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Excursion in Little G2

  Breakfast completed, we loaded Little G2 with a picnic lunch and camera kit. Heading westward we explored the shoreline. With frequent showers falling, it sadly meant my D700 had to remain in the case and I had to be happy using the 1AW1. From the water it is possible to see how rugged Rodrigues is: […]

Rodrigues to Mauritius and Mauritius to Reunion On

The last of our Indian Ocean Crossings have now been placed on board. We will now commence adding the excursions we took whilst on the Cocos Keeling, Rodrigues, Mauritius and Reunion

Pics from Il Aux Cocos

The last of the pics are on

Rodrigues to Mauritius

This sail was a short uneventful one day hop. It was a matter of checking the weather and timing our arrival in Mauritius for early morning. Land fall took place in Port Louis at 10:00am. Images taken as we entered the harbour. Everywhere one looked, were row upon row of Taiwanese fishing boats.

Wharfside in Rodrigues

Alongside the wharf, close enough to lean out of Gratis and touch, whilst upon the dock these cheeky critters watched. An exceptionally low tide this morning. The reef was visible on all sides of the anchorage. Fishermen were standing on the seabed collecting their fish from the traps and walked their boats. This morning we bled […]

Grand Bai, Rodrigues

After a slow start to the day, it was a short trip out during the afternoon. This time, we returned to the first area visited last Friday. It was so enjoyable just taking things slowly and enjoying the scenery. At Grand Baie river entrance the tide was out and shells in pristine condition lay upon the […]

La Ferme

Sunny skies and warmth were our companions as we set out exploring once more. Pristine bays, mangroves, rugged terrain, eucalypt and sheoaks (Aussie style), greeted us. A short break and a pic or two. We just loved this church An intricate design kept simple and plain. The surrounding countryside.  

Chill in Rodrigues

Today we have rediscovered what it means to feel the cold. Soon after departing for what was to be the day’s excursion, down came the rain and fog. Believing it would soon dissipate, we continued on our way. Three hours later, drenched and cold, saw the intrepid duo returning home. That rain has continued into […]

Francois Leguat Tortoise Park, Rodrigues

We hired the scooter for the week. After a morning of rain, lunch time saw the skies clearing and we headed for the Francois Leguat Tortoise Park. Once rife with tortoises do thick that one often had to jump from the back of tortoise to another in order to make any progress forward, these incredible creatures and […]

Drying Out

Water always finds its way in. During the trip here, water had entered through the galley window and leeched into the bilge compartment containing most of the canned foods. This particular afternoon saw me removing the cans and placing them in the sun to dry. Bob, meanwhile, chlorinated then used the vacuum cleaner to remove […]

Rodrigues, Our First Exploration

This was the day we hired a scooter in order to glean an idea of travelling times and the road state. The main roads turned out to be be in excellent condition, whilst those lesser used were well patched an incredibly bumpy – I found bruises in the most unexpected of places at the end of […]


A few more pics.

The Ship Departed

In a quick turn around, the ship departed today. It was possible for us to return to our place alongside the dock.

Rodrigues Supply Ship

With the fortnightly supply ship arriving, it was a 05:30 start to the day for us. Engine on, pushed off the dock and out into the bay all of the yachts headed for the ship required all the turning room available. Out went the tug to meet her. There we sat, engines idling whilst she headed […]

Our First Town Walk

It was like stepping back in time by 30+ years. We loved the colours in Port Mathurin.

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 16

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. […]

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 15

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 […]

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 14

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 […]

Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues, Day 13

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 […]