Goody on route

Who: Joop, Jacolette, Johannes, Dirk and Lelei
Port: Richards Bay
06 September 2013 | Richards Bay, South Africa
05 September 2013 | Portugese Islands, Inhaca, Mozambique
03 September 2013 | Mozambique
30 August 2013
29 August 2013 | Bassas da India
28 August 2013
26 August 2013
21 August 2013 | Madagascar
17 August 2013 | Madagascar
10 August 2013 | Nosy Antsoba, Madagascar
06 August 2013 | Nosy Be, Madagascar
04 August 2013 | Madagascar
03 August 2013 | Nosy Be, Madagascar
21 July 2013 | Nosy Be area
15 July 2013 | Indian Ocean
11 July 2013
10 July 2013
07 July 2013
06 July 2013

Bassas da India

29 August 2013 | Bassas da India
Jacolette
It was 11 years and 3 days when we last dove into the waters of Bassas. We have been looking forward to making this our last atoll of the circumnavigation since we started our trip, and as we were going round the globe, told everyone of this amazing place. Luckily the weather played with us, and we could spend two days at this remote place.
What makes this atoll different to other atolls across the globe (which we have experienced) is the scale of the experience. The atoll diameter is longer, the fish are more enormous, the waves can get more gigantic, the anchorage is wilder, the closest distance to any humans is further, and you have it all to yourself! The good and the bad of this last statement, of courseā€¦
We had an amazing time, and again we were brought closer as a family by all the challenges we faced.
We had two anchors out, and as we were lifting the aft anchor, myself and Joop were on the dingy and the kids onboard. The waves were big enough as the wind was already blowing 18kts and we had the influence of the tidal stream leaving the atoll against the waves, so the sea was choppy and busy. As I looked back to Goody, I saw the two boys standing on the deck. The yacht was jumping everywhere, but they had their balance, after the years of practise, and Johannes was standing close to Dirk. But they were out there, looking at us.
Later on he said to me, he was afraid of our safety while they were on board alone. But they were there. The whole anchor exercise only lasted approximately 10 minutes (as we had done it before a few times during the last 5 years), but I was proud to see my two boys handle the challenge, and I realised I think they are ready to face the challenges of living on land.
We were very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to experience this amazing place again, and as Bassas was disappearing behind us, I said to Joop, now he may take me home, I am ready.
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Vessel Name: Goody
Vessel Make/Model: Dean Catamaran
Hailing Port: Richards Bay
Crew: Joop, Jacolette, Johannes, Dirk and Lelei
About: Joop, myself and our 2.5 year old son, Johannes, left Richards Bay harbour on 6 December 2008. Since then, Dirk was born in 2009 in Curacao, Dutch Antilles and Lelei in January 2013 in Penang, Malaysia.
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Who: Joop, Jacolette, Johannes, Dirk and Lelei
Port: Richards Bay