Category Archives: Passages

Departing St Helena for Longest Passage

We have been busy the last few days at St. Helena preparing for our departure. We plan to go straight from here to Trinidad in the Caribbean, and our route has us going over 3700 nautical miles. This will be … Continue reading

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Tahina Ends up Diverting to Namibia Unexpectedly

We made it out of Simons Town as planned at 2 AM on Thursday. There were some contrary winds and seas as we went down to Cape Point, and we got an unexpected wave as we made the turn which … Continue reading

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Preparations for Big Crossing and Delay

We began on Thursday to do our final preparations to depart South Africa and sail across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean. We expect it to take over 30 days with a few days stop at St. Helena. Our route … Continue reading

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Arrival to Cape Town Area

We left on Wednesday at the crack of dawn from Knysna intending to make it to the marina in Simons Town where we plan to keep the boat while we visit the Cape Town area for the next few weeks. … Continue reading

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The Wild Coast

We left Richards Bay at dawn on Wednesday. We had a good run and passed Durban by 2:30 PM. A little later, the winds got lighter and we lost the Aghulas current advantage. During the night we only made about … Continue reading

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Back at the Boat and Prepared for Departure

Our flight to South Africa went smoothly. Too smoothly apparently. We could not arrive soon enough for the evening flight to Richards Bay, so we had already booked a hotel in Johannesburg for a night to catch the next afternoon … Continue reading

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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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