Aye Aye

January 26, 2016

by Gracia Ventus

El Nido

It'll be really fun!
Uhh, sure. But I've never sailed before.
You'll do just fine.

And that's how I accidentally became a deckhand.

The last post ended with a photo of the beach where we found a brand new sailing boat that had just been crafted by a local resident. We took it out for its inaugural spin, with the blessings of the builder's son. Most of the mechanism was rather rudimentary and manual. I had to overcome the fear of being pierced by the anchor while running up and down the deck pulling and tying ropes.

El NidoEl Nido

El Nido

We moored the boat on this beautiful sandbank on which someone had built a proportionately tiny Parthenon-like structure. I survived my first sailing adventure unscathed, and was grateful that all those times spent lifting in the gym was well worth it.

Not much clothing to speak of today folks. This is simply another endorsement on the beauty of El Nido.

El Nido

El Nido


4 thoughts on “Aye Aye

  • Synthese

    by Synthese on January 27, 2016 at 2:13 am

    The jealousy is real. Next time you can go to Paris, and I’ll go sailing.

    • Gracia Ventus

      by Gracia Ventus on January 27, 2016 at 7:19 pm

      Oh come on someone needs to speak French and it’s not going to be me.

  • LBG

    by LBG on January 27, 2016 at 5:55 am

    These photos are just gorgeous – and so professional. Love the composition of the wide shots especially.
    Your day on the water on a boat which appears to be held together mostly with rope (scarcely a metal fitting in sight) looks fascinating. I used to race in a small sailing boat with my father, and I would come home with bruised legs from collisions with bits and pieces on board while carrying out my for’ard hand duties at racing speed. But it was worth it for the fun.

    • Gracia Ventus

      by Gracia Ventus on January 27, 2016 at 7:13 pm

      Yes the boat was indeed held with mostly ropes and wood. I had to overcome the initial seasickness when I was running up and down the deck. I was told that most modern boats are easier to sail than this one, with modern fittings and pulley systems etc. If you’re ever in El Nido make your way to this secluded beach called Tapik, perhaps the boat will still be there for you to rent.


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