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Maldive Islands

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Mermaids of Nighthawk, Poppy I, and Heartsong III in perfect snorkeling waters. Heartsong III anchored in Uligan. (Photo by Nighthawk.) Alan zips among the gorgeous blues of the anchorage.

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Our diesel fuel is delivered via local boat and jerry jugs.

The only takeout in the Maldives is freshly caught, traditional-style.

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In the pristine village of Uligan, the sugar-sand streets are swept daily, the coral-and-rock walls are scrubbed white, and the children are not just darling but well-dressed, polite and darling.  

 

Arabian Sea & Gulf of Aden

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In the Arabian Sea southeast of Socotra, we had several days of motor-sailing doldrums -- good for a mid-ocean convoy fuel-sharing stop (left) and for amazing color reflections and sunset phosphorescence in the glassy seas.  (Photos left and center are by Sea Witch.)
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Quadruple-reefed, we maintained our position in convoy through the Gulf of Aden.  (Photos by Sea Witch.)

 

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