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Jon & Chris raise the mainsail as we sail north to Thailand
Jon & Chris raise the mainsail
as we sail north into Thailand.

This gets a bit complicated, as we actually visited Thailand multiple times, in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Just before Christmas 2006 our son Christopher joined us for 3 months, taking a break from university.  Our Terrific Thailand newsletter covers our trip inland from Langkawi Island to Kuala Lumpur and an elephant sanctuary in Malaysia, plus our sail through the islands of Thailand.  Based mainly around Phuket, we took journeys of a week at a time, first northwest to the Similan Islands for clear water and snorkeling, then northeast of Phuket into Phang Nga Bay where we found beautiful anchorages under towering limestone cliffs.  For the whole month of January 2007 we sailed in company with several other cruising boats with adult "kids" so it was a real party month!

Our Thai Interior newsletter describes where we went trekking near the Burmese border north of Chiang Mai, explored Bangkok, and visited the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi where monks raise orphaned Indo-Chinese Tigers.


In early 2011 we sailed from the Similan Islands of Thailand to the Andaman Islands of India, and then on to the Indian mainland.  After touring northern India we came back to Thailand (although this was not our original plan).

The following are our noon positions and statistics as we sailed from Chennai (Madras) India to the Surin Islands of Thailand, via Little Andaman Island for more diesel.  The trip was characterized by light headwinds and sometimes squally conditions.  Much of the time we were motor-sailing.  Wind speeds and directions are apparent - true wind-speeds were somewhat higher and true wind angles were a bit further aft (our forward speed pulls the apparent wind forward):

2011 North
Latitude
East
Longitude
Day's
Run
Miles
to go
Wind
Speed
Wind
Direction
Comments
April 18 11 54' 80 26' (77) 843 7-15 40 Still heading south around Sri Lanka
April 19 10 34' 80 53' 93 750 9-15 35-70 Change course, head for Thailand
April 20 10 18' 82 33' 101 649 10-17 45-90 Actually sailing, full moon, nice sunrise
April 21 10 18' 84 07' 95 554 11-15 50 Beautiful day with a magnificent sunrise!
April 22 9 50' 85 47' 107 447 9-12 20-35 Calm day, find derelict fishing platform
April 23 9 31' 87 53' 115 332 7-15 20-100 More squall dodging
April 24 9 13' 89 21' 102 230 0-7 --- Hot and cloudy
April 25 9 20' 90 54' 100 130 7-10 30-80 Change course for Little Andaman
April 26 10 36' 92 33' (130) 0 6 130 Anchor in Hut Bay, Little Andaman

 
April 28 10 32' 92 58' (24) 313 10 60-120 Sailing!
April 29 9 46' 94 46' 119 194 0-12 40-120 Change clocks to Thailand time
April 30 9 19' 96 15' 93 101 10-20 40-130 Dodging squalls and trying to slow down
May 1 9 23' 97 53' (101) 0 0-20 90-130 Pick up mooring off Ko Surin Thai at 9am

Totals for this leg from Chennai (Madras) to the Surin Islands of Thailand: 1,257nm in 282 hours (11 days 18 hours) for a very slow average speed of only 4.5 knots.

Enjoy!

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