We have now left Thailand en route for Sri Lanka 1100 miles away. The sailing has been great, 10 to15 knots of wind, shy reaching all the way and at this present rate it should just take over 6 and half days. In the last 24 hours we have seen one cargo boat and a few whales, although it can be rather boring it makes for easy watch keeping, especially after the Malacca Straights where you wouldn’t dare leave the helm position incase you came across an unlit fishing boat or large container ship bearing down on you at 20 knots.
Our New Year was spent on one of the beaches just around from Krabi – lots of fire works and paper lanterns. The Thais don’t seem to have the same safety controls as we have in Australia, it wasn’t uncommon to see people walking around with back packs full of mortars and rockets while kerosene dripped from the paper lanterns flying over head.
Terry and Jan from Ridgee Didge joined us for the celebrations and the next day we tried to do some publicity shots for Brooke at Lightwave with the two Lightwaves together and the back drop of the vertical cliffs rising clear from. Unfortunately the morning turned out to be quite hazy, no doubt we will be able to enhance them some how.
We spent New Years Day with Jan and Terry. They joined us for dinner where we had a few more celebratory drinks (Jan is such a bad influence on me!!!!) Terry tried to talk us into staying in Thailand for 6 months. I must say we were sad to leave because it is fantastic cruising grounds and magic snorkeling and diving everywhere we have been.