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Maldives Arrival

Saturday, 31 March 2007, Gan Island, Addu Atoll, Maldives

Our pretty anchorage off Equator Village, with Estrela
Our pretty anchorage off Equator Village, with Estrela

Dear Friends and Family,

Just a quick note to let you know we arrived safely.  The winds died down quite a bit at the end so it made for a fairly slow passage - just over 600 nautical miles in almost exactly 5 days, for an average speed of 5 knots.

The word Atoll is actually a Maldivian word that's been adopted by the rest of the world.  We came through the reef passage (called a kandu here) into the Addu Atoll a bit before 2pm and were safely anchored by 3pm.  We caught a nice barracuda as we came through the kandu which we shared tonight with a Dutch boat we first met in Sri Lanka.  Customs has yet to clear us in, but it's a 3-day public holiday here (Mohammed's birthday).  Hopefully we'll get through officialdom quickly so we can get out and explore.

Fair winds and calm seas -- Jon, Sue and Amanda Hacking

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