It was anchor up at 7am for an early start so we could get to our next anchorage in good time and make the most of the day. Breakfast was on the aft deck, with a warm breeze and a changing view.
After breakfast a lot of us gathered at the forward seating area, which makes the perfect little outdoor office while we are underway. This is one of my favourite spaces on the boat as you get a breeze and the view, while still being quite protected. The space was a retrofit added in recent years by the owners and was a very good decision to add in as it maximizes this space. With Captain Lawrie making good progress it wasn’t long before we had passed into Thailand. The change of countries put the official time back an hour, so by the time the four-hour steam was over it was still not even midday.
The view from the 'office'
Once we had arrived and anchored up, water sports were the order of the day. We got started with the whole group snorkeling just off the nearby reef. I absolutely love snorkeling and there was so much to see including some very vivid sea urchins, a Moray eel, some beautiful clams and even the lovely little clown fish. Sara was the most energetic of us all and she paddle boarded there, snorkeled and then paddle boarded back to the yacht. She had definitely earned her lunch!
Home made green tea ice cream
Lunch was another feast from Chef Liz. Hailing from Canada, since coming to Asia she has mastered the local cuisines. Lunch had a green theme, with green curry, green papaya salad and fresh spring rolls followed by a home made green tea ice cream.
Assembling the Laser
With lunch done, the boys on the crew got down to business hauling out many of Northern Sun’s vast array of watercraft including the Seabobs, Seadoos and one of the yacht’s two Lasers for Pierre to take out. Later a big group went out for wakeboarding around the yacht. Some of the group were seriously good at this and the boat went back and forwards without them ever falling down.
Fleur masters the Seabob
Pierre heads off
Meanwhile back on the yacht, a battle was being fought. Yes… the Scrabble board was out. Now, I will be the first to admit I am pretty competitive when it comes to any board game but especially Scrabble. It turns out I had found my equal in competitive spirit in Gaye and a close-fought contest followed with Gaye taking victory by just two points. We have scheduled a grudge rematch for tomorrow and there is all to play for.
Gaye, the worthy victor.
With the toys put away early evening led into canapés and drinks on the forward deck again before moving down to the dining area for dinner, which had a Japanese twist on it. After all the water sports, and with another early start scheduled for tomorrow, it was then off to bed.