Hey darlings, you may have heard the super cool song from the band The Lonely Island called “I’m on a boat”. The Lonely Island are three guys who worked as writers on Saturday Night Live and who gained fame with their Digital Shorts. One of them was “I’m On A Boat”, it’s on Youtube, look it up – very funny with a good groove and funny lyrics that involve having ones way with a mermaid, if you can believe that.
Anyway, all weekend long I had that song beating and pulsing in the back of my head, since I was on a boat – a friend’s boat and we cruised a few islands off Pattaya, Thailand. When I am in the sea or on mountains, I feel humility but I also feel very comfortable, sort of like a baby feels when cradled by the loving arms of a parent. The boat was a 36ft sailboat with a Genua (an oversized job, that reaches around the mast and overlaps the main sail) and a mainsail. The boat accommodates 4 adult pretty easily and 6 could find room there as well, but would need to squeeze on deck a bit. Anyway, it was a great weekend for four. The wind was blowing and we made good speed. The boat was nicely heeling especially in the afternoon, when the wind freshened up and caused about 3-4ft swells. We spent the night Saturday to Sunday in the Marina, since we had a hard time finding a secure anchorage and the wind kept blowing through the night, which would have made for a different kind of rocking and rolling.
Sunday, after a breakfast we went out again. We had a stiff breeze out of the North-East, which meant we sailed into the wind and had the waves coming at us. None the less, spirits were high and we made good way to wards Ko Larn. We ached on the South-West side of Ko Larn and I went snorkeling – it was too cold for my ship mates (water: 26.5C, air: 26C – note to self, when you live in Thailand, you really start believing that anything less than 30C is Winter).
After a little snorkeling followed by lounging, reading, doing nothing on deck, we set sail again to casually return back to the marina.
Our two skippers – Barbara and Mike
Well, as you can see, life is not half bad in Thailand at all. I will leave you with a Moment Of Zen image “Billowed Sails”.
Well mateys, that is it for today. Stay sharp until the next.
Yours Markus \m/