Ais testing and end of month tidying up.

Tidying all the loose end is a feel good factor for the month end. Needless to add to the fact that with the AIS project done it is big weight off my shoulder…

Talking of the magic box, we did the final checkup yesterday, for all interested the best way to do so is by using http://www.siitech.com/ website, you can download a program that let you upload directly to their server and you can see what info come out of the box. Not super easy but if you have any incline to set up your AIS alone you are up to the task. This is the website that the coast guard referred us to, as they can only see the type A on their display.

*V* worked on her last bits of hatch cover, and we are only short of one. Yes! it is a promise we will have them all before we leave. Those are a lots of work to make them fit perfectly, and snug without destroying the sealing joint of the windows…. In other words, don’t even try to ask her to make you some or be ready to have to bribe heavily.

Lunch time dictated that our stomach needed food, and as the boat has been emptied of all perishables, my expertise and talent in this field was needed. A can of cream of mushrooms and one of tuna, made for a “just feed me I am getting weak” lunch! Dessert was a can of peach in syrup, quite a delectable finish. Though,once again we had to come back to reality, *V* didn’t even remember if she had worked or not the day before. Boat time is good, the magic of the water.

On a different note, on next month expense : You will find new expense and upgrade files, along with our next projects: Spinnaker purchase and setup, sun screen for the cockpit and various sheets we need on board.

Slowly but surely, the list is getting shorter, but we don’t keep the pressure off or we will never see the end of it.

Island 282th will bring us to Sumatra. People who spoke Austronesian languages first arrived in Sumatra around 500 BCE, as part of the Austronesian expansion from Taiwan to Southeast Asia. With its location in the India-China sea trade route, several trading towns flourished, especially in the eastern coast, and were influenced by Indian religions. One of the earliest known kingdoms was Kantoli, which flourished in the 5th century CE in southern Sumatra. Kantoli was replaced by the Empire of Srivijaya and then later by the Kingdom of Samudra. Srivijaya was a Buddhist monarchy centred in what is now Palembang. Dominating the region through trade and conquest throughout the 7th to 9th centuries, the Empire helped spread the Malay culture throughout Sumatra, Malay Peninsula, and western Borneo. The empire was a thalassocracy, or maritime power that extended its influence from island to island. Palembang was a center for scholarly learning, and it was there the Chinese Buddhist pilgrim I Ching studied Sanskrit in 671 CE before departing for India. On his journey to China he spent four years in Palembang translating Buddhist texts and writing two manuscripts.

Srivijayan influence waned in the 11th century after it was defeated by the Chola Empire of southern India. Sumatra was then subject to conquests from Javanese kingdoms, first Singhasari and subsequently Majapahit. At the same time Islam made its way to Sumatra through Arabs and Indian traders in the 6th and 7th centuries AD. By the late 13th century, the monarch of the Samudra kingdom had converted to Islam. Marco Polo visited the island in 1292 and Ibn Battuta visited twice during 1345–1346. Samudra was succeeded by the powerful Aceh Sultanate, which survived to the 20th century. With the coming of the Dutch, the many Sumatran princely states gradually fell under their control. Aceh, in the north, was the major obstacle, as the Dutch were involved in the long and costly Aceh War (1873–1903).

Sumatra came under the control of the Dutch East Indies and became a major producer of pepper, rubber, and oil. In the early and mid-twentieth century, Sumatran academics and leaders were important figures in Indonesia’s independence movements. The Great Sumatran fault, a strike-slip fault, runs the entire length of the island along its west coast. On 26 December 2004, the western coast and islands of Sumatra, particularly Aceh province, were struck by a tsunami following Indian Ocean earthquake. More than 170,000 Indonesians were killed, primarily in Aceh. Other recent earthquakes to strike Sumatra include the 2005 Sumatra Earthquake, and the October 2010 Sumatra earthquake.