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Greetings from the crew of Crystal Blues. On this site you can share in our travels, interests and experiences. The site contains a lot of information that we hope will be of value to other cruisers. Many site links, plus a wide range of information, document downloads, and video links, all in the... Full Bio
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Indian Ocean Passage Making - Character Building by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation At some risk of understatement, we refer to our recent Indian Ocean passage to Rodrigues as "character building". It was perhaps a little more than that.... W ... Read on »
Indian Ocean Weather Forecast Areas by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation For boats traveling south and west across the southern Indian Ocean, local weather forecasting is hard to come by. The Saildocs service on the Sailmail em ... Read on »
RCYC Upgrades Chagos Infrastructure by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation - For Immediate Release - Sir Bertrand Birgus Latro Making The Announcement Commodore of the Royal Chagos Yacht Club, Sir Bertrand Birgus Latro, has an ... Read on »
The Errant Inflatable .... by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation - For Immediate Release - Sir Bertrand Birgus Latro Making The Announcement Commodore of the Royal Chagos Yacht Club, Sir Bertrand Birgus Latro ... Read on »
Chagos Retrospective - A Cruiser's Paradise by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation It is difficult to explain just how sensational Chagos is.  Many people have asked how we occupy out time in a such a deserted place, when in fact the time fle ... Read on »
Rock & Roll - Chagos To Rodriguez by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation We departed the peaceful paradise that is Ile Boddam, Chagos, on Monday afternoon and set out for an 1100 mile windward beat to Rodriguez. It was worth the effort to ... Read on »
Chagos Time & History by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Time has slowed down - after two weeks here we are truly settled in. Cruising sail boats have been calling here for several decades. One of the main attractions wa ... Read on »
Chagos Welcoming Committee by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation It's taken 18 years since we first dreamed of this place, but we finally made it. Crystal Blues arrived in Chagos on Saturday May 2nd, after a three day voyage from ... Read on »
Departing Maldives, Bound For Chagos by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Chagos has always been on our cruising radar - the place is big in cruising folklore.  Recent administrative changes by the UK government have limited th ... Read on »
Adoo Atoll, Maldives - Sailing South Of The Equator Again by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation After a very twitchy and uncomfortable overnight voyage south, Crystal Blues is anchored in 40 meters of clear water at Gan, in the Addu Atoll.  Turtles and dolphi ... Read on »
Kudahuvandhoo Island, Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Continuing our journey south, we spent two nights in the protected fishing boat harbour at Kudahuvandhoo, South Nilandhe Atoll.  As you can see from the image at right ... Read on »
Iridium Go! - Game Changing Satellite Transceiver by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation For many years we've used our Icom HF / SSB radio for email and weather updates when at sea. Planning our crossing of the Indian Ocean this year, we knew that HF radio p ... Read on »
Nilandhoo Island, Maldives - Paradise For 2000 Peaceful Souls by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Anchor Off The Bow, Stern To The Wharf At Nilandhoo Traveling south down the Maldives atoll chain, we decided to look for a town with a friendly h ... Read on »
50 Shades Of Blue - Maldives South Ari Atoll & LUX* Resort by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Never Mind 50 Shades Of Grey - here there are 50 Shades Of Blue.  We spent three delightful days on the Lagoon at Dhigurah, South Ari Atoll, Maldives. While o ... Read on »
View Open CPN On The iPad by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Open CPN is a very popular navigation program for cruising sailors. Now, with the advent of accurate charts derived from Google Earth satellite images, it plays a very ... Read on »
The Maldives - Viewed Through A Plastic Bottle by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Beautiful, Idylic Sand Spit Island ?  Not Really .... Every country we've sailed through has its share of waste littering the shore line.  Of course muc ... Read on »
Google Earth Charts - A New Aid To Navigation by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Beautiful, Idylic Sand Spit Island ?  Not Really .... Every country we've sailed through has its share of waste littering the shore line.  Of cou ... Read on »
Cruising South Ari Atoll, Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Inside The Lagoon At Dhigurah Island - The Gin & Tonic Was Excellent As you can see, the weather here has been dreadful ..... some boats (including ... Read on »
Cruising In Malé, Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Ley, Diving At Last In Clear Water, Just A Few Miles From Malé Malé was a surprise to us - certainly more sophisticated and "switch ... Read on »
Good Friday In The Maldives by SV Crystal Blues Posted in: Blog Posts in Recreation Ley, Diving At Last In Clear Water, Just A Few Miles From Malé Malé was a surprise to us - certainly more sophisti ... Read on »