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Saturday, January 19, 2008

January 19, 2008-Another night in a lonely anchorage.

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View from Ao Labu

After a couple weeks of resting up in Yacht Haven Marina in Phuket we got restless and bored so we cast off the lines and left the marina and had a good upwind sail out the channel in puffy conditions sailing against Baker Street who was leaving at the same time and I have to say we beat them, then they broke off and sailing by ourselves we crossed to Yao Yai Island and found a place called Labu Bay with good holding and protection from the prevailing easterly winds and a bit of cover from the SW as well and dropped the hook in 16 feet.

We are now out here in these islands being hermits. Total relaxation is the nirvana we seek and we can get closer to it where the boat is anchored tonight: no people, no other boats, a few lights ashore but not many. Just us and the wind and the sky and the stars and a good bottle of Lindeman's wine from Oz and some music on the stereo and I am trying for the umpteenth time to get a handle on Einstein's special theory. That tells you that I have some time on my hands. For exercise we swim laps around the boat in the afternoon.

There might be a job happening in Bangkok but it seems to be stalled, so we've moved on, so to speak. I've got my radio email working now and the phone gets a signal if I keep it on deck so I do that and I'm still in touch with world if the world wants to get in touch with us, but as I say, we're not holding our breaths.

Randy and Laura on Pollen Path are leaving for the Andaman Islands, which are Indian territory, with some other boats and we feel like we could have been doing that, but it was too much to get organized for this season so we just wish them "bon voyage" and look for some reports from them later which we can use next year.

Tonight I watch as the wind shifts back to the east from the afternoon SW sea breeze and kicks up to 20 knots; Judy goes on deck to see that everything is secure. She reports some lightning but no ominous clouds and we are not too worried but she takes the awning down anyhow and we might set the GPS anchor watch.

Seems like we've been here before, and it's good.

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

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