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Welcome to the Hacking family website with Sue, Jon, Chris, and Amanda on Ocelot, our Kronos 45-foot (14m) Wauquiez designed catamaran. We've been on this trip since December 2001, sailing from the Eastern Caribbean through the Panama Canal, across the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean to Africa.
Our trip has had many goals, but a primary one has been to teach ourselves, and especially our children, about the different cultures of the people in our world, and the values those people possess. Many people never learn what's important to other cultures and too often feel that other people should feel as they do. But we know that other cultures have very different values from our own, and we feel it's important, especially for the coming generation who will be leading our society in only a few years, to know this as well. We hope that with better understanding, future generations will be better equipped to defuse some of the strife that threatens world peace.
Although sailing to Australia was our original goal when we left St. Maarten in 2002, we joined the Darwin-Kupang, Indonesia Rally which left Australia in July 2006. This put us deeply into SE Asia, and formed a commitment to continue on around the world!
After cruising Indonesia for 3 months we sailed up the Straits of Malacca cruising through Malaysia and Thailand. Christopher, taking time off from university, re-joined us there for 3 months and sailed with us to Sri Lanka. Jon, Sue and Amanda spent the rest of 2007 on the voyage across the Indian Ocean, switching continents from Asia to Africa, with stops in the Maldives, Chagos Archipelago, Seychelles, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.
While we'd originally planned to go around South Africa and continue on to the Caribbean to sell Ocelot and move ashore for a while, we decided in 2008 that we'd like to continue cruising. We had planned to sail from South Africa in June 2008 (after cyclone season had ended) to the northern Indian Ocean (via Mayotte) to catch the monsoon across to the northern Maldives and back to Langkawi, Malaysia.
But the summer in the US beckoned, so in June 2008 so we left Ocelot at Tuzi Gazi Marina in Richards Bay, South Africa and flew with Amanda back to the States. She entered the University of Washington, Seattle, as an oceanography major in September 2008. Jon and Sue spent another 6 months in the States, working and visiting family and friends.
In April, 2009 Jon and Sue returned to Ocelot. After much boat work and once the pirate activity in the western Indian Ocean calmed down, we sailed north to Mayotte, Madagascar, and the Seychelles.
LATEST NEWS: We're in the Seychelles, preparing to leave for our next landfalls: southern Maldives and Langkawi, Malaysia
Ongoing improvements to photos -
Does Ocelot sail with just Sue and Jon? We're finding out! Chris and Amanda are now both attending the University of Washington and we miss them like crazy!
Amanda is studying -- Oceanography! (surprise)
She lived aboard for 6.5 years and logged more than 20,000 miles on
Ocelot. And this summer she worked on a 100-foot powerboat in the
Christopher has been enrolled at the University of Washington in
Computer Science and Engineering studies since September of 2005.
He took time out to visit us for 3 months beginning Christmas 2006.
He is almost finished his degree, and was an intern at Microsoft this
summer for the second time.
Where is Arthur? Our beloved sailing cat was
going to suffer greatly crossing more oceans and sitting out months of
quarantine in Australia. In March 2005 we flew him "home" to Northern
California to live with Jon's brother's family where he is now happily climbing trees
and warming laps in a non-floating house.
----- September 2009 -----
On the Move Again
In mid-July Sue and Jon (only!) sailed Ocelot up the
Mozambique Channel, avoiding whales this time! Our passage to Mayotte
turned out to be our 3rd longest passage to date, after we hadn't sailed
in 20 months!
After Mayotte we crossed over to Madagascar, which we'd visited in
2007. There we met our friends who'd sailed in from Chagos
For cruisers, we've now updated our Cruising Madagascar pages to
include listings of several new anchorages (in the extreme north,
and around Nosy Be) we had not visited on our first trip.
Madagascar we continued NE for a very fast passage, returning to the
Now that the kids are starting their own lives at university, Sue
has published an article on 2‑handed cruising
Having arrived in the Seychelles after an incredibly boisterous
sail, Jon developed a torn retina in his right eye. Read about it, and
our emergency trip to Johannesburg to fix it
----- July 2009 -----
Sue and Jon are back aboard Ocelot, in Richards Bay, South Africa!
We've updated the site with the latest newsletters from this year.
We've added a new page on Touring in Southern Africa, with lots of
suggestions for others who might want to really experience Africa.
We've also added a Cruising Madagascar page, complete with
photos, cruising info, and anchorages. If you're sailing to the Great
Red Island, you'll want to read (and save) this!
----- June 2008 -----
We've now completed our Madagascar Destination pages, including
reports on the interior & cruising the NW coast.
We've now added 5 pages on Madagascar's Flora & Fauna, including a
full page on their fascinating Lemurs.
Amanda has now posted her amusing journal entries from when we
toured Madagascar's interior.
We are continuing to put Google Ads on selected pages. This has been a difficult decision as our site has always been completely non-commercial. But at well over 600 pages, it also requires significant maintenance. We're hoping that Google's reputation for appropriate ads will not detract from your experience. Your feedback here would be appreciated.
We've now trashed our old, automatically generated site map
in favor of a much more compact and intuitive page with explanations.
On The Site:
|Check out our Destinations pages, divided between the Caribbean, Pacific, and Indian Ocean to see where we've been and our impressions of each place. Amanda has done an extraordinary job with the 'hot-spotted' maps throughout the destinations section, making the geography much more intuitive.|
|Our Newsletters section has now been split up into Pacific Ocean Newsletters and Indian Ocean Newsletters. Both contain newly illustrated copies of the email newsletters we send out. These reflect our at-the-moment thoughts and feelings, often written on passage. If you want to receive our newsletters as email, you can now sign‑up and manage your subscription yourself. Our mailing list is as private as we can make it, and never shared with anyone.|
|Our new Cruising Information section contains valuable cruiser-specific information for cruisers following in our wake, such as articles on cruising with teens, transiting the Panama Canal, yacht provisioning and recipes, frequently asked questions, as well as pages on specific areas like the Galapagos, Marquesas, Tonga, Fiji, Australia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. We've also added links to other cruiser sites and some downloadable MaxSea Layer files.|
|The Flora and Fauna section documents many of the plants and animals we've encountered, broken down by region. There's also a Marine Mammals section.|
|The Underwater pages showcase our underwater photography, reef life and scuba diving. Dive sites include GPS locations so others can find these sites as well.|
|On our Ocelot pages you can see pictures of the boat from the deck, cockpit, and inside, her layout, specifications and even some of the modifications we've made to turn her into an ocean cruiser.|
|Jon is an Electrical & Computer Engineer (see his resume) so his pages include his technical slant on some of the boat systems as well as a collection of stories from when we cruised in the 1980s.|
|Sue's pages give insights into the cruising life and include things like provisioning information. Sue, aka Sue Muller Hacking, is a writer (see her bio) with several published books and hundreds of articles to her credit.|
|Chris, while no longer aboard full time, has written about our inland travels, underwater photography, his projects and schooling.|
|Amanda, while no longer aboard full time has shared her unique teen perspective, logs of our travels and her high school projects. The awesome interactive maps throughout the site are her handiwork.|
|The Boat Guests pages are designed to make everyone jealous of our visitors and want to come down themselves! We've even included a What to Bring page.|
|Ocelot's Cumulative Sailing Statistics for 2002-2007
||Sailing Stats: As of 16 August 2007 we've been
cruising for 5.6 years (67 months or 2,054 days)
(Note - A hard-disk crash wiped our data so this section is out of date):
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