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Pierre van Rooyen

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Sailing to Seychelles. Breaking seas down the main-hatch. Ugh.

This was the second time Faith and I took the boat to sea. We had already sailed her to Kenya and back. Now after six months of work and preparations at the Zululand Yacht Club, we were aiming to cross the Indian Ocean.

The first thing that happened was that we got a wave down the main hatch. And we were barely fifteen miles offshore. Two days later, running before a forty knot gale between Mocambique and Madagascar, another wave, travelling faster than we were, broke over the cockpit and landed in our best sleeping berth. Such is life, tee-hee.

It took us fifteen days to reach Nosi Be in north western Madagascar. And there, at anchor, we spent a week rinsing the inside of Senta with fresh water to get rid of sea salt. But it was worth it.

Caption to pic:  Supper. Faith caught this tuna on a hand line and lure trailing behind the boat somewhere in the Seychelles.

Here’s the rest of the story plus photographs taken from her diary.—Seychelles



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