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  • Bright culture | Dark history – Nias Island

    Headhunting was practiced on this remote island until the late 20th Century! After so long sailing amongst uninhabited islands and white sand beaches, we step ashore in Nias and get to experience the rich culture and heritage there. By chance we got to see a tribal war dance and demonstration of the stone jumping that […] More

  • Sailing Offshore in 35 knots

    After fixing our steering we leave our isolated island group for the first time since lockdown started only to encounter 35 knot winds on our offshore passage to the Island of Nias off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Even though we were pounding upwind in 35 knots of wind and horizontal rain, it was […] More

  • Are we the first yacht here? – Undiscovered cruising grounds

    Sailing through difficult reef passages, balancing the risk of being shipwrecked versus the reward of discovering new cruising grounds and amazing turquoise water lagoons. This is what exploring means to us, something that makes us nervous but also excited. These remote islands in the Indian Ocean off of West Sumatra – Indonesia, are an undiscovered […] More

  • All Alone: A Tropical ISLAND TO OURSELVES

    Is this the deserted island of your dreams? Escaping to a tropical island paradise is the stuff of our dreams, making it a reality means always looking around the next corner just to see what is there. Escorted by whales, we sail towards the turquoise waters surrounding our very own deserted island What better way […] More

  • Sailing into the UNKNOWN – How to Navigate Without Charts

    Sailing in a poorly charted area of Indonesia not mentioned in guide books means finding a new way to navigate. Our ability to seek out and find remote isolated anchorages has been transformed by the use of satellite images for navigation. In this episode we share how using satellite images and eyeball navigation makes it […] More

  • Navigating without charts – Are we the first sailors here?

    Sailing in a poorly charted area of Indonesia not mentioned in guide books means finding a new way to navigate. Our ability to seek out and find remote isolated anchorages has been transformed by the use of satellite images for navigation. In this episode we share how using satellite images and eyeball navigation makes it […] More

  • We’re back to SAILING in remote Indonesia

    New Video: Our sailing life is returning to normal with the relaxation of restrictions in Indonesia. Able to explore the local islands we are back to sailing in turquoise waters to palm shaded beaches. We share one of the unseen challenges that we face along with the good times of socialising with other yachts. If […] More

  • Finding FREEDOM – Sailing out of Lockdown

    After 5 months in isolation we are finally allowed to sail and explore the local area. Exploring deserted tropical beaches and sailing to the local town to do our own shopping has never felt so liberating. Our circumnavigation is still on hold but we can now escape our isolation anchorage and explore some of Indonesia’s […] More

  • Running from a STORM into a CROCODILE fight

    New Video: This is a story of running from a storm into shelter only to find that shelter is inhabited by massive salt water crocodiles. The crocs don’t seem to want to share either! The reality of life on board Florence, sailing around the world is not always good weather and easy days. We have […] More

  • Living BIG on a little – Off Grid Isolation

    Rationing is in force on Florence, the arrival of a food delivery boat is something to be celebrated and even more so as this time it brings a special delivery to allow us to make the most of this island paradise. Sailing around the world is not simple it these times and we have to […] More

  • Budget OFF-GRID living on a MINIMALIST sail boat

    New Video: How is remote life off grid on a boat different from normal life? We share the daily challenges which we face living off the grid anchored next to a remote tropical island in Indonesia. Life off the grid, life without limits. If you would like to support the making of these blog posts […] More

  • Pirates, Storms and Covid, How do we get home?

    Sailing across the Indian Ocean can be fearsome. Pirates off of Somalia combined with storms off of South Africa make the choice of route difficult, throw in closed borders due to the pandemic and we find ourselves in a very difficult situation. We want to show a little of the concerns and stresses that lay […] More

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