Sea Child: Big Cat Sailing Around the World

Tales of our journey around the world aboard our 56' Catamaran, Sea Child.

29 March 2015 | 10 13'N:95 05'E, Bay of Bengal
27 May 2014 | Pangkor Marina, Malaysia
26 September 2013 | 07 20'S:114 29'E, Enroute from Bali to Kumai, Kelimantan
30 August 2013 | 08 22'S:120 0'E, Gili Bodo, Komodo, Nusa Tengarra, Indonesia
14 August 2013 | 08 30'S:123 13'E, Kawula Island
14 August 2013 | 10 52'S:122 49'E, Nemberala Village, SE Rote
14 August 2013 | 10 09'S:123 34'E, Teddy's Bar, Kupang, East Nusa Tengarra, Indonesia
28 July 2013 | 11 06'S:125 40'E, Sahul Banks
27 July 2013 | 12 15'S:130 23'E, Offshore Darwin, Australia
26 June 2013 | 12 25'S:130 49'E, Fannie Bay, Darwin Sailing Club, Darwin, NT
26 June 2013 | 11 12'S:131 48'E, Alcaro Bay, Cape Don, NT
26 June 2013 | 11 01'S:132 33'E, Croker Island, Arnhem Land, NT, AUS
26 June 2013 | 11 33'S:133 23'E, North Goulburn Island, Arnhem Land, NT
26 June 2013 | 11 56'S:134 44'E, Cape Stewart, Arnhem Land, NT, AUS
26 June 2013 | 11 56'S:135 40'E, Elcho Island
14 June 2013 | 11 33'S:136 20'E, Gugari Rip, (Hole in the Wall), Wessel Islands, Northern Territory, AUS
14 June 2013 | 10 40'S:142 31'E, Cape York, Queensland
08 June 2013 | 11 57'S:143 12'E, Margaret Bay, Far North Queensland
03 June 2013 | 14 39'S:145 27'E, Lizard Island, Queensland, Australia
30 May 2013 | 15 27'S:145 14'E, Cooktown, Queensland, Australia

Sail Indonesia Rally Begins

27 July 2013 | 12 15'S:130 23'E, Offshore Darwin, Australia
Sea Child started the Sail Indonesia Rally today, with zero wind and flat calm seas, at 1100 Darwin time. Two boats collided right in front of the media boat at the start, a monohull and a small catamaran. Sea Child was well away from this unfortunate collision, and the rest of the fleet looked fantastic with their flags and crew attire looking as sharp as possible. Sea Child actually had every country flag that we have visited since we began our circumnavigation over 4 years ago flying up the topping lift along the leach of the mainsail. What a beautiful sight!!

Since we have such light winds and no swell at all, the GPS is showing our arrival in Kupang to be approx. 54 hours from now. 426 NM to go, course 281.

While we will miss our friends in Australia, we will not miss the radical tides that Darwin presented. Every time we went ashore, consideration was given to where the tide will be in 6 hours, with the dinghy either high and dry or in deep deep water. Thankfully the Darwin Sailing Club had complimentary dinghy trailers to borrow to launch or move the dinghys. The farwell dinner last night was well attended by most rally participants. We have made some very good friends during this time and look forward to hearing how others are planning their journey west from South East Asia.

Sea Child has two new 120-amp alternators, 2 new mainsail battens that were recycled from the old mainsail cover battens, the freezer is charged and ice cubes are well stocked. We have also prepared our fresh food to be stored in green saver bags, which preserve the freshness up to 3 times longer in the cold storage. Hopefully this translates to salad greens for the next few weeks, rather than a short few days! We also splurged and bought ice cream in the freezer (nondairy and vegan, of course!) So we feel truly spoiled. This journey is starting out much better than our trip up Queensland Coast where the winds were +30 ESE, the charging system weak and the autopilot unable to help steer. Today, we are underway, motorsailing at 7 knots with "OTTO" the auto pilot able to take the reins and steer us towards Kupang. Nice!
Vessel Name: Sea Child
Vessel Make/Model: 56' Aikane
Hailing Port: Lahaina, Hawaii
Crew: Eric & Tamara Barto
Eric & Tamara Barto hail from Maui, Hawaii. They currently own & operate a successful catamaran snorkel/sail company, Paragon Sailing Charters. Their circumnavigation is broken into legs, usually 2-3 months at sea, 2-3 months in Maui. [...]
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Who: Eric & Tamara Barto
Port: Lahaina, Hawaii