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The Delivery Guy
John delivers new catamarans mostly from Cape Town, South Africa, to various destinations around the world - follow his next trip from London, United Kingdom to Fort Lauderdale, USA.
Final Leg Second Day
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
08/06/2009

Position report:
08.07.2009 at 12:00
15d 26m S 56d 25m E
Course 011d True
Speed over ground 6.55 knots
08.06.2009 at 24:00
14d 09m S 056d 40m E
Course 011d True
Speed over ground 6.6 knots

All well on board.

Regards
John and Crew

Final Leg First 24 Hours
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
07/06/2009

Position report:
07.06.2009 at 12:00
17d 35m S 055d 58m E
Course 011d True
Speed over ground 6.6 knots

All well on board.

Regards
John and Crew

Under Sail from Reunion
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
06/06/2009

The two catamarans departed from Reunion and are under sail to Mahe, Seychelles. The Leopard 46 is skippered by John and the Leopard 40 is skippered by Miles Webb.

The two boats will sail in close proximity and maintain VHF radio contact as a matter of safety. The daily positions of the two boats are also reported to the Coalition Navy on patrol in that part of the ocean and a close eye will be kept on their safe passage.

Reunion
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
05/06/2009, La Port, Reunion

John reports:

"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.

Still In Port Elizabeth
John
11/05/2009

As you will gather, the weather that we expected originally on Tuesday, then Wednesday, then ????day, was delayed! So, we are still sitting at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club waiting for the cold front to reach Port Elizabeth so that we can climb on its back with a good westerly blow. And blow it appears it will as the predictions are for 45 knots at 35 degrees south but only 25 knots at 33 degrees south for next week - guess we will be sticking to 32 to 33 degrees south as we make our easterly. However, thank goodness we are already in Port Elizabeth as the wind, this weekend, is predicted to be in the region of 50 knots out of the west off Cape Agulhas!

So, what are we doing? Well, as the youngsters say, we have been "chilling". I recon that us old sods call it, diplomatically, "very little". We have been doing quite a bit of reading, listening to music, tweaking the electronics on the boat and other non-stressful jobs. Basically, we are all ready to throw off the lines and head east after topping up our water tanks. In the evenings we have been having a braai on the yacht club lawns as it is cheaper to cook that way than make use of the local restaurant.

Today (Wednesday 13 May), I hired a small car so that Luke, Yoni and I could drive to Addo and see the elephants. From the above photograph you will gather that we saw plenty of them together with a host of buck, warthogs, one wildebeest and, remarkably, one magnificent lion having his midday snooze under a thorn tree. It was a fun trip as I have never been to Addo. Renier is staying with his brother, who lives in Port Elizabeth, and will only be returning to the boat on Thursday afternoon.

Now let's get back to the weather. Today's prediction still has us departing on Friday but we need to track north a few degrees to miss some of the storm force winds. It appears that it will be a rough first four or five days so I need to keep a constant watch on the weather forecasts to ensure we are far enough north.

Well, that's the news from Moorings A1095 - a further blog report when we head out to sea from Port Elizabeth. Regards from the gang - John.

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