|1st day of crossing.|
All travelling well with little wind mostly on the nose.
After weeks of preparation for this trip and the few technical dissapoitments on both boats some health issues that were now resolved and a much longer lead up to finally the trip to Andamans we started our crossing to Port Blair - the major port,The clearance port and the everything else port in the Andamans.
Apsara with Chris and Barrie on board and us enjoyed a reasonable day sailing/ motoring with winds ...and dolphins keeping us company. It is such a delight when dolphins come I can't see that anyone would not smile at the depth of their soul seeing these amazing creatures far from land on the open sea. One always gets a feeling of " you are safe" and it might be because of all the stories of dolphins as protectors of ships we have listened to when we were young and maybe not.
|Our "bestest" dolphins....|
Our distance 340 NM from Surin Islands Thailand just 7 NM of the boarder with Mayanmar(Burma)
|Tinker still smiling and feeling rather sea sick.|
The wires on the face...well sometimes one doesn't care...
All went reasonably well except for feeling tired and me feeling sea sick unable to keep my eyes open for very long and unable to help all that much with the night watches. The only thing that woke me up was a couple of hours of going over some very confused sea water with waves coming from all directions and feeling quite wired like a washing machine a little scary even(for me). After a very long over 12 hours of dark the much awaited first light...me still rather sea sick with tablets taking only the edge of for a little and with Robert rather tired. I tried to do as many night watches as I possibly could. The morning brought news from Apsara of technical problems with the wind in the16 knots range Barrie had to totally remove the alternator from the engine as it partly fell off and this was his only option mid sea. We take our hat off for him doing this and than to add to the insult their generator stopped. That left them with no ability to make power needed by the auto pilot navigational equipment and most important navigation lights at night. The whole day was spent brainstorming on solutions and trying different options to make power. After exhausting all ideas the new plan was formulated for us to stay as close as possible about a mile apart during the night for safety and on stand by just in case Apsara lost navigational abilitie due to power and get to Pt Blair ASAP so pick up speed as well. That we did.
|Robert rather tired and kept on keeping on as he does so incredibly well...|
|Robert quite exhausted and focused...|
|Cold foggy and better visible fishing men "rocks"now that it's daylight|
|Fog Fog and more fog|
|Apsara made it!!!!!!!!!!!Safely|