Janice & Mick on Zoa

Vessel Name: Zoa
Vessel Make/Model: FWM 39
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Janice & Mick Johnson
About: Janice & I have recently retired to try out the Cruising Lifestyle on board our Yacht Zoa, a Fairweather Mariner 39.
21 February 2019 | Uligamu
20 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
19 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
18 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
17 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
16 February 2019 | Sailing Past Sri Lanka
15 February 2019 | Approaching Sri Lanka
14 February 2019 | Bay of Bengal
13 February 2019 | Bay of Bengal
12 February 2019 | Ninety East Ridge
11 February 2019 | Bay of Bengal
10 February 2019 | Anderman Sea
09 February 2019 | Anderman Sea
27 January 2019 | AO Chalong
26 January 2019 | Koh Lanta
25 January 2019 | Koh Phetra
24 January 2019 | Koh Tarutao
15 January 2019 | Kuah Langkawi
14 January 2019 | Bidan Island
13 January 2019 | Paujang Bay
Recent Blog Posts
21 February 2019 | Uligamu

Got here safe and sound

20190221 Uligamu Lat 07 Deg 05.051'N Lon 072 Deg 55.100'E

20 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea

Nearly There

20190220 Laccadive Sea Lat 06 Deg 53.551'N lon 074 Deg 29.888'E COG 276 T SOG 7.4 Knots, Bound for Uligamu Maldive Islands

19 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea

Sailing Again

20190219 Laccadive Sea Lay 06 Deg 27.151'N Lon 076 Deg 34.408'E COG 286 T, SOG 5.6 knots. Heading for Uligamu Maldive Islands.

18 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea

Happy Birthday Lucille

20190208 Laccadive Sea Lat 06 deg 08.267'N Lon 078 Deg 06.372'E COG 275, SOG 3.5 Knots, Heading for Uligamu Maldive Islands

17 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea

Nasty Thunderstorm

20190217 Laccadive Sea Lat 05 deg 57.053'N Lon 079 Deg 29.902'E Cog 265 T, Sog 4.4 Knots. Heading for Uligamu, Northern Maldive Islands

16 February 2019 | Sailing Past Sri Lanka

Relaxing Day

20190216 Sailing Past Sri lanka, Lat 05 deg 55.841'N Lon 081 Deg 11.861 E COG 262 T, SOG 5.7 Knots

Got here safe and sound

21 February 2019 | Uligamu
Mick
20190221 Uligamu Lat 07 Deg 05.051'N Lon 072 Deg 55.100'E

Well I made it, I'm all anchored up and cleared into the Maldives. It was a pretty big trip but enjoyable, I had a bugger of a night last night though, I must have bugs in the diesel tank, as I got a blockage last night, I was motoring in a really rolly seaway, which must have loosened them up. It was a lot of fun trying to find the problem, with the boat lying sideways to the waves and rocking gunwale to gunwale. Any how I sorted it out and got back on my way after a couple of hours. It was good to see Assad after a couple of years, the clearing in was straight forward. I'm off to a barbie tonight which should be fun, though I am dog tired, I got no sleep last night. It will be good to hit the sack tonight and sleep more than 20 minutes, which will be the 1st time in 12 or 13 nights. Probably here for a few days, then will spend a few months wandering southward through the Maldives.

Nearly There

20 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
Mick
20190220 Laccadive Sea Lat 06 Deg 53.551'N lon 074 Deg 29.888'E COG 276 T SOG 7.4 Knots, Bound for Uligamu Maldive Islands

Well after bragging about what a great sail I was having yesterday afternoon, just after sunset it dropped off completely, I ended up Motoring all night and all Morning. The breeze finally arrived just after lunch, and its been good fun, its pretty square so I'm sailing wing and wing, getting little surfs up to 8 knots. I might put a reef in before dark I can feel her getting a little overpowered in some of the gusts, but its forecast to drop off during the night, we will see, they say if your thinking about a reef then its probably overdue, she's sliding along nicely now though. We have 94 miles to go so no need to hurry, looking foreward to arriving, apparently there are a few boats there. That's about it for today, we are trucking along nicely and alls well, I will arrive tomorrow.

Sailing Again

19 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
Mick
20190219 Laccadive Sea Lay 06 Deg 27.151'N Lon 076 Deg 34.408'E COG 286 T, SOG 5.6 knots. Heading for Uligamu Maldive Islands.

After motoring all night and all morning, a nice breeze has popped up and I have been sailing down the rumb line all afternoon, it's been really nice. I dropped the remaining 100 liters of fuel into the tank this morning, I have plenty of fuel for the rest of the trip. I also polished some more stainless, and have been listening to Radio China on short wave. So all in all a nice day, I have 220 miles to go so I will highly Likely get there on Thursday, as to Wether I get there in time to check in depends on the wind. It is forecast to build tonight and tomorrow, so I am in with a good chance of getting there mid afternoon. It's only forecast to get up to 17 or so knots, so should be good fun sailing. I think Neptunes Highway may get there this evening, I will find out on our HF sked later, they have had a really good run. That's about it for today, its good to be sailing again, but looking forward to getting there now.

Happy Birthday Lucille

18 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
Mick
20190208 Laccadive Sea Lat 06 deg 08.267'N Lon 078 Deg 06.372'E COG 275, SOG 3.5 Knots, Heading for Uligamu Maldive Islands

Well its been a long hot slow one today, beating into light winds and current, I've been sailing most of the day, but have the motor running at the moment, it's pretty boring considering the great runs we were having a few days ago. There is forecast to be some wind sometime tomorrow and slowly building, so we will see. Anyhow I have made the most of it, did some washing, polished some stainless, and rang home to wish Lucille a happy birthday. It was good to have a chat to everyone, and I hope Lucille had a great day, it sounds like the party was a success. Not much else to say, with any luck I will get on to this wind tomorrow and be there in a couple of days. Neptunes Highway are well ahead, but still pushing current.

Nasty Thunderstorm

17 February 2019 | Laccadive Sea
Mick
20190217 Laccadive Sea Lat 05 deg 57.053'N Lon 079 Deg 29.902'E Cog 265 T, Sog 4.4 Knots. Heading for Uligamu, Northern Maldive Islands

Well I made it around Sri Lanka, not without copping a clobbering from a Nasty Thunderstorm, Lots of wind, Rain like you wouldn't believe, and lots of thunder and lightning, it lasted an hour or two I suppose. I wasn't too bad to deal with, the lightning scares me though. Jan and I got one in the same place 2 years ago. I've been sailing mainly, but there is hardly any wind, its quite nice at the moment, sailing close hauled about 20 deg off course, it comes and goes a bit. I had the motor on for a few hours around noon. I will keep sailing as much as I can until I get well within fuel range, then use the engine more if needed. I just have to be patient. There are a lot of ships so I need to keep on my toes, AIS makes it easier. Mine has developed a bit of a fault in that it switches COG between my COG and North all of the time, it must drive the other boats mad. I've tried all of the usual tricks, (turning it off, Reset, ect) but no luck as yet. Not much to say, it's a bit slow going, and only 400 miles to go, so it tests your patients a bit.

Relaxing Day

16 February 2019 | Sailing Past Sri Lanka
Mick
20190216 Sailing Past Sri lanka, Lat 05 deg 55.841'N Lon 081 Deg 11.861 E COG 262 T, SOG 5.7 Knots

After a long night motoring last night there was a little breeze just before 1st light this morning, that carried on until early afternoon, then faded away, But some more sprung up at about an hour ago and we are having a nice little sail, I hope it sticks around. I am only 11 miles off the coast but cant see it, it is a bit of a hazy day, I'm sure I will see the lights tonight, I am listening to A Sri Lankan FM station on the radio. My way point at the very southern tip is still 30 miles away, after that I'm on my way to the Maldives. I have decided not to stop for fuel at Galle, I'm not sure of the procedure, and I still have quite a bit, I would be lucky if I could squeeze 80 Liters into the tank, I still have 210 liters left, just a bit worried as its forecast to be a bit light, but I have plenty of food and water so if it takes a bit longer so be it. Not much else to say, pretty happy to be here and looking forward to the rest of the trip, roughly 500 miles to go. If your wandering why I'm not stopping, its because we came here 2 years ago and had a good look around then, It's a great place, and its a bit sad to be sailing by.
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