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

Waiting.......for Weather etc

03 January 2018 | Point Yacht Club, Durban marina
Mart
Fortunately, the 50 knot wind forecast for NYD only topped 44 here.
It was quite bouncy.
Since then, it has been very pleasant and not too hot. Today is going to be warmer, though, as we await a delivery of provisions.
The forecasts have been suggesting a weather window would enable us to leave for East London on Friday, but it looks today as though the new low will deepen and move up the coast to bring 25+ knot SW winds, which we do not want. We must still get ready, but wait to see whether that happens.
Que sera. This is the way it is.
Meanwhile, 'conversations' with my electronics guardian (angel) plus his local equivalent, backed up by a visit from the Marina techie all conclude that the Course Computer that controls the autopilot has failed. Probably an EMP (electro magnetic pulse) from the storm. If so, we are very very lucky if that is the only item to suffer.
Replacing it - it's a non-supported model now at 11 years old - will also take time and several thousand GBP, which is a bind. That is still well below the excess on our insurance, so it's blow out the cobwebs and 'hit the wallet' time!
I hope to know today whether it can be done here, or best left until Cape Town.
We still have Carly, the wind vane, for self steering in better/different conditions than storm-Friday, and having the extra crew eases the burden of hand steering.
Either way, it's not a big problem. Just think how Joshua Slocombe managed on his own (with dog) in the 1890s.
Pip pip
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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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