Sailing Leander

Sailing Leander

Who: Sima Baran & Paul Robertson
Port: Boston
22 November 2010 | Fethiye, Turkey
22 October 2010
20 July 2010 | Endeavor Bay, Tawila Island, Egypt
17 July 2010 | Red Sea, Egypt
15 July 2010 | 27 41 N, 33 48 E
14 June 2010 | 14 48 N, 42 57 E
12 June 2010
08 June 2010 | Sataya (Dolphin) Reef, Red Sea, off the coast of Egypt
07 June 2010 | Dangerous Reef, Foul Bay, Egypt
02 June 2010 | Khor el Morob, Sudan
30 May 2010 | Marsa Shin'Ab, Sudan
27 May 2010 | Marsa Shin'ab, Sudan
25 May 2010 | Suakin, Sudan
24 May 2010 | Aden, Yemen
03 May 2010 | Day 5: 160 miles northeast of Aden, 15 miles from the Yemeni Coast
29 April 2010 | Day 1: Passage to Yemen
24 April 2010 | Day 16: 135 Miles From Salalah, Oman
21 April 2010 | Day 13: 460 Miles From Salalah, Oman
19 April 2010 | Day 11: A Little Bit Closer to Oman
18 April 2010 | In the midst of the Arabian Sea

Off to the Maldives, or Yemen

29 March 2010 | Galle, Sri Lanka
We're off again tomorrow, probably later in the day, March 30, 2010, Sri Lankan time, heading for Uligan, in the Maldives, from Galle, in Sri Lanka. It's just under 500 hundred miles, but if there is little wind, it may take us five days or more.

We've spent a good amount of our time here getting the boat back in order after a passage from Malaysia that had provided good wind, but also some equipment challenges.

But now, the alternator bracket is repaired (though it took a day and a half removing a broken bolt, and our solution, finally, was to cut away the back side of the timing plate cover to get at it), the new (well, used, actually) damper plate is installed, and a leak in the exhaust manifold has been repaired. Also, we repaired a transmission problem with the VHF radio.

We could go on for a page and a half regarding each of these repairs, but we'll spare you!

We did get to play around a bit. We became good friends with a Navy officer, who invited us to his house for dinner and drinks a couple of times. And we spent a day touring the old fort, which was quite nice as well.

We'll try to put together a better description of our impressions of this place when we have some time out at sea.

Let's hope for a trouble-free passage!

From the "it could be worse department," we were reading another boat's blog last night, and the author described how, as they traveled toward Oman, all their electronics failed, including autopilot, and then the head/toilet gave up the ghost, and the skipper spent two days wrestling with poopy hoses and spilling sea water in a rolly sea. So it could be worse!

The Maldives are supposed to be beautiful. We'll stop for only a few days, unless the winds are good, and then we might not even stop at all, to make good time toward the Red Sea. We'll see what the weather has in store for us.

Much love and affection from us both!

Paul and Sima
Vessel Name: Leander
Vessel Make/Model: Bristol 41.1
Hailing Port: Boston
Crew: Sima Baran & Paul Robertson
About: Following our wedding in Istanbul we are taking a two-year break from land-life and going sailing. Sima is taking time off between strategy consulting and business school while Paul is on a sabbatical from his career as an attorney.

Sailing Leander

Who: Sima Baran & Paul Robertson
Port: Boston