07:39, 39nm remained of our longest sailing leg to date and after two days of busy shipping lane we were on our own once more. The calmer waters provided the opportunity to empty and clean the fridge, dust, vacuum and wash the floors. Top hatches opened at long last, fresh air streamed through our girl. Mid morning, out of … Read More
Winds so light by now that the twins were raised and set on the port side as a second Gennie. With each passing day, the seas became ever flatter: now they were a gentle rolling ripple. Only a few are privileged to view the Indian Ocean in this state. How fortunate we were! Heavy low rain cloud drifted across the … Read More
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
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
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
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
Most difficult to believe seven days had passed since our departure from Cocos. What a night!!! Winds gusting to 27 knots. After three days of side on swells and waves, we were tired of its monotony! By the afternoon, the winds had at last abated to such an extent to make it was possible to undertake some maintenance. When furling … Read More
Occasionally Bob sends fear surging through me. In the process of preparing lunch this day I stepped into the pilot house to enquire about his preference for food. No Bob in sight, out to the cockpit I went. No sign of him there, I peered through the windows: he was not to be seen. Setting foot in the cockpit, it … Read More
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
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
Barometer rising, 19 knots of wind and cruising at 67 knots: what more could one ask for!!!! Lunch, and the first of our wahoo meals was served with potato: having a slightly oily feel, its feel texture was a little like chicken. One steak could have easily fed both of us. Too long at anchor, we both experienced the typical … Read More
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
Departing for Rodriguez on Sunday. Satellite phone will be back on later today.
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
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
At this stage, our departure for Rodriguez will be some time next week.
A bit of a laugh yesterday. Out happily ‘fishing’, a 20 knot gust of wind decided to grab hold of the line as I threw it outwards from Gratis. I was brought up short as a massive tug lifted the rod, attempting to snatch it from my hands. Looking round, my eyes followed the trail of the line sternwards and … Read More
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/
Bob is remaining here to complete the preparations for the leg to Mauritius whilst I am flying out to Christmas Island this afternoon for a visit to the dentist on Tuesday – NOT HAPPY JAN!! The plus side I guess is that I will see a bit of the island.