Voyages of Petite Ourse

17 October 2016 | Dzaoudi
02 October 2016
31 August 2016
31 July 2016 | 200 miles from Victoria, Mahe
20 May 2016
11 April 2016 | Maldives
24 March 2016 | Maldives
19 March 2016 | 50 Miles from Uligan
15 March 2016
12 March 2016 | Offshore Southeast Sri Lanka
09 March 2016 | Trincomalee Harbour
01 March 2016 | Trincomalee Harbour
23 February 2016 | Bsy of Bengal
20 February 2016 | Bsy of Bengal
18 February 2016 | North of Sumatra
16 February 2016 | West of Butang Islands
13 February 2016 | Telaga Harbour Marina, Langkawi, Malaysia
24 December 2015 | Langkawi, Malaysia
18 December 2015

In Mayotte

17 October 2016 | Dzaoudi
We have been in Mayotte for one week now moored off Dzaoudi on Petite Terre. Most of the good shopping is on Grande Terre in the city of Mamoudzou easily accessible by ferry every half hour. Prices are expensive in the same range as Seychelles. Mayotte is a department of France and the large supermarket brands such as Casino and Carrefours are found everywhere.

Our passage to Mayotte took 7 days. We hove to about 10 miles from the island for several hours so that we could enter the lagoon in daylight. Our first three days were uneventful sailing in moderate winds, followed by two days of motoring , and then a day and a half of winds up to 30 knots as we approached Mayotte. At several points waves were in the vicinity of 4 metres thankfully on the rear quarter.

We are now thinking of heady directly for South Africa in the next week or two rather than crossing over to Madagascar.

Ready to Leave Seychelles

02 October 2016
We should be on our way to Mayotte tomorrow. The boat is prepared except for one last item. In the morning, a diver will clean our propeller which has some hard growth on it. The immigration office is supposed to deliver our passport to the boat just before we leave.

The weather forecast is fairly good with 10 to 15 knot winds most the way. The wind map shows that on October 10 winds northwest of the tip of Madgascar will be accelerated to over 25 knots. Usually this means at least 30 knots. We hope to get into Mayotte (circled in blue) before the acceleration zone becomes extensive.
The photo galleries have now been updated across the Indian Ocean up to the Seychelles.


31 August 2016
Already we have been in Seychelles for almost a month arriving on August 3rd after a 11 day passage from Gan. We had to slow the boat on the last two days to ensure a daylight entry to Mahe. It takes a very short while to realize that this now the African continent, quite different than Asia.

We are berthed at Eden Island Marina North amongst many charter boats and a handful of world cruising sailboats. The marina is on an artificially constructed island at the base of the main mountain in the middle of Mahe Island and about 5 kilometres south of the capital town of Victoria. It is a very picturesque setting during both the day and night when the houselights climb the slopes. The Seychellois are trilingual with Creole their every day language and, for business and tourism, French and English. The place names are reminiscent of the colonial days when first the French and then the British occupied the islands.

We have been so far preoccupied with maintenance items - the old diesel genset has been removed and a new unit installed, the wind generator repaired, a new dyneema main halyard installed, and the AIS replaced because of a faulty display screen. Yet to come is a repair to the watermaker and installation of an Iridium GO. We were impressed with diesel generator replacement supplied by John Vidot of Power Marine and installed by Chad, with Silu, from Cascade Slipways. Everything was on schedule including genset delivery time and installation. The Northern Lights generator was installed through the cockpit locker with a great deal of manoeuvering but no cutting of fibreglass to get it to fit. It did make me wonder why Northern Lights made the new 5 kilowatt generator a touch bigger than the 26 year old unit of the same power which makes refits in tight quarters all the more difficult. We have the use of the air conditioning again. However, nights here are quite comfortable temperature wise, compared with Asia, and we rarely use AC during the day.

We visited the neighbouring islands of Praslin and la Digue where the main source of income is tourism. It was on Praslin we had a bad experience with one tourist taxi driver who did not want to go where we wanted to visit only where it was convenient for him. Finally with another taxi driver we made it to the house of the locally well known painter Raymond du Buisson. He has some of his paintings on display and a guest house he is building is decorated with shells and coral. La Digue had very attractive white sand beaches interspersed with granite boulders.

There are giant tortoises in the Seychelles like Galapagos but Dominique says the Seychelles tortoises are more attractive. Some residents on Praslin keep a tortoise or two as sort of a yard pet and you see them frequently eating grasses in the yards. Curried fish dishes are the most common local dish in restaurants but you can pretty get anything at a price. We have a fish market and veggie market stalls within 10 minute walk of the marina plus a supermarket in the marina so we do eat mostly eat on board.

Seychelles Passage

31 July 2016 | 200 miles from Victoria, Mahe
We are eight days out of Addu, Maldives and slowly approaching the Seychelles. Very light winds of 6 to 8 knots from the southeast and a 1 to 1.5 knot current against us. Currently doing about 3 knots over the ground. At this rate we would expect landfall on August 3rd.

Very little activity on the passage with a few sea birds every day and once in awhile some dolphins No boats sighted after the first nite near the Maldives. Around the 4th and fifth days we had 25 knot winds and very rough seas of about 3 metres. It appears that the wind waves develop over the south Indian Ocean swell in a slightly different direction giving a rougher ride than normal for that wind speed. We had a wet cockpit a couple of times.

Hulumale to Gan, Maldives

23 July 2016
We left the Hulumale anchorage on April 30th and arrived in Gan on May 22th. Then after waiting for repairs to the skeg at Gan we finally departed the Maldives on July 23rd.

Male and Hulumale

20 May 2016
Weather changed during our stay with SW monsoon beginning about 3rd week of April
We spent three weeks from April 8 to April 30 in Hulumale the anchorage area for cruising boats visiting Male the capital of the Maldives. The anchorage was dominated by dive boats. Staff on the dive boats were quite friendly and provided transport to shore with their tenders. In particular the personnel on the Honors.Legacy were very helpful. The use of Petite Ourse's tender was restricted since at the time, Richard was recovering from a sore neck and then it was holed by rubbing against the davits during a large thunderstorm. The inflatable repair delayed our departure from Male by a couple of days.

There was constant boat traffic past our anchor position by barges and boats carrying materials to the land construction north of us. The amount of land built on the coral reef surrounding the Hulumale lagoon expanded dramatically during our stay. There were frequent ferries from Hulumale to Male so getting into the city was quite rapid. What was missing was a protected area to leave a boat's tender. The rumour was that a marina is being built at the north end of the lagoon for cruising boats.

Male is a modern small city of about 150,000 people but with one of the highest population densities in the world. There is no room left on this island and consequently the expansion of Hulumale is being undertaken for population increase. It is modern looking and very compact with a large population of motorcycles making road crossing quite hazardous for the unaware. There was a museum (photo below), supreme court, Islamic centre and government buildings. Some of the specialty import stores provided cheese from Europe and Australia as well as French cookies and biscottes. Although, one of us particularly liked the Maldivian snack food which was a small ball, about 1 cm in diameter, of deep fried batter covering a hot spicy tuna mix. We were also able to find hypalon glue to repair the inflatable in one of the several chandleries in Male and there are several ACE hardware stores.

Photographs from Indonesia have been added to the gallery.
Vessel Name: Petite Ourse
Vessel Make/Model: Valiant 40
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Richard Kolomeychuk, Dominique Aucouturier
Extra: Started in Toronto, Canada July 2009
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