The Strait Route

Sailing from Thailand/Malaysia to South Africa  (published February 2013) Piracy in the northern Indian Ocean has made a dramatic impact on many cruisers’ circumnavigation plans. Scores of yachts staged in Thailand and Malaysia have abandoned plans to sail to the Red Sea and into the Mediterranean. Rather than deal with

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Visiting Rodriques Island

Smallest of the Mascarenes  (published November 2012) If you ask many North Americans to locate the Mascarene Islands, Rodrigues in particular, you will likely be greeted with shrugged shoulders and a puzzled look. The volcanic Mascarene Islands, comprised of La Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues, lie east of Madagascar in the

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A Step Back in Time

Sasara Twin Waterfall Bay in Vanuatu's Banks Islands  (published September 2012) [caption id="attachment_4725" align="alignleft" width="346"] Approach to Sasara Twin Waterfall Bay[/caption] What most Americans know about Vanuatu was probably learned from watching a reality TV show. This is unfortunate, particularly for sailors, because we have a rare opportunity to visit

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Drection Island, Australia

12º05.58 S, 96º52.86 E  (published July 2012) We had initially planned to sail past Cocos (Keeling) Islands on our voyage from Sunda Strait to Mauritius, until we met an Aussie cruiser named Ian on the Malay Peninsula. Ian was born in Cocos and waxed poetic about the clear water, pristine

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Post-its Be Damned

The art and ease of tracking progress with a passage performance worksheet  (published April 2012) With each ocean passage on board Horizon, our Hans Christian 38, we’ve made a conscious effort to improve our sailing performance. Our sailing skills got better over time, of course, but a simple tool designed

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