Well our week to ten days at the ‘Yacht Haven Marina’ turned into three weeks while the work progressed slowly and we waited on parts to arrive. So SHAMAL was washed and polished and the list in Alec’s ‘jobs to do’ book were nearly all crossed off which was great. We kept doing outings and visiting different stores etc to replenish supplies which other boaties tell you about. We were becoming familiar faces with the local restaurant owners and quickly becoming part of the local scene which really hit home when the Marina manager asked one morning if she could find us a permanent berth for the season. Help it’s time to move on when those sort of questions come at you.
Next morning it was back to Ao Chalong. Alec will tell you about our little incident as we passed by a couple of American warships at anchor!! We were back in the Bay before mid day and decided to check out with customs as the following day was Saturday and it was time to move on. Once that was complete we visited the supermarket deciding to leave the last of the fruit and vege shop for the morning, and went on out for a our last dinner. Saturday morning we picked up the last of our fuel and were returning to SHAMAL when my phone rang and it was Brigitte saying she was in town. Plans change and we were able to spend Saturday and Sunday morning with her. Her company had put her in a lovely Hotel at the top of the Island and after she had visited us in the morning we hired a car and went to the Hotel to spend the night with her. So that saw us returning to the ‘Yacht Haven Marina’ for dinner that evening. Sunday she had to return to Abu Dhabi and we needed to leave Phuket as we had checked out. They do give boaties 24hours grace in most of these places. So with the last of the supplies on board we motored around to the south western side of Phuket and dropped anchor once more in Nai Harn where we went ashore for one last walk on dry land as it was going to be some time before we would do that for a while.
I have also had my fishing line out but so far nothing. The day we left the Similan Islands we had pods of dolphins follow us throughout the whole day and into the night.
Thanks to all who have sent us mail. Terry a big thank you for all the information you sent through. I will see what I can find out.
Lots of love from
The Admiral and The Captain.
Hi From Alec
After riding around on Motorbikes, an Elephant and the odd hire car I purchased a copy of the Phuket Gazette and read about the following. Living on land can be more dangerous that sailing. Except when one sails too close to American warships. More about that later.
Maimed pilot: “ I will fly again “ Cathay Pacific Airline Pilot Scott McDonald is trying to put his life back together after his lower calf and foot were sliced off by a speeding motorbike.
As he lay bleeding by the side of the road, a passerby who witnessed the accident used the American’s cell phone to call for help before pocketing the device and fleeing the scene.
When his phone rang he parked his Harley Davidson Fatboy by the side of the road turning the parking light on and still straddling the bike, he answered the cell phone. What hit the American was the foot pedal of a speeding Honda Dream ridden by two Thai men.
Road rage claimed the life of an elderly German expat. Aged 66. The 32 year old Thai arrested for the killing confessed to cutting of the German’s pickup truck outside the Chalong Police Station. Shamal was moored in Chalong Bay half the time we were in Phuket. The German lived in Thailand for more than 30 years and spoke fluent Thai and I never saw him stick his finger up at anyone a friend said.
We were cut off when riding around several times but we just went with the flow.