So here we are in Kiritimati in the line islands of Kiribati, 1100 miles south of Hawaii. Almost straddling the equator.A sandy, sinking atoll with only coconuts and breadfruit growing on the island.
The smiling, friendly, shy locals make the island. Super friendly, easy to laugh with, an easy nature, the children play so happily unaware of all the trappings of the modern world.
A simple life we’re no one is homeless, as family take in their own. We’re the jail is kept unlocked, so they can go home and visit family.
A simple life, take a breath, relax, don’t sweat the small stuff, enjoy the moment and take time to count your blessings and all that you are grateful for.
Waiting for weather to leave, I spend a week re-organising Yemaya, getting things how I like them to be.
Time to depart, pull that anchor up, point the bow south west, and off we go. Ready or not, scared, nervous, to bad, were underway.
A hard passage, with very light wind and a lot of compression and squalls the whole trip.
Treated to dolphins playing on the bow, and whales as I arrive at Tonga.
The lush green trees and landscape takes my breath away. After 18 days of blue blue and different shades of grey and blue I’m Blinded by the bright green that is every where.
I hike for hours and hours on a muddy path, surrounded by butterfly’s and dragonflys, tropical plants, birds hooting and calling each other. Random pigs, stumble across my path, one has a stare down with me, challenging me. Some chickens and horses yet no people. Have I stepped back in time? yet I’m comforted by the tropical trees, giving me shade and food to pick along the way.
Yemaya and me swing around on anchor, in aqua blue water, happy to have made it back to the Southern Hemisphere. Our Hawaiian interlude is over. Time to explore again.
Another year has flown by, and it’s been a year of change and transitions, some for the better and some for the worse. I don’t normally talk about politics, as it’s one of the reasons I sail, to get away from all the bullshit. But this years ameican election, was a huge shock and was very upsetting to me, I really fear for the world, and how people are being treated, where it now has been normalised to be rude, rascist, sexist and hate your fellow human beings.
For me, 2017 will be a year of compassion and love, something the world needs more then ever, especially with how turbulent things are at the moment.
So I wish you all an amazing 2017, filled with love and compassion, and for all your dreams to come true!
Remember to be kind to your fellow human beings and kind to our beautiful planet, as we all could use some love and compassion in the new year.
Fair winds and following seas.
The tittle says it all!
As a friend, mentor and inspiration sets out on his tenth circumnavigation of the planet. Wishing him a wonderful voyage, fair winds and seas, on his tenth lap.
Looking forward to seeing him out in the pacific, if fate has it, that we will meet on the fair blue sea.
For anyone that wants more information on Jon, check out his website
http://www.jonsanders.com.au, and much to my delight he is blogging!
Hopefully daily, as i love to get his updates on his travels and adventures at sea, always makes me laugh and put a smile on my face.
So If you need some inspiration, or enjoy a good read from a salty sea dog, grab a glass of wine, sit back and enjoy the ride via one of Australia’s greatest icons in sailing, Jon Sanders.
Here is the link to his first bog post, day one,
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Sailed from Seattle down the west coast of the USA, then solo over to Hawaii, where she awaits her new owner.
Listed for $29,000 usd, new rigging, new chainplates, new aries windvane,new solar panels, new water bladders, new led lights, 2 main sails, 4 spinnakers, 10 head sails, 100ft chain with delta 25 lb delta anchor, volvo md2 engine, 2 burner propane stove and oven.Too much to list, check out her listing below for more information, or feel free to contact me.
Traversing a stretch of ocean, reminds you know small you are in this world. Just a tiny speck on a vast indigo ocean, the horizon stretches on forever, the mind wanders far and wide. For some the vastness is scary as the mind computes and realises its place in the world. For others, its invigorating, letting the mind fly free and dream. The vastness is full of ideas and peace.
I sleep like a baby at sea, the rocking of the boat, soothes me, the swish of water passing under the hull, rushing, gushing, splashing. As the ocean dances along the boat playfully.
My dreams are vivd, bright colours, crisp scenes from times not yet played out, people I haven’t seen for years, visit me in my sleep. Take stock, recalibrate, breath. The seductive ocean works her magic on me, by day three I’m calm, not worrying about any trival land based shit, just watching the wind the boat, synching with the ebb and flow of the moon and energy of the sea.
The more north we go, the softer the suns touch, till she’s just a warm hand caressing your skin, a soft breeze keeps you cool, as flying fish jump and glide, trying not to get caught by the predators down below.
Dolphins, race and play on the bow, twisting on their sides to watch us as we watch them. Both pondering the chances of meeting in this vast blue sea, both at home in her waters.
A stray whale, stays with us for days, frolicking on our bow, keeping us company. She is a little late heading north to the feeding grounds, I hope she finds her way.
My favourite shifts are the dead of night and daybreak. I love to steer the boat and stare into the night sky, stars winking back at me. As falling stars and meteoroids fly through the jet black sky. One night I counted 15 meteoroids in my one and half hour shift, the universe throwing its weight around, turing on its fireworks for me.
Celerbrating this beautiful planet, we all call home. It’s a reminder to not just do something today for the earth, but to remember to continually help her.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Sustain the future.
Crusing on a small boat, shows you how to be sustainable, and to be resourceful. Would love to here the things you do, to be sustainable , sharing ideas is the way to show how easy it is to make a difference , small steps, by each of us, equals a big difference!
Happy Earth Day!
Sunsets, how I love sunsets, to celebrate and give thanks for the day, to dream and ponder, to acknowledge Mother Nature and her beauty. Such wild colours, splashed across the sky, a vivid painting that changes by the second, as the sun fades away and shares her light to the other side of the world.
Some photos from a few weeks ago, from a spectacular sunset. No filter, just a regular canon camera.
The blogging community is a way to connect, and share with the online world. And thanks to a fellow sailor, writer and Australian , I have been given a modem.
which, once I get it all set up, will enable me to update my blog from sea!
Feeling very thankful to Mark for the modem, stormy for the kind words and Moondog And their family who got the modem to me!
Fingers crossed I can get it all connected before I leave! Boat work, always a race against time, money and figuring shit out!
As my time here draws to an end, getting ready to leave again is always an emotional rollercoaster, yet slowly it all comes together…….as I run around like a mad chicken with my head cut off……no matter how many times you leave, that’s one thing that never seems to change.
Have bought a bunch of organic sprouting seeds, to have fresh greens at sea, and on anchor. Nothing like fresh nutritious greens while at sea. nor sure why it’s taken me so long to take up sprouting, but better late then never.
I rescued a cat, and had him for two weeks, it brought so much joy to my heart, having an animal, it’s all I want, is animals. I have to be content with dog sitting and being a foster mum for short periods of time.
Ragnar the cat, We found him on the break water, as someone had dumped him there. It took us three try’s to catch him, and then when we checked if he had a microchip , which he did, we got in touch with his family and he is back home. A happy ending for one of the many lost, and dumped cats, after being missing for ten months.
Would love to here from fellow cruisers who have pets on board, as most countries are pretty good with animals, while others, mainly Australia seem to be complete A-holes about pets.