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Sailing South Africa
Posted December 1st, 2012 - 7:22 pm by from Samouillan, France (Permalink)
Hello

I am travelling to South-Africa in february.
I was hoping to find a boat who is sailing towards or away from Capetown.

Anyone having experience about sailing that area.
Any suggestions are welcome ...

Towards ...coming from Europe
Away ....going to Madagascar , Australia , New Zealand.....

Or should I keep dreaming ?

Please share your experiences and ideas
Thx
Greet

Posted December 4th, 2012 - 11:24 am by from Humacao, Puerto Rico (Permalink)
Hi Greet

The problem for boats heading east from Cape Town is that they will be sailing against the Aghalus current, which is very strong and they will generally be sailing against the wind. That is why so few boats head in that direction. Saying that, there are boats that do it, but very few. When you get to Cape Town, get down to the yacht club in Simonstown and the yacht club in Houtbay and ask around.

There is one other issue about heading east; the pirates from Somalia are now known to be active as far south as the Mozambique channel (Madagascar), which is also reduced the number of boats heading in that direction.

One vague possibility is trying to get onto a delivery from Cape Town to Australia, but be aware that you will be heading into what is known as the roaring forties and it can get really nasty down there. If this appeals, ask any of the yacht club members how to make contact with a delivery company or phone the boat builders and ask.

Hope this helps?

John