LEAVING MAPUTO - FIRST ATTEMPT
6th June 2008.
Back at Inhaca. Anchored closer inshore this time and were definitely aground at low tide. No problem though, lovely flat sand. So shallow that we could actually walk to shore. Needless to say we took the rubber duck so as not to be caught by the tide.
Went for a lovely long walk across the island and along the shore until stopped by the security guards guarding the entrance to the marine reserve. They wanted $25 per person to walk along the beach. A bit much we thought.
Found the local market and bought some very sad tomatoes and surprisingly good bread rolls. Fresh food here in Mozambique is prohibitively expensive, when you can get it.
Had a wonderful fish dinner at Lucas Restaurant. Fish and calamari straight off one of the fishing boats we passed on our way in from Rainbow Gypsy! Lovely evening. Friendly host and wonderful weather.
Then it all changed. A howling southwester came up and we had to sit it out for two days at anchor. Miserably cold, no snorkelling possible so we just lounged around and read books.
9th June 2008.
At last we are on our way to Inhambane and Bazaruto.
Brisk south wester, doing about 7 knots, very pleasant sailing, a bit cold but not too bad.
We didn’t see any sea life at all. No birds or fish. Very strange.
Then all went pear shaped. Winds changed to NE one day earlier than forecast, right on the nose, so we had to motor against strong wind and current. Port engine then gave up completely and the other running well but leaking oil from we knew not where.
Progress on one engine was down to 1.5 knots and steering difficult and we decided after one day of pounding into the waves, that this was not sensible and returned in double quick time back to Maputo.
It was an exhilarating and very quick return trip with the wind on our tail and we all immediately felt much better and thoroughly enjoyed sailing along at 7kts.