Monday, 16 September 2013

Welcome to Chagos/BIOT

I can't say ocean crossings are ever easy, but according to our pollywog crew the trip up was a nightmare. We had to beat upwind for some time, granted, with some crossed seas. There was much grumbling on behalf of our new crew about seasickness, heat and pretty much everything else.
 
So it was with much relief and happiness that we started to see signs of land. First we saw the sea birds swoop in, then a large pod of dolphins escorted us into the greater banks of the Chagos Archipelago. They swam along side of us for some time and  the more daring crossed back and forth across the bow. The dolphins were unbelievably quick! This was the first time I had ever seen dolphins in the wild and I have to say, they are magnificent animals.  Then, at last, we finally sighted land...
 

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