On the way towards Kerguelen, we must initially sail round the "island of the East":
This island (the largest of the archipelago) was the place of terrible shipwrecks at the 19th century : an English ship systematically went there every 2 or 3 years, in order to recover possible survivors, and there were often. For example, in 1875, 45 men survive 6 months by eating only penguin!!
The stop in Crozet was short (two days) and marked by a superb sunny and mild weather (a temperature of 10°C) and a very unusual light breeze.
Indeed, these islands are one of the windiest places on earth : the winds are blowing here at more than 100 km/h during more than 120 days per year !!
With such conditions, it happens sometimes that the Marion Dufresne (from the name of the French navigator who discovered the archipelagoes of Crozet and Kerguelen in 1772) is forced " to skip" this stage, when the unloading of good or people by barges or helicopter is impossible...