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Woman picking tea in the Sri Lanka highlands
High in the hills of Sri Lanka grows some of the
world's best tea which is still hand-picked.

Our passage from Thailand to Sri Lanka was relatively slow - we had very little wind for our first 3 days in the Andaman Sea so we just drifted along at 3 knots - but still it was very pleasant passage.  When we're out here with no real schedule, what's an extra day?  The only real excitement was dodging all the ships, as we were right next to the main shipping lanes that join the Far East and the Middle East/Mediterranean.  Lots of shipping!  Luckily, we'd just installed a new detector for the beacons that all large ships are now obliged to carry, so that made things much safer and easier.

Our course was almost due west, and the winds were all from the north -- light and a bit west of north to start, and then they clocked around behind us to come more from the northeast.

The following are our noon positions and statistics as we sailed from Koh Butang, Thailand to Sri Lanka (wind speeds and directions are apparent, not true):

March
2007
North
Latitude
East
Longitude
Day's
Run
Miles
to go
Wind
Speed
Wind
Direction
Comments
Fri 2 6 24' 97 52' 81 1054 0-10 50 Very light winds
Sat 3 6 23' 96 27' 85 969 0-14 all over Nice breeze in evening
Sun 4 6 25' 94 15' 136 833 10-14 90-110 Dolphins 2x today
Mon 5 6 27' 91 50' 138 695 12-16 70-90 Delightful sail!
Tues 6 6 18' 89 11' 167 528 9-15 110 Past our halfway point!
Wed 7 6 14' 87 22' 111 417 7-12 80-100 Wind backing & dying
Thur 8 6 07' 85 15' 127 290 8-12 110-150 Very comfortable sail
Fri 9 6 01' 83 04' 132 158 8-12 160 Fly the spinnaker all day!
Sat 10 5 56' 80 57' 126 32 5-15 100-160 Anchor in Weligama Bay

Totals:  1,135 nautical miles in 9 days and 7.5 hours, for an average speed of 5.1 knots, with a maximum speed of 9.6 knots (says the GPS).  Fairly slow, but nice and comfortable - I don't think we took a reef the whole trip!

The newsletters we sent while on passage are:

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