IS Cocos Keeling to Chagos

Best time:

May to June, September to October

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Tropical storms:

November to April

Charts:

BA: 4070

US: 70

Pilots:

BA: 39. 44

US: 170, 171, 174

Waypoints:

Departure

Intermediate

Landfall

Destination

Distance (M)

IS331 Keeling W .

IS332 Blenheim

IS333 Salo

Takamaka

1572

12:04'S, 96'49'E

5J20'S; 72'35'E

5'17.5'S, 72'15'E

5°20'S, 72'16'E

the North Entrance, from WP IS331, NW of Horsburgh Island, a direct course can be set for WP IS332,10 miles SE of Blenheim Reef. From there the course can be altered for WP IS333 close to the NW

There are few boats which bypass Cocos Keeling Island and sail direct from Christmas Island to Chagos. However, in unsettled weather it might be preferable to sail a direct course, rather than make the detour to the south. The winter months of May to September provide both favourable winds and current. The weather on this route is similar to that on routes IS31 and IS33 to which reference should be made. It should also be noted that Diego Garcia is a restricted military island and anchorage must be sought elsewhere in the Chagos Archipelago.

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