Blog Post 4 by Jon Sanders: 22nd November 2016
The B&G Chart Plotter tells me since leaving the pleasant mid-Western Australian town of Carnarvon (by world standards, an isolated town). I have sailed 2559 Nautical Miles (NM) with 751 NM to go to Le Port Reunion Island: French!
Reunion is a Suburb (department) of Paris. Population 844,000. Like the South Pacific, the southern Indian Ocean is my idea of a French lake. For example, going west and a little south of my own city of Perth and Fremantle state of Western Australia are the two Islands St Paul and Amsterdam. 1900 NM distant: French.
900 NM SW of those Islands (in the roaring forties) Kerguelen. Much fog and mist: French. 780 NM North West of Kerguelen are the Iles Crozet: French. 1500 north of the Crozets at 21 degrees S (tropical unless one is in the mountains) Isle de La Reunion (I am going there, just now, so I am): French.
780 NM North West of Reunion, (crossing over the northern part of Madagascar) is Mayotte. You guessed it: French.
From Mayotte going south in the Mozambique Channel are two Garrison held Islands Juan de Nova and Isla Europa: French.
Meantime, I bought a nice coffee mug in Woolworths Carnarvon, but now I cannot find it. I have looked everywhere! I could not have hidden it, or I would know where it is…