Author Archives: Frank Taylor

Rounding Cap d’Andre to Nosy Hara

Before dawn on August 22nd, we awakened to check our weather. We had anchored near the entrance to the bays of Diego Suarez on the northeast side of Madagascar. After five days where the winds had been showing 25-30 knots … Continue reading

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Diego Suarez in Madagascar

After our late night arrival near the entrance to the bay off Diego Suarez, we slept in a bit later than normal. Unfortunately, the winds that had died off during the night were soon howling again by mid-morning. We thought … Continue reading

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Wildest Ride Yet

We left Sainte Marie on the 15th of August intending to sail 320 miles to Diego Suarez. The winds forecasted were 15-20 knots until we got closer to Diego Suarez where 20-25 knots was expected. Since the angle of the … Continue reading

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Sainte Marie Island in Madagascar

The evening of our first day at Sainte Marie, we went out to dinner with our friends Paul and Gina of s/v Solace. They took us to a little restaurant that is popular with tourists in the area. We enjoyed … Continue reading

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Mother and Baby Whale Breaching in Madagascar

The following short (4 minute) video was taken as we were arriving on our sailboat Tahina at Sainte Marie, and island off the north east coast of Madagascar, on August 11th of 2014. We had just spent two days sailing … Continue reading

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Entering Madagascar

Continuing the story of our arrival to Madagascar on the 11th of August, at Sainte Marie island off the northeast coast. We had a quick lunch after we dropped anchor at the port town of Ambodifototra. Three dutch boats arrived … Continue reading

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Madagascar!

We have been kind of quiet on the blog for the last couple of weeks because we actually left Reunion in the early hours of August 9th to sail for the east coast of Madagascar. So, We’ve been in Madagascar … Continue reading

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Le Port Marina

There are limited options for parking your boat in the island country of RĂ©union. They only have a few spots where marinas are available, and really nowhere you can lay at anchor. The island geography just doesn’t offer much in … Continue reading

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Reunion is Beautiful But Dirty

When we first arrived at Le Port, Reunion, we were parked close to the boatyard on the wharf. Some boats were sanding their hulls, and we noticed our boat was getting dirtier by the day. A week later, an opening … Continue reading

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Failed Attempt to Climb Volcano

Another prime tourist site on RĂ©union is the active volcano called “Piton de la Fournaise”. If you can catch it without clouds, the views are supposed to be pretty nice around the volcano, but there is also the trail that … Continue reading

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