Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Enroute Mayotte - Arrived


 We arrived in Mayotte last night and had the anchor down at 1:00am local time last night. Its a 3 hour run into the anchorage from outside the entrance with a number of twists and turns that are all well marked and lit.

After we passed the tip of Madagascar and entered the Mozambique Channel the wind laid down. The Compression Zone was fairly benign.  We did a 128 mile noon-to-noon run with the lighter wind. Of the last 30 hours we probably motored 80% of the run.

Todays job, get cleared into Mayotte with the French officials.


Paul


Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Enroute Mayotte Day 2 and 3

Its been a fast, good sail since after the bumpiness and winds of the first day and a half. Day 2 we did 188nm noon-to-noon, day 3 180nm. Both good runs. We made it through the 'compression zone' with no real drama. 23kts plus gusts and a few unruly seas. Two reefs in the main and partial furled jib. We are now into the wind and sea shadow caused by Madagascar. Winds are 12 kts or so and we are making about 6 kts toward Mayotte. Depending on how quickly the winds shut off completely, we will probably make Mayotte by late tomorrow.

Paul
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Sunday, October 10, 2021

Enroute Mayotte Day 1

Lumpy, bumpy start. After a day and a half at sea most of the crew is getting back to communicating in full sentences. We are down to two reefs in the main and a small jib up. Making good time - 188nm for the first noon to noon run.

Had some excitement a few hours into the journey. Crew says 'I smell propane'. Me, with my refined palette smel something but not propane. Seemed like some volatile concoction coming out of a paint can. Hunt all around and can't find it. I lay out to get some sleep on the settes bunk only to be awakened by the CO alarm, quickly followed by the fire alarm. I stumble out of my berth and the propane alram goes off briefly. It is over near the electrical panel I notice the on=deman diesel water heater is on. It accidentally got left on when Chris took an early shower before we left. I had put the exhaust plug into the hull to block any seawater getting into the heater. It did not like running with a blocked exhaust.

Paul


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