19 January 2014 | 02 21.241'S:105 37.595'E, between Bangka and Sumatra
10 January 2014 | 02 44.5'S:111 43.9'E, Kumai, Kalimantan, Indonesia (Borneo)
07 January 2014 | 06 59.103'S:114 07.199'E, East end of Madura, Eastern end of Java, Indonesia
24 December 2013 | 08 30.473'S:116 01.389'E, Lombok, Indonesia
19 December 2013 | Komodo National Park, Indonesia
14 December 2013 | Komodo National Park, Indonesia
06 December 2013 | 08 31.113'S:119 52.065'E, Labuan Bajo, Flores, Indonesia
05 December 2013 | 08 23.583'S:120 02.972'E, Flores Sea
04 December 2013 | 07 57'S:120 49'E, Flores Sea
03 December 2013 | 07 16.0'S:122 11.7'E, Bone Rate, Indonesia
02 December 2013 | 06 03.9'S:124 08'E, Wakatobi, Indonesia
01 December 2013 | 04 54.932'S:126 13.158'E, The Banda Sea
30 November 2013 | 3 42.134'S:128 10.149'E, Ambon City
25 November 2013 | 4 31.374'S:129 53.872'E, Melissa's Garden, Raja Ampat, Papua
25 November 2013 | 4 31.374'S:129 53.872'E, Raja Ampat
25 November 2013 | 4 31.374'S:129 53.872'E, Banda Neira
18 November 2013 | 1 53.459'S:129 43.990'E, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
18 November 2013 | 1 13.245'S:129 45.069'E, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
17 November 2013 | 0 26.578'S:130 26.639'E, Raja Ampat
10 November 2013 | 0 57.185'S:130 40.136'E, Raja Ampat
25 January 2012 | 23 38.413'N:74 50.246'W, Rum Cay
Ahhh, free at last. We are on our own now. We left conception, and the last of the other boats with kids, Dharma and Zusammen. We will definitely miss them. But it is kind of nice to be completely on our own for a bit.
We had initially planned to sail from Conception of Mayaguana, but it ended up being a bit too far to windward, so rather than beat all the way there, we bore off to Rum Cay. As soon as we anchored we found a conch, while I was checking the anchor. We thought that was a very good sign. On the other hand we also saw a 6 or so foot shark. Hmmmm. We are going with the good omen. And, as luck would have it, yesterday was the Rum Cay annual holiday--aka known as Dolores's birthday. Dolores is the proprietor of Kaye's Bar, which is a quintessential bahamian watering hole, complete with a sand floor and plenty of cold Kalik or rum drinks--as you wish. Dolores is very well known throughout the Bahamas, and to those cruisers who have travelled this far. She has been honored by the Bahamian government for her widely known hospitality, as it is people like Dolores who make this such a fantastic place to visit. The fact that it was Dolores's 80th birthday made yesterday, and the party even more special. The spread of food was unbelievable--and prepared by local home kitchens. Outstanding...especially the spicy conch stew, and the fresh wahoo. And the conch fritters were the best I've ever had.
The picture is of Stephen and Rivers tagging green sea turtles with Eliza and Tyler of Zusammen and Ben and Cole from Dharma before we left Conception Island. Not a bad school field trip eh. Thanks go to crew of Foxy Lady who were conducting the turtle tagging on behalf of the Bahamian National Trust, which is the caretaker of the national preserve areas within the Bahamas--including Conception Island.