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Road trip Sri Lanka with Baithulla Yoosuf 21-24/3 2019

Day 1 First stop is Polonnaruva the capital of Sri Lanka from the 11th to the 13th century. Hinduism was the prevailing religion then. Before we moved around Lars could take picture of a wedding couple. Walled inner and outer city surrounded by monasteries and temples. Beautiful ruins of the kings castle, the parliament, man made lake called sea of Paramanraa a Pond with Lotus and rock cut temple with Buddha sculpture. It was a huge area so we got picked up by Yoosuf and driven to many sights. Rankoth Vehera a gold pinnacle stupa, was very impressive. Stupa is a mound-like hemispherical structure containing relics that is used as a place for meditation.

Woodcarving was interesting to see. They used teak, rosewood, ebony, cinnamon tree etc. So much too choose of!

After a nice lunch we were driven by a range rover to a national park for elephants, water buffalo, pi-cock and monkeys. We got very close to the elephants and they did not care. They just continued to eat grass. Often we saw them having baby elephants between there legs. We saw them all, finally, go into the water and it looked nice.

When stopped at a store that sold material in silk and cotton I bought a white blouse in light cotton. Also ordered a dress to be made in raw silk and delivered to the BAB the next day.

We had a nice dinner at the BAB situated in a nice surrounding. The mother was the chef and the daughter Asha arranged with the rest. There were air conditioner on our room but there were several national power cut during the evening. Asha came with candle light to us on the room

Day 2 Sigiriya (Lion Rock 200 meter high). Dates back from over 7000 years as a rock shelter mountain monastery with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Sangha Buddhist monastic order. The garden city and the palace was built by Kashyapa 477-495 AD. After his death it was a monastery complex until 14th century. Yoosuf arranged with a guide for us and it was good. A lot of steps up to the garden on the top but first we passed threw the dams with water and gardens. They had a god system of irrigation. Then we had to start climbing for the top. We had a stop to see the beautiful fresco still there. Also pas threw the gate of the lion without the head. Nice to be on the top. I could stand on the highest spot rock. Getting down we met many school children. Cobra cliff was passed were the snake charmer made his show, not for free.

Lunch at a local food place was not super. The good thing was the fresh prepared fruit juices, ice-cream and buffalo yogurt with syrup.

Next stop was historical Dambulla with the ancient monastery. So we had to continue climbing and now very high steps up to the Buddhist cave temple. We had to leave our clip-clappers and learned from before we had socks with us for not getting burned on the hot ground. It was a beautiful temple with a lot of very old Buddha statues, wall painting, a temple for preying, chamber of Sacred Tooth relic and a workshop for repairing Buddhas. Getting down we chose the wrong way so we had to call Yoosuf to fetch us. He took us to the big Buddha so we could take some picture.

Back at the BAB we learned that the chef was not home so we had to get out and get some take away food and beer. We learned how they make kottu with roti bread, egg and vegetable. Also learned that if you choose chicken and they use chicken bone they cut the chicken with the bone and put it in the dish!

Also my dress was delivered by the tailor and his helper and I was happy.

Day 3 Old Ayurveda Village. Spice and Herbal garden; Herbs and Traditional Medicines. Tour in the garden were we saw vanilla plant and a lot of other plants and trees. Afterwords we got nice massage, that we paid for, preformed by male students. We bought some of their products like 4 month detox cure and spice tea.

Stop in Kandi for excellent lunch at an international restaurant with air-condition.

After some hours, in the comfortable air-conditioned van climbing up the mountain, we reached the tea plantation, Damro Tea. Yoosuf was quick to arrange a guided tour for us. Afterwords we bought tea. The van took us a little bit higher up to Maggie’s BAB. Here we had colder climate so Lars and I took a walk around the neighborhood. We had a great dinner and priced the cook. The beds were very bad, especially our friends but we slept well anyway. Lars managed to turn on the heater. It was quit unusual thing to do.

Day 4 Breakfast and off we go down the mountain, with a pit-stop at a little beautiful Hindu temple. We saw worshiper lighten up oil lamps and prayed. Passing threw Kandi again we stopped for a coffee brake and wow what a treat I got at a that café. Lunch buffet in Dambulla were local food was a little too spicy with chili. It was served in beautiful terracotta pots. Peter got rot-is as a special treat even if they did not have a la cart. Yoosuf remembered to stop at a shop for buying buffalo yogurt in terracotta vials. Before we were dropped at the harbor Yoosuf took us home to meet his family and a cup of tea.

Sailing to Sri Lanka From Chalong bay Phuket Thailand 7/3-14/3-2019

Time used 7 days 06:30h, Distant 1030.2 NM, avg distant per day 114.5 best distance per day 210.7 NM, SOG in kts 5.4 kts avg, 8.5 kts max, TWA 101.9 avg, TWS in kts 7.85 avg, 20.7 max.

07/3 Day one. Anchor up at 7 a clock. We hoisted main and jib after getting free of Thailand. Blue sky and hot with a nice breeze. We sail upwind 7 knots. Dinner fried chicken breast with rise coal-slow and mango chutney. Eager to use the last internet for many days.

08/3 Day 2. Wind 6.6, speed 5.1. At 08:00 Lars talked with Tommy on SSB. I cleaned gas stove thoroughly. Left shoulder and arm hurt a lot (because of cleaning the hull a short time!?). Lars give massage. Dinner trout (tender steamed), potatoes, carrots, honey/muster and cowl-slow. Lars send text message, on the sat phone, to the boys like he will every day now.

09/3 Day 3. Wake up call at 04:35 in Sombrero Chanel Nicobar islands. It is still dark and stars. Sun rise at 7 Thailand time. Still hurting a lot. Dinner fish sticks potatoes coal-slow and cucumber.

10/3 Day 4. Cargo ship from south is getting closer on Maria’s watch and pass on Lars’s. 02:40 Maria get of watch after getting a sandwich with Swedish Allerum cheese and Lars goat cheese. Called Tommy on SSB at 8 a clock and hear him perfectly. Lars on the helm if auto pilot goes out. We run generator and water-maker for an hour. Lars finish his book and I continue with The silent American, Graham Green. At 17 hour tapas: black olive, goat feta, artichoke hart, duck pate and salty crackers. Dinner duck breast and mie goreng. SMS to the boys. Energy fail 12 volt so hand steer and start the generator on my watch with help from Lars. Trawler pass by. Generator run 23-24 hour.

11/3 Day 5. Lars have measured on the 12 volt batteries and they are okay. I got power drop on my watch and had to start the generator. TWD 043 E downwind 5.4 knots wind 7.6 knots. At 03 run generator on Lars watch. 04 start motor and drop the main and role in the jib. Now 12 volt battery get charged, 13.2. We sail 6.3 for motor alone and 4-5 knots of wind. Talked to Tommy at 8 a clock. Nice lunch with ham and salami. Time for cleaning up kitchen drawers. Sat sail again and after a while stop the motor. We sailed 6.7 knots. A fishing boat comes very close to Alexandra and Lars start the motor. They want to sell fish and coconuts out on the ocean. We had to speed up and get away from them. Tapas like yesterday and Thai fish sticks and mash potatoes for dinner. Sundown when we sail 5.2 wind 8.3 from NE 035, temp 30.6 in the salon.

12/3 Day 6. Tough night watch looking for fishing ship. One 20 NM south of us. Slept like a hard from 5 to 8 in the morning when I then talked to Tommy. They still wait for a good weather window to the Maldives. We could speed up and get in tomorrow evening. Instead we slow down and get in

the 14th in the morning. Another fishing boat get close to us today. They shouted to us asking for cigarettes. Lars sat local Sri Lanka time on navigation PC. After tapas served with coca cola motor gets turned of and we sail 6 knots. We passes the place with a lot of AIS but no boats.

13/3 Day 7. Woke up Lars when a fishing boat got close to us and when I accidentally closed the autopilot. Also when we needed to tack I had to wake Lars up. Difficult to here Tommy on the SSB. Still hurting right shoulder and hand. We tack back and fourth and a cargo ship pass bay on the way north. Then we are happy having many dolphins along side Alexandra. The wind disappear and we start the motor. Tapas. For dinner Lars made “Hakkebøff med løg” (ground beef and tender fried yellow onion) and potatoes.

The family comes to Koh Lanta Chade resort 27/1-10/2 2019

27/1 The family arrive, pool bathing for the first time and Oskar and Olivia loved it. We relaxed at Kristoffer´s air-conditioned room in the afternoon, very good dinner at the resort with al seven of us. It was so wonderful to see the grandchildren after not seeing them for 9 month. They had grown so much. Also nice to see Frederik Jeanne Kristoffer Winni and Jørgen. We were happy that they took the long journey to see us and off cause having a holiday in Thailand.

28/1 Jet-lag, lunch at resort, the children bathe, Jørgen gave beer overlooking the pool! We deliver laundry and went back to Alex to relax. We came in for dinner, on a restaurant on the beach, with the others. A very nice evening.

29/1 Preparing for having guests onboard when the weather allows it. Cleaning and washing cockpit covers. Lars is moving things to aft storage. I put things away to the front washing machine space, after cleaning. We took the dingy to the beach and went to the family room and Kristoffer were there. Olivia was asleep and Oskar did not want too sleep. We collected our clean clothes and went to the pool for happy hour. Al of us went north along the coast line to a restaurant on the beach. Later in the evening they had fire show there. When we went back to the resort we so many small crabs, sticking up from wholes in the sand, and Oskar was excited to see them when lighted up by our torch.

30/1 Lars moved cradles to storage under SB cabin madras. He also put cover on mainsail. I vacuum clean the two aft cabin. We went in and visited Kristoffer. 17:30 sun-downer/happy hour with Jørgen and Wini. We got buffet at the resort all of us. Nice sushi and red wine. Still very windy at the anchorage.

31/1 Lars went in with the dingy and got Frederik, Kristoffer and Oskar with him to Alexandra. So back to get Jeanne and Olivia. Olivia had fever so Lars sailed Jeanne and Olivia back so Olivia could sleep undisturbed. Frederik worked on the bottom that had a lot of growth. Kristoffer and Oskar swam around Alexandra. Lars sailed them in and later on we sailed in. Winni and I went to a playroom with Olivia. Olivia enjoyed it a lot. We missed the sun-downer because Lars got very bad stomach ache so we sailed out to Alexandra. Lars slept immediately. When he woke up he got to panadol so he could sleep threw the night.

1/2 Lars is feeling better. The painkiller seem to work. He think it is a gall stone. It is a lot of wind on the anchorage, 23 knots so we stay until the afternoon. Lars download pictures from both cameras. In the afternoon we sailed in and took a tuk tuk to Saladan and the supermarket. When we came out of the shop Frederik, Oskar and Kristoffer were there. Al of us took a big tuk tuk back to the resort. We, except Jeanne and Winnie who went to a clinic with Olivia, had dinner at the resort. Olivia had an infection and got intravenous first treatment.

2/2 Peaceful morning. Lars was still hurting in the left groin. He continued with penicillin and codeine to take the pain. Al hatches was cleaned from salt water. Also the durades needed a cleaning. The others took a one day tour around the island. Lars had fever but he was not hurting. The tour went well also with Olivia.

3/2 The night was difficult for Lars so we sailed in and took a tuk tuk to the clinic. Lars was thoroughly investigated and it turned up to be infection in the bladder. He got one dose intravenously and pills with him. The clinic drove us back to the resort. Lars rested at Kristoffers room and the rest of us could see the kids swimming and bathing in the pool at Winnie and Jørgen. The clinic called Lars in the evening and asked how he felt. The insurance Safeaway took the bill and we had to pay for own risk 700DKK.

4/2 Lars is much bedder after a good nights sleep. Winnie and Jørgen are on an island cruise. Nice breeze at the anchorage. We took the dingy in and a tuk tuk to the supermarket. We found goat cheese for Lars!

5/2 Finally, all is well and we had all of the Danish family on board Alexandra. We sailed a tour along the coast and enjoyed being together on Alexandra. The old toaster from our Luffe 37/ Njord boat came to work and it was like old time. So nice to have them all at sun-downer in the cockpit. Afterwords Lars sailed them all, except Kristoffer, back to land. We three had a nice dinner on board.

6/2 We took a tuk tuk to Santos village and walked to the north tip and a restaurant overlooking the bay. On the way back we stopped at the supermarket. They did not have much chilled food because almost al fridges were broken. Back at Chade we stopped at Kristoffers and found out that he was not well. He had nausea and rested al day. At Winni and Jørgen we got nice gin and tonic and potato chips. We al except Kristoffer took a tuk tuk to a Swedish restaurant. We got very nice seafood plater with “Skagen röra”. Yummy. The kids got mashed potatoes Swedish meatballs and lingonberries. On the way back on the market street I got help from Winnie and Jeanne to negotiate the price for one bikini and 2 skirts. We played with Oliva, in the big tuk tuk getting back home, because she was jealous on her brother for having mother for himself.

7/2 Sunny morning, after a night having to run the generator and now I had fever and stomach pain. Painkiller helped but I stayed onboard the whole day. Lars sailed in with the dingy, in the afternoon, to pick up Jeanne, Oskar, Frederik and Kristoffer. They went swimming on the reef. Oskar tried with a real snorkel and mask for the first time.

8/2 All of us on tour with the green speedboat to Phi Phi Islands. First stop Ao Tonsai Pier were we could stretch our legs waking around the bay getting ice-cream etc.

After that the boat stopped at a cliff were we saw monkeys. We continued to Monkey Beach to moor and we could snorkel.

The boat stopped one more time for snorkeling and we sail up north to a nature reserve and got lunch. The boat passed by birds nest caves. We were al tired when we sailed home. It had been an eventful day.

9/9 Last day. How fast time goes when you enjoy being with your family. Lars, Frederik, Jeanne, and Kristoffer went on tour with long-tail boat for snorkeling. They were picked up at the resort bye a pickup truck driven them to Old Town were the boat waited. They could snorkel at one spot. I had the pleasure to visit Winni and Jørgen and had a discreet swim in there private pool with Oskar and Olivia. Lars and I did not swim in the pools in Chade resort because we had to pay 1000 THB=208 DKK per person per day to use the pools. We thought it was way to much. We all had last dinner at the restaurant Chade. There were music and fire show and Oskar, 3 and a half year old, could hold the torch. So proud!

10/2 The Family flew home to Denmark. We went in to say farewell. They were al in the breakfast restaurant. We followed them to the taxi-bus. How quick two weeks had gone! Next time we will see them will be in June in Denmark, we thought, but it turned up to be July!

Putteri marina Malaysia 9/14-8/11-2018

09/11 Harbour office and immigration. Shop in local supermarket. At 15 hour we sail in to the harbour with Alexandra. Sven and Lisa helped us with the lines. Restaurant with Randivåg in the evening.

10/11 Sail to fuel dock and get diesel. It is 33°C. Elsebeth and Anders came mid day from Langkawi. Dinner with our Danish friends.

11/11 We got Elsebeth and Anders on Alexandra for coffee and cookies. After that we go shopping up-stares in the centre. In the evening we had nice food like steak and red wine at NZ restaurant. Long time seen.

12/11 Bus tour to Yohor with the rally and our Danish friends could join.

Ananas / Pineapple museum were I bought nice pineapple jam, chips and juice. We could see different kind of pineapple growing outside.

Mangrove park with long trails and monkeys. We went out to the most southerly point on mainland in south east Asia. Pictures were off cause taken.

Visit an historical house with a sultan still living there. Nice Lunch with dancer entertaining and a few speeches. We got a tour around the house and the nice son of sultan guided us.

Gala dinner with the sail Malaysia rally, in the evening with very good food and hot coffee. Before entering the room, were dinner were served, picture were taken on us. Unfortunately not digital photo. The air-conditioner worked hard to cool the room and almost everybody were freezing to death.

13/11 Taxi to big shopping centre with Elsebeth and Anders. After shopping clothes etc. we had Chinese lunch and ended up shopping for food the big way.

14/11 Our Danish friends leave for the airport very early but we take it easy because of a lot of rain. Next rally stop is Melaka and most of the boats sail today.

Sailing to Malaysia 7/11-8/11-2018

7/11 We fought that we should get diesel for the last money and sail at 9 a clock with the current with al the others but almost everybody had sailed when we got up and nobody told us the change of plan. We had to sail against the current almost the whole day and no wind so motoring. We had only 2 hours of current with us in the start. We finally, just before dark, find a place to anchor closed to Skybird and Henrietta and closed to Singapore strait. In the evening and beginning of night we had heavy rain, wind, thunder and lightening. It was difficult to fall asleep.

8/11 Up at 5:45. We sailed together with Skybird at 06:15. Henrietta was already gone. We pass Singapore strait in a good way following the rules for crossing. For a while we can see skyline Singapore. We get the current with us up the Yuhor strait. We keep on moving on the Singapore coastline but not to close. When getting closer to the bridges we move in to the middle of the strait. Exiting to sail under the two bridges, 25 m clearance. Now we are fairly close to the marina and can relax. We dropped the anchor in the harbour basin (20 MYR =33 dkk for anchoring) because the harbour was full. We went out and eat with Randivåg in the evening. Nice mussels, Leffe beer and mud cake.

Banda Bintan Telani and Bintan Resort Cakrawala for Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia farewell party 6/11-7/11 2018

6/11 We are sailing for motor but get some wind in the end. Finally we arrive to the end destination for Wonderful Sail 2 Indonesia rally. We took the dingy in to the ferry terminal and got our check out Indonesia paper. It was very bad weather with lots of rain and wind. A shuttle bus took us to the resort for Indonesia farewell party. Unfortunately, at the start of the show not all rally sailors were there. We got nice food in a small air-conditioned restaurant. There were speeches and some of the men got traditional hats on. The show continued outside from a large stage in the heat. Lars and Max got a price for visiting all 20 destinations. The organizer forgot Sandi and Maria! Everybody got up dancing now with all sailors there and beautiful dancer.

Tanjung Pinang old city, Bintan island 2/11-5/11 2018

2/11 We sailed for motor, some hour for main and jib and then motoring again. At the Melin hotel we checked in. We explored the town and, with some of the others, we had dinner at a chines restaurant.

3/11 We delivered 14 kg laundry at the Melin hotel and did some shopping during the day. In the evening we had dinner at the seafood restaurant on the dock with other sailors. The popular lobsters were sold out but we got good seafood.

4/11 Tour by local boats to the island west of Bintan island, Penyengat. At the Melin hotel we got a shopping bag with gifts like scarf, dry bag, hat, T-shirt and toilet bag. Later on the day the dry-bag came to good use! At 9 a clock we went down to the local boats and get sailed over to Penyengat. We walked to an old culture house and got lunch there sitting on the floor. Bahasa Indonesia is a uniting language in Indonesia. The language come from this island. Sultan Haji was author to the first Malay grammar book and lived on the island. Afterwards we were driven, to and to, in a motorized rickshaw around the Island. We saw an old castle and a new renovated mosque. We walk up a hill and saw 2 cannon from a Portuguese fort. Up there they had Sunday market selling handicraft and something eatable, drinkable or toys. You could exchange money for market money, made of wood, and go shopping. It began raining and we harried down the hill and took protection at the cafe. When it almost had stopped raining we harried down to the harbor and find our boat for getting back to Bintan island. In the evening we had a nice dinner at the hotel. Afterword dancing.

5/11 Tour by bus to Buddhist temple. Also a Chinese village with a tree growing inside a small temple. The village were built on poles. We also saw a chines temple. You could go up the hill behind the temple. At last the bus took us to a shopping centre for provisioning and that was most appreciated.

Benan Island, Linga Regency 31/10-2/11

31/10 In the morning we sailed in to the pier and climbed up, the provisional ladder, to reach the pier at high tide. We walked to the beach were they had welcome party for us. As usual we got a box with goodies and water. There were important people, speeches, entertainment etc. We were also visiting a school. After Baking bread and relaxing on board we sailed in to the pier and joined in to dinner combined with Halloween party. As you can see there were creative dressing up! I think Raymond got help from a friend from the US? Cute!

1/11 We relax the whole day and work on the website.

Equator crossing 29-30/10 2018

29/10 Eventful night with anchor alarm and rain. Up 6:30, temperature 27.6 in the salon. Some difficult getting anchor up. We sail out of the bay 8:00. We are lucky having the current with us. At 9 a clock we pas a lot of fishing platforms made of bamboo with houses and two big fishing net on. You also have to look for poles in the water. We got rein a couple of times. We anchor next to Randivåg at the equator.

We were 16 people on-board Alexandra having sundowner celebrating equator crossing. The boats were Randivåg, Volo, Samara11, Joz 4, Ski Bird, Anemoz, Extra-pole. There were a lot of snacks and, at least, three brought a bottle of sparkling white so cheers to us all.

30/10 Before we left we took the dingy together, with Diane, to the equator monument. There were some steps up to a nice viewpoint. At 8a clock we hoist the dingy and the anchor and sail out of the bay with course towards Benan islands west coast. We had 2.6 knob current with us.

Penuba Selayar Island, Lingga Regency, 26-28/10 2018

25/10 2018, 6:30-18:30, Sailing to little island for pit stop together with Volo for motor and sail.

26/10 Continue for motor main sail and jib. Not much wind and very hot. We take the sail down and Lars try to get the motor on overdrive and it helps a little. We are 3NM after our friends.

27/10 We wake up outside a sea-gypsy fishing village. Six very cute kids in two outrigger canoes visited us. We gave them water and crackers. We visited the village with the other sailor that have shown up. We bought nice vegetables in the small village. Also nice café making pancakes. Lars got the program from one of the organisers and informed the other sailors on the VHF. Nice sundowner at Randivåg. At Alexandra we got nice Dutch herring with potatoes, bell pepper, and mayonnaise. That was, unfortunately, the last jar from Australia.

28/10 At 7:30 we get in with a dingy filled up with Susanne, Lisa and Sven to attend to a Sea-Gipsy wedding feast. We waited an hour for the three wedding couple to come by sea. The big stage was prepared for them. There were speeches, sermons, dances, local music and especially gipsy music preformed on traditional instruments. Lars and Sven represented the sailor and went on the stage were they got a traditional hat on and Lars said a few words on bhalf of the sailors. We got the usual box with water and snacks to survive in the heat. At the end we got good local food. Also visited stalls with nice handy-craft. We were happy having officials visited us on Alexandra in the afternoon.