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...
Blue Pearl - Australia
We have been in Australia for 12 days now and , shame on me, this is the first time I am writing about our arrival there and our our first taste of the "modern" world after many months of passaging to and from areas wherepoverty seems to be prevalent. I realize this sounds critical of so many of the beautiful Pacific Islands with wonderful people we have visited but it is hard to deny that the economic circumstances there differ significantly from what most of us are used to.We arrived in MacKay very early, in the dark, two Thursday mornings ago and waited patiently on the quarantine dock for daylight and the arrival of the officials to check out Blue Pearl, her contents and her crew. The officials, including the drug sniffing dog ,who came aboard first, were allpleasant and helpful and. read more...