We are staying at Ao Po marina which is a new marina in Phuket .The pontoons are open so there is a good breeze but also a good tide which can make manoeuvering onto the berth rather tricky .The weather has improved or at least we are not noticing it so much in the safer confines of the marina and we have done several jobs on the boat which we had not finished in Hong Kong such as new furling lines and new jib sheets as well as the general repairs .We are trying our hand at mousing the small jib sheet but had to give up this evening as darkness fell .
We heard from the marina manager here that several yachts from the King’s Cup were washed onto Kata beach in a strong westerly wind .I expect this is old news now in Hong Kong but we went to see the boats and a very sorry and sickening sight it was . We had certainly experienced the strong westerly winds at sea and indeed at anchor having made the mistake of thinking we were in the NE monsoon and anchored on the wrong side of an island .We might have been anchored in the middle of an ocean for all the protection we got .Our anchor held but as a cruiser I think we had a lot more weight than the racing boats .
We have met our boat neighbours whose problems made our rather rough passage seem inconsequential beside the problems they had losing their steering in the Indian ocean and having to raft up alongside a commercial vessel to get engineering assistance in rough seas with no steerage. So it is all relative !