About one year ago I was trying to make some sort off plan as to what route to take to get us from
Wanted to visit would be left out we would also be sailing over large distances with mainly small
Tropical Islands as stop over`s. As we had spent the last year doing just that across the Pacific I
Decided to travel both north and south of the equator, this gave us far more interesting Destinations
I had also included
collecting the charts together in
had given me all the charts of
these you never know! And So it turned out after spending 3 weeks in
sailing with perfect conditions. I think my long suffering fabulous crew just might have got a bit mutinous
if another 1000 miles of beating to windward into large seas had been asked of them.
And what a fabulous place
From the land and 20 knots of sea breeze in the afternoons, sailing along the coastline is superb good
Winds and fantastic scenery. I even managed to get out on the windsurfer to make a grand total of three
since our stay in
Had the pleasure of meeting up again with a French boat that we had been in Longoni with.
Life for most of the people of
To buy many goods. They mostly grow their on food build their own houses build their own fantastic
Canoes and small trading craft catch their own fish ect. The items most sort after are Rope for the boats
Fishing line and hooks, T shirts and shorts and glass jars and bottles, these being the goods that they can`t
Make for themselves. Very little of the 21st centaury is part of their lives I wonder how long that will be the
Case. They are of course fantastic sailors as very few of their craft have engines unless some yachtie has not been carefully guarding his and it has disappeared overnight. It would take them 6months work if they had a
Paying job to be able to buy £750 outboard motor, so it is easy to see why they are tempted. So here are some
Madagas people doing what they do best Smiling Sailing and Fishing.
Couldn`t resist just one more sunset.
Bay Baobab trees and
Our final stop was a town called Maintirano which Turned out to be a great stop off. We filled the Boat with
Excellent fruit and veg but no bread as their was no electric for the ovens. We also managed to track down and
Buy the last 70 litres of diesel in the town, this with the aid of our local fisherman guide who had also provide
His canoe to take us through the surf and onto the beach. We would never have made it with our rubber dinghy.
So with our stores replenished as well as we could hope for it was time for our 900mile crossing to Richards
Spinnaker, I had been expecting that it would give up sometime during the trip and we had managed to keep
together with spinnaker repair tape. We had had some superb sails down the coast
Spinnaker so at least it had gone whilst in action not rotting in a sail bag. So if anyone knows of a spinnaker
For a 44ft yacht with a 18metre masthead rig in good condition I know a good home for it. Otherwise its another
Expensive Christmas present to myself and none for anyone else. During the crossing we did get 24hrs of pretty
Grim weather and wind and during the night we managed to have enough water come back up through the sink
To overflow into our fridge which is alongside. The following we had to bail out seawater from the fridge and
Dump most of the contents, not a good job whilst the boat is pounding into the seas at 6 knots. I put that bit in
To give some reality to this otherwise blissful life we are experiencing. As we approached S A I could not make
mind whether to stop at Richards Bay or continue on another 84 miles to
Vote as we would be in and docked by 1800 hrs and would then be able to go for a beer and some food at a
Restaurant it also had the advantage of having Game reserves close by which we would be able to visit.
So at 2000 we were sat at a restaurant with a bottle of South African wine and dinner on the table chatting
South African Guy who originated from my favourite Portuguese city of
of his fine new catamaran sampling some of
Boat because the engine which had been running for the last 6 hours had stoped when put into neutral and did not
Want to restart. No worries started after we had rafted up and is still going great. That’s it only S A to Do.
Living on the outlying
Also our transport onto beach through the Surf.