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  • Windarra

    • 13m Bruce Roberts 44
    • Thailand
    • Checked in 4 days ago

Thailand to the Mentawi Islands and beyond

I have one spot avaliable on my boat, Windarra, from Thailand to the Mentawi Islands off the coast of Sumatra in Indonesia. We will be leaving Thailand at the beginning of January from Phuket and expect to arrive around the 12th January. No experience necessary but you will be expected to be involved in sailing the boat. We will be doing a couple of overnight passages so you will be watch keeping at night. You will gave your own cabin and head. We will be continuing down to Lombok and beyond towards the end of Feb so there is potential to rejoin the boat for that leg as well. If you are interested drop me a message and we can discuss the details and costs.

The driver for this trip is to see as many of the reef systems of the world as possible, and given Indo has the best coral and marine life in the world we will be spending a fair amount of time underwater, so divers/freedivers are preffered, but its not a deal breaker as long as you are happy driving the dinghy while the rest of us go and blow bubbles. I have a dive compressor on board and one spare set of gear, you are welcome to bring your own if you have it. We will also take any opportunity to explore and experience the different cultures as we pass through the islands.

Im looking for people who want an adventure and are happy being at anchor and exploring away from towns (thats not to say we won't return to civilisation for food, fuel and a couple of beers though .) The areas we will be going to are remote so you need to be able to occupy yourself without the aid of an internet connection.

Sailing experience is not important but you need to have a willingness to learn and desire to get stuck in. All crew will get involved in cooking, cleaning and maintenance equally (its not all a sunbaked palm fringed beach holiday) and holding watches.

Drop me a message if you are interested and we can discuss the details.


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  • Crew positionFriendship

  • Availability 1 Jan 2024 until 15 Jan 2024

  • Expenses to/from vesselPaid by crew

  • Expenses onboardContribution on a shared basis

  • Team / SoloNot important

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  • TypeSailing Yacht

  • ClassificationYawl

  • Make/modelBruce Roberts 44

  • Length13 metres

  • Berth4

  • Sailing from Thailand , Phuket

  • Sailing to Indonesia , Everywhere

  • Language spoke aboardEnglish

  • Boat descriptionWindarra was built in 1979 when they used fibreglass properly, as such she is a little weighty at 32000 lbs, but has an inch thick hull, is very stable and has a surprising turn of speed. Top side she is ketch rigged with a self tacking staysail on a hoyt boom. She has undergone an extensive refit since I bought her, including new engine, modernised the electrics, water maker, solar panels and other mod cons. She has a windvane installed, along with new liferaft, new EPIRB and Sat Phone. Below decks there are four berths with good bedding, two heads including a half bath, good sized saloon and galley with microwave and breadmaker. There is a TV and music system along with an extensive movie library and board games. She has a paddle board, new dinghy and is properly set up for diving with a compressor aboard.

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  • NationalityUnited Kingdom

  • Age48

  • GenderMale

  • Fluent languages English

  • Basic knowledge of Spanish

  • Qualifications RYA Day Skipper Practical
    Dive Master

  • Sea Miles 10,000+

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Missing Windy!


I joined Olly for 2 months in Raja Ampat, had an absolute blast! Windarra is such a beauty and the area was insanely spectacular, above and underwater. Olly himself is very patient and he was very happy to explain and teach us all about sailing despite the lack of wind. Great sense of humor and didn't feel any form of hierarchy while staying on board. Would very much love to join again at some point, take care of Phillis in the meantime!!

16th May 2023

Amazing boat and skipper


I sailed with Windarra from French polynesia to New Zealand for 5 months. The skipper is really competive and have a lot of patience. I would recommend to join Windarra and as a bonus the skipper makes killer meals :)

31st Jan 2020

Great boat and skipper


"Windy!" - I joined Windarra and Olly for 7 weeks from Tonga, through the Tongatapu group, Ha'apai group and Vava'u group, and then on the passage to New Zealand. Olly was very patient and explained all the workings of the boat, and answered my many questions. Any complex manoeuvre was always talked through with the crew first, and then executed with a minimum of fuss. There was no yelling :) Olly has a great English sense of humour, but one thing he takes very seriously is looking after the safety of his crew, and then boat, and as crew, I felt very safe on board. The boat is older but heavy and well maintained, and I enjoyed not hearing the slap of thin fibreglass when it was rough (I'm usually on race boats). I learnt a lot from Windy and Olly and the other crew regards to passage making, and was such a bonus to have a dive compressor/tank/BCD to use while onboard - I had a lot of fun and it was a great adventure. Thank you Olly - look forward to sailing with you again one day.

28th Nov 2019

Couldnt wish for a better skipper and ship


Olly is an honest man and is truely looking after his boat and crew. When searching for a crew position I could not have imagined to get such an amazing crewing position as I have at the Windarra. The ship is a beauty on itself. It is spacious and comfortable, all amenities you need are, its a sheer luxury to stay on this ketch. Best of all is Olly himself, he knows what he is doing and he is patient to explain everything up and around the boat. Dont mess with his bacon or tea though. Oh yeah and diving! There are on board dive tanks!! Thanks Olly for granting me this amazing time!

29th Nov 2018

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