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With exception to the plastic trash throughout high tide lines, the Rowa Islands of Vanuatu are paradise. With Khulula at anchor near an uninhabited beach, the crew of OceanGybe conduct yet another garbage study. This webisode is brought to you by KING Bleach.
As Khulula and her crew approach the archipelago of Vanuatu after a week at sea, they spot a smoking volcano, known as Yasur, on the island of Tanna. Mount Yasur is one of the world’s most active volcanos and the crew take a tour to investigate closer.
Brrr!!! What is going on?!?! Snow on Khulula?!
One of the strangest things about coming home this summer was sailing Khulula in familiar waters. It was odd because up until then, we had always been in new places, with new sights. Over the past 3 ½ years, we’ve become intimately familiar with Khulula, and seeing her in new, generally tropical places. And one of the nice things about traveling in a sailboat, is that wherever you go, you take with you your own personal comfort zone. So however crazy and unfamiliar a place, port or country is, at the end of the day you return to a familiar place. It makes traveling much easier. And, while the view from the cockpit has always been new and changing, the immediate surroundings; the wheel, the winches, the souvenirs in the cabin, are always the same.
When we emerged out of the fog into Winter Harbour, and were surrounded but Sitka Spruce spreading from the waters edge up the steep sides of the fjord, the feelings of familiarity were amazing. The shape and texture of the rocks, the bull kelp in the water, and the crisp, blue sky all let us know we were home. Yet here we were, on Khulula, the boat that had taken us on so many adventures in far-away, very different places. A vessel we were intimately familiar with in a place we were intimately familiar with.
Along the way there have been many other individual experiences that have been totally unique to the trip and the boat, and after we pulled into Heritage Harbour in Vancouver on Labour Day, we thought those might have come to an end. But no, winter had different plans. There were many firsts for Khulula over the past three years, but here is something we never expected to see. Snow on the decks of Khulula. If ever there was a sign to return to the tropics, this is it! Well Khulula, you’ll probably have to wait a little bit long before being taken to warm waters again.
The Tuamotu’s are the second largest group of coral atolls in the world and famous for many things. Initially known as the dangerous isles by sailors, the Tuamotu’s are virtually unobservable more than 8nm offshore and are strewn with marker and unmarked reefs and shoals. Sailing directions of yore just advised to steer well clear of the whole area. Continue reading
Want to Sail Around the World and Surf ? Yeah right.
About 7 years ago now, three young friends came up with this great idea. They were going to sail around the world in small boat and surf all the best waves in the world. The idea began to germinate in their fertile yet partially frozen/incapacitated minds after yet another freezing surf during the middle of the Canadian winter. “Sail away to the promised South Seas, where the surf was always pumping, the water warm, the locals friendly and the wind always blew 10 – 15 knots” -ahhhhh.. Continue reading
The vastness of the distance surrounding us is inperceptable. The ocean breathes despite us, the wind filling it with wealth.
In the space between the sun and the sea floor all of the elements collaborate to create a roaring force we are transients of. I’m not sure if it’s a battle raging, or impassioned dance steps crossing this spanse of water larger than any land on earth. Continue reading
This morning I was able to find peace with my thoughts. Sitting on the rolled up dingy on Khulula’s foredeck, drinking tea and watching the sun illuminate the world, I was able to close my eyes, take a couple deep breaths, allow the anxiety to leave and I find my peace at sea. Continue reading
The boys cast off from Mexico and set sail for the open ocean beginning their three-year circumnavigation, but things don’t always go as first planned.