Janice & Mick on Zoa

Vessel Name: Zoa
Vessel Make/Model: FWM 39
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Janice & Mick Johnson
About: Janice & I have recently retired to try out the Cruising Lifestyle on board our Yacht Zoa, a Fairweather Mariner 39.
14 September 2019 | Dzaoudzi Island Mayotte
13 September 2019 | Off Mayotte
12 September 2019 | SW of Comoros
11 September 2019 | NW of Comoros
10 September 2019 | NE of Mwatra
04 September 2019 | Mikindani
02 September 2019 | Kiswere
29 August 2019 | Kilwa
28 August 2019 | Rukya Bay
27 August 2019 | Simaya Island
26 August 2019 | Shungu-Mibili Island
25 August 2019 | Off Ras Ndegi
24 August 2019 | Pungume Island
18 August 2019 | Nugwi S
17 August 2019 | S of Zanzibar
01 August 2019 | Tanga Yacht Club
22 July 2019 | Zanzibar Marina
21 July 2019 | Moni Marine Zanzibar
20 July 2019 | Zanzibar Island
19 July 2019 | Mazawi Island
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14 September 2019 | Dzaoudzi Island Mayotte

Swinging on a mooring

20190914 Dzaoudzi Island Mayotte Lat 12 Deg 46.79'S Lon 045 Deg 15.755'E

13 September 2019 | Off Mayotte

Bobbing around for a few hours

20190913 Off Mayotte Lat 12 Deg 34.057'S Lon 044 Deg 36.508'E

12 September 2019 | SW of Comoros

With the current at last

21090912 SW of Maroni Island Lat 12 Deg 04.786'S Lon 042 Deg 58.279'E

11 September 2019 | NW of Comoros

Nice sailing this afternoon

20190911 NW of Comoros Lat 10 Deg 25.246'N Lon 041 Deg 59.759'e COG 120 T

10 September 2019 | NE of Mwatra

Back at Sea

20190910 NE of Mwatra Lat 10 Deg 00.897 Lon 040 Deg 47.429 COG 045 T, SOG 3.7 knots

04 September 2019 | Mikindani

Good Anchoraghe

20190904 Mikindani Lat 10 Deg 16.469'S Lon 040 Deg 06.867'E

Swinging on a mooring

14 September 2019 | Dzaoudzi Island Mayotte
Mick
20190914 Dzaoudzi Island Mayotte Lat 12 Deg 46.79'S Lon 045 Deg 15.755'E

I arrived here this morning at about 11:00, after a uneventful night last night, its a long
way down here from the Entrance, but the charts are well marked and accurate.
I had a lot of trouble finding somewhere to anchor, as its full of moorings in here but
the yacht club found us a mooring, It seems well made so fingers crossed it is.
This is a really nice place, I haven't had a look around yet as I spent most of the day
finding a safe spot for the boat. The yacht club is very nice and everyone is friendly,
there are a lot of boats here. Everyone speaks French.
I'm looking forward to getting out and having a look around, I'm having a quiet night
on the boat tonight, I got no sleep last night, it was quite calm but I was close to the
coast and couldn't really nod off.
So not a bad crossing from Tanzania, a bit light in the wind department, but you cant
have everything.
I will be here for the best part of a week I think, depending on how much I like it, but I
am looking forward to getting over to Madagascar.
Not much else to say, alls good with me and the Boat.

Bobbing around for a few hours

13 September 2019 | Off Mayotte
Mick
20190913 Off Mayotte Lat 12 Deg 34.057'S Lon 044 Deg 36.508'E

Well I never got far enough today to enter the channel into Mayotte in the daytime, so I
have decided to bob around here for a few hours, then slowly motor through the night
hoping to arrive just before sunrise.
I would normally wait outside the channel but it's not recommended and I would be
way early.
Its been an OK day, sailing in the morning but motoring all afternoon, there is
absolutely no wind at the moment, the sea is oily smooth, but there is a little swell
causing us to bob around
Margreth is entering the harbour tonight, they are a bit in front, so will probably do
most of it in light, plus there is a full moon.
Its tempting to push on to Madagascar, but I may as well have a look at Mayotte
whilst I'm here.
Everything is going fine, but I'm looking forward to a proper sleep tomorrow night,
and hopefully a good feed, maybe a burger, though perhaps the French frown on
Hamburgers.

With the current at last

12 September 2019 | SW of Comoros
Mick
21090912 SW of Maroni Island Lat 12 Deg 04.786'S Lon 042 Deg 58.279'E
COG 135 SOG 6 knots
It has been another mixed day of motoring and sailing, but with the current so making
good ground.
The wind has died completely now and we are rolling a bit.
I have set a course around the Comoros islands staying in deep water hoping to avoid
any fishing boats.
Everything is going well, though a bit of breeze wouldn't hurt.
I haven't had much luck contacting the other boats, hopefully I will get Tau 8 on the
HF tonight.
I had a chat to Bruce of Neptunes Highway, in Madagascar this morning so my radio
is working OK
It was a beautiful sunset tonight, a few more clouds around, but none look to
threatening.
So all good here, I�'ve been sleeping Ok and eating well so feel pretty good, especially
now we are making good progress.
Hopefully I will arrive in Mayotte on Saturday.

Nice sailing this afternoon

11 September 2019 | NW of Comoros
Mick
20190911 NW of Comoros Lat 10 Deg 25.246'N Lon 041 Deg 59.759'e COG 120 T
SOG 5 knots
I had a ok night last night Motor Sailing, all night and most of the day, but since 2 :30
pm today I have had some great sailing. I'm not sure which side of Moroni Island I will
go, its a way off yet and I will decide later tonight.
everything is going well, I broke into the sleep pattern quite well last night.
I made enough water to top the tanks off while motoring.
Not much else to report I'm feeling pretty good and the boat is going nicely. I'm out of
VHF range to the other boats, but should get some reports when I post this off.
I just went up and watched the Sunset, quite nice tonight, and there is a big moon up
already, so I will have good light for most of the night.

Back at Sea

10 September 2019 | NE of Mwatra
Mick
20190910 NE of Mwatra Lat 10 Deg 00.897 Lon 040 Deg 47.429 COG 045 T, SOG 3.7 knots

We got away from Mikindani first light this morning. We had a nice time there, the Yacht Club was great, good food and drinks, and all of the staff bent over backwards to help us, highly recommended. We are bound for Mayotte, though you wouldn't think so looking at our coarse. There is a lot of current but not much wind we are trying to make our way east for a while and hopefully pick up some wind. It was nice sailing all day, it has only recently dropped off. There are 4 boats sailing together, though we will probably get a bit split up. So that's about it, alls well on board Zoa.

Good Anchoraghe

04 September 2019 | Mikindani
Mick
20190904 Mikindani Lat 10 Deg 16.469'S Lon 040 Deg 06.867'E

I arrived here at Mikindani this morning after an overnight sail, the others stopped at Lindi, but I had some concerns about stopping there and I would have got in late so decided to push on. It was a bit windy at around Sunset, but died off during the night. It was slow progress against the current but I managed to get here with a combination of sailing and Motor Sailing. This looks to be a great anchorage, its quite a big bay and very pretty, I haven't been ashore yet, but will go for a look around in the morning. I anchored in 10.6 meters, with 1.9 meters of tide, seems like Mud the holding felt good. We will be hear for a few days there are some strong winds forecast in the next few days.
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