November 30

The exit of the Bolon is again full of tension because we left an hour after low tide to the upward flowing current to used. The wind still pushes us easily from behind and we get used to the flow driving. Again diving dolphins and accompany us for a while. Every time an experience where you can hardly get enough.
Towards evening we anchor at Point St. Georges. We have heard that there is still the rare, shy Manatees can be seen here (a kind of sea cow). We inquire in the village. There they are really here. They should from a vantage point on the beach at low tide can sometimes observe. Unfortunately, the next morning at low tide the water is very rough due to the wind and many small boats go there all close by. The Manatee are very shy animals and be safe in these conditions did not show. So we make our way slowly to the onward journey and on the way back again try to observe the animals.
Again dolphins accompany us! Juhui!
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November 28

Incredibly, we are transported back here for years. What we experience corresponds to Far more than in our dreams that we have a long time of the Casamance.

In the morning we meet at the Papillon with Walter and Doris. We have very lucky and can buy their collapsible dinghy. It is a Ferryman, a New Zealand model and traveled with them already once around the world. (Incidentally, the two have a wonderful book written about her circumnavigation. Palpate the horizon ISBN 3-906581-46-2, a reading experience that stimulates many new ideas). The boat is constructed similarly to the well-known in Europe Banana boat.
We take the boat ashore and put it on there, which is really fast. Already we row a round and the village youth will ride the same. It can be rowed great! We are experiencing premature Christmas and are happy to finally have a dinghy with solid ground found. For a long time we were in search of it. Read Full Post »

November 26

Morning at 10 clock we go to anchor and motors through the exit from the Saloum River, which is well emphasized. We have light northerly winds and sail comfortably against the Casamnce. On the night we encounter only a few fishing boats, we are amazed. In the morning, Hans Peter catches a small Bonito, so our evening meal is also saved. Slowly the fresh produce go from us.
At 10 clock in the morning we are in front of the entrance of the Casamance. We are glad to know that the driveway is newly stressed because you have to find the passage between the sandbanks where the waves break. The sight of these breaking waves is impressive. When I think how it was before, without GPS with accurate waypoints and poorly accented driveway, I am once again glad for the new achievements.
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November 25

When we visit the village Dionour, many sandy paths are sprinkled with cockle shells, as most of our gravel roads. In addition to the houses it usually has a large seashell mountain. This suggests that there are many shells here.
We ask Mame Mor Senghor, the anchoring yachts is here with lots of tips. On entering here into the river we kept according to the information from the Cruising Guide by Steve Jones. This is just already 13 years old and the shoals in the rivers change again and again. Full, we have accumulated on a sand bank, came to happiness again quickly away and sought deeper water. Mame Mor watching us and came away with the dinghy to guide into the river approached us. He is really very helpful. He is also responsible for supervision of anchoring yachts, purchase orders, water procurement, are further tips on fishing and really do much.
For information and pilotage you can e-mail him reach or by phone +221 77 241 50 25.
Anyway, white Mame Mor course where the mussels are found and we set search for shells. The collecting fever grabs us and we can not stop almost.
At low tide you dig by hand about 3 cm deep in the sand in shallow water and can collect so the shells.
The gathering was still the smallest working. In the evening, Hans Peter boil them so that they open in the steam and Doris, Walter and Lilian pick the mussels from the shells. To top it off, there are subtle clam spaghetti.
The next day, the processing goes on, on our ship is a small mussel factory emerged. We sterilize the shells in jars, so they are more durable.
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Tomorrow we will continue in a 24-hour trip in the Casamance.

November 23

After two daily stages with intermediate stop in Saly we reach in time at high tide the entrance to the Saloum River. This is something trickig, but knowing where and hey presto you're already inside.
Now we berth in Djifere and wait for the other Swiss boat Papillon II Walter had to wait one more day in Dakar to his stomach flu.
Meanwhile, we explore the fishing village Djifere.
Together with Papillon's going up river where we sm after 10 turn into a small tributary. Finally, pure nature! Left and right of the river is fringed with mangroves, as music we listen to the diverse voices of birds. Finally we can take a long bath once again. We take a small Dingitour at low tide and collect oysters from the mangrove roots. Hans Peter, of course, conjures up a delicious meal. The effort was huge, but it was worth it.
After two wonderful, quiet, lonely nights we sail the next day back down the river to anchor in a Bolong (side arm) of the Ile de Guior front of a hotel. We want to visit the village Dionouar. After a half-hour walk through the sandy savannah landscape with beautiful tropical trees, we reach the pretty village. Unlike Djifere here it is clean and the people are much nicer and happier. Maybe it is because this is to reach an island and only accessible by boat. Djifere other hand, can be visited by car from land and is thus much more exposed to tourism. Here in Dionouar there is not a single car. The means of transport is still the donkey carts. It is set back by years.
There is a lot on the market not to buy. Over the festive period, the Muslims celebrated the Tabaskifest where every family slaughters a sheep, the locals have probably used up all the food. We come up with 12 eggs, 3 large and 3 small papayas, hot paprika back to our ship. Tomorrow brings us a local freshly caught prawns and makes us a trip to a shell bank where we can gather cockles. We are excited and looking forward.
In about two days, we will travel with a night trip further into the Casamance. On these heavenly river in southern Senegal, we are pleased
a long time.
At 3:12. comes to us our son Adrian visit. We can not wait!

November 06

A week ago, we have our Whisper ausgewassert them thoroughly clean, the water pass to put higher and repainting the antifouling. Somewhat skeptical we were, as we approach the always flatter beach. The "Chariot" (carriage) is in the water ready and Arona, the person in charge is on diving to test whether the car is at the right depth is waiting for us. The Whisper is fastened with ropes to the car and squeaky us pulls the old winch out of the water at the beach.
Whou all goes well. We inspect our underwater and are amazed that at the bottom of the 2-year-old anti-fouling of the Adriatic still works. In the upper area where the light get there it has strong mussel growth, and the propeller is centimeters thick covered with shells. Since the anchor bay Plage is extremely heavily contaminated by sewage, garbage and industrial waste here in Dakar Hann, we could not dive to clean the propeller since the Western Sahara. This mussel growth, our machine made only about 3.5 kn instead of 6 kn!
Immediately begin Omar with the cleaning of the underwater area. In the next few days, we set the water to pass 10 cm higher, due to the deletion of a primer and painting the new red water pass. The antifouling is applied and the ship cleaned inside and out and then it goes back into the water.

We are glad everything worked out great. The training and launching is to cost about 130.00 CHF here. Incl. Stand for 5 days on the wagon. Omar has been a great help to us and he is also very happy to have a job. People here get in the club per day 11.00 CHF and that's not here in Senegal as a bad wage. A craftsman deserves about 160.00 CHF / month (approx 8.00 CHF / day)!

Now there is still work to be done, it's finally on to Casamance.

November 01

... Has held us here in Dakar 5 weeks! Once we are no longer in Senegal, we will publish a more detailed report.
For now, we are to sail to the final preparations for the Casamance (river in the south of Senegal) to finally experience there peaceful, joyful days. The Casamance with its inhabitants the Diola, should be still remained a paradise indeed.

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