Miss Helen E
20 November 2017 | ZYC
Nothing too exciting to report, as we count the days to Chris and Stew bringing Polly and Kim to join us.
With the World Arc here this last week, the ZYC has been busy.
We joined them for an interesting talk on Friday about the harbours to be found en route to Cape Town, and then for their awards dinner night afterwards.
Most of the fleet, including friends Dan and Emily left early Saturday to catch the tide and the weather window which should get them to East London or even Port Elizabeth before the weather turns against them for a few more days. That's what it's all about here....rush off as the last system abates and get to safety before the next system comes in. Our turn will come!
So for now, we have a couple of hot and sunny days before that next system lowers the temp and brings some rain and maybe some thunderstorms for our sons and their girls on safari!
Here onboard DC, we are really getting to the nitty gritty of maintaining standards with a new toilet seat for our loo (heads) plus a new kitchen (galley!) tap and replacement mirrors in the two bathrooms (10 years of salty air!)
We have also decided to renew the mainsail and genoa here.
We will keep using the existing ones as the recent repairs are good, but we know that at this age these sails could easily fail if ocean conditions conspire, and the prices here are very reasonable, even for a global brand like Ullman Sails.
So, bullet bitten!
Finally, another UK boat was selling their portable aircon unit for a decent price. It also heats and de-humidifies - though not at the same time! - so we bought it. It needs a longer exhaust hose for effective aircon, and that is on order.
It's a bit of a 'lump' of course, but it's versatility should be really handy; and for the price we paid, it won't owe us anything after a South African summer!