Schooling with teacher Eliane and Johannes on the passage to Malaysia. We made landfall in Talaga, Langkawi and met Elisabeth from SY Baloo. Baloo we met the first time in Gomera, Canarian Islands in 2003. Since then we are always in contact with our close friends Elisabeth and Gerhard.
The TOPtoTOP Expedition Boat Pachamama started on the 11th of January as the only boat from Switzerland to the 9th Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2011 with race number 058 and sail number SUI 1.
The objective is to promote renewable technologies and give our supporters the chance to experience an international regatta. Here the press release of the TOPtoTOP participation in the Royal Langkawi International Regatta 2011.
After the regatta we haul out Pachamama on Rebak Island, Malaysia and do the antifouling together with our volunteers Eliane and Johannes. Meanwhile Sabine will go to Singapore for a heart ultrasound to control Noé’s Kawasaki disease. – See his condition now! – This will be necessary for one year in a specialist hospital, but luckily the gaps between the controls getting bigger and bigger. As soon as we have Noé’s result we can do the detailed planning for 2011: It’s not easy … if you go towards Denali in Alaska you have to deal with typhoons in the Chinese Sea.
If you cross the North Indian Ocean towards Kilimanjaro in Africa, you have to avoid the pirates in front of Somalia, if you stay South you may experience some nasty waves rounding Cape of Good Hope … and on top of that all, we have to find a safe harbor and good hospital to give birth to our new crew in May. We asked the US army hospital on Diego Garcia Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, but got a negative respond…but no worries we will find the best place for the new baby…another challenge in the TOPtoTOP expedition. Please pray that we make the right decision again.