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1 day ago

David and I have been suffering lately from what one of our friends recently declared “senioritis”.  In thinking about it, there are a lot of similarities between college and our adventure; 4-5 years (the five-year plan was mine!), steep learning curve, alcohol-heavy social environment, ...

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4 days ago
Having guests visit is always a blast, especially when those guests are so interested in the realities of cruising life. Our friends Denitsa and Niki actually VOLUNTEERED (well... one of them volunteered the other) to help out with boat projects. I couldn't pass up an offer like that, so together, we crossed a big item off the to-do list. Not to worry though, it wasn't all work on their visit. We had lots of fun too; exploring Langkawi, celebrating American Thanksgiving, teaching them how to paddleboard and taking them snorkeling for the first time. Our fishing adventures were slightly less successful, but we did manage to catch something (spoiler alert... it was trash. 😢) and even get the sails up for a little while. All in all, it was an action packed week and I don't think we scared them off the cruising life too badly! Thanks for watching! (Footage from November 2018) 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
5 days ago

About Marie Kondo & Tidying Up Marie Kondo is a Japanese woman who has been obsessed with tidying up her whole life.  She’s sold millions of copies of her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and is an organization consultant. What spurred us to read her book?  Starry Horizons is p...

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7 days ago

While our friends Kyle and Lauren visited us in Seychelles, we did A LOT of hiking.  This is no big surprise, as with Kyle’s last two visits we hiked the highest point in Fiji and Pic N’Ga in New Caledonia.  While hiking in Seychelles, we did have several very successful hikes (Curiuse, ...

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12 days ago

Pretty much everywhere we have been, especially the Caribbean has been chock full of production catamarans.  Fountaine Pajots, like ours, mingle with Leopards and Lagoons.  Occasionally there’s an Antares, a Catana, or an Outremer thrown in for funsies.  For three years, I’ve pointed at ...

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15 days ago

Out of all of our stops while cruising the inner islands of Seychelles, La Digue has been my favorite.  The island is small and quaint, with plenty to do to keep entertained.  It’s touristy, but not too touristy, and it holds onto the Creole culture pretty well. We visited La Digue twice; once...

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15 days ago
Disclaimer... ships in camera are much closer than they appear! In order to continue our Southeast Asia adventures, we had to make our way up the notorious Malacca Straits. This meant we were once again tangling with the big ships, with the added complication of lots of small fishing boats as well. Oh and the trash is still present, which has an annoying tendency to wrap around props. The winds and currents in this part of the world can be quite tricky, with sudden storms coming up that can bring northerly winds and currents that can be 2+ knots. The best forecast we could find was one with no wind at all so we topped off the tanks and with Amy's cousin Sarah onboard, we went for it (PS: Yes... I know there is some footage that's upside down. When I'm editing in Premiere, it's right side up and since we're in a place where data is super slow and $10/gb, you're just going to have to live with it. haha) Thanks for watching! (Footage from November 2018) 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
19 days ago

When I first heard about it I thought Google Fi was a stupid idea.  I was primarily basing this decision off of the cost for data; why would anyone traveling pay $10 USD a GB for data, when I can get it for so much cheaper elsewhere? Use our Share the Fi Love referral code to sign up for Google Fi. ...

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22 days ago

We love a hike with a great view, and thankfully there’s plenty of elevation in Seychelles to keep us entertained.  We arrived on our boat to cruise the Seychelles islands and welcomed our first set of guests onboard, Vishnu, Frido, and their three-year-old daughter Ranju.  Their last day, whe...

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24 days ago

We’ve been tracking our expenses for many years before we started cruising, and we have continued to track our cruising costs as we sail. Read our previous posts about our first year of cruising expenses, second year of cruising expenses, and third year cruising expenses. Here’s a summary of our fou...

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25 days ago
After 100 days in Indonesia, it was time to finally leave the country. But in order to do that, we had to cross one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world... the Singapore Straits! We'd spent days watching a constant stream of ships and knew a good plan was going to be vital for a smooth (and incident free!) crossing. Our plan was a good one, but when we made the turn and I saw those big ships bearing down on us, I'll admit to still being a bit nervous! Thanks for watching! (Footage from November 2018) 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
27 days ago

We’ve been cruising around Seychelles, checking out the islands while having two groups of friends visit: Vishnu, Frido, and the three-year-old Ranju; and Kyle and Lauren.  We’d already seen the coco de mer palm tree at Vallee de Mai in Praslin, and now it was time to see another endemic...

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30 days ago

We’re in the midst of our cruising time in Seychelles, and one of our many highlights so far has been exploring Vallée de Mai, a park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Seychelles. The park is located on the island of Praslin, which is the second-largest island in Seychelles. It’s a 20-mi...

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1 month ago
With our time in Indonesia rapidly coming to an end, it's time to look back on our cruising adventures and offer you 10 Thoughts on Sailing Indonesia. This will be a bit different from our normal videos, but will hopefully give you a nice summary of what it's like to cruise Indonesia. For those of you interested in a specific topic, you can jump to the discussion here: 01:29 - The Rally Experience 05:42 - Our Favorite Anchorages in Indonesia 07:45 - Places We Wish We'd Gone 08:33 - Where We Wouldn't Go Back 09:46 - Trash... Trash Everywhere 10:58 - Cruising Indonesia Is Hard 14:19 - The Sailing is Stressful 16:43 - Officialdom in Indonesia 19:01 - Provisioning 21:35 - Internet Access Looking for even more information? Check out the blog that Amy wrote with lots more details on cruising Indonesia: https://outchasingstars.com/2018/11/24/100-days-cruising-indonesia-the-wonderful-sail-2-indonesia-rally/ Need EVEN MORE info??? We have several friends who've made videos/written blog posts from their time in Indonesia: s/v Field Trip https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0N-bgJBfvsD4s7nSUXQDJQ http://svfieldtrip.blogspot.com/ s/v Catalpa https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXEjpiYKr-hCbtqwC8RXwtg http://www.sailingcatalpa.com s/v Perry https://www.svperry.com/ Be sure to leave a comment and let us know if you like this wrap up style video and maybe we'll do some more of them! Thanks for watching! 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

The following is a sponsored post in partnership with Atlantic Cruising Yachts. All opinions are 100% our own. For most boat owners, the process building up to untying the lines is a huge ordeal. We first got the idea to go cruising way back in 2009 when my dad took David out for his first sail as a...

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1 month ago

We knew that we needed to leave Gan, our last port in the Maldives, with as much fuel as possible. With temperatures so high, we were struggling to make it through the day without running the air conditioning, and being so close to the equator, winds were light or non-existent. We left Gan with a fu...

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1 month ago
Sailing across the equator is special moment. It's even more special when you cross with friends who have never done it before, aka Pollywogs! We had become Shellbacks (sailors who've crossed the equator) on our way to the Galapagos way back in 2016. So it was our honor and duty to properly escort our friends Carlos and Linda into the northern hemisphere. There were bribes involved, offerings to Neptune and a ceremony performed to determine their worthiness. A great time was had by all and the Shellback Fraternity welcomed two new members! Thanks for watching! (Footage from October 2018) 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
1 month ago

Our time cruising the Maldives is over!  We entered the country on March 27th, 2019 and left May 22, 2019, for a total of 56 days cruising from north to south. Snorkeling & Diving With the exception of the megafauna (whale sharks and manta rays), the underwater life in the Maldives was very disa...

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1 month ago

After two months of cruising the Maldives, we made the short hop from Gan to the archipelago of Chagos.  We left Gan May 23rd, after waiting to fill our propane tank, which took nearly a week!  (We should have done it in Male).   After less than three days of very light winds and mostly motoring, we...

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1 month ago
The countdown is on! Our latitude is getting closer and closer to zero as we approach the equator for the second time on our circumnavigation! Of course, to get there, we had to work for it. The winds close to the equator are incredibly light, but somehow I managed to actually come up with an incredible passage plan and Starry Horizons showed us what she's truly capable of. This passage took us to an island just south of the equator where we stopped in order to properly plan the actual crossing. After all, we were responsible for escorting our friends from 22 South across the equator for the first time! And it must be done right! (Footage from October 2018) 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
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