MangoandMe

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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

COCOS KEELING TO RODRIGUES

27 September 2011 | Rodrigues Island
david

September 27 finds me at the Post Office, using the internet connection, in Port Mathurin one day before departure for, most probably, the French island of Reunion. However, the wind has 'freshened' and 'warnings' abound cautioning the locals of rough seas.

That's good enough for me for a possible postponement - Shearwater sits safely on the main wharf, securely tied - with no darned anchor to drag....the sleep is much sounder! No fees, no fuss...just a nice welcome!

Rodrigues has, in fact, turned out to be a delightful stop. After the officiousness and the 'in your pants' bureaucracy of the big Australia, what a breath of fresh air to be in a place in which the government actually welcomes ones's arrival.

Colorful people, smiles and a total absence of defensiveness characterize these people - let me give you an example. Day before yesterday, I was stopped on the street by the Customs officer complaining that an American sailor, arriving the night before, had left his boat without being cleared in. Fully expecting all sorts of trouble, I had to smile with admiration when, a short time later, I saw that same customs official laden down with two heavy bags belonging to none other than the 'illegal' American - helping him bring water to his boat. Now I ask, in how many countries can one see a sight like that!?

Once again, I have to apologise for the roughly cut video and say once again - my goal is simply to have your eyes here with me.

All best wishes from the tiny tiny island of Rodriques, a part of the independant country of Mauritius.

Music:Recueil de Sega Tambour de l'ile Rodriguez - Laurel Guillaume

Comments
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