Guide to the Chagos Archipelago/BIOT

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Thursday 9 March 2017

In 2016 Adina was privileged to visit the Chagos Archipelago, also known as British Indian Ocean Territory. We stopped there for nearly four weeks taking refuge on route from the Maldives to the Seychelles during the transition season when winds in the northern and southern hemisphere change. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office states “The…

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Sailed around the World

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Saturday 4 March 2017

Daylight on 2nd March 2017 dawned pretty much the same as the previous grey day: big towering clouds marching across the sky, the sea large and frothing away, Adina powering on across the Atlantic Ocean. There was one difference, there were birds in the sky, quite a lot of them – land was near. Our…

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Closing the gap

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Thursday 2 March 2017

Adina is, as we write, 140 nautical miles from crossing her outbound track of her round the world adventure. The North Atlantic has not exactly shone kindly on us. Well, we did have one day where we sailed 195 miles and thought to ourselves, this is good! The next twenty-four hours we found ourselves being…

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Adina is in the northern hemisphere

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Monday 27 February 2017

Adina departed the Brazilian island of Fernando de Noronha on Sunday 19th February. Ahead lay 2020 nautical miles, crossing the equator and the dreaded ITCZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone) into the northern hemisphere to face the north-east trade winds. The target is Grenada and hopefully the completion of our circumnavigation. The South Atlantic from Cape Town…

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Onwards from Ascension Island

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Monday 27 February 2017

Adina left Ascension Island on 8th February sailing in company with the catamaran Dreamweaver. The winds were moderate, the sea state calm; it was the perfect weather for spinnakers so we hoisted our parasailor. Dreamweaver owned by French couple Vincent and Domie has dagger boards that can be lifted and is a catamaran made for…

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Turtles and Military Bases on a bleak and barren Ascension Island

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Saturday 11 February 2017

Our intended departure from St. Helena was delayed by forty-eight hours when we found we had a potentially serious issue with our engine. In Cape Town we had undertaken our usual full annual maintenance on Adina which for the engine included oil change, gearbox oil change, new fuel filters, new oil filter, air filter clean,…

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