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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
29/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad

I have a short note about the good and bad of the sailing.First the most of the morning was taken up doing boat jobs to try to keep us in good shape for the next leg which is 2300 miles to Mauritius. The first job was to sew some sail tape onto the main sail. I had sticky tape and a hand sewing awl. It was so wind in the anchorage that I had to use close pins to hold the sticky tape on to be able to sew it. I got a fair job done. I will show a proud photo at he end. I also checked the hydraulic fluid in the auto pilot since it had been low when we left Darwin. I cleaned the water cooling vent in the outboard and tightened bolts on the Watt and Sea mount. That does not sound like much but everything is slower on a boat. The next is the good part. We had a beach party to celebrate a few. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/29/2017 Cocos Keeling The Good and Bad
28/09/2017

Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017 Cocos Keeling

Cocos Keeling has been a nice stop over across the Indian Ocean. The water is choppy and the winds are brisk but the area is beautiful. The sand is white and very fine. The water is crystal clear.Dan and Em from Skyelark of London and I took their dinghy over to Home Island to explore. They run a charter service. They charter all over the world, Great Britain, Caribbean and doing the World Arc. They take on guest for the different legs of the trip. Most of their guests that I have met have been return customers which speaks well of them. They cater to their guest very well. The guest take turns at the helm, cooking and cleaning. If anyone is looking for an easy way to get some blue water experience with two expert captains and a solid boat, Skyelark of London would be an excellent. read more...


Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017 Cocos Keeling
Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017  Cocos Keeling
Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017 Cocos Keeling
Lexington - captain Bob:9/28/2017  Cocos Keeling
27/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling

We have just anchored at Cocos Keeling. I will send a photo Everything is not always perfect. It did rain on us as we came in. More to comeBobimage2 image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cocos Keeling
07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


26/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/26/2017 Cocos Keeling leg

We are scheduled to arrive at daybreak tomorrow morning in Cocos Keeling. We have been on a beam reach (wind coming from the side at 90 degrees) for the whole trip. We have had brisk winds the whole trip at 20-25 knots. The swells had be been 5-15 feet. We have three reefs in the main and two in the head sails. We have probably averaged almost 8 knots for the 600 miles. The ride is not too bad buthas been a wet ride. We have had water coming over the bow frequently and into the cockpit occasionally. With all this we have not had any sea sickness. It has been a little too bumpy to do anything but sail or sleep. We have three tours set up when we get there. We are also going to have a big beach BBQ party to celebrate Gary Chapman's birthday. Any excuse for a party!We hope all is well with. read more...


24/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling

We left Christmas Island this morning. We were the last to leave along with two other boats that decided to travel together to a degree. In travelling together you end up somewhat separated but closer if you leave together. It will be about 4 days for this leg. We have nice fresh winds of about 15-22 knots. The winds are predicted to be unchanged for the duration.I need to correct a fact about the red crab migration. Earlier I posted that the male and female release into the water.I was wrong. They do breed and then the female releases the eggs into the surf.The first photo is a crab bridge so the crabs can go over the highway. There are short barriers that coral the crabs toward the bridges. They also have culverts that are under the road but the crabs do not like them as much. The next. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
Lexington - Captain Bob: 8/24/2017. Off to Cocos Keeling
23/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island

We went on a tour of the island today. We had a very good tour guide who was very informative.The main base of the economy in the past was phosphate mining. The only trouble is that the mining ownership was foreign based and very little of the money found its way into the island economy. Now the phosphate reserves are running out and the prices are low due to other producers. There are royalties that are paid but to the main Australian government. The money does not always get spent on the island and in a good way. I do not know how correct this information is.The source is just one tour guide that thinks red crabs and tourism are the next base of the economy. They spend lots of money protecting the red crabs as a tourist attraction. You can not eat the crabs. They build overpasses over. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/23/2017 last day on Christmas Island
23/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Christmas Island

We are going on a tour of the island today. Some boats have left. Three boats will leave tomorrow. Christmas Island is a part of Australia. It was about 600 miles west of Lombok. Their marketing is that they are Australia's Galapagos. We received a brochure from the island that promoted diving, red crab migration, whale sharks, and a beautiful environment.The red crabs migrate to the ocean once a year around November. They literally cover everything in their way as they head to the ocean. The females release their eggs into the surf and the males release sperm into the surf. I have heard of sex on the beach but this leaves something to be desired. There apparently I have been told that the whale sharks eat as many eggs as they can. So is nature.There is phosphate mining here. The port is. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Christmas Island
Lexington - Captain Bob: Christmas Island
22/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Christmas Island

We arrived at Christmas Island yesterday afternoon. The ARC had customs and immigration there for us. My only problem was that I carry drugs so we had to do some special forms and then they seal them in a locker on our boat until we leave. The biggest problem was that they lost their seals (left them on another boat with drugs) and we had to wait a little to find them.This is a short stop over along with Cocos Keeling on the way to South Africa. These are nice islands to stop over and it breaks up the trip. We will have a lot of sailing before getting to Capetown. We have a dive scheduled today and a tour of their jungle Saturday.The photo is of the pier in the early morning.May fair winds fill your sails with gentle anchorages. Bob. read more...


17/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: over half way???

I started this venture January, 2017. I am a little over half way around the world and about 9 months into a 15 month circumnavigation. Actually I started the deciding and planning more than two years before the actual starting date. It is about time for me to try to make some sense out of my madness and reflect some. First of all I will repeat my odd true feeling. If I had known how much trouble and how expensive this trip was going to be, I would have never done it!!!I am too tight with my money!That being said, I have truly widened my prospective, continued to see areas of the world I had never visitedbefore and I have been perplexed by trying to make sense of how the world interacts. As far as the expense is concerned, I did not want to be fixing my boat in exotic places. For that. read more...


15/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob:photos while on internet

Water falls on tourimage1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob:photos while on internet
Lexington - Captain Bob:photos while on internet
Lexington - Captain Bob:photos while on internet
Lexington - Captain Bob:photos while on internet
15/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok

Lady in market surrounded by her wares. This was part of a huge market. The fish smells were not the best. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...



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