To Moramba Bay

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Wed 23 Oct 2019 23:57
14:53.439S  047:20.563E
 
To Moramba Bay
 
 
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At twenty to five I woke at very first light, the water was glassy........
 
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.......Slow Flight behind us.
 
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At twenty past five pre-dawn grey tones (Serafina on the left, Slow Flight to the right).
 
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I could just see Fred (Serafina) sitting on the side ready to watch the sunrise.
 
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The sun getting his hat adjusted.
 
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Away to our left.
 
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Hat in place......
 
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Six forty-five and Trevor began to up anchor, as did we.
 
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Fred too, I love to watch all the hues as day gets under way.
 
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One final look back and we were off.
 
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We motored around the northern tip of Nosy Lava for the forty mile journey to Moramba Bay.
 
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The mainland coast was beaches, rocks and trees, no villages.
 
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We had a cracking sail for a few hours this afternoon in winds to fifteen knots. Just before the bay I turned to wind for Bear to wind in the genoa. No fishing today so no repeat of the fiasco yesterday..... On Bear’s IPad map we could see a clearly marked dotted line (not seen on the chartplotter) that would take us over the shallow bit at the entrance (depth stayed above 4.5 metres).
 
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To our left we saw our first baobab trees (top left of the middle islet).
 
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Rounding the last islet, yacht Vilja (Sweden) who left at midnight to catch the next window to South Africa.
 
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A few minutes later the anchorage came into view.
 
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So looking forward to exploring ashore on the morrow to get up close and personal with the baobab trees, I liked the chap top right.
 
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This local managed to sail against a fourteen knot headwind, amazing.
 
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Such incredible, unspoilt scenery.
 
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We enjoyed sunset and an early night.
 
 
ALL IN ALL A WINDY BUT BEAUTIFUL BAY
                     A CRACKING SAIL AT LAST