16 February 2014 - Ko Racha Yai — Aboard Dalai

We had such a lovely weekend retreat with our friends on Dalai. They invited us to sail with them from the southern end of Phuket to Koh Racha Yai, the same island where we took our friends on Ocelot & Infini last year when we were still in the water & they were in the boat yard.

We rode our scooter an hour south on Saturday a.m., stopping along the way to do many errands, then joined Dalai for lunch & a slow sail 10 miles to the island.

Dalai is a French boat, built entirely by Carmen & Bruno in the lower Alps, then trucked to the coast. She’s a beautiful boat, designed like a race boat, but outfitted for charter. Their son, Aladin, is now 17, but we first met them in the Gambier Islands of French Polynesia when Aladin was jusst 11. They all speak good English, & Aladin is well on his way to becoming a yacht designer. He built a small sailing dinghy of his own design which we got to sail in exchange for our feedback on the design features.

We did quite a bit of snorkeling. The water is clear away from the mainland, & a delightful temperature. Not too much healthy coral, but lots of fish — even some new ones I haven’t seen. We ate good French food, drank French wine, relaxed, & tried not to think about our boat projects & the uncomfortable situation with Gig right now.

On our way back north on Sunday night, we stopped for dinner with Jon & Sue of Ocelot in Chalong, since it was on the way.

For this weekend outing, I used our new Lumix waterproof camera (good to 40' without a housing!), because, unfortunately, our regular camera has malfunctioned. I have plans to try to take it apart to repair it (or, more likely, break it beyond repair).

says ADR