Volvo Ocean Race - Leg 2 Start
17 November 2008 | Cape Town
Saturday arrived and I drove down to the Elliot Basin in the harbour to get one of the Moorings 47PC's out of its berth. Adrian and Jackie arrived and after warming up the engines we cast off the lines and did a quick tour out of the port and around Table Bay.
I had been instructed to pick up our "Telefonica guests" in the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront at 12:30 but due to the total chaos caused by hundreds of small private craft milling around, I started my entrance to the V&A harbour just as the Cape Town noon day gun fired. It was a slow entrance with boats of all shapes and sizes jostling around to get good positions to take a few snaps of the 70' Volvo Ocean fleet as they were leaving the port. I made it to the dock and with the help of Adrian and Jackie managed to tie up and load our 20 odd guests. One group was the wife and children of the skipper of Telefonica Blue, Bouwe Bekking. We had other wives and girlfriends of the crew on board as well and a couple of the support crew.
Then it was back to Table Bay and I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to avoid wiping out any of the other spectator boats and at the same time keep close to Telefonica Blue for the families to shout and wave their goodbye's and shed a tear or two as their loved ones sailed off heading south to Cape Point, better known as the Cape of Good Hope, and eventually to Cochin, India.
We then returned to the V&A Waterfront and off-loaded the guests, returning to the Elliot Basin in time to dock, clean the boat and head home, exhausted, with numerous bruises caused by being thrown around by the wakes of other craft. It was a great day but one not to be repeated in a hurry! Thanks Adrian and Jackie for your assistance as the official "crew".
Oh, and before I sign off, it appears "Oceans Dream" will definitely be launched on either 27 or 28 November - as I have said before: Watch this space!
The photo above is used with permission - Photo by Adrian Schuler.