DreamCatcher

Catching The Dream

15 January 2018 | Buffalo River Yacht Club
14 January 2018 | Buffalo River Yacht Club
13 January 2018 | Buffalo Yacht Club (as in the photo)
13 January 2018 | East London Buffalo River Yacht Club
11 January 2018 | Aghulas Current 60 nms from East London
09 January 2018 | Durban Marina
09 January 2018 | Durban Marina
07 January 2018 | Durban Marina
03 January 2018 | Point Yacht Club, Durban marina
31 December 2017 | Durban Marina
31 December 2017 | Durban Marina
30 December 2017 | Durban Marina
29 December 2017 | ZYC
26 December 2017 | Zululand Yacht Club pontoons, Richard's Bay
26 December 2017
26 December 2017 | ZYC
03 December 2017 | Zululand Yacht Club pontoons, Richard's Bay
23 November 2017 | Zululand Yacht Club pontoons, Richard's Bay
20 November 2017 | ZYC
15 November 2017 | ZYC

Getting To Cape Town..................

26 December 2017 | Zululand Yacht Club pontoons, Richard's Bay
Mart
........is unquestionably the potentially most difficult and dangerous part of the whole circumnavigation. Or it can be a breeze.
Weather systems can just appear, and there are very few places to safely hide. Meanwhile, the Aghulas current which runs down this east side of South Africa around to Cape Aghulas on the south coast is between dreadful to suicidal if a gale force wind blows against it. Think 8 to 10m breaking waves. That is to be avoided at all cost.
So, keeping on top of the weather forecasts and timing your run is crucial.
With crew N and J's arrival a little more than a week away (4th Jan) and the forecasts on platforms such as http://www.passageweather.com giving predictions up to a week away, we are paying ever closer attention!
We also have Des - our tame local meteorologist who freely gives forecasts and advice to yachties. He is fantastic.
Looking at things this far out....which will likely change.......Maggie and I may well be sailing to Durban for New Year's Day, if only to get the first 85 nms under the keel, and meeting N&J there. The next stop to East London will be another 260 nms (but with the current at up to 3 knots in our favour).
Ideally, we want a 6 to 7 day window and go all the way before the next system comes bowling in, but realistically, this journey to Cape Town is most likely to be done in 'bites'.
As Des says....how to eat an elephant? Just take bite-sized portions! We'll see, but DC is in good shape as the spring is steadily loaded.............
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Vessel Name: DreamCatcher
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 49DS
Hailing Port: Cowes
Crew: Martin and Margaret Rutt
Extra: We're only popping out for a sail. We've 'done' the San Blas, Panama Canal, Galapagos, Marquesas, Rangiroa, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Tanna, New Caledonia and Brisbane; and up to Darwin so see you in........err....Durban.
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