05 June 2009 | La Port, Reunion
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
"We are in Reunion at the moment, waiting for a 40' boat to catch up to us, before we head off for the last leg of the delivery, about a week from here to Mahe.
Radio email conditions have been "up and down" but the main reason for not posting to the blog is that I have not been well. I developed a severe chest infection and fever after leaving East London, which has cleared after a course of antibiotics.
The two week sail from East London was a bit rough - we had 8 metre swells the first 24 hours out, but were able to sail the boat. In total we have only sailed for 37 hours! The rest of the time has been under motor or "motor-sailing" - and that is all the way from Cape Town.
The wind from Reunion to Seychelles looks good on the GRIB files and it will be the first time we will be sailing more than motoring, something foreign for this boat and the crew. We have caught about four Dorado on the trip, all of them smaller than what we catch on the trip to the Caribbean - but they do make an excellent meal.
We have no internet access in Reunion and the port where we are is mostly small fishing boats but also has a few local yachts. It is very pleasant but everything costs an arm and a leg - it is French! The only thing for which there is no charge is our berth in the marina!
We leave on Thursday afternoon and will then wait at sea for Miles Webb, the skipper of the 40' catamaran, to catch up to us. He stopped in Madagascar to obtain fuel as he did not think he would make Reunion to purchase fuel. We will then sail the last leg in close proximity to each other as we will be sailing the last few days in waters that have an increasing amount of piracy."
This was the last news from John before disaster struck on their last evening in the marina, when John's computer and personal GPS unit were stolen while they were asleep. The loss of the GPS poses no safety risk at sea, because the yacht has its own system, but the loss of the computer means there are no longer email facilities on board.
John has reliable radio and satellite phone communications and I will post any news from the crew on this blog.