DISCOVER THE PHILIPPINES: Funy situations ...! at sea..., by @marc-allaria (translated from French)

in travel •  10 months ago

This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @marc-allaria: DECOUVREZ LES PHILIPPINES#5 : Scènes cocasses...! en mer...

As my primary language is not English, there are probably some mistakes in my translation.

Remember that the person who speaks here is NOT me, Vincent Celier (@vcelier), but Marc Allaria (@marc-allaria), a French guy.

Funny situations ...! at sea...

Arrival in the Philippines ...

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There are sometimes situations that are quite funny ... How did I manage to find myself with my legs in an almost wide gap between the front pulpit of my sailboat and the cockpit of the boat of my friends "Ibildun", a little tipsy I have to admit it, and all this in the middle of the Philippine Sea with 3000m of depth between the legs ...?!

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Those who read the previous report, will remember that leaving Papua New Guinea from the north, I found by chance and among a series of islets, my friends traveling on "Ibildun". A reunion whose improbability has ended up fueling each day a little more the desire to do some travel together. So that's what we did from the last Papuan land, Hermit Group, heading for the Philippines and the village of Dapa.

I am not Breton or even born on a sailboat, and I have never had any sailing education. In other words, marine traditions, proverbs linked to the sea and the superstitions of navigators ... I do not know. So I dress up on Fridays, eat rabbits on board, do not baptize my boats, and do not even know that the tradition is that an offering be made to the sea at the crossing of the equator. Pour a little pastis to the sea for a Breton tradition, imagine what it can represent as sacrilege for a Provençal! But hey, the pastis has sunk, and not the boat, this is the essential! It was therefore through VHF and my friends from Ibildun that my initiation to marine traditions began. When we cross the "line", the sea is beautiful, the wind very light, our boats follow each other at a speed of 3 or 4 knots, everything is fine. So, that when we make the decision to meet all together around the same table to celebrate the passage of the equator. As soon as the idea was suggested that a rope was sent to me. I retrieved it from the surface of the water, knocked it on the cleat and waited for my friends to use their winch to bring our two boats close enough. A perfectly executed maneuver that propelled me with ease into the cockpit of Ibildun from which I could then observe my own ship in tow situation, and no one on board ... Curious feeling, I admit it!

Being towed

The meal was exquisite. Some homemade canned crayfish were waiting for me. A good aperitif too, and a bottle of wine worthy of the meal. In short, you will have understood that the return maneuver was more complicated and the explanation of the "comical situation" #1 I was talking about in the introduction will appear much more obvious to you now! But everything went well. I was able to get back on board my boat, relaunch my sails and enjoy the chance to experience such a wonderful moment with a marvelous boat, extraordinary friends and all surrounded by the most beautiful of the elements, the sea.

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The rest of this navigation was rather quiet, punctuated by the household chores on board, some repairs on a capricious fridge, a little reading, and a multitude of tests on a line of drag that for the first time since the beginning of my trip left me totally empty-handed. And then, four days from the Philippines coast, a little distraction was provided by Ibildun. My friends are smokers, and more specifically heavy smokers. And a cigarette outage, at sea, 4 days before arrival can become trouble on board. So much so that in the middle of the afternoon, I was suddenly out of my nap by a voice with a strong southern accent emitting on channel 16 of my VHF in a language with which the interlocutor was obviously not familiar. This call gave something close to: - "Saillelingboat, Saillelingboat, Saillelingboat, for bi-gue shi-pe for bi-gue shi-pe, I have a probleme, I do not have cigarettesss. Do you have some for me ... " Pronounce obviously with a strong accent of the South of France, you will have understood!

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Calling cargo ships

So here are my friends making VHF calls to all container ships, tankers and other cargo ships for the purpose of getting some fags. Funny situation #2! It must be known that times have changed. The Moitessiers, Antoine, or Slocum, whom we all read with shining eyes of dreams and travels, those are definitely in the past. At that time, the freighters would modify their route to greet an isolated sailboat or offer her some moral and material comfort. From now on, the road belongs to them to the point that it is necessary to be extremely vigilant when our roads cross each other and not to count on a maneuver of avoidance on their part. Most will not even answer the call of my friends. This makes you wonder if someone is watching the helm station on these huge ships. Some will respond, which will give rise to very friendly exchanges, Anglo-Asian VS Anglo-French, but will find an excuse not to stop. I understand them. And then, there was this cargo ship, almost without a window, a kind of huge submarine, stationary for some reason. A polite response, a joke, a second, a few laughs, I do not believe my ears, the ship agrees to send them cigarettes! But the case is not won, it is now necessary that a small sailboat 12m long in polyester can catch a small package launched from a pile of scrap 250m long ... The decision is made to throw the package into the sea. everything is packed, thrown, seems to float, but by the wave of the ship, here the bag is lost under the hull of the giant ... Everything is lost ... No, incredibly, the bag comes out in the wake of the cargo, it floats, my friends rush to him and recover him. It is with a cigarette in their mouths that they announce to me that the miracle accomplished. We are able to resume our course after 2 hours of total distraction lived on the VHF!

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My fishing line always leaves me empty-handed. Nothing. When I think that in Melanesia my fishing sessions lasted only two hours at most before catching a fish big enough for a week of food. Obviously Asia is approaching and as I feared, with it, another scale of population ... Only two more days, it's six o'clock in the morning, I'm lying inside, a little tired by these sessions of 45 to 90 minutes of sleep. It's finally a Harley Davidson engine noise that makes me get up from my bunk. Where are we? The land is yet two days away ... I go in the cockpit, a look to the right then to left, and finally I see a canoe that is coming close. On board, a Filipino on a tiny canoe. They are several like that and they fish for bonito that they will bring back to the mother ship located not far from there. Two greetings, two smiles, no words, the fisherman then disappears at the bottom of his canoe and comes out with a small tuna he launched me with surgical precision inside my cockpit. Funny situation #3, my fishing is done!

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The land is in sight, we arrive in Asia through the East of the Philippines and find refuge in the evening at the edge of Dapa, a small coastal town. Night falls quickly, after 11 days of discomfort I finally fall asleep quietly. The day is just starting, I go outside, looking forward to observe my surroundings. Around me, everything is moving. The mist still covers the city from which only the roofs of the houses stand out, the noise of the cars is perceptible from the boat, the canoes flutter in all directions, I do not understand everything. Melanesia is now far away, I start a new journey ...

All photos are property of Marc Allaria and under copyright

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Very well done Marc!


Thank you . It's a good life !

I can say you had great time over there.You enjoyed sailing, fishing and the food ofcourse.That must be very refreshing. The ohotos are beautiful also.Thanks for sharing.@upvoted and resteemed

an exciting post and great live caress as well as a beautiful sailing trip. fhotonya krenn.


More will come soon. Thank you.

Wow nice adventure of yours. Welcome to the Philippines.
bon voyage


Thank you. You're from Philippines?

nice post i can see your effort


FantasticEnder, It doesn't need to be an empire to make the History amazing.
Countries with empires are more likely to have their history recorded, And the non-empire countries only have a few.


Yes, basic things are often the most important


Thanks Bro..
keep following

That was a nice experience I must say.You really enjoyed your time I can see.Thanks for sharing such nice experience.You had a lots of fun.@resteem


Yes I try ! And more will come soon !

I love reading memoirs and the like. I'll be hovering above your page from now on.


You're welcome

Imagine Alfonso...Pirates...Cheng Ho...and the rest of the great history about sailing..Thanks for sharing


Thank you for reading.

Where in the Philippines is that? Haha 😅
At least at my hometown it is not like that 😜


Dapa Surigao del Norte I think, right @marc-allaria?

I'm so inspired @vcelier. I feel like I was thrown into a movie. You are deep in the flow. So ready for whatever!!!

Awesome moments on this amazing place ! Hope you enjoyed a lot there !!


Yes, a lot. And I will tell more about Philippines soon.

great post!

you got a great journey back there, don't worry filipinos are hospitable and always gives you smile no matter what. We appreciate all the little things we've got in our daily lives. I hope you got a great stay in our beloved country.


That's you. I met a lot of nice people there.

discovering a country throu

eyes of stangers


I always your journey of life!
you are a open book for new generation


Nice sentence ! Thank you

Great work, like what you did in the edit with those kids!


I'm slightly envious of you. The opportunity to travel round the world, there's nothing like it.


Exact ! That why I'm planing to do it again !

Naturally, I like its.


Thank you. That's not the easiest to do !

This is great, I hope to travel by water, maybe it'll be the Phillipines.


I hope you will do it. Enjoy!

Wow! Hope you had a great time coming to the Philippines. Kudos to you @vcelier you just promoted the Philippines which I am very happy of and you shared to us one of your memorable experiences here. And it put a smile in my face reading your travel in the Philippines. I wish you'd come back again. There's more in the Philippines that we could offer. May the memories you had in the Philippines will forever in your heart. Mabuhay tayong lahat. God bless you.

I like that .... very cool adventure activities....success for you guys.
Best Regard @airil280708.

Wow sir very nice adventure you visit our country so proud sir @vcelier

Amazing writing skill. Well done. Keep going

To travel the world by sailing is one thing I wish to do someday by God's will of course. However, although I love to go to the beach I am afraid of the deep. You made it sound like adventurous and fun.

Great pictures!

seems like a great travelling experience there good to see these shots wonderful :)