MangoandMe

14 December 2012
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
04 June 2012
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2012 | Riviera Beach, Florida
23 May 2012 | Riviera Marina, Riviera Beach FL
23 May 2012 | Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
19 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
18 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
17 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
16 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
14 May 2012 | En route to Florida
13 May 2012 | Destination:Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
12 May 2012 | Destination:Florida
11 May 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean

ILLEGAL ALIEN IN COCOS KEELING

03 September 2011 | On the way to Mauritius
david
About 500 miles west of Christmas Island - two atolls, North Keeling and South Keeling, comprising 27 low coral islands, the ubiquitous coconut trees lining the white sandy beaches, laden with 'cocos', a heavenly spot by all accounts, a certain Captain William Keeling and his first sighting of this spot in 1609 - I have indeed arrived at... Cocos Keeling.

A rough night out there, waves and wind all coming from about 4 directions. This is an aspect of the Indian Ocean that one must accept...discomfort caused predominantly by the southern ocean swell reaching far up into the Indian Ocean causing what might be best described as 'confusion'. Additionally, the night was lengthened as I was trying to slow down, slooow doown, such that I would arrive in daylight.

Not altogether an easy entrance as one must enter a large lagoon and then immediately turn hard to port to enter the inner sanctum...the anchorage. 'Bommies' as the australians fondly call them,(coral heads) abound - hit one and the exquisite nature of the place would diminish considerably. But, no meeting with 'bommies' were to be had. Im now anchored in undiminished idyllic 'south pacific' beauty in the midst of the Indian Ocean.

Met with the Australian official who made concerted efforts to be angry, remind me I was not wanted here, am illegal, will be arrested in 28 days if still here, why had I not done this and not done that?, must leave as soon as possible, and if not careful, will be deported 500 miles back to Christmas Island and its famous 'detention center'. But once said, once agreed, and clear who was in charge...all returned to normal with good ole aussie humour.

And so here I am, an illegal alien in Cocos Keeling

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Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida