Jan 08, 2008-Back at Yacht Haven-A Full Circle
Scene from a cruise: Phi Phi Lei
We are back where we started at Yacht Haven after completing our cruise of Phuket area. It was eleven days and eight stops but the whirlwind tour was worth it, we were able to share with our granddaughter Candace a little of the sailing life, and a lot of the local scenery.
The first day out, in Phang Nga Bay we stopped at Koh Hong for a night, then the next day we traveled to beautiful Ton Sai Bay at Phi Phi Don Island and stayed there for Christmas.
Phi Phi was stunning (see the photos here). After Phi Phi we sailed direct for Kuah Town, Langkawi, Malaysia and arrived there after a 20 hour overnight sail. Three days in Kuah got us some sightseeing, some shopping for duty free liquor, and new passport stamps for Thailand.
After Kuah we headed up to Telaga Harbor, which is a delightful place, we certainly want to go back, and spent one night there, departing for Phuket the next day at noon. This time we visited Butang Islands on our way and after another overnight sail we dropped anchor at Patong Bay, Phuket Island, at 13:00, New Year’s Eve, just in time to see the famous Patong Bay New Year’s celebration. It was fantastic. Then three days of wonderful sailing: first a fast, short, reach to Naiharn Bay, then a glorious beat around Cape Promthep to Chalong when good wind and flat water allowed us to put real miles behind us in a short time, and finally a long but ultimately successful 30 mile beat back to Yacht Haven on the last day. On this leg our start was delayed by engine trouble but we made the 30 miles upwind in 5.5 hours and arrived at Yacht Have by our scheduled ETA of 18:00, completing the circle.
This cruise with Candace aboard culminates two months of full-on activity. I don’t think we have had a quiet day to ourselves with nothing to do since October 28 when we left Bangkok. It has been fun and rewarding but exhausting. Now we are going to chill out for a few days in Yacht Haven.
After that? Who Knows?
Click here to go to the January Archive of wingssail-images to see over 40 photos of this cruise.
Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Phuket, Thailand