Postcards

Dreamweaver: an Indian Ocean which lived up to its reputation.

Published on 01 october 2016 at 0h00

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We left the Maldives, heading for the Chagos. Imagine yourself on the ferry crossing from mainland France to Corsica in a Force 9 mistral. You look at the sea and say to yourself: ‘I wouldn’t like to be there in a sailing boat.’ But we were. This 1500-mile passage was the most difficult since our departure from France. At the start, we thought we would stop in the Chagos archipelago, for which we had obtained a visitor’s permit (it appears that only ten permits have been granted this year, as opposed to around fifty in previous years). Once out of the lagoon, we hit a first squall. Then we had our first stormy night, with winds of over 40 knots. The conditions improved the next day, but it was clear that we wouldn’t be able to reach the Chagos, so we aimed for Rodriguez. The trade winds finally started to blow, soon to be interrupted by another gale. Dreamweaver handles well with 3 reefs and a little bit of genoa. The Grib files didn’t show anything more than 20 knots, leaving us ...

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