finally.
We sail right up to Butang, the uninhabited island to the south west of Adang, where we find Neil of s/y Scarlet. We drop the hook in this beautiful anchorage and, with Esper safely tucked away from potential prevailing south westerlies, Jamie teachers us how to dive.
Our personal sunset cruise didn’t last long as I managed to hook a grouper within two minutes of trolling a line!
We cruised around the beautiful, clear waters in our dinghy as my fishing hit rate kept increasing.
With two grouper and two bream we have enough fish for supper, so we bring the line in and motor back to Esper just as the sun dips below the horizon. It isn’t long before a certain feline hears us approaching the stern of the boat and starts to sniff out some familiar and tasty smells.
Jamie, who hasn’t gutted and filleted a fish in a while, attempts to break the neck of the first grouper and then do his magic. It’s fairly difficult for two reasons: a) the knives have not been sharpened in a season and b) Millie insists in sticking her nose in where it’s not wanted.
In our last episode we waxed lyrical about the gorgeous sunsets from the anchorages around Langkawi, but the sunrise next morning over Adang takes some beating.
We later learn that these sea creatures are called blue buttons and appeared in Odd Stuff magazine’s 17 most beautiful jellyfish in the world. Except they’re not actually jellyfish. The Porpita porpita is, according to our sources, a marine organism consisting of a colony of hydroids. They are found all over the world, from California to the tropical Pacific.
We land the dinghy on the beach and take a stroll along the shore.
The tide’s reclined so far we have to row across the reef to get out. I manage to catch more fish off the shallow coral but unfortunately we lose one of our lures. Jamie takes a quick look with the snorkel but it’s gone for good. We head back to the boat and cook up another fresh fish dinner before going ashore once more for a sundowner by the fire.
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