Equator Crossing

A little tot of rum for Neptune

There is a tradition amongst sailors that those who have not sailed across the Equator are called Polywogs and those who have are called Shellbacks.  Ian and I were both Polywogs when we left but all was about to change.   At precisely 11.06am on 25th October 2016 we sailed (slowly) over the Equator and can now proudly call ourselves Shellbacks.

00 00.000S  Southern Hemisphere
00 00.000N  Northern Hemisphere

We gave Neptune a bit of Rum and Ian polished off the rest.  We then had a swim on the equator and headed off into the Northern Hemisphere.



We sailors are a superstitious lot – not only do we always give Neptune a drink but there is always an  Equator Party somewhere.  Claire & Errol (Restless M) held the party on their boat as it was also Errol’s birthday.   He managed to have three birthday cakes, two from Claire and one from Phillippe (Tereva) It was a great evening full of fun.

Claire & I messing about in the dinghy
Doris (Muck) Michelle (Tereva) Me and Claudia (Gallivant)
1 of 3 of Errol’s birthday cakes.


2 thoughts on “Equator Crossing

  1. Maureen chapman November 13, 2016 / 8:52 am

    Still enjoying yourselves Great fun by the looks xxxx Maureen and Roger

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  2. svindiansummerblog November 13, 2016 / 10:08 am

    Thanks Maureen. We are loving it – heading up to Langkawi now where we will stop for a while. xxx


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