As the curtain falls on TYW Thailand, the crews scream for an encore. Whispers creep through the fleet;
“Should we change our flights? I am not ready to leave this place, who’s in?”
After two days on Koh Phi Phi, tenders make last dashes to Maya beach, getting their last fix of paradise before our long sail back to Au Po Grand Marina in Phuket.
We were not giving up easily – if last night's skipper ‘v’ skipper Muay Thai boxing match is anything to go by, we’ll go out fighting.
The last day on the water was one of the best days of my life.
Like a family we maneuvered into a flying-V formation, sailing northwest from Koh Phi Phi towards Khai Nui.
Khai Nui is a private owned island, situated just opposite Khai Island, on the east coast of Phuket. The miniscule, almost deserted island homes a shipwrecked beach bar, Chokdee Restaurant.
I took a time out and sat at the back of the bar, watching the pick ‘n’ mix of bikini and swimming togg clad international crew pop champagne corks and sip on a rainbow of cocktails. A hand reaches over my shoulder, a Spanish crewmember grabs pulls me into his arms. Laughing he shouts,
“This is the best week of my life. If you can’t have fun here, you can’t have fun any where”
The day was slipping away from us, we held on strong and launched into our last leg back to base camp.
The sun was melting into the horizon, dotted with red lights of fishing trawlers scanning the ocean for their nightly harvest. With a perfect backdrop, a German crewmember climbed the halyard and swung a wide breath from our 41’ Mono Hull.
He screams “Yeewwww, yeah boy” as he reached to the heavens landing in the ocean after a perfect backflip.
TYW Thailand closing party was held at XANA beach club. A location rocked out by the Black Eyed Peas last week. With its stunning beachfront location, 35 meter pool, state of the art sound system and cocktail and food menu to die for!
With every crew member letting Chinese lanterns fly off into the night sky with the hope and the wish off being able to do it all over again.
I am a massive believer that you carve your own destiny. But this week, destiny dealt me a bloody good hand.
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