Schooners, outrigger sailing canoes, dhows, just about anything that floated had a rig and sails of some kind.
Of course the sails were not hi-tech and they often had large pieces missing, but the boats still traveled well and the crews were always happy to see us.
That sailing bond works wonders, even when we don't speak the language.
The waterfront was a dynamic place, a blur of old and new, goods being loaded and unloaded on the backs of smiling young men, running along rickety wooden planks carrying everything from live chickens to crates of Coca Cola.
To our surprise we also found a fabulous restaurant and brasserie, serving world class cruising with a local twist. At La Rotonde, the Malagasy chef is a certified artist and we'll remember his plates fondly as we cross the ocean for the next few weeks.
|Bartering For Fruit At The Market|
From here we will coastal hop south for another two days, then head west across the Mozambique Channel when we have a good weather forecast. Our blog posts will be less frequent without internet access, but you can track our voyage on the live map at the top of the page, which updates hourly.