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The virtues and benefits of keeping your bottom clean

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

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Welcome to the Mascerene Archipelago

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

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