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Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/19/2017 Mauritius Bus tour of sorts
19/10/2017

Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius

I am out for a walk in the town area of Mauritius, away from the tourist area of the marina. It is a holiday today, Dawali. Diwali is a religious holiday of India. It is celebrated with fireworks and festivals. I am in a botanical garden which is picturesque. There are many statues. I will have to google the names on the statues to fine out who they were.  May fair winds fill your sails with beautiful parks and statues Bobimage1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
Lexington - 10/19/2017 Mauritius
19/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017

We are having lovely weather in Mauritius. The marina is very nice and in the adjacent area of town. The vendors lined up to help with boat repairs seem to be efficient and responsive. I went to the Blue Penny Museum yesterday. Mauritius was early in using postage stamps to send mail to and from the island. The Blue Penny was one of the very early stamps. The one they had was in a case and they only turned the light on in the case periodically which I think was to preserve the coloring. They also had a good bit of info on the history of Mauritius as a colony of the Dutch and French. I also went to the market in the main part of town. The marina area is much more dressed up and new for the tourist. The town across the street from the marina was much older and crowded. I just walked around. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mauritius 10/19/2017
Clarelsa - Clarelsa
Clarelsa - Clarelsa
16/10/2017

Lexington - Captaon Bob: 10/13/2017 19*. 19' south. 64*. 52' east.

We are again without satellite so this is written to be sent later. We are having lovely weather with mostly blue bird skies. We have had periods of slightly light wind (8-9) but now we have a comfortable 12-13 and doing about 7 knots of speed over ground.Just to show everything is not perfect, I had to fix my head yesterday. It was allowing water to back up into the bowl. The calcium in the urine reacts with the sea water and precipitates. There was a thick crust calcium on the joker valve that prevents back up. It was not that much trouble but it was work on my knees while underway dealing with sewage.This morning Sam noticed an abnormal sound. He found that the Watt and Sea had broken an attachment and was rotated up against the hull causing moderate cosmetic damage. We pulled it out. read more...


16/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/15/2017. 19*. 54' south 059*. 07' east

It is a bright sunny day and we are about 100 from our port in Mauritius. The wind is somewhat light. We are not in a big hurry right now, hoping we will get there in the early morning light. A guess is that the majority of boats are within 75 miles of each other. One boat is about 300 miles behind and there were a couple about 150 miles ahead of the pack.We have had a good passage with no engine hours. The first few days were more rough than most people would like. I have finished reading the book on Che Guevara. It was long and detailed. It really opened my eyes on how much our governments are spending on spying, espionage and manipulating other governments. I do not know the answer but the answer does not appear to be obvious from history. I admittedly do not know much but I bet we. read more...


16/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/14/2017. 10*. 29' south. 62*37' east.

This post is written on 10/14/2017. We are without satellite again so it will be sent in a few days when we get to Mauritius.We are 300 miles from Mauritius and it is 07:00. We will get there in two days if all goes well. We have had very pleasant days of comfortable sailing.I have been reading which is uncommon for me. There is not that much else to do. I am reading CHE GUEVARA, A REVOLUTIONARY LIFE.It is sort of a long , detailed and complicated book with lots of names and places that I am not familiar with. I would love to have a big map of Cuba and Latin America in front of me as I read. It always amazes me how complicated and strategized some people's lives can be compared to mine. I worked on the family farm, went to school and became a doctor because my mother told me I always. read more...


16/10/2017

Moose Of Poole - MOOSE of Poole

You can see more about the adventures of MOOSE athttp://blog.mailasail.com/riktomasmoyaphoto-TMc51. read more...


Moose Of Poole - MOOSE of Poole
Moose Of Poole - MOOSE of Poole
16/10/2017

Blue Top - Oct 18

18 Octobre : Vol Transavia vers Funchal, pour remise à l'eau de BlueTop. read more...


Matenka - Matenka's arrival in Las Palmas!
Matenka - Matenka's arrival in Las Palmas!
14/10/2017

Matenka - We made it to the Canaries!

Mateńka had a long journey to reach the Canary Islands for ARC 2017!After a winter season full of preparations for the big trip, we left Poland in June 2017. We passed though the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the English Channel, the Bay of Biscay and sailed all along the coats of Portugal before reaching the Canary Islands by the end of August. The trip was full of adventures and we were so happy to finally arrive in Las Palmas.However the trip didn't end there, we explored all of the Canaries this past month and are about to return to Las Palmas next week for some downtime and final prep work before the ARC departure. Looking forward to see everyone there!BestElisa. read more...


14/10/2017

Louanne - Fuerte Ventura

Cooling off in a lagoon on Islas de Logos. The extreme heat and dust from the Sahara requires lots of bathing. 20171013_173940. read more...


Louanne - Fuerte Ventura
Louanne - Fuerte Ventura
Moose Of Poole - Nearly time to go
Moose Of Poole - Nearly time to go
12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/6/2017 Indian Ocean. 15 *. 15 ' south. 085*. 05' east

So you have not heard from SVLEXINGTON for a few days. We have lost the use of our satellite phone so I have been unable to send emails. Another boat, Owl has sent a few messages for me to reassure Judy that she can not cash in on my insurance yet. I have tried to get email sent thru my SSB radio but I have not been able to connect to any shore stations to complete the task. We are fine because we talk to the other boats twice a day. They let us know about the weather. The satellite phone email system was great but I can do without it until we get to Mauritius and get it straightened out. We had a fella named Dave Skolnick install the system and paid him for the satellite time.Unfortunately I paid him in cash. He claims he did not get paid. Our service was dropped before and restarted. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/7/2017. 16*. 06' south. 081*. 30' east

This is being written to be sent when we get connectivity.We are still having a brisk ride with winds of 18-28 knots and seas of 8-15 feet. Last night one of our fore sails came loose at the top. It had come out of the foil and was dragging in the water attached by the tack and clew.It is great that we have excellent deck lighting with which to work. For those that are fashion conscious, I was wearing tightie whities and a life jacket and harness. The remaining foresail was flapping in the air but it could not be furled until the tack of the disabled sail was removed. I just cut the attachments which can be easily repaired. After furling the remaining foresail and rerouting the sheet we were able to pull the sail out of the water and on deck. When we get someplace with a good sail loft. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/9/2017. 17*. 26' south. 075*. 18'. east

This is written on 10/9/2017 to be sent laterOur weather is moderating a little. Most of today we have had 15-18 knots of wind and 4-8 foot seas. We have some high cirrus clouds and some scattered small cumulus clouds which probably mean we are entering a high pressure system. We have no email so I do not have weather charts to see if I am right.We are sailing along now with a wing on wing configuration ( fore sail attached to a pole on the port side and the main sail on the starboard side) which gives us good speed. We can not do twin head sails because we damaged one foresail.For the past few days we have done a trivia game with surrounding boats that are in easy radio range. It is fun and interesting. We have been making a list of questions to have when it is our turn to ask the. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/6/2017 15*. 23' south 84*. 25' east Indian Ocean

We have lost the use of our satellite phone for email but I am writing post to send later.We have had a brisk sail for the first 5 days. I am glad we have our sea legs because it is they're of unsettled seas that can make you sick as a dog.I did a couple of hours hand steering this afternoon. My thought is that it is good exercise and increases my upper body strength. The seas are not bad but the highest swells are probably 12-15feet. I have tried to time the waves to make the ride a little better. Every once in a while I time one real good wave and get a lovely surf down the front of a wave.I saw 15.5 knots speed over ground once and commonly 12-13 knots. There were several that I caught wrong and it would swing the boat around 30-40 degrees.We are doing well but you have to be a little. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 16*. 46 ' south. 78* 29' east Sunday 10/8/2017

This is being written to send later when we have a connection.The weather has moderated a little. The wind is 16-21 knots and the seas are 6-10 feet. There is a pod of boats that are all sailing the rhumb line and staying moderately close even though we would all like to leave the others behind in our wake.I have enjoyed reading three books by Stephen Ambrose on WWII. He focuses onCompany D which was a company of paratroopers who distinguished themselves at D Day and thru out the war. He did and excellent job of personalizing the people he was writing about. I am not much of a reader but these books were interesting and there is a lot of free time to dispose of.I have thought a little about what I will do upon returning to a more normal life. I will have to adjust to retirement or go. read more...


12/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/10/2017. 17*. 53' south. 082*. 50' east

This is also being written to be sent when we get communication backThe weather has moderated more with 13-16 knots of wind and kinder seas. We have bright blue bird sky's with high cirrus clouds which indicates we are in a high. We are doing well. I still have not been able to connect with my SSB email system. I have read the manuals for the SSB and the vAIRMAIL email system. I probably have a loose connection some place that is not allowing my signal to get out well. I got spoiled with our Iridium system. I did have someone go over my SSB system before we left but that was 11 months ago. Salt water is an enemy to almost every on the boat except maybe teak decks. Boats are a constant preventive maintenance and corrective maintenance issue. The big thing to remember is that we are. read more...


02/10/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 10/2/2017 12 *. 13' south. 96*. 16' east

We are at sea again. This time for a 2,300 mile leg. We are expecting brisk winds and significant swells. So far today it has been nice with wind 14-18 and 4-6 foot seas. My summary of Cocos Keeling is as follows:1. It is absolutely beautiful water and beach. 2. It was windy and choppy in the anchorage which made any venture off the boat wet to a degree. 3. There was nothing at the anchorage except a beautiful beach. 4. The snorkeling was marginal. 5There was not much in the nearest town except a grocery, hardware store, small boat museum and an old house. 6.The nearest town was a long wet dinghy rode (about 2 miles) This all sounds very negative and is not meant to be. It is just a rest stop to break the trip up. We have a great birthday celebration. We have a nice dinner with prize. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: final photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: historic photos
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
Lexington - Captain Bob: history
01/10/2017

Lexington - History of Direction Island

I have internet and can send photos better. For those that might be interested I am sending photos of information placed around the island. image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
Lexington - History of Direction Island
30/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House

We took the ferry to Home Island to go on a tour of Oceania House which was built by the Clune-Ross Family. The Clune-Ross family were some of the first people to claim and inhabit the island. They tried to establish a copra exporting business which they did but moderately unsuccessfully. They heard that there were mineral surveyors on Christmas Island which prompted them to send people to Christmas Island to establish a claim to the island. Phosphate was discovered and they received half ownership in the phosphate production.This was their ticket to wealth to some degree. With that wealth came grandiosity in the form of a house of 12 acres. The bricks had a porcelain type finish on the outer surface which helped them to withstand the elements of salt and sea and wind. The house was. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling Oceania House
30/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling

I can not resist sending a couple more photos. The first is of Gary holding one of the cakes made for him and multiple presents on the table. The second is a nicely framed photo of the anchorage. May fair winds fill your sails with fresh breeze and no salt water on the way to Mauritius. Bobimage1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling

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