MangoandMe

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WAITING IN MAURITIUS

16 October 2011 | PORT LOUIS, MAURITIUS
david
Its Sunday here in Mauritius, the sun is shining, the wind blows gently and people wander the docks, arm in arm, out for their weekly stroll.

But for me its getting lonely here. Most of the boats that crowded the marina, barely a few days ago, have left for the nearby island of Reunion, one day closer to our common destination - South Africa. As for me, I have chosen to remain here for, whether one leaves from Mauritius or Reunion makes little difference. What does make a difference is choosing the right moment to leave.

Indeed the boat is ready, I am ready but...the weather is not. Actually, what we are looking at now is the opposite of 'dangerous', 'calamitous', 'catastrophic'. In fact, a windless ocean will exist for the next few days midway between here and the first destination, the tip of Madagascar.

While this becalmed condition was fine in the Arafura Sea a few months ago where I reveled in the beauty and peace it brought, this, now is a very different situation. The last thing I want on this particular leg is to get half way to Madagascar, the wind disappears and I sit... and I sit. And there I would be found when the temperamental southern ocean decides to send a nasty front my way making those nasty adjectives above suddenly pertinent.

Get across as fast as one can is my banner cry!

It is interesting to note that 3 boats left today for S Africa, underscoring perhaps different strategies, perhaps different ideas, but more likely different levels of weather-awareness or weather risk.

I think I need a stroll.
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Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida