Feb 20, 2009
Today we prepared to leave the Maldives. After breakfast we took down the tarps and sail covers, brought up the dinghies, ran the jack lines, and coiled the lines. We finished all of the preparations with enough time to go for a last swim and bath. Then we took off on our longest passage yet to Bali. We steered through boats and atolls until we made it out to open ocean. It’ll be two to three weeks before we see land again, and we’ll be sailing across the Indian Ocean “the wrong way,” going against the wind and perhaps the current. We’ll make one equator crossings during the passage. Those who have never crossed the equator are called pollywogs, but by the end of this trip we’ll be shellbacks.