Author Archives: James Dilworth

Hello Coron, See you later Flash

We arrived in Coron with a great deal of anticipation. We had expected this to be the mid-way point on our journey, but it turned out to be the end. All the crew had jobs to return to, we all …
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Last evening on the beach

We spent our last evening on a beautiful beach across the water from Coron. Our arrival was testament to our improved teamwork, and experience passing over reefs before the beach: Oliver at the helm, a slow approach, myself up forward …
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Beautiful Beaches, Empty Reefs

The next day, we had only to sail about 5 miles south before we passed a small craggy island off the main island of Coron with another beautiful beach. In a lazy mood and with plenty of food and water …
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Sailing to Palawan

After a night in Ambulong and a rest-day to provision in San Jose, we were ready to attempt our longest open water passage: the crossing to Palawan. We set off early at 5am with light winds out of the east, …
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A warm welcome in Ambulong

Guest post from Jonathan After we embarrassingly crash landed our way over the reef to the town of Ambulong, we pushed the boat up onto the beach and watched as a curious crowd slowly gathered. While our landing was surely …
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The Downwind Sleigh Ride

The journey across the Tablas strait left us all dreadfully sunburned and exhausted. The San Miguel beer at Tambaron Island Resort gave us chance to assess the day. Oliver’s feet glowed red and swollen, I walked around like a penguin …
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A broken outrigger, a sinking boat, and some quick thinking

In retrospect, we left Sibalon fairly late at 9am. The best time to travel here is early morning and late afternoon. But by the time we headed out for the second half of our voyage across the Tablas Strait, the …
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The Adventure Begins…

One of the biggest potential flaws in our plan has been that the most challenging part of the trip, crossing the Tablas strait, was right at the beginning. The Tablas strait is 35 miles of open water between Tablas and …
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Almost Ready….

After two hectic days of sail practice and boat preparation, we’re winding into our final preparation phase and getting ready for a departure tomorrow. Yesterday Flash started coming together. We bent on the sails, improved the tramp, added our new …
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I came looking for a boat, I found friends!

I came here last week looking for a boat and not knowing anyone. I managed to find a boat, but what I didn’t expect to find was so many warm and generous people willing to give their time and energy …
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