Originally Posted by cwyckham
I sure don`t see any risks going around the cape that come close to those going up the red sea. I`d sooner circumnavigate the southern ocean than head
up the Red Sea. At least those risks I can prepare for and mitigate through good seamanship and equipment
There was some debate here on going around the Cape of Good Hope. I think the Blue Water
Rally (or someone) has been spreading misinformation. It's actually pretty easy, although you have to watch the weather
The normal arrival is from NW Madagascar
via Mozambique in Oct-Nov, but some boats do come around the bottom of Madagascar
Richards Bay, 80nm N of Durban, is your first port. We stayed there 2 full years, touring greater southern Africa
by land. The leg from Durban down to East London (250nm) is the only difficult one, as there are no safe stops in between. You just have to make sure there are no fronts coming up from Cape Town
. You're being shot down the coast by the Agulhas Current
, and you don't want to get in a wind-against-current situation.
After that, you can pretty much day-sail it if you want, as there are several safe ports
, although some boats get windows that let them go all the way from Durban to Cape Town
in one shot. (IMHO, this bypasses some great cruising grounds)
Most boats leave Cape Town early in the year, bound for St Helena & then Brazil
, with a possible stop in Ascension. If you leave early enough, you can get to Brazil
in time for Carnival, which is Awesome (in a sleepless sort of way
As far as safety
is concerned, South Africa
certainly has issues. There are too many guns
loose, & everybody knows someone who has been shot. But most of that's during break-ins & in the cities, mostly Jo'burg. The marinas
& usually have guards, so they're safe. We toured all over in our Audi sedan with our 2 daughters in the back seat for a year & had no safety
issues at all.
And when we cross the Indian again (for the 3rd time) we'll again head
down to South Africa
. The latitudes aren't as high (35 to round the Cape), the seasons are longer (you get an extra summer), the winds are behind you all the way (unlike the Red Sea & Med), & you can stop in Chagos
(paradises that you don't really have time for when going to the Med).
But the kicker
is that, while you're brushing the edge of pirate areas going from Chagos
to Madagascar, you can do it at a TIME
when they're not there. If you look at the Piracy Map
, you'll notice that there have been no attacks in the area just north of Madagascar from the end of May to about Sept. That's because it's too rough for their open boats - but not for us cruisers.