Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 14

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We were on a mission this particular morning. After the heavier seas that caused water to enter through the open pilot house windows, in conjunction with a boat in which no air filtered through thereafter, mould once more reared its ugly head and commenced sprouting. With a bout of asthma resulting and a nose highly attuned to the smell, it … Read More

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 13

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During the early morning hours, Gratis was hit by ‘bombs’  as waves from the south connected in just the right position against the hull. It was with helplessness and immense frustration that I found myself unable to rectify the issue. The wind direction being what it was, no room remained for bearing off further as this would have meant backing … Read More

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 12

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At last!!!!!!! The wind abated to such an extent it was finally possible to manage some quality sleep and cook a meal: Fried Rice. YUM!!!!!!!! www.gratisaustralis.com/fried-rice/   Afternoon, winds abated, Gennie poled once more. Easy one may think, but not on this occasion, of course. Just settled down in the pilot house, a loud thwang emitted from outdoors, whilst the … Read More

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 9

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Upon rising this particular morning, to the SE the view was of a dark line storm cloud stretching NE across the sky. Already the seas were altering from glassy to rippled, warning of the incoming wind. Sailor’s motto: ‘be prepared!!’ Out Bob and I trundled. Gennie sheet released to reduce sail; furling line winched in; aft pole line released, the … Read More

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 4

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1635nm remaining. When reattaching the staysail wire some nights prior, Bob had inadvertently left one section of the endless furling line for the twins’ on the wrong side of the stay! Conditions calm, this day he took the endless line splice apart, placed the rope to the fore of the stay and respliced – not his most favourite job! The … Read More

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 3

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Sighting vessels 20 plus nautical miles from us, the AIS was phenomenal. Identifying the ship, its course and whether collision was imminent, the eye strain caused by attempting to pick up their miniscule red speck on the radar became practically obsolete. Not that we did away with this, for we discovered that not all ships run AIS! ( a good … Read More

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 1

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Sun a blazing on the glistening sea, puffs of cotton balls lazily wafting across the winter skies and the Zephyr, a gentle 12 knot breeze: perfect for exiting between the coral reefs. Virtually impossible to comprehend, for the first time no dashing to and fro in a last ditch effort prior to departure. Like a picnic in the park, the … Read More

Excursion to the Southern End of the Lagoon

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This was it! With only days remaining our excursion to the southern end of the lagoon finally took place. With the waters extremely shallow, Little G was required for the day. Working our way through the myriad of channels, we island hopped into the southern most region of the lagoon. At times, the Indian Ocean was visible from a distance. The myriad … Read More

Direction Island

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I had returned from a visit to the dentist on Christmas Island – not recommended for asthmatics. I returned with a full blown asthma attack. In the meantime, Bob had continued working on Gratis. Well at last, the wind having died, there was time for a little more photography upon Direction Island. We just loved these little critters. Coconuts sprouted from massive … Read More