Having left the Seychelles on Sunday 31st July Adina has rounded the top of Madagascar and passed through the notorious North Madagascar Enhanced Wind Zone. Our strategy of going south and then bearing away over the top paid dividends and while not a ride-in-the-park it was all in all pretty good going. This is a stretch of water involving tough upwind sailing yachts don’t look forward to and we’re pleased to have it out of the way! We’ll write more about it later.
All that said, there’s been a sting in the tail as the forecast for our south westerly route down to Comoros has been showing some stronger southerly winds the last few days. We’ve had a stab in getting down but with the winds actually coming from the south west and due to get stronger we’ve had to change plans. So “I like to move it, move it”, we’re diverting to Madagascar!
We had always planned to go to Madagascar after the Comoros so now we get more time there. No bad thing as many cruisers have written they wished they’d spent more time there. There’s certainly lots to explore.
The only snag is we are now in the wind shadow of the mighty Madagascar and it’s going to be a limping affair to get to the islands off the north west coast, especially with adverse current. Ho hum! But we are well stocked and look forward to a fish BBQ with the Wahoo fish we have caught, a few gin and tonics and catching up on sleep once we are anchored.
This is Adina moving it, slow-slow.
P.S. We are aware there are some problems viewing the tracker. From what we have heard it works on laptops/desktops but not tablets. We’ll look into it once we are in.