stops inside the reefs and various offshore islands.
Boats intending to set off on a 'northbound transequatorial passage should time this to take best advantage of the monsoons on either side of the equator. From December to March, when the ITCZ moves south, the NE monsoon is deflected across the equator to a give a NW flow of wind. This NW monsoon is not so reliable and brings rain. It blows most strongly in January and February. This period is also the cyclone season in the South Indian Ocean, but these storms normally form south of Chagos and move in a southerly direction. They almost never track north towards the equator.
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