Tag Archives: Sri Lanka

Sun and Snorkelling in The Maldives

Who could resist diving from Pipistrelle into the tempting crystal clear waters of these islands? So we’re getting way ahead of ourselves here, and publishing this post out of sequence.  This is because it is delightful to be back in … Continue reading

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The Slowest Passage Ever!

Pipistrelle sails from Sri Lanka to The Maldives The passage south from Trincomalee along the east coast of Sri Lanka is best undertaken with northerly winds, as a northerly flowing current of up to 2.2 knots was running when we left … Continue reading

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Lasting Impressions

From Nuwara Eliya we took the train back down to Kandy where we stayed at the Kandy Hills Resort again before being collected there by Sanju for the drive to Pipistrelle and Trincomalee. So what were our impressions of ‘Trinco’? Firstly, … Continue reading

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A Nice Cup of Tea!

What was it to be? Premium quality silver tip – green leaf – orange pekoe – broken orange pekoe (BOP) – broken orange pekoe fannings (BOPF)?  Or just simply ‘dust’, available in three different grades? A cup of afternoon tea was … Continue reading

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A Great Train Ride

The next stage of our journey took us from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, a tea growing area in the Hill Country south of Kandy and a five hour train ride away.  The nearest railway station is Nanu Oya, where we … Continue reading

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‘Up Country’ in Kandy

Chance meetings and coincidences play a big part in our sailing lives! So it was for our second excursion.  We had a chance encounter with a tuk tuk driver, Sanju, on the roundabout outside the quay at Trinco (where else?!), … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Ancient Cities

From our base on Pipistrelle in Trincomalee we managed separate trips that took us to the interior of the island.  Both were interesting and fun in very different ways. Continuing our cultural activities, the first was a visit Sigiriya and … Continue reading

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First Impressions

Trincomalee is a huge natural harbour on the north east coast of Sri Lanka, providing protection from prevailing winds. While Chris and Sophie have gone off travelling further afield on the island, we have stayed on Pipistrelle and explored parts of … Continue reading

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Double Celebration!

Yes, we made it yesterday 8th February and anchored at Town Bay, Trincomalee in the afternoon after completing clearing in formalities. The first good reason to celebrate after a week at sea! The second was to celebrate Bob’s birthday, which … Continue reading

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