Sorry for the lack of blog posts lately. No major news to report, we have just been getting ourselves set up for the next phase of our adventures.
Karen did return from her trip to the US this past Wednesday as planned. As expected she spent a few days recuperating from jet lag. On Thursday, while she was still recovering, I moved the boat down to Nai Harn beach on the southwest corner of Phuket island, along with our friends on s/v Callisto. On Friday, we went ashore together and rented a car. First we went to the port office of Ao Chalong and cleared out of Thailand. While at Immigration and Customs we had a surprise encounter with our friends on s/v LeuCat who had just arrived. It was great to see them as we aren’t sure when our paths will cross again until somewhere on the far side of the Indian Ocean.
After successfully clearing out, we ran several other errands including a last provisioning run at a nice mall Callisto introduced us to called “Central”, and picking up a part Callisto had repaired on the far side of Phuket.
Today (Sunday) we are leaving Phuket to start sailing south. My last eye procedure is on March 20th. We have decided to attempt to get Tahina all the way to Puteri Harbour by then due to my needing several follow-up visits after the procedure. Puteri is over 500 nautical miles from here. Due to all the fishing obstacles, we can only travel during daylight hours down the Malacca Straight, so we will have to move at a fairly rapid pace to be there in 10 days. We expect to stop a couple of days in Langkawi to get duty free provisions, a few boat parts, and fill up the tanks.