There were so many bad days on my passage between Nose Be Madagascar
and South Africa
in 2012 that a generalization is in order. In the Monzambique Channel the wind
dies around sunset. Overnight adverse current
set me back 25+- n.m. on multiple occassions. Then there were the southerly busters coming up from Africa
that either caused me to heave-to right away or after beating uselessly until I'd had enough... Once again, on these occasions I lost
+-25 n.m. When I was able to sail it was mostly close hauled and regaining my DTK, 80 n.m. south was a chore. Wind
finally backed to W.S.W. +- 22 knots with swells running from N.N.E. AND S.S.W.. 18 N.M. from the shelf on approach to Richards Bay a nor'wester blew in packing 40+- knot
wind. Hove-to, I was blown 50 n.m. south of my approach to R.B.. Diverted to Durban on a south easterly...
This passage is my worst, even when considering the occasion when my boat
ended up 110 degrees off vertical in 2008 80 n.m. from Cape Mendocino.