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Re: Indian Ocean, South Africa blog caught up!
Sorry haven't had the time to read your blog but I assume that you're in Richards Bay - nice place and friendly yacht club ( I'm also guessing you're at the yacht club and not Tuzi Gazi).
And I'm also sure that you'll make full use of local knowledge regarding the Agulhus Stream and the suitable weather windows to head down the coast.
I grew up in Durban and did most of my coastal sailing up and down the coast between East London, Durban and Maputo and could (but won't)tell you some serious horror stories about getting it wrong.
I'm not trying to sound scary because it is easy to get the weather window right and then it's a sleigh ride heading south but you really need to get some quality local knowledge about staying on the inner fringes of the current, using a thermometer to find that edge and heading inshore promptly if a "westerly buster" is forecast.
I envy you the trip, we did it many times and it's a beautiful coastline but it is quite inhospitable with no bolt-holes at all.
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