Wednesday, January 28, 2009

28 January 2009

Strong north-easterlies blew us back to Phuket in great time – we had a cracking sail. Left Koh Miang about 4 am and arrived at Patong in time to anchor in daylight and go ashore for dinner at an excellent Japanese restaurant – Fuji at Jungceylon centre. Left Patong Bay after breakfast ashore (running out of food on board!) on the 25th and sailed around to Ao Chalong. Chinese New Year tonight but no fireworks or celebrations as far as we could tell. Perhaps there are too few Chinese in Phuket?

As I mentioned at the last post, Shaun phoned us with the wonderful news of his sons's birth just as we were nudging up to the fuel and water barge to replenish the tanks. Isaac Ansell is doing well and keeping his parents awake for the requisite amount of time. His proud grandmother is looking forward to lots of photos!

We have a list of maintenance for the boat (and I thought it was all over once we put her back in the water in Rebak...) that will keep us here in Phuket for another four or five days at least, and then back to Langkawi to install a new watermaker. Our old one gave up the ghost a few weeks back and was a deciding factor in us not leaving for the Red Sea as we'd hoped. Instead we'll stay the rest of this year in SE Asia, and be back here by late October to be ready to cross to Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Oman by the first week in January 2010. Unless we change our minds and go a different direction! At least it keeps us closer to home for this year, and able to go back to Darwin in August for Shaun and Jen's wedding.

That's the itinerary for the moment. If all goes well and we can leave here in a week, we may go to Langkawi via a detour back across to the Similans. Cheers for now!

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