Flamers and fireworks…hello 2018!

The Alpha Odyssey


Normally that’s a call you hear on a battlefield when rockets and artillery are raining down, but it was also yelled out several times during our new years eve celebrations aboard SV Billaroo in Patong Bay, Thailand. Every now again, an errant paper lantern, lit by revellers on nearby Patong Beach to accompany new years’ wishes into the atmosphere, would break from its skyward arc, and come plummeting down towards our yachts. One of these “flamers” (so-nicknamed because they were usually on fire) actually hit the mast of a yacht in front of us! (Hopefully there was no damage to the halyard or anything else.)

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Earlier in the night we went ashore for a quick walk through the infamous Patong Road precinct. It was only just gearing up for the big night ahead, but we were still accosted by hawkers trying to flog “ping pong shows” as we made…

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