Category Archives: Passages

Seven Day Trip to South Africa from Madagascar

We left Mahajanga at the crack of dawn on the 17th of September from our anchorage near Katsepy in the Mahajanga Bay of Madagascar. Our destination was Richards Bay in South Africa about 1400 miles away. Our friends on Solace … Continue reading

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Mahajanga

Our last planned stop in Madagascar was the city of Mahajanga. We planned to do one last provisioning run there before we left to sail down the Mozambique Channel to South Africa. We had a weather window that looked good … Continue reading

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Moramba Bay

In our last post, we talked about our sailing in late in the day to Moramba Bay. This is a beautiful place with lots of little islands in a big beach-lined bay. We had read there are lemurs near here, … Continue reading

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Fish Stories and Screw Ups

We left “BarackObama” Bay (my nickname for Baramahamay Bay) the next morning at the crack of dawn. Our objective was only 35 miles away, we motored out the river (no wind here anyway) and then got out the river mouth … Continue reading

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Continuing Down the Coast and Photos

In our last post, we had been traveling from Nosy Be and had stopped for a night at Russian Bay. The next day we had a fantastic lunch stop at Nosy Iranja – a fantastic beach island with a white … 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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Next Stop Réunion

We plan to leave today for the French island of Réunion. It is only about 140 nautical miles from Port Louis, Mauritius (where we are now) to Le Port, Réunion. It will be an over night trip and we aren’t … Continue reading

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Passage to Port Louis in Mauritius

On Tuesday morning we completed the clearances to leave Rodrigues starting at about 9 AM. Our friends on s/v Gryphon 2 decided to leave in the morning as well. Karen and I got in the dinghy and rode back to … Continue reading

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Passage to Rodrigues Complete

Yesterday we arrived safely at Rodrigues Island (part of Mauritius) after 2005 nautical miles of sailing and 11 days 2.5 hours from leaving Cocos. The picture here is as we sailed towards the island at a nice 11 knot speed … Continue reading

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Fish for Dinner and Weather Woes

At the end of what we hope is our last day of light winds, on Thursday, we were motoring in calmer seas and sunny skies. Mid-afternoon our fishing rod went WHEEEEE. Karen reduced the throttle on the engine (to slow … Continue reading

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