Cruising Lake Malawi

Lake view from Pumulani

The race is in its 30th year, even though you might not have heard of it. From June 28 through July 5, sailors – expert and not so expert – will be gathering on Lake Malawi for a sailing marathon that takes them from Cape Maclear at the very south to to the exotically named Chinteche more than halfway up the huge lake.

Supporting the Lake Malawi Sailing Marathon, and offering places to stay before and after (and maybe take a safari), is a group of lodges known as Malawi Waves keen to promote their hidden corner of Africa. They include Kaya MawaLatitude 13˚Robin Pope SafarisSatemwa Ulendo LodgesUlendo SafarisTongole Wilderness Lodge and Wilderness Safaris Malawi. Kaya Mawi and Pumulani are already on aworlddifferent’s radar for doing good things, and it looks at Tongole has some great projects on the go too (we will be following up on that).

The lodges also remind you why Malawi is a place you might consider going to. 1. The locals are friendly. 2. It’s not crowded 3. Lake Malawi is spectacular (and how!) 4. Rehabilitated game parks and natural reserves 5. Easygoing vibe

The organizers say the race, first sailed in 1984, started when a group of sailors plied the waters up the lake. They didn’t think it would become an annual event. But it has.

On the edge, Kaya Mawa

Yes, a cathedral, on Likoma Island

High above the lake, at Tongole

Not sailing? Take the MV Mwande open catamaran

This year there will be two competitions, one for classes that carry spinnakers, and one for classes that do not. The route will go from Cape Maclear to Senga Bay (Livingstonia Beach Hotel) to Nkhotakota (Potterie) to Dwangwa (Illovo) to the stunning Likoma Island  (Mango Drift) before ending at Chintheche (Chinteche Inn).

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