Originally Posted by Fast Forward
@ atoll ... Have you personally done this route at that time of year, ie end April?
"to avoid the many cyclones"... there were 3 in 2012.... is this considered a lot? I think it's pretty normal for Madagascar, considering they're about to be hit by their first one of the year. Many sources consider cyclone season over in March, some in April.... but who knows for sure! All I do know is that they are not common in April.
Thanks for the link... Visual Passage
Planner is a great source too.
i have spent 3 cyclone seasons in mayotte,crossed S indian ocean
,and north indian on seperate occasions,as well as numerous trips up and down the moz channel and south african coast and red sea route 5 times north and south bound,as well as over 100,000 yacht miles!
probably i should have said "the many depressions" that track west at around 20 south from november till april, (not a cyclone),but still a 60 knot
revolving storm of which there are many is fairly marginal for even a large yacht,to be more exact.
crossing from sunda to mada or mauritius would be more prudent in may.
though which ever route you take,you will encounter 60 knot
sw gales off the african coast during the winter that occur very frequently.
crossing earlier via mauritius in my opinion would not be a very good idea.
transiting the moz channel in may also gives the oppertunity to use the strong south bound current
,and duck in on the mozambique coast to avoid the sw gales that come every 3-10 days.
in a march -april crossing ,the logic of staying at 10S is that you will be north of any depression forming,and can easily head
towards the itcz till it passes.
on the southern route you will not have that option,and for much of the route be in cyclone alley.