In South Africa after stormy Indian Ocean

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I have not posted for a while as we have not had good email facilities. We have now reached South Africa so have finished crossing the India Ocean. It was not the kindest of seas - on the leg from Cocos Keeling to Mauritius we had to run before gale / near gale winds for 6 days and had two sets of waves, one set we could take on the quarter as you should, but the other ones hit us almost abeam and was most uncomfortable. On the last leg from Reunion to Richards Bay SA we had a gale off Madagascar and then again on our last night. The last night the winds dropped down to 22 knots and the seas flattened when a freak wave hit us on the beam and we went over at least 70 degrees, I was on watch and was thrown across the cockpit and then back again ending up laying on my back in 6 inches of water. One of the other boats was 2 miles away from us and got hit by the same wave, they were turned round 180 degrees - still we all arrived in one piece.

Tomorrow we are going on a small Safari to see some big animals and then plan to leave Saturday to start the sail to Cape Town. We are coming home for Christmas and will fly on 3rd December.

Mike Birch arrives in South Africa