| 2:45 PM local time, Monday, December
17 (0745 Dec. 17 UTC) 01 15 N 103 28 E.
Temp. 88, Humidity 76%, Cloud Cover 100%. Strait of Malacca.
Greetings from the crew of Maverick.
We left Nongsa Point Marina, Batam, Indonesia, across the Singapore
Strait from Singapore, today at first light and are ghosting along the west
coast of Malaysia in the legendary pirate-ridden Strait of Malacca, enroute
to Phuket, Thailand. We have light wind on the beam and flat seas. We're
going slow, but, unlike the last trip, not working hard.
We had planned a stop or two in Malaysia, but Mr. Shrode's mother is
gravely ill and we are going to proceed directly to Phuket so he can return
home to visit her.
We made a clean sweep of repairs in Singapore, fixing the computer
screen, the autopilot, and the monkey-chewed glasses of the skipper. Now that
the computer screen is fixed we will have few reasons not to relate the story
of the trip from Bali, and that will be forthcoming beginning a couple of
days from now.
Meanwhile, thanks for the good wishes, most of which, I believe, got
through via an internet cafe in Batam. We'll be in touch soon.