Friday, 22 July 2011


Steven Tom and Hannah
Thursday 14th July. Stephen, Kerry, Tom and Hannah arrived on board fresh from a few days of luxury at Indigo Pearl. It was pouring rain and forecast to get worse. In one of the brief breaks in the deluge the dock boys came and threw of our lines and we motored out into the gloom. Well the gloom sort of lifted and we had a pleasant motor down the channel and decided to head on to Phanak for the night. It remained calm and although we had some rain it was cool and flat.

Toms new friend
On Friday we headed out to the stilt village at Kho Pan Yai. 

The conditions were bad. Gusts up to high 40's but no sail up and protected water so we just leaned over!! A long tail took us ashore and we wandered the alleys and shopped in the shelter. Back aboard and high tailed it to the north east side of Kho Noi. Anchor down just in time. Another squall hit as 3 more yachts were attempting to get into the shelter. By dark everyone was settled in and safely anchored.
That was the last still night at anchor. Saturday we made our way via the Bamboo Group to Phi Phi Don. Ashore for dinner and cocktails and some shopping. Rolled like a pig all night. The wind went south!!! Un heard of! still we rolled. Some snorkeling and swimming before heading to the north anchorage. Visitors ashore for some shopping and massage while we motored round to the new anchorage.  It was reasonable so we went ashore for massage and cocktaiils etc as you do!!
Got back to Taipan at about ten PM and she was rolling as good as ever!. Fortunately it stopped about midnight so we were all able to get some sleep. At least it was fine and clear again.
Tuesday we arrived back at Yacht Haven to ferry the crew back to the Indigo Pearl for a well earned relax before departing to Perth on the late flight on Wednesday night.
What a great crew!