It took us nine days and nights to sail from Chagos to Rodrigues, about 1200 miles. We had a pretty good weather window and our passage was comfortable and incident free. We had to reef in the sail for the last two days as the wind picked up and we were screaming along, but we settled right down and I never even felt queasy in the big swells.
These boobies came along at sunset and Jason shooed them away for half an hour by swinging lines at them as they tried to land on the mast. They had already mangled our wind indicator up there with their big wings and heavy bodies when they tried to land. These two are perched on the front pulpit rail over the bow of the boat and Jason took their picture. They preen and then tuck their heads under their wing and sleep. At dawn they are gone.
Our first sighting of Rodrigues in the morning. It's not a very big island and the reef and lagoon around it is almost twice a big as the land mass.
A map of Port Mathurin. We are at the top in the middle where that sailfish is.
A typical street scene in the town.
A dodo bird carved out of coconut shell. This piece has just been polished and is used to hold a sarong/pareu together.
This is a bay around the headland from the port. At low tide (as it is in this shot), there is barely enough water for a local boat to get back in. The only deep spot is taken by a lone yacht who has left it here while returning to his homeland. He made arrangements with a local to watch it for him. A calm place to leave the boat but it requires snaking along a thin line of deep water along the rocky shore at high tide to get here. I doubt our cat could do it.
The mosque in town. Such a small space, but a colorful front and lots of minarets. A real person, not loudspeakers, does the call to prayer here, so we don't even hear it from the boat. Such a nice change not to have the calls to prayer blaring five times a day, starting at 4:30 AM!