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killarney_sailor 10-13-2012 01:02 PM

Ainia - read this second
 
Arrived in Mauritius today after a generally safe and pleasant passage. Before anyone wonders about my nav skills since I said before we were going to the northern tip of Madagascar, read on.

After we left Cocos we spent four days heading towards Madagascar but it was not a pleasant experience. Speeds were not too bad, with runs between 110 and 140 miles but it was not very pleasant since there was a swell from the south along with the wind driven one from almost directly behind. We finally got fed up with and decided to go the conventional route to Mauritius. The sailing was much more comfortable and our runs were in the 150 to 175 range. We first went to Rodrigues Island which is part of the country of Mauritius and about 330 miles east. It is very nice place with incredibly friendly people but little water and basically no economy with a lot of money coming from Mauritius. Apparently people in Rodrigues want to be independent because they think that France really likes them and will invite them to be an overseas territory (hugely subsidized like Reunion, Martinique, etc).

Both islands are fascinating - they were French but taken over by Britain in 1810 and yet both remain quite French in language and culture even though the official language in English, Kids are taught in French but do all their written work in English. The result is that they can read and write English well but often do not speak it well.

Mauritius is totally different from Rodriques. Population is more than a million compared to 40,000. Economy is booming and there are fashionable people, restaurants, a great market etc.

To complete the set = there is a tropical storm to our northeast. Tropical storms can happen in any month in the SW Indian Ocean but there are an average of 3 every ten Octobers and this is still early in the month. They are talking about 55 knots and the storm heading towards us but missing the island by a bit and dissipating as well. If anyone wants to check you can see it on Passageweather.com/ Mauritius is the little island on the right east of Madagascar. Completes the set because on this trip we have had a volcanic eruption, tsunami, earthquake, bush fires, and now this, We will keep an eye on it and if need be move to Reunion which is 130 miles to the west, the yacht harbor there looks like a very cosy spot

Faster 10-13-2012 01:20 PM

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Great stuff... thanks for the update!

PCP 10-13-2012 03:57 PM

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Great:)

I wish you not only good winds and fair weather but a lot of good luck to make it to South Africa, pirates and all.

Fair winds and pirates away;)

Paulo

CalebD 10-13-2012 07:53 PM

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Very interesting read; insightful writing. You are going to places I have only read about in Patrick O'Brian novels, among others. There is one Aubrey, Maturin novel titled: "The Mauritius Command"
Coming up for you: the Agulhas current and cape.

killarney_sailor 10-14-2012 01:29 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by PCP (Post 933162)
Great:)

I wish you not only good winds and fair weather but a lot of good luck to make it to South Africa, pirates and all.

Fair winds and pirates away;)

Paulo

Not particularly worried about pirates. There have been no pirate attacks in the last six months south of 6 S and we are already at 20 S. More concerned about the tropical storm. Should pass just north of Mauritius on Thursday with winds in the 30 to 35 knot range. The harbor here is protected well for winds from the east which is where they will be if the storm goes north. Will have to watch the progress of the storm in the next few days to see if the course changes. IF so we will have to get out of here. Even a couple of hundred miles to the SW would really help. BTW, the winds in the storm are over 55 knots with waves in the 8 to 10 m range.

Faster 10-14-2012 10:15 AM

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Looking at Mauritius on GE (great resolution for most areas).. wondering where exactly you're hanging out??

killarney_sailor 10-14-2012 01:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Faster (Post 933423)
Looking at Mauritius on GE (great resolution for most areas).. wondering where exactly you're hanging out??

We are in Port Louis at the head of the harbour. Normally visiting boats stay in a small marina basin but is resereved for the World ARC boats that have started to arrive - there are around 25 of them. Individual boats - 5 or so are tied to the wall in the middle of the beautifully refurbished harbour district. We have been major tourist attractions and had a four piece band with great singer performing right next to the boat during dinner.

Starting to look like we will leave tomorrow afternoon and head directly to South Africa. Apparently Reunion is very expensive and the hurricane-secure marina (there are no natural harbors on the island) is already quite full without visiting boats. 1500 miles or so to Richard's Bay and there does not look like much wind after the first 60 hours or so. I think that I have figured out the crossing do the Agulhas Current near the SA coast so wish me luck. For those who might not know, when a 'southwest buster' from a cold front meets the strong south flowing current, 20 m (65') waves are "common" as the guides say. To give you a sense of what the lows are like in this neighbourhood, there was one much south of us here that was 970 mb!

Faster 10-14-2012 11:06 PM

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Safe voyage... looking forward to the next update from SA

St Anna 10-15-2012 06:23 AM

Safe trip
Gret stuff

chef2sail 10-15-2012 07:01 AM

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Storms off that Angulus current are legendary . Our club mates were in the Arc too years ago with a 62 Sundeer and showed us pictures of the trip from Mauritius and Cape Town. Try went on and on about the current and their lack f progress when they got there, watching the Affrican storms al the while.

Safe passage.

Dave


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