Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Why people avoid the South Africa route
We have been in Richards Bay for a month and spent two weeks looking at animals (Kruger Park is incredible) and some of SA's history. Tomorrow we are going to Lesotho for a week to explore and enjoy the mountains.
The weather does not settle down that much I understand. Tomorrow there is another SWester with 40 knots. The weather forecasting service seems quite good, the problem is that the weather keeps changing. Thinks that should happen in 72 hours happen in 48 or 60. Some boats went into an anchorage in southern Madagascar to wait for a good forecast and were there for two weeks, without entering because there was not port of entry nearby. Would make me wonder when a gunboat was coming to seize all the boats. We just kept coming and tried to time our crossing of the current which worked out fine.
If anyone has not seen the weather map mentioned above have a look. It is fascinating, and a bit scary.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.