Free Apartment at Millennium!

I haven’t written much about the Millennium Hotel in Mussanah since we have just been so busy since we got here, but I have to say, they have been great. I won’t waste time writing more, cos you can read it in my review on Trip Advisor [insert link]. Needless to say, the GM was…

OnBoard Biryani

I had a cooking lesson today from an Omani boy who has never cooked before, but who got his Mum to write down the recipe for the trip! In the morning I had boiled up a pan of rice in the pressure cooker, and then i had mixed some of that cheap minced beef you…

Into A Routine

Well, it seems that sailing the Indian Ocean really is relaxing once you get into a routine! Got up at 10am, left kids to sleep, baggsied hammock. Made tea for Marc and I, drank tea, cleaned up some poop from foredeck, made more bread, woke crew, made banana pancakes, ate banana pancakes, caught a shark,…

Failed Bread

Today I made my first attempt at bread on passage,  deciding that since we have not just one but two generators on board (in addition to the engine and the dive compressor) that I could use the oven. Now,  when we were in Mussanah i was making loaves of bread every few days, which of…

Drying Out Already!

So, yesterday started calm and clear,  so when I  went down for my sleep at  noon I wasn’t worried. I opened all the hatches,  and told Marc I was doing so, asking him to close them if the wind picked up.  So anyway,  a few hours later I was woken by the sound of water…

Day 137 First Sunrise on India Passage

Ok, so hopefully I can think of a better title before I publish… otherwise it says what it is! This is a photo I took an hour ago. I have no idea whether it will show well on the laptop, but it was so colourful and serene i had to go find my phone to…

Day 136 Leaving Oman

I promised my mother in law that I would take. Some pictures as we left,  and here they are: This sort of captures the light we have here.  Obviously the sun is quite bright here in the desert! The crew,  Kiera and Sultan. I am enormously grateful to both of them for being here with…

Immigration Rock!

Just a quicky…  but here’s a copy of our new bayan, better known as a manifest! I particularly like this one for two reasons…  firstly cos I’m listed as captain (that’s for legal reasons, nothing to do with boat management), and secondly because of how they have spelt our crew’s name. In case it takes…

The Coolest Departure Lounge Ever!

So the immigration official swung by the marina in Muscat earlier,  and we have now cleared Oman! We do,  however need to reactivate our satellite phone number which the crooked retailer at the Sygnus shop in Dubai has apparently deactivated and sold on. So we are stuck here in the coolest departure lounge in the…

Our First Fish!

So, it’s 7.45am,  and we set off last night from Mussanah Marina to head off to India via Port Sultan Qaboos where we need to check out of the country.  Anyway,  i woke up an hour ago,  and minutes later,  Sultan caught a fish on his hand line! This is a big one,  so i…