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Old 26-05-2018, 11:43   #1
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Cat Charter in Seychelles in July

Hello All,

We are considering a bareboat cat charter in Seychelles in July. It will be a 35 hour journey to get there, which is daunting and so would like to get recommendations from anyone who has been there. Was it worth the trip (and the money)? How are the anchorages? Have you been in July? Any tips?

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Re: Cat Charter in Seychelles in July

Hi Pat

I'm not sure how many people you'll find on here who have chartered in the Seychelles so I'll share my experience even though it is about 20 years old!

We chartered a 38ft mono from Sunsail back in around 1998. At that time the Seychelles were just opening up as a charter destination with only Sunsail and VPM offering boats. It was immediately obvious that it wasn't setup for sailing in the way that our only previous tropical sailing vacation, BVI, had been. No mooring balls, no dinghy docks, provisioning only on the main island.

The islands and anchorages were incredibly beautiful and for the most part deserted but, at the end of May, beginning of June, there were ocean swells that meant half the anchorages couldn't be used, at least by a mono. We were also stuck in the harbour on La Digue for three days with torrential rain and 30 knots + wind. The wind and rain was apparently unusual as May to September was supposed to be relatively dry. It wasn't! Sadly the rest of the time there was virtually no wind so we motored everywhere.

The other big problem we had was the tidal range and the lack of dinghy docks. One night we anchored, well out because of the range and a gently sloping bottom, and went for a meal at one of the resorts. A couple of hours later when we left, the hard, heavy, dinghy was a good 50 yards from the water. It was an incredible struggle for me, my wife and then 13-14 year old daughter to get that thing back in the water.

Anyway, to sum up, the Seychelles were magnificently beautiful but we said if we went back, it wouldn't be on a sailing holiday. We haven't been back so things may have changed but if it is the same as it was 20 years ago, I wouldn't recommend it for sailing.
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