Category Archives: Passages

Next Stop Réunion

We plan to leave today for the French island of Réunion. It is only about 140 nautical miles from Port Louis, Mauritius (where we are now) to Le Port, Réunion. It will be an over night trip and we aren’t … Continue reading

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Passage to Port Louis in Mauritius

On Tuesday morning we completed the clearances to leave Rodrigues starting at about 9 AM. Our friends on s/v Gryphon 2 decided to leave in the morning as well. Karen and I got in the dinghy and rode back to … Continue reading

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Passage to Rodrigues Complete

Yesterday we arrived safely at Rodrigues Island (part of Mauritius) after 2005 nautical miles of sailing and 11 days 2.5 hours from leaving Cocos. The picture here is as we sailed towards the island at a nice 11 knot speed … 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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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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Cocos Island Arrival

We had to pay close attention to our sailing today to ensure we maintained more than 8 knots of speed the rest of the day, so we could arrive before dark at Cocos Island. Since we had been maintaining 8 … Continue reading

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Day 3 to Cocos

The first two days we had lighter winds than we hoped at times. It made it a bit challenging because we had to tweak the sails due to variable conditions in order to keep our speeds up. But, there were … Continue reading

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Giggling Start Day 1 to Cocos

Had a great start leaving from the western end of Sunda Straight where we anchored near the Ujung Kulon National Park of Indonesia. Using a tide prediction program called Total Tide, we knew there would be favorable currents if we … Continue reading

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Got Fuel and Waiting for Wind

We got fuel the next day at Carita. The young men sent an english-speaking friend to negotiate and help with the process. The picture here is of the interpreter and me in front of a little restaurant on the beach. … Continue reading

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Sunda Straight and Krakatoa

We reached the southern tip of Sumatra where a ton of shipping activity flows between Java and Sumatra (the Sunda Straight). Some are ships going through the gap to or from the Indian Ocean to distant destinations. There were many … Continue reading

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