17/11/2008, 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.
I have been told that "Oceans Dream" is to be launched on Friday 28 November. Hopefully the Admiral factory will keep to the date as all reports from the factory indicate that the builders are working full steam ahead to make the splash happen by the given date.
It looks like we will be able to leave around the 10th of December which means we will be spending Christmas on the island of St Helena.
At the moment all the Volvo Ocean Race boats are in Cape Town with Leg 2 due to start this Saturday at 13:00 local time (UTC +2 hours). I have been asked to skipper one of the support boats for the Telefonica Team. Adrian and Jackie are back from their trip up the west coast of South Africa and I have invited them to go along for the ride - hey, I need crew to help throw lines!
Talking about Adrian and Jackie, click on their blog link on the right of this page (under "Favorites") and read about their land-based trip.
More updates as they come in next week.
Well, my apologies for the long delay since my last update of the blog.
My first delivery for the year was cancelled and at the same time I was offered a land-based position in Cape Town assisting the delivery company with the handover of new boats from the Robertson & Caine factory to the skippers and, in some instances, directly to the owners. It has been a hard slog but, as I had already agreed over a year ago to assist the purchaser of a new Admiral 40 catamaran to deliver their boat with them to Chaguaramas on the island of Trinidad, I have now left my land-based work to get prepared for the delivery, which should begin in early November.
Luke Tod, who has previously undertaken three deliveries with me, will be the 1st Mate and together with the owners, Adrian and Jackie, we will try and keep everyone updated on the trip.
I will shortly be adding a link on the side-bar of the blog to the "Oceans Dream" blog as well as updating the ShipTrak link to show only the position reports for the delivery and not all the position reports for the past few years. Reading the views of the delivery from two different aspects (my own v. the owners) should give a person a better insight of our daily lives on board.
So, in a few weeks we should be up and running with the blog again.
Greetings. I have received a list of deliveries for the first half of the year and booked myself on the following deliveries:
1. March - 46' Sailing catamaran - Cape Town to Mahe, Seychelles
2. April - 40' Sailing catamaran - Cape Town to Abacos, Bahamas
3. June - 46' Sailing catamaran - Cape Town to Tortola, BVI's
It is a busy schedule for the first half of the year with not too much rest between deliveries. During the second half of the year I am in discussion to undertake a private delivery and will know more about this at a later stage.
If any of the readers of this blog wish to crew on a delivery, you are most welcome to contact me via email at: zs1jnt AT gmail DOT com.
Once I am getting closer to the launch date of the first boat, I will once again start posting updates to the blog.
Well folks, this report is a bit delayed as we arrived in Tortola in the early hours on Christmas day. We motored down the island and into Road Harbour, where we tied up for a few hours at the Moorings base. Just after 8 am we cast off our lines and motored to the customs and immigration jetty and spent a frustrating two hours going through the process of checking in officially and declaring the cargo we had picked up in St Maarten. Then it was back to the Moorings base to off-load the cargo - all four truck loads of it.
We had Christmas lunch at the pool-side restaurant and then spent the remaining hours of the day cleaning the boat. The next day (Wednesday) was not much different and on Thursday morning we handed a sparkling clean boat over to the operations manager, had breakfast and headed out to Beef Island and the airport in a taxi.
Our flights had been changed and Terry flew to Miami via San Juan whilst Shaun, Shaheda and I flew to Antigua and then on to London. We then caught the BA flight directly to Cape Town, where I now sit and type up this closing report.
Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to read my ramblings - may 2008 be a year of happy sailing, be it in reality or from the comfort of your armchair. After a holiday in the Cape mountains I will know when an where my next adventure will be and will post it on the blog.
And, for those who are wondering about the photograph above, it was taken by Shaun from the hills behind Roadtown looking down onto Road Harbour, Tortola.
Best regards - John