Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

Incorporating the Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia… and more

Southeast Asia Pilot by Andy Dowden & Bill O’Leary

The authors & other contributors

Andy Dowden

Andy Dowden

Author

Andy is a British yachtsman who left the UK in 1981 aboard his own 46 ft sloop to cruise the world. He arrived in Thailand for the first time in 1984 after several years of cruising Southeast Asia.

In 1989 he set up a yacht services and boat building company in Phuket. He is the author of many cruising guides and notes on local waters; much of Southeast Asia Pilot is based on his 25 years of cruising the waters of east and west Thailand and Malaysia.

Still very much involved in the yachting industry, he is involved in the organisation of two of Thailand’s regattas, and the annual International Boat Show in Phuket.

Andy lives in Phuket with his Thai wife and family.

Bill O’Leary

Bill O’Leary

Author & photography

Bill (aka Billo’) is an Australian multi-ticketed professional mariner who arrived in Thailand as crew on the renowned racer-cruiser, Stormvogel, in 1987. He joined Amanresorts as founder of Amancruises, the first hotel-affiliated luxury yacht charter company in Southeast Asia. Over 21 years he managed more than 60 luxury vessels and trained upwards of 150 Thai crew. His knowledge of the locations described in this guide is based on 26 years chartering, guiding and delivering luxury vessels all over Southeast Asia.

Billo’ is currently consulting as the marine tourism and commercial ferry senior advisor for several Malaysian government linked companies building mega-tourism projects in Iskandar and Desaru in Johor Barhu and Datai Bay north Langkawi. Married with 4 children he calls Phuket home. billolearyphuketgmail.com  www.billolearyphuket.com

Grenville Fordham

Grenville Fordham

Charts, editing, design, layout & project management

British-born Grenville moved to Thailand in 1995. An established international freelance writer, he’s been editor of two national magazines and is currently managing director of Southeast Asia Pilot publishers, IMAGE asia − a Phuket company he formed in 2000 which produces various information-based publications and websites. www.image-asia.com

On moving to Phuket in 1998, he discovered boats, an accident that led to Image Asia founding the Phuket Boatshow and Phuket Raceweek (regatta), both in their 10th years as this book goes to print. In 2009, he led the team redeveloping the Ao Chalong Yacht Club and served as Commodore in 2011/2012. Grenville lives in Phuket with his Thai wife and daughter.

Captain Jimmy Blee

Captain Jimmy Blee

Darwin, Indonesia & Singapore

Originally from the Queensland East coast, Captain Jimmy moved to Indonesian waters in 1994, establishing a luxury marine operations base on Moyo island near Komodo. For the last 18 years he has sailed extensively the waterways of Indonesia, particularly the eastern islands, has operated his own charter vessels and guides expedition-style cruises and other long-range adventure trips through out the area.

Jimmy runs his own marine consultancy, Indonesian Marine Services, with a boat design and construction division and Indonesia’s leading vessel management & logistics agency, Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia. Recent achievements in boat construction include building of the luxury 32m phinisi, Amanikan, for Amanresorts and the 45 m Alila Purnama for Alila Resorts.

Through Asia Pacific Super-Yachts Indonesia, Jimmy has guided and managed super-yachts trip planning for vessels such as Senses, Mayan Queen , Achilles and this year Octopus and provided countless others with logistic services and support throughout Indonesian waters. Married with an Indonesian wife and with three beautiful young children, Jimmy is a fixture on the marine landscape of Indonesia. www.indonesianmarineservices.com
www.asia-pacific-superyachts.com/location/indonesia

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

Andaman Islands, Mergui Archipelago,
charts & photography

Paul grew up in central Africa then worked as a specialist consultant engineer in London. At 30 he retired, bought a 65ft yacht and started a small luxury charter operation in Southeast Asia. Paul’s speciality is remote area charters in the Mergui Archipelago, the Andaman Islands and Indonesia. He has built up a wealth of knowledge of these rarely visited areas.

Paul’s 100ft sailing yacht Asia (launched in 2009) brings a new level of luxury and comfort to charters in the most remote parts of Southeast Asia. This yacht offers luxury adventure charters to the dream destinations featured in this guide. Paul has many internationally published articles and photographs featuring the Mergui Archipelago, Thailand, Indonesia and the Andaman Islands. www.boat-yacht-charters.com
Contact Paul at: paulboat-yacht-charters.com

Anil Thadani

Anil Thadani

vessels & logistics for Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore & Palau

Anil is an Indian private equity investor who founded Asia’s first private equity business in 1981. He moved to Asia in 1975 after doing his Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Administration at the Universities of Wisconsin and California. After nine years with Bank of America, he set up his own investment business in Hong Kong in 1981. He imported the first luxury vessels into Phuket, Thailand in the late 80s.

An experienced scuba diver and high speed skipper in his own right, Anil has piloted six of his own fleet of super high speed vessels for 20 years over tens of thousands of miles, exploring and enjoying many of the destinations described in this guide.
anilanilthadani.com  www.symphonyasia.com

Captain Ed Shiels

Captain Ed Shiels

East Malaysia & photography

Captain Ed’s maritime career began at 15 when he joined the Royal Australian Navy. He has vast experience from charter work, diving, passenger vessels to film industry.

Ed is a dual certified Master Mariner with Australian USL and British MCA Qualifications. He is currently captain of a private luxury Expeditionary Motor Yacht, circumnavigating the world. He has spent the last six years in Southeast Asian waters diving and exploring some of the remotest reefs and islands in the region. He has cruised the Andaman Islands, Mergui Archipelago, Thailand, Malaysia and Borneo, giving him the opportunity to indulge his passion for under- and above-water photography. Contact Captain Ed at edsheilsgmail.com

Morgan Hayes

Morgan Hayes

Vietnam, Koh Samui & Langkawi

Morgan worked for Sunsail for over 10 years in various destinations around the world before coming to join their Asia operation in 2003. After teaching in Sunsail’s RYA sailing school in Phuket for a year, he moved south to run their Langkawi base.

Since 2005 he has sailed extensively around the Malay peninsula, Koh Samui and Vietnam, running Sunsail’s new bases in these areas and discovering new anchorages. While having no fixed address, he can often be found at the bar at most of Asia’s sailing regattas.

Ian Hewitt

Ian Hewitt

Langkawi & Koh Samui

Ian first came to Phuket on a brief visit in 1993 when backpacking through Asia. He returned and stayed for a year in 1996 to work as a scuba diving instructor at various sites from the Surin Islands in the North to Hin Daeng in the South. In 1999 he joined Sunsail and, after a variety of positions in the Med, UK and Canaries he moved to Langkawi in 2002 to take up the position of base manager. In 2004 he moved to the Phuket base.and was base manger until 2013. He recently joined Princess Yachts Thailand. He has a Thai wife and two young children.

Captain Olly Wingate

Captain Olly Wingate

Various waters in Thailand

Olly, born and bred in Scotland, started instructing for the RYA in dinghies at the tender age of 16. After racing in the national 420 squad he moved to keel boat racing and performed well, skippering at all levels winning national 8-metre match-racing championships. After some years instructing for the RYA Sunsail Phuket school, averaging 7,000 miles a year, he now runs his own marine services business, Integrity Yachting, delivering, operating and skippering larger vessels. Olly has completed countless deliveries in the cruising area and can be contacted on +66 0892272909 or infointegrityyachting.com

Richard Buxo

Richard Buxo

The Raja Ampat

Ricard studied technical drawing for construction and worked in architecture for 12 years in Spain and abroad before moving to the Red Sea in 1993. He spent five years there working professionally in diving at the end of which he self-published the Miniguide to the Southern Egyptian Red Sea. The past 11 years he has lived in Indonesia, where he came in 2000 to supervise the construction of the liveaboard SMY Ondina. Since then he has been successfully running this operation, logging close to 3,000 dives in the archipelago, nearly half of them in the reefs of Raja Ampat. He currently lives in Bali, combining business with writing stories for diving and yachting magazines in Spain. His work can be seen at www.ocean-focus.com

Mark Holroyd

Mark Holroyd

Philippines and Butangs

Mark sailed from the UK in 1996, via Panama, arriving in Asia in 2002. He now concentrates on private and exclusive sailing charters around Asia. With over 20 years’ experience, and commercial certificates, he has crewed or skippered, managed and delivered several super yachts, as well as completing many ocean passages and logging several hundred thousand miles on all the world’s oceans. He is an RYA Yachtmaster Instructor Examiner certified to teach RYA Yacht Master and examine Yacht Master Offshore and Yacht Master Ocean. He spends much of his time sailing and travelling throughout Asia and the rest of the world. Contact Mark at: yachtvoyagesgmail.com www.yachtvoyages.com

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