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.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).