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  • Behind the scenes – OCEAN PASSAGE planning

    Running out of food, water and fuel are real possibilities on this 3000 mile ocean passage. Sailing the boat is only part of the challenge, we also have to plan carefully to make sure we don’t get becalmed and end up drifting for months and running out of supplies. As fill our water tanks in […] More

  • Preparing for a MONTH AT SEA | Crossing the INDIAN OCEAN

    We are about to set sail on a 3000 mile offshore ocean passage. Just the two of us double handed sailing, our 37ft yacht Florence all alone on board, for up to a month at sea. In this video we share some of the preparations as we undertake a full mast tip to bilge check […] More

  • Indonesian POLICE STOPPED OUR BOAT!

    Being stopped by police when sailing in foreign waters is always a worry, especially when we don’t have our passports with us. In this episode we sail overnight from the Mentawai islands back to mainland Sumatra to deal with our final visa extension and return to Cubadak Island for our first ever night diving experience. […] More

  • 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

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