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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!