In theory, SY Jerrican will be departing African shores as close to 30 June as possible headed for the Republic of Maldives, via Mauritius.
I say “in theory” because we are some way off fully prepared!
This is the saloon area this morning:
And this is the workshop area:
And the galley:
All this hides the fact that we have one awesome and seriously industrious carpenter operating behind the scenes! Jason Friedlaar is our goto man who has made the departure time line even vaguely achievable. He has worked without a day off, often well into the night, for the last three weeks and the quality of his work is exceptional!
We are privileged to be providing support services to Stewart McPherson’s production company making a documentary on the Chagos Archipelago.
We are scheduled to collect Stewart and his team in the Maldives on 20 August and take them to the Chagos Archipelago for nearly three weeks of filming, above and below the pristine waters of the world’s largest Marine Reserve.
The Chagos Archipelago (/ˈtʃɑːɡoʊs/ or /ˈtʃɑːɡəs/; formerly Bassas de Chagas and later also Oil Islands, is a group of seven atolls comprising more than 60 individual tropical islands in the Indian Ocean; situated some 500 kilometres (310 mi) due south of the Maldives archipelago. This chain of islands is the southernmost archipelago of the Chagos-Laccadive Ridge, a long submarine mountain range in the Indian Ocean. The Chagos also form a terrestrial ecoregion together with the Maldives and the Lakshadweep. The islands and their surrounding waters are also a vast oceanic Environment Preservation and Protection Zone (EPPZ) (Fisheries Conservation and Management Zone (FCMZ) of 544,000 square kilometres (210,000 sq mi)), an area twice the size of the UK’s land surface.