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Thursday
Dec272012

Marianna moves on to new Adventures...

Marianna my crew lady finished her contract with me a few days ago on the 24th Dec.  She is now in Queensland, Australia for a music festival before heading down to Melboune to meet up with some friends and possibly crew on a yacht heading for New Zealand.  She is still deciding if she will go by push bike or motorcycle...yes, she rides a motorcycle and is planning a solo trip though eastern Russia and South America  on it.

She has already ridden a push bike through Cambodia and made her way overland from Scotland to Indonesia.  She is an adventurous young lady.

Marianna worked with me full time for almost a year and was on board for every stage of the voyage from New Zealand to Malaysia.  We had of course planned to be in Thailand by now which is why we set a date for the end of her contract for the 24th Dec.  But she ended up having to depart in Malaysia because she had a committment is Australia where she is participating in a music festival.

I thought that it was appropriate to do a blog entry about her as she has been an exceptional asset in the voyage.  She has been 100% reliable, never complained and has endured some pretty uncomfortable sea conditions as you would know if you have been following this blog.  The first leg out of New Zealand was horrendous and most people would have jumped ship at that time...but, she didn't.

We did not have any serious disagreements during the voyage which is quite remarkable as one hears horror stories all the time about friction between people on a long distance voyage.  So, if you own a yacht and are looking for crew for a future voyage I can highly recommend Marianna.  Just contact me for more details.

I no longer have the need for a permanent crew lady as for the foreseeable future I will just be doing short trips out of Thailand so I can enjoy the pleasures that the boat can offer and the beautiful cruising around that area.  So, I only need the occassional assistance of crew.  I will have a full time person maintaining and cleaning the boat in Phuket or Krabi in Thailand.

So...that is my tribute to Marianna...a pleasure to have had her on board for so long...and may she have many more enjoyable adventures...

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Reader Comments (6)

Hi Warren

All the very best for 2013, I have been following your travels with a great deal of interest & thoroughly enjoyed your write-ups. What a trip!! You have certainly seen some incredible sights & obviously been tested by the conditions at times.

I hope all is well & you are enjoying your adventure!! When is the book coming!!

Kind regards

John Clarke

January 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Clarke

I've enjoyed reading your blog Warren! Great adventures and I am sure many more to come.

February 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViki Moore

http://www.pattayaone.net/pattaya-news/75702/dsi-raid-italian-boat-builders-premises-pattaya/

Raoul raided in 6 locations by DSI (Thai FBI)

February 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Thanks all...I confess I have been very slack in updating the blog lately. I will be doing a number of updates next week. The boat is currently in Langkawi...I am in New Zealand at the moment but will be back in a couple of weeks to do the final leg to Phuket. There is quite a lot more stuff to add...soon.

February 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterWarren Matthews

Thanks Lee...This investigation on Raoul by the DSI has been ongoing for a bit over a year. I had doubts if it would ultimately end up like it has, so I am pleased that it did before he could do more harm. A lot of people were involved in helping this result...which is good news as Raoul has seriously damaged the credibility of a lot of good boat builders in Thailand.

Funny thing is that is was only a few weeks ago when I had an email from Raouls lawyers threatening me if I didn't remove my posts about him from a few years ago? I asked him if he was a real lawyer or a comedian and told him to do whatever he wanted but the posts will stay...and I was quite happy to publish his threat as well.

Haven't heard back from him...doubt that I will. :)

February 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterWarren Matthews

By the way, I had a phone call from Marianna today. She is in Australia and has just completed riding a push bike from Sydney to Melbourne on her own. One adventurous lady...

February 22, 2013 | Registered CommenterWarren Matthews

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