Newsletter May 2018

Newsletter May 2018

Langkawi and Koh Lipe, Satun and Co.

Our adventure knows a big rebound. Three crew members join us, one goes and we have to leave Langkawi where we had to careen the boat.

At anchor in beautiful Langkawi Bay, between jungle mountains and white sand beaches, we share our neighborhood with our Argentinian friends and a multitude of sailboats. The place is known for being calm, quiet, full of good plans and advice because many experienced old wolves have been used as a permanent residence. We often ride scooters to discover this setting of contrasting nature, mixing waterfalls and bitumen, wild landscapes and tall buildings.

Here comes Freddo, a multi-faceted musician, sometimes clown, juggler, cuisto. He brings us French gifts: sausage, honey, cheese but he also brings with him a torrent of rain. We jump on the opportunity for everyone to wash on deck smile on the lips. Without an annex, and with a shower at the marina more than 1 km away we do not miss this kind of opportunity. We get acquainted with a tasting of red wines in addition to food, some games later we are in the water, disguised, happy to swim in the phosphorescent plankton that would almost dazzle us so much its light is intense. Several days pass and we begin our main mission: the search for a dinghy (annex) and some parts / equipment to renovate the boat. We enjoy a large barbecue on the beach of a small desert island located right in front of the bay, inform our neighborhood of our research, find opportunities and eat grilled fish playing our guitars, ukulele, cajon and other instruments. Great synergy, we fell well, Langkawi is apparently the perfect place to find what we are looking for. The second teammate joins us finally!

Joy, a great clown, a devil’s baton player, a life artist, a longtime friend of Iris. Always without annex, the Argentineans lend us nicely a boat named Louis and a canoe. Unfortunately it is Rémi’s turn to leave for France but we organize a gargantuan meal with the neighbors. It is expected that he will return in 2 months. The next day, we go on a water, diesel and refueling mission with our two new boats. It will take us no less than 5 hours to bring the water back to the boat. Lise and Clem in the canoe pulling Luis, Iris and 8 cans of 25L each. Joy and Fred take on an equally important mission. Go get bamboos several meters long on another small island, canoe, which will then serve as a structure for us to shade the boat. Our life is punctuated by these types of missions, small pleasures such as a shower in the rain, sharing fabulous meals (often vegetarian and homemade), life stories from all over the world, always lulled by laughter and the musical notes of a guitar  in the background. We decide to organize a sail to the port of Kuah with Maria and Maggie, the crew of Star Seeker to visit an abandoned sailboat. About 4 / 5h of journey, we go out all the sails, the hearts on the rise, everyone knows his role but we also learn a lot of experience of Maria. We sleep at anchor tonight in the  serenity, card games, cocktails and good mood, our team is welded and happy. The next day back to the Telaga Creek, 6 / 7h of navigation this time. A lot of engine because the wind is not at the rendezvous, but the burning sun makes us forget the thunderous engine purring. When we return, we are invited to the chocolate ceremony on the small island where we do the barbecues. Argentineans make their own cocoa paste in the sailboat from Java beans, they offer to all the inhabitants of the bay to meet to present their products and offer a large pot of hot chocolate. We meet Bella, a Brazilian who has lived in France and speaks our language perfectly. She is looking to travel by boat to learn because she has the project, with her companion Otto (Finnish, photographer and draftsman), to buy a sailboat in the future. Iris offers to share a piece of road with us and the next day they embark aboard Aeuletheria.

A major event will take us from Langkawi. The boat is too heavy and too big to be careening in the marinas of the island. We must find a fallback solution. Terry, a shipwright tells us about a place in Thailand, 25 miles from where we could take the sailboat for a price around Langkawi. Satun, deep south Thailand, in a river and mangrove arm. We decide to leave Malaysia. But before, we have to sail and relax in the islands, Koh Lipe turns out to be the ideal destination before leaving to work on the site. Just before leaving Telaga, we finally buy an annex, a zodiac for 6 people of good quality. We go on a refueling mission before departure with the dinghy, what happiness, everything is easier and faster, relief to be able to make small crossings without rowing. Departure for Thailand!

20 miles separate us from Koh Lipe, this dreamlike turquoise archipelago. The navigation is going well, the team understand each other without talking to each other for the maneuvers, everyone knows his role, the gestures become automatisms, everything is fluid, we take out the genoa and the SGS as often as we can. We arrive at the anchorage on the sunset side, between the island of Koh Adang and Koh Lipe by night. We anchor with the fear of damaging the corals. Everybody goes on Earth with the annex to visit the island. On return, the happiness was short-lived. The transom of the dinghy loose, the engine is too powerful, we take the water, we scoop and row to the boat. The next day, repair of the dinghy under a blazing sun, it is very hot in Koh Lipe and the island is up to its reputation, it is breathtakingly beautiful! Clem snorkels at 10m to check that the anchor does not damage the seabed, we are on the sand all is well. We walk on the island, air of well deserved vacation, it is very touristy here and quite expensive. Back in the evening, the dinghy is repaired but the anchorage seems unstable because of the strong wind blowing between the two islands 20 knots. We spend the night on the alert. The next morning, we discover with horror that our annex, nicknamed “Storm” flew away. We are looking for ways to find him. Everyone leaves on the island in long tail (Thai traditional water taxi) in search of Storm. Clem and Iris stay on Aeuletheria to search for the dinghy by sea, we sail between the islands all day with the binoculars on the nose every minute, retrouver. Rien n’y fit. We will have had an appendix for 4 days. We will stay 1 week on Koh Lipe.

Elodie joins us in turn, childhood friend of Iris, arriving straight from Australia. We find an old canoe abandoned on the beach, we try to return with the boat but unfortunately the 3 rd round trip, we sink halfway. Decidedly, luck is not with us.

Departure for Satun the same evening, everyone takes their quarters, the ship is refueling, Clem and Fred cook and make bread to hold the quarters, we are happy to go on Navigation. Thirty miles separate us from the shipyard. We arrive the next day around noon in an arm of river surrounded by mangroves and hills, with muddy water beaten by small fishing boats. Our site contact is Mickael, a Fijian based in Chebilang (small village south of Satun) for about ten years, he is the link between customers and the office. He gets on board to help us dock “Pithak Shipyard and Services”, our new home for the fairing. We are really welcome. The tanker will be able to start! We are renting a small house on the other side of the road and we are starting to clear the boat, clean it and list the spots and equipment we will need!

Newsletter April 2018

Newsletter April 2018

The new season starts for Sirkus Laut. Return overthe last weeks, like a new departure. Remi themechanic of the TEAM arrived mid-January hasedge to regulate the last details. Iris has join it at the end of January for the departure. We will haveto go in Lankawi to Malaysia to careen Aeuletheriathe boat. We will recover Dye stick and Clementinein way in Malacca then the rest of the troop will joinus in Lankawi. We had the visit of Star Seekers, asailing ship full musicians with whom we will surf,with Batam (Indonesia) a few days later, we arefinally ready for the big departure. We leave to twoto test this splendid boat.

First of all we go in Nongsa Not, the principal portof the island, which is all in north to make preparethe administrative documents of left the territory.16 Miles, wind of north but we will make onlyengine on this bit of a walk. It turns like a clock,what a happiness! Arrived at Nongsa Not we joinHouia, still a boat full with musician with whom wewill make an end of project, we will speak to youlater about them.

Very a good atmosphere in this marina, aneffective, qualified staff and very nice neighbors,thank you Roberto for this sumptuous coffee. Onour arrival, the secretariat realizes that we misscertain papers and that obtaining will take severaldays. We here visavis a problem because thesites are very expensive here. Fortunately themanager of the marina that Iris has already to meetwith the folding screen know the project and offersall the time to us necessary to have our papers. Itis good to meet human people. This time enablesus to finick detail like installing a reserve of balsam,repairing the lamp of chechmate and to put thewind vane. To obtaining our papers, we leave to make a damping before crossed strait of Malacca(a motorway with cargo liners and floating factory).

We had located a corner between islandsprotected from the wind with 6 basic meter. Rathernot bad! But Navionics (GPS marine) was lackingto us and posed to here us are on sand Goodnothing low register the hull is out of steel, it is enough to wait until the tide goes up. During ourwaiting we had much visit, we even offered thecoffee to the fishermen.

People formidable who stopped to take care of us,vital water, fish and need but our food are alreadyfull. We regained the beach on foot and of thestroke in the course of the day, we thought of arriving on a desert island but not so deserted thatits finally! A few minute after, we find ourselveswith all the children of the village, one sleeps, oneplays with them while spending the time. It is timeto return on Aeuletheria and all to prepare for thehigh tide (4h morning). As this tide is not very high,we must use of stratagem. We attach an end(rope) on a large rock under water to port sidewhich we will connect to a winch of the sailing shipin order to make lean the skittle on the good side.Sayini, a fisherman returns to help us with his boatand its determination. Victoire, at 4:06 of themorning. Aeleutheria is released and we leave. Gohop here us are party for the crossing of the straitof Malacca. The boat does not have anything,hardly some stripes. We take our eases and weleave the veils With a weak but constant wind. Wenote that the bar has waterwheel pains a little

We traverse a few miles and there We havemore and more problems with the bar until losingthe direction completely. It grows dark. We are visavis a real problem. Initially we had to play withthe currents and the accelerator (booster goes back to port side, released gases derives withstarboard) to release itself from the cargo liners.Our small combines brings to us in front of theisland of Pisang (paradisiac island of banana).

We will remain two days to give us of ouremotions. To set out again in the direction ofMalacca we put the pintle which is not simple to handle being given the size of Aeleutheria andwithout direct access the throttle control lever has.

150 miles later we arrive in the night towardsMalacca and we wet close to a splendid greenmosque! We are in a hurry so much to take ashower and to sleep on our two ears. The destinyhas some to decide differently for Remi who was caught a metal end in the eye, which prevented itfrom sleeping all the night. The following daydirection hospital for a long day of waiting but phewall is well, they have good specialists in Malaysia.

Malacca is a city surprising by its coeducationcultural. It was colonized by English, Dutch andPortuguese then by Malaysiens, Chinese andIndians. To mix all that and you have Malacca.Architecture is surprising, by changing district wehave the feeling to change country. Art andarchitecture are surprising. The city is classified world heritage UNESCO.

The girls arrive. Read and Clementine, lend to leave, more justified than ever. They was necessary several days for us longitudinally to cross and downtown broad in order to refuel theboat and to find all necessary logistics missingto our crossing. The day of the departure, 3:00 ofthe morning, the pump with sea water starts to flee,delaying one day the departure. High tide thefollowing day with 5:18, departure. Secondconclusive attempt. Crossed was beautiful andintense, but we use much the engine because littlewind. We wiped a storm what here they call agrain In of nothing time at daybreak, we found ourselves with 3 cumulonimbus around usEveryone activates ourselves, exhausted 2:00 ofsleep per day, we take two laugh immediately onthe large veil and lower the Genoese one. After4:00 we manage to leave, soaked to the reassuredbones The repis will be short. Wedged in thenets of fisherman, engine on off, all the crew withthe aguets, day and night, of fear of blocking thepropeller. It was one rather difficult moment but theTEAM sticks together, all finishes well. We are rewarded by one moment for thanks to the sunset,the dolphins accompany us with a set ablaze sky,driving halfcompartment, noise of the waves,nobody in the neighbourhoods, Caravan De luxe hotel to make us dance on the bridge and jump ofbonitos to far. Happiness. We thus surfed 4 daysfull, makes a halt of 1 day and halfwith Pangkorpour to blow then begun again theroad of salt during still 2 days and half. For a firstcrossing with Aeleutheria and our grass browsershad animated itself a little but like one says, it isthe trade which returns. We handle from now onthe pintle with the toe while playing yams.

 Finally arrived at Langkawi, we rent scooters to discover it. The island is an ECRIN of nature,however, it is not wild, rather rich, modern andadvanced, can be due to the desfiscalisationand the presence of many yachts. Here time islenient, we find our companions Argentinianmusicians with damping in a pretty split filled withphosphorescent plankton. Bbq on the beach withthe browsers, guitars and cajon, we find ouraccount there all the same. Two days of welldeserved rest and rebelote, one buys allequipment to careen the boat, then the projectfinally will hatch, we envisage to return to us in theschools and associations of the island. Wepatiently expect the date or we will be able to leavethe boat and the EC set out again for 15 days ofbuilding site. We off envisage workshops circusesduring our days. Building site, circus, bathe,meetings, are the main words of the adventure.With final, 457 miles parcouruset of the millionstories to tell you!

A summer on (and off) board

A summer on (and off) board

No news since few weeks, sorry folks! many new matters (good or bad…) onboard and offboard. We will try to relate you all here…
July had start with the come back of Aurore and Mika, during 1 month we were 3 aboard. Iris great buddies come for help, they also have a sailboat in Martinique. Mechanical, electricity,… we almost fix all the little issues aboard Aleutheria.
Beginning of August, we were joined by Danielo and Jonas, coming from Belgium. Two artists, clown and dancer invited by Iris after met them in Brussels last year. Afterwards the talent Dallal who comes from Kuwait and who makes Hula Loop wonderfully had completed the team. Finally we have onboard many nationalities: French, Italian, Kuwaiti, Belgian… Now it’s time to sail!

The engine previously get out of the boat for strong maintenance is finally ready. The installation is quite easy, in just one day it’s already inside the boat. Iris will still spend a couple of nights to connect everything on the engine before the truth moment… And that’s it, the engine is running! Not with the key, certainly because small electrical problem between the starter and the contactor but a screwdriver do the job. This is a big satisfaction for the team because the breakdowns have breed and to fix it on the other side of the world had always be complicated. But now it work!

Last preparations, filling tanks with water, gasoil, bunkering the food, check the sails, The checklist is complete. Exitation rises… The next day we decide to try a short boat trip before leaving for Malaysia. We leave the marina but after 400 meters the boat is no longer working while the engine is still running.
Here is a new problem. It is the fault of the inverter, the transmission just after the gearbox. Not very serious issue but to repair it will have to get out the engine again, it’s easily repairable but it will take a lot of time. So no more forward. We return to the port in reverse. The first driving experience of the boat for our captain Iris, in moonwalk.
We safely back at the dock but the whole team is down, Batam is an strange island to live because very industrial and working conditions are not easy, it’s very hot. We have to take a decision. For the well-being of all and not stall the project, we will travel without the boat, take fresh air and make Sirkus Laut live elsewhere. We will finish the repair at our next session. Remi the mechanic guy of the team will be part of the trip, once its arrived on board everything will go much faster.

We leave Batam to visit another side of the archipelago, direction Bali! Unfortunately Aurore and Mika can’t follow us, they continue there road to Thailand. We’ll meet again soon, when our sailing roads will cross.
As soon as we arrived in Bali we meet Nachos. Nachos wrote us, several months ago because he also has an association that has several boats. Two are currently in Indonesia. He sails since 4 years. With him we would have a quick show during a jam session in a nice place near Ubud “La Bohemia”. We sailed with him, we went on a deserted island where we spent the night. The wind was weary and quite constant, we were able to get out all the sails, pure happiness. For sure, we will do something together in the next months because his crew is composed of very good musicians. The first night spent on their sailboat, one of the two engines no longer works and guess? Iris and Danielo has worked until 5am on the engine, to believe we are cursed! Problem solved. Thanks to this navigation we find hope to pursue Sirkus Laut on the Aleutheria. Motivated and more determined than ever to bring this adventure to life as soon as we back. But it’s life, sometimes you have to let go of it to take a step back, observe from a distance to find better solutions.

Iris and Danielo continue the trip to Lombok island then Jonas and Dallal on the ‘paradise’ Gili Islands. Our arrival in Lombok was a quite epic. Difficult to break the ice between local and western people here, but with few Indonesian words from Iris and Danielo’s diabolo help a lot. We go to the mountainaround the Rinjani volcano, where there are no tourists. We sleep in a village invited by locals peoples. The people are so nice that we decide to organize a circus workshop with the children of the village to thanks them. All we have to do is go to the rice paddies and whistle for about twenty children running towards us. It was the first time that they had been practicing the circus, and indeed it was the first time he had ever seen a circus. This video show that, the kids are just awesome. We had a lot of fun and with just a clown.


It’s already end of August. It’s time for the team to back.
Iris will go back to the boat in January with a new team to continue the adventure. The boat is off from September to January to fill the account then start again.
Continue to follow us and see you soon for new adventures!

The month of June of SirkusLaut

The month of June of SirkusLaut

2017 , June: Repairs continue

The preparation of the boat advances with great steps, all would be almost ready, but an accident of manipulation of the engine, force Iris to launch out in mechanic ! It means to dismount it, because it filled of sea water. At this time there, discovered of a mechanical strangeness : it’s also full of cooling’s liquid . It is thus necessary to dismount it completely, take it out from the boat and take it at the mecano. Solutions are found to take out the engin with assistance of Claude and some nice indonesian. The engin arrives at the mechanic workshop.

Few days later, the 15th June, come from Martinique Aurore and Mickael, they’re going to stay until the end of August, for the first Aeleutheria’s travel with Sirkus Laut.

Before the big departure, some more small things to do, without cunting the engin, that put end to end, form a rather consequent list !

Iris and Aurore start to clean the hold driving, and then attack to do again silicone of boats’s ports with true Sikaflex, silicone great airtight, favourite material of sailors ! The « Sika »(among other material), is not on Batam island, it’s necessary to make one gone return to Singapour, it means  to take the ferry, to change of country, it’s possible in a full day.

It’s the first time Aurore make the airflight of a port and manipulate this chimical and delicate material…A disaster, it will be necessary to do all again !

But still, Aurore take along the cable of the sounder until the tiller, inside the cockpit, where will be installed the screen of reading on a small table of wood, will be also use for the shelf for navigation’s maps, and for the compass.  Mika deal with restarting the both engin yamaha 15 horses. One will be sold or exchanged against a dinghy. Iris restore the teak door of the boat was rotting : Sikaflex, sandpapering and varnish (7 coats for outside !)

One day, new of the workshop where is the engine : it should be taken along to a big chinese mechanic workshop in Nagoya, the city to 20km from here, to test it. To find a car to transport it was not so simple, especially for a women. But finally, William, a indonesian who have a stand at the market, find a small pick-up to rent with driver, no choice ! Arrived at Nagoya, we learn that the following day the majority of shops, also this workshop, close during 10 days, it’s hollidays of the end of Ramadan !

Verdict for parts of the engine : it necessary to buy 4 liners and segments, and to bring back one liner at the big workshop to test the pistons. All that, with the hollidays at the middle, it’s synonym of waiting. But there is manythings to do ! First, to find parts engine. Iris thought to go in Malesia, cause in Singapour, the prices are too much expensive. Finally, it’s Remi who orders its at U .S.A , delivered at Singapour for defying prices any competition !

The reality is that is very complicated to do everything end to end, many times because it misses  some equipment, or it’s not the good one. Hollidays don’t help us …

Go back to the list of things to do, and progress, in bulk :

  •    Mika carry out plans to make manufacture davits by the Boudit’s factory, an indonesian Iris’s friend. It’s a gantry installed in the back boat, wich is used to fix the solar panels.
  • Some gone return are made with the yamaha store for parts engin of the dinghy. Engine oil, anode, propiler. We must go back two times, it’s not models good.
  • Besides, a big progress for the future life on board : Aeleutheria has a dinghy ! It’s Joeff, an Australian manufacturer of dinghy(at exorbitant prices), not fare away from here, who has found it to us, a second hand for a reasonable price. The sale of one of the both dinghy’s engine is going to refund it. It’s a nice big dinghy, with fund aluminium, which unfortunately is not perfect, it flees already where it was restuck. Joeff will go back to try to make it well…
  • We’ve also found the big cable wich missed to connect the electric anchor winch.

June finishes. The hope is to leave in one week to Malaisia, to obtain a sailing permit . It’s a request of Jotun stores to honour their partnership with Sirkus Laut.This one consists in providing free the paint to careen the boat, this for unlimited period !

Then, go back to Batam quickly to recover the paint(with sailing permit!), and to set out again in Malaysia to careen, because over there it’s really sheaper to take out the boat out of water. In this next week, we need to connect anchor winch, the VHF, the sounder and the autopilot. To repair the tank with diesel fuel, to connect the tank with sweet water, to prepare the rigging and fitting to sail.To make manufacture davits, to sell one yamaha engin.

And for sure : to go to seek parts of the engine of the boat in Singapour, and the engine in Nagoya at the chinese mechanic workshop. To reassemble it, to seal off the hold engine, and there, we’ll be able to leave. Vast program !

As much to say that time ago to be bored these next days in board of Aeleutheria.

The weekend 24th and 25th of June

The weekend 24th and 25th of June

A circus workshop at the Harris Batam Waterfront resort hotel

Iris knows well Romain, the French manager of the hotel next to the Marina. He invited us to have an improvised circus workshop, during a busy weekend. It was a great oportunitie to make photos, and restart the networking for getting partnership with the Tauzia chain, which has hotels all over Asia.
Let’s see later what kind of partnership this action will evolve … Paid services or sponsorship? We don’t know yet!

Saturday 24th June

All of us by the pool of a luxury hotel, we will have our first free circus workshop for wealthy families childrens’, unlikely but true!We installed the workshop at midday, slack line, carpet, juggling bowls,… and we try to attract the attention by some clowning exhibit, so that the parents register their children in the session planned at 4pm. Almost all of them said that they will go shopping.
We canceled the registration and we come back around 3:30 pm to see who would be there.
Finally, few young chinese, and a small and clever indian boy are there. Followed by a couple of French teachers from Singapore with two adorable childrens. The workshop finally takes place in an playful rather than pedagogic way. But given the holiday context with lot of attractions around, difficult to do otherwise. Childrens and parents are happy, and us too!

Sunday 25th June The Hari Raya

It’s how to call in Indonesia the day after the fasting month (Ramadan), at the new moon, the equivalent of the Aid in Arabic countries.  Tradition wants it that everyone goes to greet his neighbors and especially the elders. Every families has food and drinks to share. Childrens also go from house to house, where they are offered money, candies and drinks!
The symbolic of this day is to be born again like a newborn, after having washed its sins during the month.
We were lucky and honored to be invited by Ima, Iris’s friend from Java, to lunch. Then went around the neighborhood with Ima and her husband. A great welcome, with delicious things to taste! After five houses, not to mention the hearty lunch, our stomachs were struggling to keep up!
It was a super great day! It made us feel close and in touch with the local peoples after many endless work days on the boat!

First day in Batam, on Aeletheria!

First day in Batam, on Aeletheria!

First day 2017 for Sirkus Laut organization (Iris and Chloe for the moment), on Aeleutheria!

Between moving in, little visit around, small work in progress and rest… We already had a good day!

In our “moving in boxes”: our first nice basis of circus gear! It’s thanks to our Ulule donators generosity and the great gesture of Monocirk, Nantes, France, that Sirkus Laut was able to embark all of this!

In our packages, too : amazing soaps of Aroma Nature, one of our first partners. Sylvain and Leanne, the soap makers, wanted we wash ecologically from the very beginning of our trip!

Thank you so much for your wonderful help!!

Circus stuff for future shows and workshops

Iris introduces circus stuff we will use for our shows and scholar workshops. Behind: Aeleutheria!


Aroma Nature soaps introduction

Let us introduce you our new partner: Aroma Nature and their delicious handicraft soaps!

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