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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Jan 1, 2008-Nai Harn Bay

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New Year's Eve, Patong Bay

After a night of fireworks and festivities at Patong Beach to see out 2007 we sailed to Nai Harn Bay today in a fresh NE wind. It was a fast sail down the coast from Patong under #4 and full main and we beat the Tayanna 55 and a couple of other boats which left Patong at the same time.

First we stayed out from the coast and got better breeze.

Then we sailed the boat, meaning that in the gusty conditions we constantly played the sheets and kept the sails trimmed and the boat moving well at all times.

Finally we used Wings' to its best advantage and let her rip to weather in the heavy gusts when the wind went forw'd.

It felt good.

After beating up into Nai Harn Bay we anchored and with the wind gusting still we set the anchor carefully before going ashore.

Ashore we found some typical tourist entertainment: T-shirts $3.00. Good, bought a few.

Dinner $30 for three of us including wine. Good, had a nice meal.

Desert at the fancy resort for $60. Bad, pass on that.

Back on board we drank some rum and had conversation in the cockpit.

Finally, I slipped on the ladder and spilt my rum. Careful Grandpa!

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Nai Harn Bay, Thailand

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