Sri Lanka unexpected bonus.
As the Penguin crew know by now that we don’t slow down to achieve our arrivals
At first light, we usually just try to sail faster and arrive for a gin and tonic at sun
Down. I put all the Blame for the G&T habit on Penguin down to Ian Mansfield,
Of course Niamh has taken over now as Ian’s protégé. I digress, but one has
To share the responsibilities for these Rituals amongst all who have created them.
Local fishing boats were driving full speed straight at us, at the time we had Penguin
Fully powered up doing 7 to 8 knots as a result we where converging very quickly.
The reason for their desperate charge at us was not to board us but to trade their fish
And coconut for beer. The transfer over between vessels after the deal was complete
to be fun. We knew we were in for a
good time in
where fun if not a little desperate. And finally to
Still got a Terrorist problem and two weeks
before our arrival their had been a bomb at The main airport in
As a result it is fully patrolled with boats lights and machine guns, the Pilot book states
That a morning arrival is necessary. After 8 days beating to windward the prospect of
Sitting out at sea for another 12 hours did not appeal very much. I had spotted a little
Semi protected anchorage on the side of the bay and not to close to the harbour to get
The Navy boys to twitche with their triggers. So it was with a little apprehension that
Penguin was guided to the side of the bay the search light from the Navy base shinning
At us to check out who we were. It seems that nobody ever wants to communicate with
A Yacht on channel 16 in these foreign ports. It would appear that we did not arouse
To much suspicion and the guns remained silent as penguins anchor finally touched down
In the sand. The sun was well down but G&T and Rum came out to celebrate our arrival. After a lovely peaceful nights sleep the following morning we had to get into the
Harbour and also make contact with the local agents who Handle all dealings with Port,
Immigration, Customs ect for you. So after spending an hour circling outside the entrance
Off the harbour we were finally boarded by the local officials then allowed to enter the
Harbour. The harbour was the complete opposite to our smart marina experiences this was a commercial harbour mainly used for unloading cement and by the local the fishing fleet Their had also recently been a ship wreck outside the harbour wall a large barge
Carrying a dredging crane on its way to the
Swell against the rocks as a result their was a fair amount of oil and debris about, once
Tied up we had the pleasure of loud explosive depth charges being set off at night to keep
Any sabotage divers away, we also had the Navy boys wandering around fully armed. A Can or two of beer was needed to make each of the officials happy for our papers to be
As hard as we had tried Ailes had not been convinced that sailing was the best form of
Transport, and as soon as she reached dry land made haste to get her flight booked back
The last eight day`s beating to windward even on the Fastnet Race they only make you do
That for 2or 3 days. So it would appear that we failed to convert her to the joys of Sailing
Disappointed in any way. The people where very friendly great characters some of the girl’s so beautiful with lovely skin and fasces, the men might have been hansom but you
Would have to read Niamh Diary for an opinion on that. After the usual couple of days
Working on the boat getting things sorted out we took up our local Minders/agent offer
To go on a tour around part of the Country to
see the sights,
Ancient Civilisation’s City, The temples for one Far out did anything we had seen in
The Sacred Shrine containing the Buda’s tooth
hundred year old inner
Mary Poppins at work, Seems as if everyone in the world likes to have a picture taken.
1300 year old wall paintings of concubines in the ancient city ruins Cigerrea
Queen for a Day.
Happy out Elephants from a sanctuary out for the day.
Buying Cashew Nuts from roadside vendors a picture of beauty.
their it is
Numbers of buildings destroyed by the wave. Our Mr Fixit Marlyn home was badly damaged and he still had no electric, He was lucky that all 4 of his kids survived as they had all been smashed into and been separated most of the kids only found after they were identified at the hospital. So the Quick pull in to
Restock and take a quick look see turned into a very rewarding stay. But Three years is no time at all
In the scheme of things and Another of Niamh`s friends Dr De was meeting us in Seychelles on the 3rd
September so their was no time to dawdle. Onwards The Maldives awaits, That’s another story so BFN.