We sailed in company of the yacht Keeshond from Darwin, Australia to Bali, Indonesia.  Next we followed in their wake across the Java Sea to arrive in Singapore, and then up the Malacca Straits to arrive in Langkawi, Malaysia, and on to Phuket, Thailand.   From Thailand we went across the Indian Ocean, through the Gulf of Aden, up the Red Sea, into the Mediterranean Sea, and over to Gibraltar.

For this entire trip, we got weather routing from Neil and Fiona on Keeshond.  Neil's computer-like brain is able to fathom the mysteries of the highs and lows, the monsoons and cyclones, the ridges and troughs that dominate the lives of ocean cruisers.  Neil even gave us weather routing when we were crossing the Atlantic ocean.  From England  using internet and Sailmail, he gave us daily up dates on our weather situation.  He told us to keep on keeping on as we sailed  transatlantic in the trade winds instructing us to deviate north or south to avoid bad weather.

When the tsunami happened in Thailand, he used satellite communications to give us up to date news regarding any new  earthquakes and possible tsunamis.  Rumors of more quakes and tsunamis were flying everywhere.  The amount of misinformation was overwhelming, and Neil sorted it all out to keep the fleet on even keel.  So thanks for the help.  This poem is dedicated to Neil and Fiona on Keeshond.


Keeshond, Oh Keeshond,
I'm listening for you.
Tell me all the weather,
You can get me through.

Should I stay put in Phuket
For another day,
Or head off to the Nicobars
Sailing bravely on my way?

Turn on your ham radio
And tell me some good news,
Of isobars in the Nicobars,
Do tsunamis come in twos?

Is there a high in Pakistan,
Or low in Timbuktu?
This monsoon has me all confused,
I just don't have a clue.

So Keeshond, Oh Keeshond,
Give me your weather cast.
Is it safe to cross the Bay of Bengal,
Can I pull my anchor up at last?

I'm counting on you Keeshond
To tell me when to go,
Through the Bab Al Mandeb
To start the Red Sea show.

And while you're at it Keeshond
Can you tell me please,
How to outsmart Yemeni pirates
As I sail by on the breeze?

Keeshond, Oh Keeshond,
I'm listening for you.
You're the man with the plan
That can get me through.

Up the Red Sea, to the Med Sea,
Turkey and Greece too.
Please help me Keeshond
If it's not too much to do.

I'm listening for you Keeshond,
I hear Gibraltar's call.
Give me advice about wind and waves,
And highs and lows, that's all.

I don't want to be a pest,
But I'm calling on you.
You're the man with the plan,
You can get me through.

You can tell me Keeshond,
What, where, when, and why,
To pull up the anchor,
Raise my sails, do or die.

Thank you, thank you, Keeshond,
Because of your insight,
My anchors down in paradise,
I'm sleeping well tonight.

I knew that you could do it,
And I could count on you.
You were the man with the plan,
It's you that got me through.

So there you have it.  This poem says it all.  If Neil ever gives up his job in the computer industry, he can do weather routing for a living.  I plan to stay in touch with Keeshond, because I never know when I will need the man with the plan that can get me through.  Good on you Neil and Fiona.


Log 1 Peter Pan Around the World
Log 2 Weapons of Mackerel Destruction
Log 3 Pirates of the Malacca Straits
Log 4 Kissing Cobras
Log 5 Debriosaurus Rex
Log 6 Go Ahead - Live Your Dreams

Log 7 The Man Who Built His House on a Rock
Log 8 Ambivalent Eagles
Log 9 One-Shovel Full at a Time
Log 10 Hitchhiker's Guide to Planet Earth

Log 11 Keeshond

Log 12 The Red Sea Blues

Log 13 Feel the Freedom

Log 14 The Danger Zone

Log 15 Lucky Man
Log 16 Dream Machines - Land Rover Defenders

Log 17 Trade Wind Dreams
Log 18 Logs With Fins
Log 19 Everywhere, Everything
Log 20 Shark Slayer Is History

Log 21 Viking Funeral - Burial at Sea
Log 22 Improbable and Impossible

Log 23 Keep on Trucking
Log 24 Dream Machines II
Log 25 Bodysurfing Whales
Log 26 Hitting the Wall
Log 27 Surviving the Savage Seas

Log 28 The Next Step
Log 29 Welcome to Barbados
Log 30 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
Log 31 The Man with the Unplan
Log 32 Dali Dolphins
Log 33 Flying Like a Turtle
Log 34 The Foolish Man Built His House on a Pitch Lake
Log 35 Go West Young Man
Log 36 Crossing the Atlantic in a Row Boat
Log 37 The Unsinkable HMS Diamond Rock
Log 38 Catamaran Capsize in 170 mph Winds
Log 39 When Are You Coming Home?

Log 40 Master and Commander of Anegada - Frigate Birds
Log 41 Baths of Virgin Gorda - Batholiths of Central Arabia

Log 42 Free at Last
Log 43 Stalking the Wild Manatee

Log 44 Spreaderman
Log 45 Attack of the Flesh Eating Bees
Log 46 Sharks and Coconuts
Log 47 Stingray Picnic
Log 48 Boo Boo Hill
Log 49 Whale Slayers
Log 50 Noddies (Not Naughty)


Log 51 Exumas Land and Sea Park
Log 52 David and Goliath
Log 53 Turquoise Clouds of Paradise

Log 54 Momma Nightjar
Log 55 Maximillian The Great
Log 56 Chiton Kingdom
Log 57 Flying and Holding On
Log 58 Far Horizons
Log 59 Clouds Are a Sailor's Friend
Log 60 Getting Connected
Log 61 Fear
Log 62 Grand Schemes and Other Important Things
Log 63 If Jellyfish Had a Brain
Log 64 Cousins That Don't Kiss
Log 65 Swimming With Sharks
Log 66 Perfect the Way You Are
Log 67 Space Travelers
Log 68 Aliens
Log 69 Monsters of the Mind
Log 70 My Butterfly Collection
Log 71 Somewhere Other Than Here Societies
Log 72 Five-Hundred Pound Spiders
Log 73 Red Sea Sunsets
Log 74 Gibraltar Sunrise
Log 75 Big Sea - Small Ship
Log 76 Just Cruising
Log 77 Castle Mania
Log 78 You Must Know the Sea
Log 79 Flying Like a Goat
Log 80 The Joy of Photography
Log 81 Universal Camouflage
Log 82 My Rainbow Collection
Log 83 Indian Ocean Reward
Log 84 Fiber W
Log 85 Turkish Reflections
Log 86 Mirrors and Mirages
Log 87 Lycean Tombs Rock
Log 88 Rigging Emergency
Log 89 Pamukkale
Log 90 Volcano Land
Log 91 Sniffing the Air
Log 92 Why I Don't Kite Surf
Log 93 Resurrecting Exit Only in Turkey
Log 94 Greased Pole Competition
Log 95 Tsunami Damage
Log 96 Afraid of Living
Log 97 Living on the Edge
Log 98 Borneo Adventure
Log 99 Uligamu Tree Tender with Full Benefits
Log 100 God's Fireworks Display

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