Fri Apr 5 16:32 2019 NZDT
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We hired a privat bus to explore the interior of Sri Lanka. We climbed a 200 meter rock mountain with 1202 steps, went to a spice and herb garden, got a mini massage and spent some money. Had a small safari to watch elephants and water buffalos feed, visited a beautiful tea plantation and watched them make tea. Spent one night at a cold chalet with no water for awhile then water but ice cold. Air temp at night was 8degrees C. We also bought some buffalo yogurt.

It was a great way to see the country. We do like Sri Lanka.

Thu Apr 4 16:26 2019 NZDT
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Weather: Sunny and hot, 36C

Cruisers say that their plans are written in sand on a beach. Quite often at low tide.

My personal sailing motto is “adapt and overcome”,

Two years ago, when we decided to leave SE Asia and cross the Indian Ocean sailing the southern route, we encountered mechanical problems and turned around. In 2019 we were ready to try it again, this time from Malaysia to Sri Lanka...the northern route to Madagascar and South Africa.

Currently anchored in Sri Lanka we started thinking of places we always wanted to visit before leaving this part of the world.

India, Nepal, China.....immediately came to mind. Inspired by this idea and friends currently in India, we decided to change our plans sailing to South Africa this year. When we leave Sri Lanka we will sail to Cochin, India and spend the rest of the year there. The new one year Visa with multiple entries for India certainly was a factor for changing our mind.

India...here we come. South Africa has to wait for another year.

Wed Mar 13 16:08 2019 NZDT
Run: 511.2nm (925.3km)
Avg: 7.6knts
24hr: 182.8nm
08 33.921nN 081 13.748E

We arrived after a 5 day sail from Sabang, Indonesia in Trincomalle, Sri Lanka.

Sun Mar 10 21:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 776.5nm (1405.5km)
07 11.500n 88 34.000e

On our way to Trincomalee, Sri Lanka.

Wind 10-15kn coming from the NE.

Sun Feb 24 15:39 2019 NZDT
Run: 152.6nm (276.2km)
06 18.7070n 99 50.7250e

Installed our new "back up" fridge and we are ready to leave for Sri Lanka. Waiting for good wind to take us west.

Sun Feb 17 0:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 159.8nm (289.2km)
Avg: 21.7knts
24hr: 520.5nm
06 06.1146N 97 38.1158E

Back to Langkawi.

Sat Feb 16 16:37 2019 NZDT
05 53.36500N 095 19.21700E

We enjoyed Sabang very much, very quite and friendly place. We are having trouble with our fridge so we are returning to Langkawi to pick up a 12V fridge box as back up.

Tue Feb 5 5:00 2019 NZDT
Run: 112.6nm (203.8km)
Avg: 15.7knts
24hr: 378nm
05 53.36500N 095 19.21700E
Weather: Sunny, 33 C , light wind from the SE

After 44 hrs. mostly motor sailing we arrived in Sabang, Indonesia on the 5th. of Feb.@ 8.30 am.

Mon Feb 4 21:51 2019 NZDT
Run: 189.3nm (342.6km)
6 08.675N 96 56.262E

We are left Malaysia and we are on our way to Sabang, Indonesia.

Still 100 miles to go, but no wind.

Fri Jan 25 23:09 2019 NZDT
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We are still in Telaga Marina and preparing for the Indian Ocean. We hope to leave next week. Still waiting for mail to arrive.

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