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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...


Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: more of Bob and Lombok
15/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok

I will post several photos with a little narrative if and when I get internetimage1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok
15/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again

This is me entering a religious site for all the religions of Indonesia. It has areas for Hindu, Muslim, Bali something and Christian. image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok again
15/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/15/17 Lombok

This is a wedding ceremony. The people parade about a mile or two to the brides house. There was loud music and a lot of supporting people. image1 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/15/17 Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/15/17 Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/15/17 Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/15/17 Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/15/17 Lombok
Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/15/17 Lombok
15/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: one last send

This is my attempt at a little art in my photos. It is taken from our hotel. In the foreground is a water lily flowering in a pot with the background being Mt. Rinjani. image1 image2 image3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: one last send
Lexington - Captain Bob: one last send
Lexington - Captain Bob: one last send
Lexington - Captain Bob: one last send
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...


Lexington - Captain Bob: one last send
Lexington - Captain Bob: one last send
15/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok tours

On the second day of our tour we went to Sembalan to stay at the Wisara Nusantara Hotel which was very nice. The plantings around the hotel were wonderful. There were orchids, roses, water lilies, amyarylis and surprise lilies. I will show in photos. The rooms were very basic, room (15x25), bed with one sheet, tv, bath and small porch. We had dinner and breakfast at the hotel provided in a package. I wanted an extra butter for my toast for which I paid an extra 2,000 Indonesian dollar (rupees) which was 0.18 US dollars. We then went to the Sendang Gile Waterfalls near Mt. Rinjani, a tall (11,000+ feet) volcano mountain.It was the usual trek to see a water falls and get in the water. Our guide and driver were very nice. The guide spoke good English but understood questions very poorly and. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok tours
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok tours
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok tours
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok tours
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok tours
Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok tours
11/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Lombok

We have made it. We are all checked into Lombok and we are half way around the world. We have tours scheduled for the next few days. I will send more laterMay fair winds fill your sails with any adventure Bob. read more...


08/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11*. 10'. south. 123*. 51 ' east

I do it all the time but it still amazes be that I can stay in touch with people around the world while sailing around the world.My 50th high school reunion (Bryan Station) is scheduled soon. I will truly miss going to see everyone. Thru this blog I have been in contact with Joe Fast, a classmate. Joe writes for the Paris Kentucky weekly newspaper. He was letting me read a piece he had penned about the anxiety of deciding to attend or not attend a 50th reunion. He plans to write about his feelings after attending. The natural tendency is to worry about being sized up by your peers. Have you been successful?Have you acquired wealth? Did you marry right?Were you able to stay married?Do you have grandchildren?What comes up if you google your name?Then the next big question is what is. read more...


07/09/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 9/7/2017 11*. 12 ' south. 125*. 48' east. headed to Lombok.

We are headed to Lombok. Unfortunately we have a bad combination, light winds and a tight schedule. Sam and Karen's daughter is meeting us in Lombok. We are trying to coordinate our arrivals which is sometimes hard to do on a sail boat. Right now we have 12 knots of wind that we could get by with but we are motoring to try to maintain a speed of 6 knots. If we could get 14 to 16 knots of wind we could easily sail and make good time. We have some long legs coming up. It will help us knock off some degrees. From Lombok to Africa is around 5,000 miles I think. It will be broken up with stops at Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling, Mauritius, Reunion Island and then to Richard's Bay South Africa. At Lombok we will be about 183 degrees out of 360 degrees of a circumnavigation. When we get to. read more...


05/09/2017

Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok

We had an early lock time to get out of the marina. We are now just sitting at the start line for the start to happen in about 1 1/2 hours. Yes, some hurry up and wait. We happen to have good internet so I will send a few more photos. image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok
Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok
Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok
Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok
Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok
Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok
Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok
Lexington - captain Bob: 9/5/2017 departing Darwin for Lombok

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