Blue Pearl - Overdue
We just departed Le Port de Plaisance on the French Island ofLa Reunion in the Indian Ocean. It has been much too long since I last updated you but here we go. La Reunion is an absolutely beautiful place. If you are still working on your retirement plans, take some French lessons and move to this little Island. I know you will like it.Hats off to the French, in contrast to some other countries I know,they treat their overseas territories in exactly the same way as the "departments" in mainland France and the results are there to prove the point. A very well functioning infra-structure, an economy that seems the work, excellent shopping and all the services that are typically available in first world countries. We spent just over a week here and enjoyed every minute of it.Of course we. read more...
Blue Pearl - Little Australia
Early tomorrow morning (Tuesday September 25th), we will arrive in Cocos Keeling after a wonderful 3 day passage from Christmas Island. Both are beautiful, small Australian Territories located in the Indian Ocean.During the short passage we enjoyed nice wind, nice blue skies and even a very welcome rain shower, the first in several months, that cleaned the salt and grime off Blue Pearl,. She sparkles again. We also had the opportunity to use our new Code Zero sail which was shipped from Annapolis to Darwin where we collected it. In simple terms it is a very large jib designed to sail in light wind conditions on a beam reach or closer to the wind. I am very pleased with it! We now have Big Orange, Big Grey and our three standard white sails. We are a true around the world cruising. read more...
Blue Pearl - Darwin
We are motoring along 2 days out off Darwin on the way to Lombok in Indonesia. Lombok is just east of the better known Indonesian Island of Bali. The passage is just under 1,000 nautical miles and we are expecting to make landfall on Monday September 10th. We did have some very nice sailing wind for the first 12 hours of this trip but then the wind completely disappeared and we have now been motoring for almost two days, hopefully things will change.Darwin was a wonderful stop-over. The city itself is not an architectural pearl. It has a seventies look which is because cyclone Stacy destroyed most of it in 1974 and this came 30 years after a world war 2 bombing campaign by the Japanese had also destroyed most of it...! New construction and development is still going on with the most. read more...
Blue Pearl - Pirates?
Mike woke me up this morning to let me know that he was starting up the engine to outrun a boat following us. That seemed of interest so I did get up to witness our "escape" from a bunch of "pirates" following us. I might have chosen to fight it out..! but the man keeping watch decided to make a run for it. So, here is what I saw, a green hulled boat with a two level super structure, and about 100ft long,was indeed on our tail, black smoke billowing from her stack and a bow wave indicating her speed. There was also loud music being played, "hippies" or "pirates"...? and what was hidden in the massive super structure, guns, cocaine, refugees, alcohol, a mercenary force? No way to know except for giving our imagination a free rein. Of course the free rein quickly decided to get the H...!. read more...
Blue Pearl - Whitsundays
When we last spoke, I told you we were anchored in the Nara Inlet of Hook Island in the Whitsundays. The anchorages just continue to reinforce our early observation of the Whitsundays: this is a beautiful, pristine, teeming with wildlife, cruising area, but, boy, is the water cold...! So far only our crew, Mike and Karen have ventured in for a snorkel, both wearing wet suits. Even Laurie, an avid Caribbean swimmer, has stayed dry on the boat.After the Nara Inlet came Airlie Beach, one of two centers of activity in the Whitsundays, the other is Hamilton Island. We had a great time at the marina there. A brand new facility with wonderful staff and great amenities. A place to return to, but it takes an 11,000nm sail to get there from home. We explored the town, socialized with other. read more...