Sailing towards South Africa

2 October 2017   Baly Bay, Madagascar
At nine o’clock, we ventured ashore carrying six bags of things to give the villagers - it was everything that we had left to give.  Glenys had sorted through all of her provisions and donated all her flour. We had glass bottles; plastic containers; clothes; hand tools; fishing line; wind up torches; penknives; etc.; etc.;

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Final Week in Madagascar

25 September 2017   Moramba Bay, Madagascar
After all of our travelling for the last week, we had a quiet day on board pottering about.   I spent most of the day doing research on the crossing to South Africa.  We’re feeling a little apprehensive about the 1,200 mile passage because the weather systems come through every 3-5 days with the potential for strong southerly gales against the south-setting Mozambique Current, which can produce very steep and high seas.  

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Starting to Head South

18 September 2017   Russian Bay, Madagascar
We had a morning doing some chores.  I ran the water-maker for 90 minutes and the low pressure pump is playing up again.  I’m going to order a new one and have it delivered to Richards Bay in South Africa.  The drinks fridge was gurgling, so I checked the refrigerant pressure.  I’d topped it up to 14psi about six weeks ago and it was now down to 4 psi, so I topped it up again.  We’ve definitely got a leak - another job on the list for South Africa.

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Chilling in Madagascar

11 September 2017   Russian Bay to Nosy Komba, Madagascar
We decided that we’d had enough of Russian Bay and headed for Nosy Komba.  Once again, we were too impatient to go and instead of waiting for the afternoon sea-breeze, we left at 09:00 - we had very little wind, so we motored most of the 23 miles.  If we’d have waited until midday, we would have had a cracking sail.

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Exploring Around Nosy Be

4 September 2017   Tsara Banjina to Sakatia , Madagascar
I woke up determined to sort out the strobe on my underwater camera.  I put in a brand new set of alkaline batteries, but it still didn’t work.  The strobe is a “slave” unit that flashes when it “sees” a flash from the main camera.  The flash from the camera is transmitted along a fibre optic lead.  I removed the strobe and pressed it up against the camera flash, triggered the camera and magically, the strobe fired.

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