Pos: N03deg28.927min/E072deg49.885min Winds stayed light and we motor sailed the 40 nm to Maamigili. Charts aren't too good here; GE is. What did mariners do before GE? To enter the lagoon, pick up the outer entry marker at N03deg29.222min/E072deg49.757min; then head about 185 degrees True down the channel which is clearly marked. Although night entry is definitely not advised, the outer markers to the lagoon are lit green and red ones. Once in the lagoon, find about 25' of sand, clearly marked, and good protection from the N-E quadrants. We'll be here a few days exploring and waiting for heavier winds to pass thru. The airport is just off our beam; Maamigili is a popular dive destination in the Maldives. There's good cell and internet coverage; more details after we go exploring tomorrow.
Pos: N03deg52.48min/E073deg21.49min The anchor was raised this morning to make the outgoing tide, and we sailed across the channel separating Male from the easternmost atolls further south. Currents are strong, winds flukey. Resorts dot many of the larger islands, with separate abodes built out over the water. Pretty stuff. Many islands have cell towers and we're getting fairly good internet. My jobs today were fixing a broken hand-held remote windlass unit (broken wires in the waterproof plug end of it) as well as tearing into the watermaker boost pump (yet again) to get it going (the unit needs new brushes which, to the best of my attempts to purchase, are unavailable....apparently it's built to be a throw away - unbelievable and shame on Jabsco). Using the salon table as a work bench went well, but I was thankful the waters were smooth and the ride comfortable. We anchored in marl at 23' depth off a coral shelf. Intermittent light squalls dust us, but don't last long. Sunset was a nice one, even partially hidden by clouds.
Pic: Male is in the middle of the 'Necklace Islands'...and is a concrete jungle serving as capitol of the country. Check out the pictures here: https://www.google.mv/search?q=male+maldives+islands&client=firefox-beta&hs=RCo&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=S-AWU-elMMiIrQeNqIG4Bw&ved=0CE4QsAQ&biw=1024&bih=430. (copy and paste)
Pic: Imagine overtaking us on our passage.
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Pic: Great views on our hike to Little Adams Peak
Pic: The views from the train in the highlands were fantastic.
Pic: We're still fresh; ready to climb to the top (I've named it the tooth rock) to see the ruins of one of two palaces. Amazing history....Check out: http://www.srilankaview.com/sigiriya.htm.
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