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
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
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
We had a very exciting night with wind speeds up to 45 knots true and mixed in squalls with 12 meter swells. We are all doing well onboard and we are making great time with 3 to 4 days left. Our biggest challenge in this strong wind is eating in the cockpit. Every time I tried to get food from my bowl the wind would blow the food off my fork and the ocean would add salt to my dish yum!
Current Position: 18deg 27.3min S, 71deg 09.2min E, COG 274deg-M, SOG 6.6kts, WS 30kts, Swell 4 to 8 meters, Depth 3279 meter
Well I lost two fish and my gear again, but caught a bird that we let go. The bird flew into the fishing line this time and that seems to be all that we can catch. The trade winds are blowing pretty good now and will for the next 48 hours reach 25 to 30 kts. The increased wind is building up our swells and make life onboard one rolling bumpy unconformable mess in 4 meter swells with mixed in 10 meter swell for fun. Like always we will continue on and hopefully the weather will chill out. Everybody is in there groove now or trying too. But between loud banging waves against the haul and violent pitching waking us every few hours or minutes we are doing very well. Just need a little fish.
Current Position: 01:42UTC, 17deg 49.0min South, 73deg 44.2min East, COG 276deg-M, SOG 8.4kts, Depth 3480 meters, Swell 5 to 10 meters, Sunny, WS 30kts
As I have been sailing for the last two years around the world I have a large amount of time to reflect on issues that I have chosen to address. Some subject are for personal understanding of the world and things that effect me and how to deal with it. Others are subjects that have been enlighten to myself through self study and reading subject matters on science, theology, anthropology, and just human interaction among the international people I meet. On this particular occasion I am pondering my future for when I return to western world in just a few short months in February 2015.
Our consciousness mind begins with a thought that cannot be expressed in language so we think about it for a long time before sharing it. These thoughts consume our time and we began to mold a idea into wards of what it is. The idea of what will make us happy, rich, or just better off. If you don’t follow this idea it evolves into what we call a dream. A one day act that will finally pull us out of what ever is not making your true happiness complete. We label thoughts as ideas that transform into dreams when they don’t happen or seem unattainable. Lets face it dreams die everyday just like the falling stars that we wish upon. We shrug and just go on about our business and hope that one day something will happen to allow us a second chance at life. But really life is a journey not a destination so live it the way you dream it because the final destination rich or poor is back to dust of this earth.
Current Position: 06:29UTC, 17deg 30.6min S, 76deg 01.0min E, COG 276deg-M, SOG 7.9kts, Depth 5840 meters, Swell 2 meters, Sunny
Well we are finally below a 1000 nautical miles to go. Things are going well, Cary made a great fried rice with Bacon Spam yum!Still have not caught any fish for 3 days now and we are all getting a little sad about that. Hopefully with calmer seas and less wind we will have a better chance at catching some fish. The weather is getting colder and I now have to put my storm Jacket on when on watch at night which is pretty sweet, its also nice to sleep in my bunk with out sweating. Look forward to eating some real food.
Curret Position: 16deg 40.6min S, 79deg 33.7min E, 22:41utc, COG 272deg-M, SOG 6.4kts, Swell 2 meters