The conditions

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Often described as the longest freshwater yachting race in the world (over 400km), this event, which is really more of an endurance test than a sailing race, takes place each year in August. It is at this time that the Mwera blows strongest up Lake Malawi from Mozambique and the south-east.

The powerful winds can produce some very rough water indeed and this competition is not for the faint hearted sailor. Already in its 35th year it has grown steadily in popularity to the point where 30 yachts and crews, from all over southern Africa and further, will entered the 2019 competition. Starting at one of the resorts dotting the southern lakeshore, the event takes entrants northwards and across to the islands of Malawian islands of Likoma and Chisimulu within Mozambican waters and ends on the beautiful silver sands of Chintheche just south of Nkhata Bay.