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Captain’s Blog Aug - Sept 2008

The drydock in Langkawi lasted from the 14th August to the 18th September. The yacht got a fresh coat of paint on the bottom, new zinc anodes, overhauled overboard valves, some new shell plating, additional echosounder and a muffler on the centre engine - now when we’re idling one can barely hear the engines any more!

Crew matters: We received a new Stewardess - Ms. Martula Walling. Her profile is in the crew section. Richard came back full of energy after his extended vacation (with a new passport) and Jessica has left on a well deserved vacation.

Finally on the 18th we were off to Singapore and arrived at 1deg15’ marina on the 20th of Sept where we met by the ship’s agent - Angie Ng. After clearing the yacht inward, we made a concerted effort to get the yacht ready for the planned Owner’s visit during the Singapore Grand Prix. coordinate all efforts for Bosses visit.

The weekend arrived with the F1 qualifications on Saturday and finally on Sunday the actual F1 race. The race was in fact very exciting with Team India briefly at 3rd place before dropping down in the order!

With the weekend over it was time again to pack everything away and prep for our voyage back to Phuket. Next two weeks was spent repairing our radars that suddenly gave up on our arrival Singapore. During this time the crew enjoyed Singapore with the Beer Festival at Fort Canning, delicious Pepper crabs up in People’s Park, Teochew dinner in Mong Hin restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine at Esmirada on Orchard, Kilkenny’s beer in Muddy Murphy’s and of course shopping at Funan, Sim Lim Square and Orchard Towers.

Eventually we left on 14th Oct for Langkawi and arrived there on the 16th, weather was excellent.

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