The Passage to Africa

There aren’t any pretty pictures for this post, but we thought we should talk about it a little anyway. We waited in Réunion for a decent weather window for our departure for Africa. It’s about a 10-day trip, so you’re only guessing about the weather more than three days out, but you do your best. The passage is two parts; getting south from La Réunion to clear the tip of Madagascar and then turning west for Africa. You need a decent weather forecast that allows you to get the southerly part done before a front comes through and gives you southerly winds. We left on a Thursday, with a weather prediction that we had to get south of Madagascar before Sunday morning when a strong front was predicted to come in. And it all worked. We had three delightful days of sailing, some of the best passage days we’ve had. Humpbacks were breaching (in the distance, no photos) as we left La Réunion.

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