Going Back to Thailand
08 October 2009 | Au Chalong
4th October 2009
Ko Rok Nok
Yesterday we were hauled out and held in the slings for 2 hrs whilst we scrubbed the greeblies off her undersides. That saved us two days on the beach at Telaga, believe me , such a relief!
The main reason was that Stuart had gashed his leg while he was checking the engine, which of course was running at the time, ouch. Up here that means keep it dry until completely healed. It made for a grumpy skipper for nearly two weeks. No swimming!!.
The cost of haulout will make the Aussies cry! It was $240 AUD......
7am today 4th saw us leave Rebak, it was just dawn, and as soon as we were outside the wind was 20kts gusting 27. Our course was naturally NNW, and yes the wind was NNW...........need I say more, except we had cleared out so had to go. We bashed our way slowly forward with up to a max of 2kts current against us as well. The forecast had said W or SW, typical. What a day, one reef in and one motor to push us through it so that we had a chance to anchor at Rok Nok in light. There is much coral there. To cover the 60 miles we actually had 80 on the log when we managed to pick up a dive boat mooring in the moonlight. It was now Thai time, and we had taken 13 hrs!! Yuk.
More of the same!
Left at dawn again, this time 6am Thai time, and straight out into it again. Yes the same course, same wind, plus today heavy rain squalls. Lovely, why do we love sailing? But, we had to go as the forecast for the next 2 days was 30kts plus, and now we need to be in Phuket for more dentistry, this all before our visitors come on 3rd November
I wrote all this by hand as we approached our anchorage. Almost 5pm and a 34kt squall just hit, however we had dropped the main just in time. It has been a hard slog, with wind and current on the nose, not an enjoyable two days, but thank goodness all that does not happen often.
Will sleep well tonight, and check in tomorrow.
The sun is shining
A quick word to say that we are now fully recovered and doing chores and maintenance.
Also had news of Oskan and David, two single handers who sailed from Darwin with us, They are in Turkey, Oskan's home, it is great to hear that all is well. Also an e mail from Kristiane, Paddy and Carolyn, they are also having fun in the Med.