Jon & Chris raise the mainsail
as we sail north into Thailand.
This gets a bit complicated, as we actually visited Thailand multiple times, in 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Just before Christmas 2006 our son Christopher joined us for 3 months, taking a break from university. Our Terrific Thailand newsletter covers our trip inland from Langkawi Island to Kuala Lumpur and an elephant sanctuary in Malaysia, plus our sail through the islands of Thailand. Based mainly around Phuket, we took journeys of a week at a time, first northwest to the Similan Islands for clear water and snorkeling, then northeast of Phuket into Phang Nga Bay where we found beautiful anchorages under towering limestone cliffs. For the whole month of January 2007 we sailed in company with several other cruising boats with adult "kids" so it was a real party month!
Our Thai Interior newsletter describes where we went trekking near the Burmese border north of Chiang Mai, explored Bangkok, and visited the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi where monks raise orphaned Indo-Chinese Tigers.
In early 2011 we sailed from the Similan Islands of Thailand to the Andaman Islands of India, and then on to the Indian mainland. After touring northern India we came back to Thailand (although this was not our original plan).
The following are our noon positions and statistics as we sailed from Chennai (Madras) India to the Surin Islands of Thailand, via Little Andaman Island for more diesel. The trip was characterized by light headwinds and sometimes squally conditions. Much of the time we were motor-sailing. Wind speeds and directions are apparent - true wind-speeds were somewhat higher and true wind angles were a bit further aft (our forward speed pulls the apparent wind forward):
|April 18||11° 54'||80° 26'||(77)||843||7-15||±40°||Still heading south around Sri Lanka|
|April 19||10° 34'||80° 53'||93||750||9-15||35-70°||Change course, head for Thailand|
|April 20||10° 18'||82° 33'||101||649||10-17||45-90°||Actually sailing, full moon, nice sunrise|
|April 21||10° 18'||84° 07'||95||554||11-15||±50°||Beautiful day with a magnificent sunrise!|
|April 22||9° 50'||85° 47'||107||447||9-12||20-35°||Calm day, find derelict fishing platform|
|April 23||9° 31'||87° 53'||115||332||7-15||20-100°||More squall dodging|
|April 24||9° 13'||89° 21'||102||230||0-7||---||Hot and cloudy|
|April 25||9° 20'||90° 54'||100||130||7-10||30-80°||Change course for Little Andaman|
|April 26||10° 36'||92° 33'||(130)||0||6||130°||Anchor in Hut Bay, Little Andaman|
|April 28||10° 32'||92° 58'||(24)||313||10||60-120°||Sailing!|
|April 29||9° 46'||94° 46'||119||194||0-12||40-120°||Change clocks to Thailand time|
|April 30||9° 19'||96° 15'||93||101||10-20||40-130°||Dodging squalls and trying to slow down|
|May 1||9° 23'||97° 53'||(101)||0||0-20||90-130°||Pick up mooring off Ko Surin Thai at 9am|
Totals for this leg from Chennai (Madras) to the Surin Islands of Thailand: 1,257nm in 282 hours (11 days 18 hours) for a very slow average speed of only 4.5 knots.
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