This mini sand cliff was on the shore and I rode in with folks off of Crystal Blues to investigate the shoreline. Unfortunately, the biting flies (lunga lunga as a local called them) drove us back off the shore in just minutes, so we didn't get to explore very much.
Looking the other way at the same time, this is the sunset that was giving the sky its color.
We didn't have to wait long! The first night out, we got caught in a nasty squall that spanked us pretty badly. I awoke after 11pm to Jason's faint cries for me. I went up to the cockpit to find sheeting rain and howling winds of about 40 knots and Jason yelling that he'd burned his hand badly. Rope burn. Trying to let out some of the mainsheet, it zinged right through his hand, shredding the skin and blistering his fingers and palm. He couldn't see out of his glasses with the rain and I struggled to get the genoa furled by myself while he tried to control the boat.
The main sail was plastered against the spreaders and shroud and looked like a party firecracker--twisted into a cylinder with the ends sticking out. Definitely something broken and/or torn and I wasn't sure it would come down. I was soaked and shivering with cold and fright. I only had a t-shirt on and had to get a jacket and shorts on to help any more. We eventually got the sails down and the boat under control and heading in the right direction again. It wasn't pretty. Until we got daylight, we wouldn't know if we could continue or would have to head back into a Madagascar port.
The inspection in the morning light showed we had broken some battens. It takes a lot of force to break a stick of fiberglass like this. Looks like it exploded in two.
We hobby-horsed our way out over the shoals, through the swells and breaking waves and headed down the coast towards Richards Bay, South Africa. There's only one hidey hole between us and Richards Bay now so we are watching the weather closely.
This cargo ship had the whole ocean to traverse, yet found it necessary to come within 1/2 mile of us to pass us and cross our bow.