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


29 March 2015 | 10 13'N:95 05'E, Bay of Bengal
Tamara Barto
Sailing across the Bay of Bengal, SEA CHILD is averaging 8 knots boat speed and is expected to land in Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India in just a little over 18 hours from now. The passage has seen incredible sailing, after an initial 11 hours of motoring to clear the Similan Islands of Thailand. We encountered 3 large merchant ships throughout the night, and witnessed an incredible light in the sky after sunset, above the horizon. While studying the bright white cloud above what appeared to be a yellow mass of contrails, we came to the conclusion that perhaps a rocket of some type had been fired from (maybe) India, and we were witnessing the booster rockets re-entering the atmosphere? Or perhaps it was a UFO? In any case, as we sailed on, the gaseous clouds evaporated about an hour after sunset, the bright white contrail cloud the last is dissolve.

We have enjoyed wonderful meals, balmy nights and good watches. Our 3 hours on, 6 hours off works well for us, giving each of us a steady 6 hours of sleep or rest. The Bay of Bengal has some radical currents, where areas of water move at incredible speeds and other areas appear to be calm and flat. The waters here are deep, our charts show our current location at around 1,000' deep. As we approach Port Blair, Andaman Islands, India, we will keep watch for a reef about 50 NM due west of Port Blair, and directly across our path. We expect to bear away around midnight tonight, and once passed, we will have almost arrived. All is good on board.
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