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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 Third Day
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
09/06/2009

Position report:
09.06.2009 at 12:00
12d 59m S 056d 53m E
Course 011d True
Speed over ground 5.3 knots
09.06.2009 24:00
11d 35m S 057d 11m E
Course 011d True
Speed over ground 7.2 knots

The delivery names of the two catamarans sailing in convoy are:
Leopard 46' = Moorings A1095 skippered by John Titterton
Leopard 40' = Moorings 40128 skippered by Miles Webb

Have slowed to let M40128 get ahead.
Full sail tonight.
All well on board.

Regards
John and Crew

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.

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