IT Northbound routes

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For centuries Arab dhows have sailed from the Persian Gulf to the East African coast to trade, sailing down on one monsoon and back on the other, although in present day Kenya and Tanzania they are becoming a rare sight. The SE trade winds blow steadily from April to October and rarely exceed 20 knots. The wide band of the northbound current runs close to the shore and can be augmented by these SE trade winds so as to reach 4 knots. Therefore it makes sense to plan any northbound passages to coincide with this season. During the NE monsoon, when winds from the NE and E prevail, this current is slacker. Along the Tanzanian coast it is possible to take an inshore route that turies the Arab dhows set a perfect example of how to use the prevailing weather conditions to best advantage. Although their trading routes do not always coincide with those used by modern cruising yachts, today's sailors have much to learn from those skilled mariners, some of whom are still plying the coasts of Arabia and East Africa.

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