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  • The CRAZY reality of RISKY Indonesian fishing

    Whilst sheltering from a storm, a chance encounter led to an insight into the risky fishing techniques used on Indonesia’s tropical reefs. We were invited out on a local fishing boat where we were learnt about the crazy reality of fishing for aquarium fish, where they come from, and how they are caught. This is […] More

  • EXTREME HEAT boat life | STUCK on the Equator

    Stuck for a year in a sailing boat on the equator has had its challenges, from the extreme heat, to living with the isolation on board. This part of Indian Ocean is beautiful but life behind the lens is not always as easy as it looks on camera. We share the reality of life on […] More

  • Offshore Sailing NEVER GOES TO PLAN | Sailing Florence Ep.98

    A stormy overnight sail 90 miles out into the Indian Ocean to reach the Mentawai Islands off the coast of Sumatra. Sailing never goes to plan as our watch pattern is broken first by faulty electronics and second by a massive thunderstorm. However the goal is worth the trials of this passage as we arrive […] More

  • GOING ALONE | Are we ready? | THE FINAL TEST

    Running Florence aground and a final test of our diving skills. It’s not always easy, but it is worth it. We take a weekend break from our diving course to explore the deserted but difficult cruising grounds off of West Sumatra, before returning for our final dive of the course and a challenge. Can we […] More

  • An update from Fat Susan – on passage in French Polynesia

    Good morning from a calm and sunny Pacific Ocean, somewhere between the Marquesas islands and the Tuamotu atolls in French Polynesia.  Its 6am, the rest of the crew are in bed and it occurred to me that I haven’t written on our blog for quite a long time.  Well over Click here for full post: […] More

  • Sinking beneath the Waves | Learning to Scuba Dive

    As sailors we are focused on avoiding sinking beneath the waves. So perhaps learning to scuba dive is contrary to our natural instincts, but in fact it has been on our bucket list for many years. Finally we have found the ideal opportunity to learn. Join us as we share the experience of learning to […] More

  • Facing FEAR – Never been so SCARED of the SEA

    This is the most scared I have been in all the time we have been sailing around the world. A fear of the water is not a good thing for a sailor. Find out what made Matt so afraid and how he faced that fear to rekindle his love of the ocean. Exploring the underwater […] More

  • How to Sail with a Spinnaker | Top Tips

    How to make spinnaker sailing easy. A step-by-step guide from experienced blue water cruising sailors takes you through the whole process. From the basics of hoisting, trimming, and dropping your asymmetric spinnaker, to some more advanced tips that we don’t see other cruising sailors using. With 55 years of sailing experience between them Amy, an […] More

  • Stress busting Sailing – Sumatra, Indonesia

    Sailing to explore a tropical jungle covered island paradise beats city life any day. A 20 knot upwind thrash to escape the city leads to a tropical paradise. Surrounded by monkeys and wild boar we find the ideal spot to unwind from the stress of the city. Many exclusive resorts are closed because of covid, […] More

  • BOARDED AT NIGHT on a remote island

    Being boarded at night whilst anchored on an isolated island, miles from help with no phone signal, is a very scary experience. Coupled with that the difficulties of dealing with immigration visa rules to avoid having to leave the country with nowhere else to go. Cruising Indonesia is not easy at times, the reality behind […] More

  • 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

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