Andaman Sea 09:11.4N 98:18.0E

Michael Hughes and Ger White
Sun 3 Mar 2013 12:43
Ger & I are off on a month cruise north from Phuket to Koh Phayam, near the Myanmar border--day sailing up the west coast of Thailand. We left Yacht Haven marina a few days ago, spent a night at Ao Chalong, where we picked up Ger's nephew, Michael, plus girlfriend for a days sail up west coast Phuket, dropping them off in a bay near the airport--Nai Yang bay---where we met up with Haven, who we have not seen for a while--a good reunion.
Then on to Ban Thap Lamu--good sheltered anchorage--where we met up with Mantra--again not seen for a while and a good dinner ashore. And tonight, a quiet night to ourselves anchored inside Koh Phra Thong. The solitude gives me a chance to write a well overdue blog.
Tomorrow we will arrive at Koh Phayam--near the Myanmar border---reputed to be an idyllic and unspoiled island. Looking forward to it, and if it is as good as its reputation, we'll likely spend a week there.
And our cruise back south to Phuket will be at a more leisurely pace, taking in the Surin and Similan islands--well known for diving and snorkelling.
The sailing so far has been mixed. Yesterday and the day before we had unexpectedly good winds, enabling us to sail almost all the passages. Today the winds were back to form---varying in strength and direction--and generally light--so we had to resort to the engine much of the time. We hope for tomorrow!
A number of our friends on other boats are headed for South Africa over the next few months---something we have deferred for a year---and we wish them fair winds!