Blue Pearl - South Atlantic Ocean
We are about 700nm southeast from the island of St. Helena, the one of Napoleon fame, and 1050 nm northwest from Cape Town where we left a week ago for the South Atlantic Ocean passage. We expect to arrive in St. Helena on Monday (1/21) , stay there for 5 days and then depart for Salvador in Brazil. A total journey from Cape Town to Salvador of 3700nm. In the process we will cross the 0 degree longitude to find ourselves back in the western hemisphere. The sail so far has been pleasant and uneventful. The best part is that we are well ahead of the fleet so we have done something right.On board are the Captain, long term crew member Brita and new crew member Jack. It is a real pleasure to have Jack back on board. He had been with us for the Pacific Ocean crossing about a year ago.. read more...
Blue Pearl - South Africa
Blue Pearl arrived in Cape Town, South Africa on Tuesday, November 27th after an exhilarating 900nm, 4.5 day sail from the town of Richards Bay. I should have written about this earlier..!Of course you can always check my face book page (Ruud Bosman) which will keep you much more current and you get to see some nice pictures too.In any case, we arrived in Richards Bay Australia from the French island of Reunion which I wrote about before. The sail from Reunion around Madagascar to Richards Bay and then to Cape Town is notorious for its challenging and variable weather and strong and somewhat unpredictable ocean currents.We found out about those currents...! Going around the south coast of Madagascar we werequite a bit ahead of the fleet but had decided to stay a good distance off-shore.. read more...
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...