Oct 22, 2006
Well, finally we said our last "veluma" to Madagascar, and off to Mayotte. It was me, Tom, Kat and Antoine returned for the voyage. The wind was not there for teh trip and we ended up motoring alot of the way, unfortunately. We did not catch any fish, but did see some marine life all the same. We made a detour to a shallow reef in the middle of the ocean, and were greeted by a wonderful show of humpback whales. We must have seen over 50 of thel, although not all together. Some were even jumping fully out of the water rather close as well!!! It is certaily humbling to see a mammal as large as that!!! We arrived in Mayotte only to be greeted by another form of animal, pigs. They called themselves custom officers... They came aboard Karaka, and tore her apart looking for anything they could find. Very invasive. We did have some rum, and declared it, but they charged us 200% tax on it as if we were importing it. We later found out that as we are in transit, we shouldnt have had to pay anything, so Tom is going today to get the moeny back... Otherwise, Mayotte has been alright so far. It is extremely expensive as everything is imported from France and charged 200% tax. But, there is alot of things available here that we havent seen for ahile including new fishing gear!! We stocked up on new rapalas and the like, right away. It has already paid off as we caught a 10 kilo mackerel while sailing within the lagoon here already!!! I suppose I should explain that the island is situated inside the worlds largest lagoon. We have done some snorkelling and there is some quite nice reef here with cool caves and the like in it. We have been staying mostly at teh main anchorage by the main town as Tom is awaiting a package from France to be able to sort out his passport. We did do a weekend trip to a couple of islands last weekend, and it was then that we caught the big fish. Tom had his 27th bday on the 11th, and we had a lil BBQ pizza party for him on Karaka. It was quite nice. Otherwise I have been keeping a low profile, trying not to spend to many €s. Antoine will be leaving soon, and we are expecting a couple of new crew members, around the end of the month, when we'll leave and head to Mozambique. I am super excited for Mozambique, good music, food, fishing, islands... I'll write more when I get there!!!! Otherwise, the only other news is that I will be an aunt again!!! I had a dream it was a girl, we'll see... No pics as of yet as my camera is out of order. Guess thats it.