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

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

Time for a laugh

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Sheets are now reattached to the Genoa, AIS wired, and more. Beginning to watch the weather in much greater detail. As soon as I am well, off to Rodrigues we head. A tale for a laugh from yesterday: http://gratisaustralis.com/the-journey-so-far/journey-the-world/cocos-keeling-islands-australian-territory/