Monthly Archives: May 2014

Crazy Sailing

We had a couple of wild passages back in the Pacific Ocean in 2010/11. The beat to Hao to see the solar eclipse was one. And the 25 knot beat to Vanuatu was another. But, this many day trip across … Continue reading

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Fish for Dinner and Weather Woes

At the end of what we hope is our last day of light winds, on Thursday, we were motoring in calmer seas and sunny skies. Mid-afternoon our fishing rod went WHEEEEE. Karen reduced the throttle on the engine (to slow … Continue reading

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Past Half Way

Yesterday afternoon we passed the half way point. A significant milestone on such a long passage like this. The Indian Ocean has lived up to its reputation of being a challenging ocean to cross. We have had a variety of … Continue reading

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Back to Trade Wind Sailing

As mentioned during the last post, we did get the trade winds back on Sunday night. We began sailing around 9 PM and the full force trade winds came on at 1 AM. Instead of the 15 knots expected from … Continue reading

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Day Three for Rodrigues

We started into some lighter winds last night – which was a good thing. After 2.5 days of very topsy-turvy conditions, and loads of wind, it was a relief to have less wind and smoother seas. We even broke out … Continue reading

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Day Two for Rodrigues

We made 202 nautical miles in the first 24 hours. Our second day had us going at a very rapid pace as well. We continued to have 25-35 knots of wind all day long. Of course, we were only forecasted … Continue reading

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Good Start on our Passage

We had one hour left on our last Internet pass when I woke up at 4 AM. I managed to get the latest weather, process E-mails, got a blog post out, and download a bunch of blogs I read. Then … Continue reading

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Leaving for Rodrigues 2000 Miles Away

Today we are leaving for Rodrigues Island – the easternmost island of the country of Mauritius. It is almost 2000 miles from Cocos Island where we are now. It should take us between 9 and 12 days to get there. … Continue reading

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360 Panoramas at Cocos Islands

To give you a more immersive taste of what its like here in the Cocos Islands, I made sure to take some spherical 360 panoramas with my digital SLR and a fish-eye lens. You can look up, down, and all … Continue reading

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Kite Aerial Photos from Cocos Islands

With the weather improved last weekend, I decided to try putting my GoPro Hero 3 on my kite aerial photography remote control rig. I only had to coerce the provided mounting pieces a little bit to get it set up. … Continue reading

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