After our visit to Phang Nga, we had a nice sail down back to Ao Chalong. There we arranged to go get some provisions in town. Karen is leaving this week to fly back to the US to attend the graduation of our daughter Ren from the CIA – that’s the Culinary Institute of America (what were you thinking?). Karen will be gone almost two weeks, and I needed to have provisions while she’s gone.
After getting the provisions we went to the east side of Ao Chalong and met up again with our friends on s/v Totem. We were invited for sun downers on a catamaran with kids called s/v Nakula (an Aussie boat), and also invited were s/v Kittani, s/v Smoke, of s/v Totem. It was a good time and it was nice to catch up with Totem one more time as they left soon after to return to Malaysia.
We moved around to Nai Harn beach again on the south end of Phuket island. The water was so much clearer there and I spent an hour or so cleaning up under the boat. We had dinner again at our favorite restaurant (the one where our dinner was interrupted by a fire on the hill nearby a couple of weeks ago). The next day we started sailing up to Nai Yang Beach – aka the Airport Beach because it is less than a mile from the Phuket International Airport.
As we sailed slowly in light airs up the coast, we heard s/v Kilkea hailing s/v Sea Mist. They were both headed to the Airport Beach! So, when we arrived late the in the afternoon, plans were soon made to go ashore for dinner. We also found s/v Inspiration Lady was there as well, but had made separate dinner plans. Since Tahina has the easiest dinghy deployment arrangement, and a nice sized one, we offered to ferry crews from the two other boats ashore for dinner. Kilkea had two guests on board who are long-time friends of theirs. So, we had dinner for eight on a nice beach restaurant.
After a nice dinner, we got everyone back to their boats and we went straight to bed, after hoisting our dinghy, as it was already 10pm (past cruiser’s midnight of 9pm). It was really nice to once again run into old friends and have a nice reunion over drinks and food.
Karen will be leaving today and has a long road ahead of her to get home. Then she’ll be busy visiting family and friends, picking up boat parts and mail, and then going to the graduation. Meanwhile, I’ll be left with the boat and a list of boat chores (mostly minor repairs, polishing, and cleaning). Hopefully I can squeeze in a few days of solo-sailing and maybe go out to the Similans – some islands we missed on our route last month.