Its great to have made it to Tamatave. It is the largest port in Madagascar and our last major resupply point for a while. It also signifies the start of the long sandy straight beach all the way to the south. We fortunatly have a reasonable forecast to get us started tommorrow. The past few weekes have taken us to some amazing remote parts of rural Madagascar. We have stopped in villages where they dont see tourists and dont speak french. The Coast has been diverse with coral reefs, sandy beaches, crossings and cliffy headlands. Behind it all has been a constant headwind that has finally decided to turn into a tail wind to help push us on our way. Lets hope it stays.
We have been able to update the site with photos due to the kindness of the owner of the resteraunt Le Bateau Ivre. He has let us keep the kayaks under the resteraunt to save us carrying them into our hotel room in town! We passed our first bouy today and proberbly our last. We shopped for the festive period today and bought an extra tin of raviolli and 6 ferrero rochee (excuse spelling).
Thanks to Jeff for his hard work on the updates and to Karel for his excelent forecasts, keep the northerly winds coming.
Happy Christmas Simon and Phil