Sailing holidays in Southeast Asia, and life onboard a Beneteau First 20 in Hong Kong
As long as I can remember I have dreamt of being able to explore Asia with my family. We wanted to let our children expand their senses with the experiences, colours and flavours of this exceptional continent. I believed that doing this by boat would be an even greater privilege.
Our first destination on a boat as a family was Langkawi and the Butang Islands. Hopping from mangroves to white sandy beaches, our two young sons were able to experience life on board a yacht for the first time. We found that despite the limited space on board, the pace of sailing was very well suited to a young family.
The following year we spent Christmas sailing around Phuket and the Pang Nga Bay. Our kids were worried about how Father Christmas would get to the boat on Christmas Eve, but the answer was simple… on a flying dinghy, of course! Waking up with the sunrise at anchor in Ko Racha Yai, with the presents scattered around the saloon, will remain an unforgettable memory for us all.
With our sons now experienced little sailors we made the decision to get a yacht of our own to cruise around the islands of Hong Kong. Us Beneteau First 20, GANESHA, is now part of the family. She is just the right boat for spending weekends around the bays and nights at anchor close to the beaches. She keeps us sharp and trained, preparing for our next family sailing adventure!
Words: Thibaut de Montvalon, Managing Director Beneteau Asia, Hong Kong.