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Old 03-16-2013   #1
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Shipwreck survivor recounts drama on high seas - CNN.com
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Re: Interesting story

Interesting. When I saw that they left Mauritius in mid-January my first reaction was that I knew where this story was going. We planned our passage across the Indian Ocean so that we could get to South Africa by late November at the latest. We arrived in Mauritius around the middle of October, planning to stay a week or two but had to leave after three days because a very early tropical storm was forming to the NE. In October these happen once every three years but the frequency really goes up after November. The storm was forecast to pass north of the island and did, but you never know. It also developed into a Category 3 cyclone, the earliest ever recorded. Note that hey were hit by the E and F storms of the year. Sad to say that they really were asking for trouble being in that part of the ocean at that time of year. It is a challenging enough area at the best of times.
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Re: Interesting story

Thanks for posting that. I guess it illustrates the importance of making sailing decisions based on time of year. Using NGA's Atlas of Pilot Charts http://msi.nga.mil/MSISiteContent/St...109/109dec.pdfand Jimmy Cornell's World Cruising Routes as references gives a pretty good idea of where to be at any particular time of the year.
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