The sea is smooth, the sun is out, and we are making good progress motor
sailing. At this rate, we will arrive in Gan, Maldives, at the crack of
dawn tomorrow, in time to get us over the coral into the anchorage on the
We are all looking forward to being back in 'civilisation'. To all of us
and especially to me (as I spent so much time in Gan before) it feels nice
going to a familiar place again. It's a secure and sheltered anchorage, and
we don't have to go through the learning curve of finding groceries, fuel,
etc. Erin is looking forward to fries and ice cream, although I'm not sure
if on the same plate. Helen and I are simply looking forward to someone
else cooking and tidying up, in some of the restaurants.
We plan on spending about three days there- enough time to clear in and get
our cruising permit, rent motor scooters again, and catch up with a few
friends we met passing through last time. Then we'll hop our way up north
up the Atolls towards Male.
We know that our time in the Maldives will be quite different from anything
else on the trip so far. We plan to mix up our time between deserted
islands, local harbours, and a couple of days in a resort further north.
Hopefully our planned thirty five day stay won't put too much time pressure
on us between Gan and Male. It will likely seem hectic though after the
last five weeks in Chagos where we managed only two anchorages about three