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The final leg

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
Almost exactly 2 wonderful years after setting off from Hong Kong with friends waving us off, on March 26th 2008 we entered One Degree 15 Marina on Sentosa Island, Singapore, to start the next era of our lives. Our dream trip covered 12,000 plus miles, 7 countries, hundreds of anchorages, 15 marinas and thankfully no pirates. The final month or so packed in three sets of visitors, a considerable amount of repairs to the boat and the last 500 miles down to Singapore via Langkawi and Penang.

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The final leg – by Alex

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
In Phang Na Bay on an island we visited with our cousins, I wanted to stay overnight on the beach, so I started to build a hut. It took so long and it was near dinner time so Mummy said no. Anyway it was too small to sleep in. In Phang Na bay we also visited hongs which is a tunnel leading to an open space in an island. We had to go through a pitch black tunnel with torches on kayaks. If the tide was too high we could not get through, and if the tide was too low the tunnel was too muddy. One of the hongs had two entrances – one by kayak at low tide, and one you could walk at high tide  
     

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The final leg – by Nikki

Sunday, August 31st, 2008
In Koh Hong we were with our cousins, Anne, Eric and Lucie. We had Tui Tai and they had rented a Sunsail boat. We took our dinghy to a cave and I found this entrance that was shaped like a fish because I was using my imagination, and if you look through the hole you can see the sea changes colour half way through.    
       

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Andamans, Surins and Similans – by Alex

Saturday, March 29th, 2008
This month we went to the Andaman Islands which are part of India off the Thailand coast. It took us two days and three nights to get there. We sailed there with another boat called Crystal Blues which is home to Neil and Ley. On the way saw dolphins and on the way back we saw whales. When we got close to the Andamans we started catching lots of fish including my favourite – Yellow Fin Tuna which makes sushi.    
       

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Andamans, Surins and Similans

Thursday, March 27th, 2008
There is a danger when revisiting a place where one has fond memories. Time has a habit of enhancing the good and fading the bad. Last year the 7 week 1000 mile round trip to the India’s Andaman Islands in the company of the Bentley family on s/v Shayile was by far the highlight of our cruising. The 2008 rerun, this time in the company Neil and Ley Langford off s/v Crystal Blues, was approached with great excitement but also certain amount trepidation – would it live up to our memories? We need not have worried – the islands yet again provided fantastic fishing (over 75kgs of fish caught), flavoursome food, friendly people, and fantastic anchorages making a memorable 5 weeks and enhancing our opinion of the Andamans as the best cruising destination in Asia.    
     
   
       

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Andamans, Surins and Similans – by Nicky

Thursday, March 27th, 2008
This is us on Tui Tai sailing to the Andamans which are part of India in the Indian Ocean near Thailand. The sun is setting in the west giving us some lovely colours for our photograph. This picture was taken by Ley on Crystal Blues who came to the Andamans with us.    
       

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Raja Muda and Phuket

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
The last 2 months have been both packed and varied. Many hours of fixing (and refixing) electronics in Singapore after our lightening strike in Indonesia followed by a week of racing in Malaysia in a regatta that had more parties than races – our kind of thing! Some great cruising, including fishing, snorkeling and stunning anchorages, and meeting up with many friends, both of the yachtie and non-yachtie variety, have all made a special couple of months.    
       

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Raja Muda and Phuket – by Alex

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
We did the Raja Muda race, and this was the party in Penang which was the fifth party of the week. I am painting a picture on cloth which has wax lines so then the paint doesn’t go over the lines. It is a picture of a butterly. I used yellow and red because I thought they were the best colours.    
       

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Raja Muda and Phuket – by Nicky

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
One day I went riding in Phuket with my friends. We went through the jungle on horses. It was really fun. We also trotted and I went up and down .    
     
       

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Indonesia – Riau Islands

Sunday, November 11th, 2007
From the outset we knew Indonesia was going to be interesting, we just did not realize how interesting! Just getting into the country is a challenge in itself as the government flip flops over the rules (and rates) and local officials offer a highly flexible and varying interpretation. Add to this traversing the busiest sea lane in the world, our virgin equator crossing, a direct lightning strike which fried the electronics and tried to fry Jon, almost running out of provisions and a delightful stopover on a private island to watch the rugby world cup final. What more could you ask for in 6 weeks!

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