Indian Ocean crossing  www.wharramsailing.com copyright 2013 back Cocos Keeling island Rodrigues island Singapore Sunda Strait we, wakataitea, made it... a non-stop trip from Singapore to Rodrigues island in the Indian ocean. we left Singapore with no wind like so often here in Asia. Then sailed down, along the coast of Sumatra. into the Sunda strait. 600NM in 10 days... drifting. motoring and sometimes very light wind sailing. we stopped often over night because of the tide streams and fisherman's and nets around us. Once we passed the Sunda street and entered the Indian Ocean, we got caught in a low pressure system. lots of rain, the wind with 25-35 knots from the west / north west and  and turning around...big big waves made our life not easy... we tried to get out of it in sailing south, reached almost Christmas islands ( Australia) and the wind turned SW. so we sailed up again... 4 days up and down. drifting 2days on the stop to let this low pass over us was not working too. it stayed with us. after wasting all this time an not going forward, we set sails. storm jib up and 2 reef's in the crab claw (main sail) and fighting the way west...followed by the big waves and hard upwind sailing we made fast progress direction west. we got daily the weather update for our friend in Tioman island (sailing boat MANA MANA with Gunther and Maria on board) via radio contact. he guided us out of the low. the wind turned to south but still strong and the swell was still big. sometimes we got beaten that we thought the hull will fall apart. the lashing  (the ropes with hold the boat together) made sounds like they wear breaking apart and moved like bungy rope. 3 days battle and it took us till cocos keeling islands till the low left us and moved to the north. we thought to stop on this little island to check the lashings but we were already 80NM north of it and too much trouble to get there. wind and waves were still from the south coming. so we keep going for Rodrigues. still 2450NM to go.... passing by Cocos Keeling islands the weather turned  better. the next 2200 miles with 15-25 kn from the south east. the swell turned to the south east too. still under reefed sails we made a average from 7.3 knots speed on this distance. the fastest surf down a long wave was  with 18.4 KN on the GPS. a lot of rain , most time the sky was cloudy and it started getting cold in the night. But we where shooting along in the right direction. the sea was still rough, so we didn't try to fish. self made meat cans, rise and a hot chocolate kept us happy. still 830NM to go and the electric auto pilot gave up. we kept going with the wind pilot and a spare electric auto pilot. isabelle injured her back and had to stay in bed... could not move anymore... 260NM before Rodrigues, the wind left us. no wind, no waves, no rain... a big high pressure system on top of us... already 19 days on the way since we left the Sunda strait, and 29 days since we left Singapore, we didn't want to drift any more. Wanted to arrive. we started the diesel and calculated the amount of fuel we have...just enough on day 22 / 32 we  arrived on Rodrigues under engine... beauty full weather, no wind no rain and a Saturday morning...the officials came on board and checked us in. 2 months visa, no problems and very helpful and friendly... looks like a great place here... this was a hard trip for man and machine, nothing important broke down on the boat. so we are very happy with our boat. for us it was the longest and fastest trip with wakataitea. looks like we made a good job when we where building her. we are now 2 weeks here on Rodrigues island. it's a very nice place. the people are friendly and there is no stress here... all people are cool. we could fix all our technical problems and isabelle get's treatment here from a doctor. a young Swiss guy and his family welcomed us here. he is following our journey since a long time and is very happy to meet us finally. he shows us the island and helps us to find the right stuff. with our bicycles we drive around on the island and explore everything. the temperature during the day is around 28 degree but in the evening it is getting quite chilly. the local fisherman still use sailing boats to got out fishing and there is not much tourism here. everybody says hallo to each other on the street and it looks all kind of romantic here. we will stay 2 weeks more before we sail of to Madagascar. we are planing a stop on Cargados archipelago. a place out in nowhere. only few fisherman and a meteo station are there. looks like a remote paradise for fishing and a Robinson life style. 900NM west again but this time, the wind and waves should be with us...