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On our sail from Saint Helena to Brazil, we noticed something quite troubling. The set screws that hold our forestay together were backing out, and some were already completely missing. This was causing misalignment between the luff extensions and was damaging our sail. A properly aligned luff extension: Our misaligned one. You can see the...

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1 day ago
Sometimes you just need a break from the cruising life. After our friends left us in the Seychelles, we ended up waiting TWO MONTHS for a weather window to sail down to Madagascar. Rather than sail the same path around the islands, we elected to just enjoy marina life for a while. And we're glad we did! We got into an exercise routine, worked hard on videos and still managed to get out and explore Mahe! Renting a car for a day, we drove around the whole island, eating some delicious local delicacies, stopping at more gorgeous Seychelles beaches and watching a stunning sunset at Beau Vallon. And because we waited long enough, our friends Carlos and Linda from the boat Mirniy Okean (@22 South) caught up to us after they diverted course due to a problem with their autopilot. We took them on a hike up the Capolia trail for another amazing view (watch that last step!) before finally getting a good enough weather window to head south. What a way to end up our time in the Seychelles! Thanks for watching! (Footage from Aug/Sept 2019) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
4 days ago

We tackled a slew of projects in Cape Town, and one of them was installing a new hydrogenerator. Since then, we’ve sailed over 6,000 nm on three long passages. Let’s talk about how our hydrogenerator has worked out. What is a Hydrogenerator? A hydrogenerator is a unit that sits on the ba...

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7 days ago

This post is a collaborative effort between myself and ‘Hope’ from Covert Castaway.  I heard her podcast episode titled Getting a Risk Plan and was very intrigued by what exactly a risk management plan for a cruising boat would look like on paper.   Hope is familiar with risk manageme...

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8 days ago
Anse Source d'Argent on the island of La Digue in the Seychelles is routinely listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. And it absolutely deserves that honor! Our friends Kyle and Lauren were brave enough to stick with us after our hiking fails and there were still quite a few items on their list of things to see in the Seychelles. We stopped in at the island of Curieuse to visit a marine park that is one of the few places where Giant Tortoises still roam free. On the island of La Digue, we rented bikes, spent the day lounging at Anse Source d'Argent and then followed the road til it went no further! For our last adventure together, we sailed back to Mahe and went for a private rum tasting at the Takamaka Distillery. All in all, a fabulous time in the Seychelles with even more fabulous guests! Thanks for watching! (Footage from July 2019) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Ikson - Rooftop Music by: https://www.soundcloud.com/ikson Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
14 days ago

Just what you don’t want: a very big hole in your boat. That’s what’s happened to a lot of catamaran owners over that past several years. And shockingly, this hole was designed to be in our boats for safety reasons. Here’s what happened. What are Escape Hatches? Escape hatche...

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15 days ago
There are some amazing, world class hikes in Seychelles... just as long as you don't go on any of the ones our friend Kyle suggests! Kyle and Lauren flew out to spend time sailing around Seychelles with us and our first stop was the island of Praslin. Kyle had found hikes up to Zimbabwe and over to Anse Georgette, both of which turned out to be massive fails. Zimbabwe had a gate across the road halfway up the hill and the trail on the way to Anse Georgette vanished into the jungle. That required us to bushwhack our own path and do some offshore bouldering before we finally found our way to the beach. After both of those (mis)adventures, we were keen on a somewhat safe hike and found it at the Vallée de Mai where we discovered a Garden of Eden and the famous Seychelles Coco de Mers! Thanks for watching! (Footage from July 2019) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
18 days ago
With the world shut down, we didn’t get to have a party with friends and family to help celebrate our circumnavigation. So you can help us celebrate instead! Join us as we talk about the highlights from sailing around the world and have a Q&A with you!
18 days ago

This post is a collaboration with Macario Advantage, a non-profit organization run by our friends Magoe and Clair. We wanted to take some time out of our lives to hear about the goodness cruisers can accomplish, especially in this difficult time. We first met Magoe and Clair because we wanted to buy...

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20 days ago
Join us here: youtube.com/c/outchasingstars/live Just a quick video to announce we're going to do our first ever YouTube Live Stream! We never did get to have a party to celebrate in St. Lucia to officially completing our circumnavigation so come help us celebrate here instead! Join us this Wednesday May 6th at 8:30pm Eastern Standard Time and bring all your questions about sailing, circumnavigating, life on boats or whatever else you want to talk about! See you then!
21 days ago

I recently wrote about our best travel destinations, talking about some of our highlights from our well-traveled life. However, there is a huge difference between a place being good to travel to (via land) versus being a good place to go cruising or sailing (via boat). We’ve been sailing aroun...

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22 days ago
Sailing across the Indian Ocean is hard. There's just no other way to say it. The waves are big, the swell comes from seemingly random directions and the weather is completely unpredictable. All that adds up to a lot of stress for sailors and wear and tear on the boat. For our passage from Chagos to the Seychelles we were in the unfortunate position of having to sail to a schedule. We'd waited for a good weather window as long as we could and when we finally got one, we set sail. Things looked good until the wind unexpectedly died and stayed dead. That meant we had to motor. A LOT. But we didn't have enough diesel to make it all the way to the Seychelles. Not a good feeling! Somehow we managed to sail just enough to arrive in the quarantine zone in the Seychelles and get cleared in. But when we fired up the engines to go to the fuel dock, they sputtered and died. We'd completely run out of fuel! Thanks for watching! (Footage from June 2019) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
25 days ago
Chagos is a remote speck of an atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean and the only way to get there is by boat. We've got 10 thoughts on cruising Chagos that will help all you adventurers who are thinking of visiting! If you're interested in a specific topic in the video, you can jump to the discussion here: 00:12 - History of Chagos 02:31 - Formalities 08:32 - Marine Protection 09:40 - Where to Anchor in Chagos 11:38 - Where to Go After Chagos 13:09 - Trash 14:15 - Snorkeling and Diving 15:58 - What to Do in Chagos 17:16 - Provisioning 18:56 - Internet Access There's a lot more information available about sailing to Chagos on our blog. You can check out all our Maldives posts here: https://outchasingstars.com/category/travel/africa/chagos/ Thanks for watching! Music Thanks To: Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
25 days ago

David and I were fairly well traveled before we met, and it’s one of the things we bonded over on our first date. David did a study abroad in Vienna, I’d traveled around Europe and the Caribbean and had taken trips to Asia and Australia. Now, we’ve been traveling full time since Oc...

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28 days ago

From almost the very first day that we talked about selling all of our things and living on a sailboat, we talked with the goal of circumnavigating in mind. It took us nearly ten years to get from starting to talk about sailing around the world to actually completing our goal. To complete a circumna...

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30 days ago
There's no better way to describe Chagos than as a remote, exotic paradise smack in the middle of the Indian Ocean! The only people who get to visit these gorgeous atolls are cruisers who arrive on their own boats. The islands are deserted (not entirely by choice...) and offer some pretty amazing opportunities for exploration. During our two weeks here, we toured the wreck of a catamaran that got washed up on the beach, checked out an abandoned village and went on several beach walks. Oh, and of course we checked out the breeding grounds of my favorite birds! ;) Thanks for watching! (Footage from May 2019) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
1 month ago

After spending two weeks in Recife it was time to get moving on the last overnight passage of our circumnavigation! We’d had a fantastic time visiting our friends Hans and Karina, who we have known for six years and who live in Recife. We tackled a huge project, joined Hans as a harbor pilot f...

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1 month ago

We’ve been incredibly happy with our boat, Starry Horizons, a Fountaine Pajot Helia 44, but it is always fun to get a look at other catamarans. We toured a few of the Australian catamaran manufacturers while we were cruising there, and when we found ourselves in South Africa – the countr...

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1 month ago
Way in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there's a tiny group of islands known as Chagos. The only way to get there is by boat but fortunately, we've got Starry Horizons! This was a fairly quick passage down from the Maldives, but it required us to sail through the doldrums. That meant light winds mixed with big squalls and bumpy seas. Not our favorite conditions, but our reward was an exotic paradise! Thanks for watching! (Footage from May 2019) Curious for more up to date info on where we are and what we're doing? Make sure to check out our other social media pages! Blog: www.outchasingstars.com FB: www.facebook.com/outchasingstars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/outchasingstars/ Our Gear: Want a look at the most detailed list of things we have on the boat, including cameras, fishing gear, and books? Check out our Amazon Shop: https://www.amazon.com/shop/outchasingstars And here are specific links to all our camera gear: Panasonic GH5: http://amzn.to/2p9J0Kn Lens for the GH5: http://amzn.to/2FLsFpv External microphone: http://amzn.to/2tFMsll Voiceover recording microphone: http://amzn.to/2HrgkUA Voiceover recording popscreen: http://amzn.to/2FNZbHx GoPro: http://amzn.to/2FLJqRe Drone we use now: http://amzn.to/2p8Teup Editing Software: http://amzn.to/2GiuLed (Note: Out Chasing Stars is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.) Music Thanks To: Kontinuum - Lost (feat. Savoi) [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89IUAznfjqE Kontinuum • https://www.youtube.com/user/Kontinuu... • https://www.facebook.com/itsKontinuum/ • https://soundcloud.com/kontinuum • https://twitter.com/itskontinuum Savoi (vocalist) • https://soundcloud.com/savoi-1 • https://www.facebook.com/savoimusic?_... Jim Yosef - Canary [NCS Release] YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=52R3Xy82nFc Jim Yosef • https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef • https://www.facebook.com/jimyosefmusic • https://www.youtube.com/c/JimYosef • https://twitter.com/jimyosef
1 month ago

One of the hardest parts about the cruising life is that friends come and go so frequently. When we say goodbye to someone, we never know when we might get to see them again. David is fond of saying “another day, another bay” because we truly don’t know when and where we might see ...

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