Christmas Island is an Australian island, which lies just east of Cocos Keeling and just west of Bali, Indonesia. After all the pollution we found on the island of Cocos Keeling (click here), it was not suprising to see this footage of baby turtles getting stuck in the large pieces of plastic debris that have washed up on the beaches of Christmas Island.
After surfing epic, Indonesian perfection all day, the OceanGybe boys are hungry for more than waves and head to the local market for dinner supplies. “Kami mau dua ayam banyak, saya potong” translated from Bahasa Indonesian into English literally means, “We would like two big chickens, we will kill them”, but when you order a chicken in Indonesia, it arrives warm, feathered and definitely clucking.
WARNING: If you are squeamish (like Bryson…see him gag @ 06:48), a vegetarian or from PETA, please be advised, chickens are killed in this video and you might not want to watch. Plus there is some great surf!
The popularity of surfing and surfers has been in flux since the first wave riders experienced the thrill of rushing towards shore, powered by the liquid crashing force of waves. The ancient Polynesians and Hawaiians are heralded as the forefathers of our sport. Early European explorers and discoverers were astonished to see “savage” natives riding broken waves in their canoes or on rough hewn log planks, for no other purpose than recreation. Continue reading →
When planning our longer voyages, we tend to try and ensure that no-ones birthday will occur at sea. Why? Because the sea is an unruly mistress and seems to take unnecessary amounts of pleasure in disrupting occasions at exactly the most inopportune time. For example when serving food, or making drinks, one can almost be assured of an untimely roll and slide. So it is better to just not give her the chance to play her games. Unfortunately, for me, this time we had no choice, it was time to get to South Africa and we had to go… just have to chance this notoriously bad weather passage. I was less than enthused by the idea. Continue reading →
In an effort to turn this into a bit of a two way flow of information, I’m going to start by posting answers to a few of the common questions we hear from folks about the trip. Things like “What do you eat?” “How do you update your website [infrequently] from the middle of the ocean?” “Do you sleep at night? Or sail” And please feel free to fire us off an email if you have any other questions at all about the trip. See the Contact page for our addresses. Continue reading →
I have a point to ponder for all you thinkers out there…
Having a dirty bottom is a very undesirable situation to find yourself in when part way through an open ocean passage, miles from land. Not only does it severely hinder ones performance but, quite bluntly, it just slows you down and cramps your style. For example, look at any racing yacht: One of the most important preparations one can do is to clean one’s bottom prior to departing, thus leaving on your race/trip/cruise with a squeaky clean and performance enhancing er.. bottom. The funny thing about bottom cleanliness is that the most marked hindrance to performance is experienced in lighter winds, and is barely noticeable in strong… perhaps that is why we did not notice the state of Khulula’s abominable bottom in the strong winds between Bali and Cocos Keeling. Continue reading →
The mighty Mascerene Archipelago covers almost 1.2 million square kilometers of the south western Indian Ocean. Comprising of the mighty volcanic peaks of Mauritius and Reunion, the rolling hills of outlying Rodriguez and the almost invisible islands of Cargados Carajos, the islands are the remnants of an ancient land bridge that once connected Africa to Asia. The islands were uninhabited until the 16th century but Arab and Malay sailors had been using the islands as stopping points before heading off to other destinations for many years prior. Continue reading →
At noon yesterday s/v Khulula escaped a sweltering and humid day in Port Louis and set sail for Reunion Island, 140nm WSW. In this case “setting sail” turned out to be rather overstated, as we seem to have “set sail” and “started motor” all at once. The wind is very light, and is predicted to remain so through Tuesday evening. We plan to depart Reunion for South Africa on Wednesday morning. Continue reading →
Amid a spectacular sunset last night we skirted the islands and reefs north of Mauritius: Serpent Isl, Round Isl, Pigeon house rock, Blacksmiths reef, Gabriel Island, Carpenters spit… Our bellies satisfied with fresh mahi mahi steaks on oven crisped baguette, topped with a mayo, black pepper and lime sauce, and finished with a few chunks of Spanish mackerel (caught at noon after an incredible fight!), the mood aboard was expectant and jovial. With still 30 nm to go it was obvious that it was to be a nocturnal landfall at Port Louis, an event we had prepared for through conversations with other boats on the HF radio nets: “Zee sharts are no verrrry goood, zeee GPS is putting me on zeee land ven I ees on zeee vater!…” warned one Austrian fellow. mmm, duly noted by the crew of S/V Khulula – don’t trust the electronic charts! Continue reading →