Yachting season and weather in Mahé
Yachting season at Seychelles continues all year round. Even in January, the local period of rains, the water evaporates in the warm air very fast, so the rain is not the obstacle for yachting at Mahe.
The tides on the island are semi-diurnal and asymmetric. The period between them and low tide is about 6 hours. The range reaches up to 2 meters. The tides cause strong currents in the channels.
From December to mid-March, the monsoon blows from the northwest. The wind speed is between 10 and 15 knots. During this period, the rains begin. The air temperature does not drop below + 29 °C. After the winter monsoon, a windless transition period with a calm sea begins in April. The summer rainy season in August is accompanied by wind. Its speed can reach 25 knots. The next calm transition period runs from October to November.
Mahé Island is outside the hurricane zone. The best time to sail on a yacht is during the transitional periods between the rainy seasons.
Water temperature in sailing season
Air temperature in sailing season
Wind speed in sailing season
Weather forecast for Mahé
An accurate weather forecast can be obtained from the following sources:
- Seychelles Boarding Corporation — 1368 kHz medium wave radio.
- Seychelles Radio — on channel 16 VHF.
- Mahe Weather Station — publishes a detailed weather bulletin covering also distant islands.