Indian Ocean Voyage 2019

Here follows the cruising itinerary of Ronin with the aim to circumnavigate Madagascar in four stages, starting from Cape Town on the first day of May and ending in Durban on the last day of July 2019. The voyage will cover a total of 5350 nautical miles and will stop at ports in Mauritius, Seychelles, Nosy Be and lastly Durban. Along the way various island and atolls will be visited including: St. Joseph Island, Providence Island, Juan de Nova, Bassas da India and Inhaca Island.

For more detailed information about each stage of the voyage, please refer to the Skipper’s notes below.

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Map showing the four legs of the voyage from Cape Town with the aim to circumnavigate Madagascar

1 | Cape Town to Mauritius

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Clear and warm waters of Mauritius

Trip particulars

Dates – 1/5/19 – 30/5/19
Depart – Cape Town
Arrive – Mauritius
Distance – 2300 nm  (30 days)
Price – ZAR 60 000

Skipper’s notes:

The dates of departure and arrivals on trips like this are not set in stone and every effort is made to factor in the unforeseen events that occur, mainly due to the weather. This sailing route is very unique and interesting and one of a few options in heading North East into the Indian Ocean with a view to reaching Mozambique and Madagascar or other Indian Ocean Islands. Another and more direct approach or route is to leave the Cape and head south until one can clear the Agulhas banks and pick up the west wind. Then one sails east as far as necessary, which is about until one is roughly on the longitude of Madagascar and then putting in a slow course change towards Mauritius.

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2 | Mauritius to Seychelles

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Anse Lazio on Praslin Island in the Seychelles

Trip particulars

Dates – 3/6/19 – 12/6/19
Depart – Mauritius
Arrive – Seychelles
Distance – 950 nm  (9 days)
Price – ZAR 25 000

Skipper’s notes:

By the 1st of June we would be back in port Louis to any crew changes. Monday is the 3rd (New Moon) and the day we plan to clear out and head north for Seychelles. This is a trip of close on a 1000 nm. This is an amazing stretch of ocean. Clean blue warm water. Fairly consistent easterly winds blowing making for great sailing. Cocos island lies to the north east about 250 nm away and might been seen off to starboard but we would not be stopping anywhere along the way until we reach Mahi.

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3 | Seychelles to Nosy Be

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Nosy Be in northern Madagascar

Trip particulars

Dates – 17/6/19 – 25/6/19
Depart – Seychelles
Arrive – Nosy Be
Distance – 700 nm  (7 days)
Price – ZAR 20 000

Skipper’s notes:

By now all crew should be onboard and we hope to clear out by the next morning if the weather permits.  This is a great sail as it is normally a beam reach and has some beautiful sites along the way. There are a group of islands along the way that fall under the Seychelles but are nature reserves and can only be sailed past. They are low lying and St Joseph is actually an atoll.

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Bassas da India in the southern part of Mozambique Channel

Trip particulars

Dates – 15/7/19 – 30/7/19
Depart – Nosy Be
Arrive – Durban
Distance – 1400 nm  (15 days)
Price – ZAR 35 000

Skipper’s notes:

Well some good times in Madagascar would have been had by now and its time to start the long sail south.  But not before one last stop along the way and to clear out at Mahajanga. This should take 2 days as it’s a gentle cruise down the coast. The water coming out of this bay runs red, as it is an outlet of a large river. This particular stop however, might be cancelled if we are running late, which means we would then have cleared out at Hellville. Otherwise a day ashore here would be enjoyed feasting on the local fare and then, when the tide allows the following day, we would be on our way.

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