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Oceans and Seas » Indian February 25th 2009

Of the 115 Seychelle Islands, we visited 3: Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. Each of these islands has a distinctive character all its own. We toured Mahe by rental car, Praslin by public bus and La Digue by foot. All were beautiful, just some more than others. Mahe, with one of the world's smallest capitals, Victoria, was more commercial and the people were more aloof. The island is a beautiful combination of small villages, steep granite mountains, thick jungles, and beautiful beaches. We explored most of the island by car which led us over some precarious roads. One in particular was the road to Anse Soleil. After driving down several miles of steep dirt road the drop offs got steeper and the rugged condition of the road convinced us that this was one beach we could ... read more
Beach side pizza - Seychelle's style
A Mahe island beach
Another Mahe beach

Oceans and Seas » Indian November 22nd 2008

The Indico Project is complete! 3 months and about 15000 km after squeezing through the Torres Straits, we rounded the Cape of Good Hope on the South African coast and slipped into the lee of Table Mountain. I have now sailed 72% around the world. The night before, we rounded Cape Agulhas, Africa's southernmost point and the true divider between the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and cool currents of the South Atlantic. That night, during a sudden squall of 25 knots, the water became ablaze, the phosphoresence glowing all around us and illuminating the wave tops, eeiry white horses galloping by in the black night. A week earlier, we reached the African Continent farther up the coast at Richard's Bay after crossing the Mozambique Channel, which separates Madagascar from Africa. The channel offered up ... read more
Follow me to the Cape!
The Mozambique Channel
A Growler

Oceans and Seas » Indian October 11th 2008

We are in the middle of the Indian Ocean, it's the middle of the night, and it is very, very dark and stormy. The tricky thing about sailing in a storm in the dead of night is learning how to not suffer from vertigo. When the stars are blacked out, you can only steer by the compass, and as you fly through the water at 12 knots, no matter how hard you try to stay on course, inevitably you will feel the sensation that the boat is veering off course. Dizziness often starts to set in and the struggle to steer a straight path gets tougher and tougher. In reality, you'll probably doing a whole lot better than you think. Relax and breathe. Long deep breaths. Trust the compass. And it's probably best not to look ... read more
The sushi bar is now open
Catch of the Day

This Hand Wants Another Beer And Other Personifications Oct. 5, 2008, Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of Mauritius, and 1,000 miles west of Cocos Keeling Part 1 “The cabbage prefers to be peeled first, then cut. Rather than cut first,” Norfy yelled to James, who was preparing dinner down in the saloon. ”Gotcha,” James replied. On Yacht Cleone we are always trying to extend the life of our fresh vegetables before they go bad and have to be thrown overboard. “What?” I said. “The cabbage doesn’t have an opinion. It doesn’t want or need or prefer anything.” “Sure it does,” James yelled up to Norfy and I, as we sat in Cleone’s cockpit. “Alex, you just don’t speak cabbage.” “True, I don’t speak cabbage. But what I can say is that I didn’t hear the ... read more

The Rip Sept. 28, 2008, Direction Island, Cocos Keeling, Australia I sat on the dulled and polished coral that had been washed ashore on the southern-most tip of Cocos Keeling’s Direction Island. I looked out to sea to get a glimpse of what I was getting into. A procession of well-armed waves crashed on the break. The waves rolled over the coral and sand and picked up steam as they funneled into a narrow strait between Direction Island and Prison Island to the south. The idea, albeit, probably not the safest I’d ever heard, was to put on a mask, fins and a snorkel and kick your way out into the main artery of the channel. The current would take one on a short and fast ride over a deep coral canyon, giving us some incredible ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian September 25th 2008

Sept. 25, 2008 50 meters west of Direction Island, Cocos Keeling, Australia As we approached Cocos Keeling I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. About four or five miles away on the horizon, a long strip of palm trees seemed to grow out of the ocean. As we moved closer, a white strip of sand separated the trees from the sea. The water grew bluer and bluer as we got closer, and the spectrum of colors widened. The shades grew deeper. Some of the blues are so bright and so blue there is no way to describe them. They are like nothing I’ve ever seen. Any image from this atoll, which rests 1,000 miles from Western Australia, could be on the cover of a National Geographic magazine. At first glance, Cocos Keeling is paradise. The ringed ... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian November 13th 2007

We spent the next two days at sea cruising east across the Timor Sea, towards the Australia and the city of Darwin. We spent the days as usual enjoying life on board, socializing, attending various on board activities and, of course, eating.... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian » Java Sea November 10th 2007

The 10th and 11th of November 2007 were spent cruising the Java Sea en route to Bali. We cruised with Sumatra on our right and Kalimantan on our left. We spent the sea days as normal, D attending lectures, M went to art and craft groups, we enjoyed time on deck reading/sunbathing and, of course eating ... and more eating!... read more

Oceans and Seas » Indian October 29th 2007

The 29th, 30th and 31st October were spent cruising from Salalah in Oman to Kochi (Cochin) on the South West coast of India which is a distance of 1359.95 nautical mines (2518.62 km or 1565 miles) virtually diagonally across the Arabian Sea, As with all sea days D went to lectures, M went to art and craft, we read books, enjoyed the sunshine on deck and ate and then ate some more. On the 31st we had a Halloween party on board. We got in to the spirit of things and dressed up for the occasion along with a few of our friends.... read more
M and Mandy Halloween
D & M Halloween

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