MH370 – Military PLANE Theory.

On 21st March, just last week, I received an email from Mike Exner (prominent member of the IG, heavily involved with the Inmarsat data number crunching, works closely with someone “high up” at ATSB, and widely acknowledged to be the reason the search is in the SIO) informing me that MH370 would have passed within…

I think I saw Flight MH370

OK, so between February 20th and March 10th we were crossing the Indian Ocean the wrong way from Cochin, India to Phuket, Thailand. On the night in question (7th-8th March), I was standing a night watch alone. Well, sitting, really. Watching the stars, since I had been spending the passage identifying and learning a new…

Holes in the Deck…

So, the first thing Mike did after getting the boat up on the hard (and BTW, that’s the owner of ProCarpentering based at Boat Lagoon in Phuket) was have his guys take away the teak from the side decks, which had become spongy over the past year.  And then he dug a hole into it….

The Teak Deck Project Starts – The Hunt for a Yard

Note: This post will be published with an earlier date than today’s.  This is common practice for me, since I am really hopeless at blogging, and therefore have massive gaps.  By publishing with the dates on the photo, at least it keeps my ‘memories’ in chronological order! So, today we lifted our boat out of…

We Think George is Making a Good Recovery

Marc, to be fair, has constantly been asking me to take photos of the jobs he does. so here he is fixing George. George is our autopilot, named (we believe) after one of Jo’s crew, who was super reliable. And he was super reliable for the first eight days of passage. But then something happened….

The Monsoon Shack

Back in Oman we knew it would still be monsoon season when we arrived here, so with respectable foresight we bought ourselves a monsoon cover. Actually, thinking about it, it wasn’t foresight… it was in anticipation of the Omani monsoon which is supposed to sweep the country in August but didn’t. Anyway, luckily we had…

Panaji Anchorage

After a very rough start to our India leg yesterday, Marc woke up in a much better mood today after a good 12 hour sleep. We had a chat and decided it’s probably better if we move to the proper marina at Cochin in Kerala for when he leaves to Kuwait next week, since he’s…

The First Goa Anchorage

Two posts in one day, I hear you asking? Well, it’s quite amazing how much time you can find for blogging once you are at sea, and away from the distractions of local culture! Oh, and of course it helps having a decent phone with a decent camera and sufficient memory to use apps like…

Traditional Boat Sailing with the Best!

Day 41   Did I mention Saleh AL Jabri, who was chosen as the Captain of the Jewel of Muscat?  Probably not – but Google it NOW!  Well, he’s a super cool Dude in charge of the OmanSail Centre in Bandar Rawda.  He was friendly enough to make the effort to talk to Kiera and…

Sailing is a LOT of Fun!

Day 031 Woohoo.  Today is the ‘monniversary’ of our cruise!  We caste off one month ago today, and it feels like we only just started!  To celebrate, Kiera made a chocolate brownie cake with Zain and her brother, a couple of kids who live in the flats here.  I came back to the boat and…