January 1, 1985:
Departed Darwin, Australia.
Arrived Cocos Keeling Islands, Indian Ocean. 58 days at sea. 4 cyclones, lots of knockdowns, atrocious skin rash from heat & humidity. Learned to use sextant the simple way (my way) by taking noon shots only. Result: Longitude and latitude correct within 5 miles.
March – May:
Cocos Keeling Islands to Port Louis, Mauritius to St. Pierre, Reunion. Fast, downwind legs in the windy Indian Ocean.
May – June:
Reunion to Fort Dauphin, Madagascar. Stupid mistake. Nearly fatal fire at sea. Mistaken for terrorist on arrival in Madagascar.
Madagascar to Durban, South Africa.
June – October:
In Durban. Wait for right season to round Cape of Good Hope. Help friend build boat.
October – November:
Durban to Cape Town, South Africa. Bad storm on arrival in Cape Town. Fall asleep at the tiller and awake on the beach.
In Cape Town. Prepare to cross Atlantic. Meet Whitbread Around the World racers. Lots of parties.