Author Archives: James Dilworth

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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Flash gets ready, training begins!

The rest of the team arrived late Sunday evening after an equally long flight via Taipei and Manila. After a solid breakfast of eggs and sausages and mango smoothies we headed over to check on our boat. Since I last …
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2015 Iloilo Paraw Regatta

Quite by coincidence I planned this trip at the same time as the Iloilo Paraw Regatta. Iloilo is the largest city on the island of Panay, about five hours drive from Caticlan, and this regatta has been going on for …
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The weather window…

There are now a lot of variables up in the air, and any one of them could sink this plan… quite literally. One of our biggest risks is weather. From Boracay, we must sail west into open sea and the …
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Some observations on life in the Philippines

Life is much different here. It’s been a while since I last travelled, and it’s a long overdue refresher on how lucky I really am. My relative wealth provides a needed reality check. Back home, it’s easy to feel like …
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Goodbye Janszen, Hello Flash

Boat prep is coming along. It’s had a fresh lick of paint in the last 24 hours. I met the name-painter this morning, so we had to make a quick decision on the name. The team has been feeding ideas …
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I just bought another boat…

The big question for today is what to name our new boat! That’s right, We will soon be the proud owner of a class-A Paraw. The logistical challenge of getting the boats back from Palawan was making rental a difficult …
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