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Day 2 Passage to Mauritius Island

It has been tough getting my blogs to post underway so far. I post my blogs via SSB Radio and when there is a lot of atmospheric interference I have to try posting at different times of the day. Anyway we are about 130 nautical miles from Mauritius and should be there tomorrow morning. We are going to try fishing today and hopefully we will catch one. All is well onboard.

Current Position: 19deg 53.3min South, 59deg 33.24min East, COG 290deg-M, SOG 5.4kts, WS 17 kts, Swell >1meter, Sunny

Thanks,

Jacques

Day 1 Passage to Mauritius Island “Ooops”

Well sometimes when you think you know how far to go you realize you don’t. After a contradiction between my laptop charts and my Garmin Chart plotter it seems we have 350 nautical miles to sail not 250 as I previously thought. Not a big deal, just means a extra day out on the water, fun. Also realized that my computer charts are only read out in true compass degrees which makes finding magnetic math fun. Anyway we are moving well in a lit wind at a average speed of 5 knots and should arrive in Mauritius on Tuesday morning.

Current Position: 19deg 52.3min South, 59deg 51.1min East, SOG 5.2kts, COG 270deg-M, Swell >1 meter, WS 10kts, Sunny

Thanks,

Jacques

Off to Mauritius Island

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We are setting sail this after noon to Mauritius Island. This will be a short 2day passage that will cover another 250 Nautical miles. Looking forward to a big city for provisions and food. We sure enjoyed Rodrigues Island and the great local people too.

Thanks,

Jacques

Rodriguez Island

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After 12 days 20 hours we made it back to dry land. It was a fun and tough passage over the last 2000 naticaul miles. Our check in and clearance was pretty easy just lots of forms to be filled but the local people are very friendly. Yesterday we rented motorbikes for $20 bucks and drove all over the Island. It was great to eat some food made by someone else and drink a big beer.

I want to thank everybody for your comments, we all enjoy reading them once we get to shore. I wish I could respond at sea but I can only post blogs not red any comments.

Thanks,

Jacques

Day 14 Arrival to Rodrigues Isl. “I See Land”

We are currently 30 miles off the coast of Rodrigues Island and hope should arrive in 6 hours. Once again we will have to go through customs, health, immigration, and check in with the port master. I am hoping for a market and a burger right off the dock for this evenings activities. I am also excited to report that we caught a Maha Maha last night and ate fish again after 6 days. I never felt so full off that protein. Now we have the challenge of piloting through the harbor entrance with little to no information, should be good fun. Slow as she goes to the finish line of our 2200 nautical mile passage from Cocos Island 14 days ago, safety first.

Current Position: 19deg 32.8min S, 63deg 52.0min E, 00:25utc, COG 288deg-M, SOG 5.9, WS 14kts, WD ESE, Swell >1meter, Depth 610 meters, Sunny

Thanks,

Jacques

Day 13 Passage to Rodrigues “another wheele has fallen off the Cart”

At around 22:00 Ben was trapped in the bathroom. Yes that’s right the door hardware broke and Ben was trapped until he crawled out the side door. After a half hour of work I managed to get the door open and discovered that the internal hardware was broken. I replaced it with a different door hardware but in the process the door slammed shut on my bicep pinching my skin into the door and frame causing a large blood blister that I can now add to my list of injuries. THe good news is the door hardware works now. But the fun events were not over for myself. I was awoke by Sarah because my alarm failed to work and she said that a squall was coming and I should come on watch. The squalls came and the wind would change by 30 degrees to the north then swing to 30 degrees to the south with wind speed from 8 knots to 30 knots. So far in the last 3 hours we have made 6 nautical miles of headway. Yes, I need a BEER!

Position Current: 23:54utc, 19deg 08.9min South, 66deg 07.7min East, SOG 6.9kts, COG 290deg-m, Swell 2 meters, Sunny, ws 19kts

Day 12 Passage Rodrigues Isl “Wheeles Falling off the Cart”

Well it has been one of those days and mornings. Last night we lost another winch handle in a squall, but the good new is it was a old one. But the worst thing is that our Raymarine Autopilot has stopped working correctly despite what the manual instructs. So lite wind sailing will have to be done by hand again o well. I also lost another fishing lure. The only good news is that I fixed the galley stove knob and can turn the burn on with the little black knob and not with my finger tips. The ocean today has decided to be very overcast and packed full of heavy rain squalls with 30 knot winds. After rolling out of my bunk to the floor I decided to just go back to bed and got hit by a ice cube tray, I am not sure why they are stored in the V-berth. LIfe at sea today is very sucky!

Current Position: The Indian Ocean! 23:45UTC 18deg 43.6min South, 68deg 44.2min East, SOG 7.7KTS, COG 268deg, SW 20 to 30 kts, Rain, Swell 2 to 3 meters, 2 days remain

Thanks,

Jacques

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