There's always a bit of regret when we leave a place we've enjoyed and been comfortable. There's always a bit of apprehension mixed with anticipation and exhilaration as we haul anchor and head out of a harbor and across a vast ocean. What's out there? How will the weather be? What will break this time? How long will it take us?Read More
We pick up our From There to Here story in Esperance, Western Australia. Making landfall in Esperance after the long passage in and across the Great Australian Bight was welcome in many ways. Though the passage across the Bight was challenging, it was also amazing. Now that is was behind us, however, getting back to civilization definitely had its pluses.Read More
Our passage from Geraldton, Western Australia to the Cocos Keeling Islands in the Indian Ocean was idyllic. We could not have asked for better weather, better winds or better conditions. (Okay, that 10th day sucked, but the good days were really good! ) Here's our photo journal of the trip and our passage stats: Planned miles: 1422 Actual Miles: 1468
Days at sea: 10.5 Average speed: 5.8 kts
Flying fish: 14 Squid: 4 Birds: 1 Edible fish: 0
Humpback whale breaching just off our port beam
A red-tailed tropic bird did frequent flyovers.
A dramatic sunrise on the Indian Ocean
The captain resorts to brute force (and hammer) to coax a jammed whisker pole into service.
Nine of Cups sailed downwind wing-on-wing for most of the passage. Our poor American flag looks a bit worse for the wear.
Winds and waves were big at times. We saw up to 40 knot gusts and lots of green water over the bow.
Flying fish come in different sizes.
Squids are sticky … especially on the mainsail.
Moonset is no competition for sunrise.
Arrival at beautiful Cocos Keeling Atoll