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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.
Annapolis Next Delivery
John
25/06/2009

My previous delivery to the Seychelles was not a good one for myself - I developed a severe chest cold and a high fever just after we departed Port Elizabeth, which lasted for two weeks. I must admit that I did loose quite a bit of weight as well but am now back "up and running" again.

The main thing is that we arrive safely in Mahe and spent a week in the hot and humid conditions cleaning the boat and seeing a bit of the island before flying back home to Cape Town.

The trip was also the last one that Luke will be my 1st Mate. No, we have not had a "fall-out" - Luke is now a highly qualified skipper after passing his examinations at the beginning of the year and now will be delivering boats as Master - well done to him!

Right, now lets look into the future a bit - on Monday June 29 my next boat was launched in the Elliott Basin in Cape Town harbour. It is hull #1 of the new Leopard 38 sailing catamarans and I will be delivering her to Annapolis for the next boat show. There will be four persons on board for the 7200 odd nautical mile delivery, which should take about seven weeks to complete. The handover of the boat from the factory to TUI Marine is scheduled for Monday July 13 and we should be ready to depart about a week after that.

In the mean time, I am taking a weeks break up in the mountains near the town of Clanwilliam, about three hours drive north of Cape Town. I will update the blog once I return - John.

Arrived in Seychelles
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
12/06/2009, Port Victoria, Mahe Island

The two catamarans arrived safely at Mahe Island, Seychelles.

Moorings A1095 skippered by John Titterton and his crew and Moorings 40128 skippered by Miles Webb and his crew arrived around midday in Port Victoria on 12.06.2009.

John telephoned Deon in Cape Town at 13:10Z and reported that they arrived safely and that everyone is well. They will stay in Port Victoria for a week and arrive in Cape Town on Friday 19.06.2009.

I wish to thank the following persons for their time and effort:

Richard Donaldson-Alves who liaised with the Coalition Navy on the sailors' safety, reported the daily positions to the Navy and obtained position specific weather reports for the predicted positions of the two boats.

Alistair Campbell ZS5MU, his wife Davina and Graham Griggs ZS2ABK of the SA Maritime Mobile Net who were ready every day to receive HF radio traffic from John.

Paul Allen ZS1PJA who made the initial satellite phone contact with John to establish a reliable communications link with the two boats, following the loss of onboard email facilities.

Thank you for sailing with John and his crew.

Final Leg Sixth Day
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
12/06/2009

12.06.2009 at 12:00
04d 53m E 055d 44m S
Course 325d True

About 20 nm from Port Victoria or about 3 hours to the finish line.
All well on board.

Regards
John and Crew

Final Leg Fifth Day
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
11/06/2009

11.06.2009 at 12:00
07d 14m S 057d 30m E
Course True North
Speed over ground 8.0 knots
11.06.2009 at 24:00
06d 02m S 056d 41m E
Course 325 True
Speed over ground 7.6 knots

200 nm to Mahe Island.
All well on board.

Regards
John and Crew

Final Leg Fourth Day
Deon Erwin ZS1ZL
10/06/2009

10.06.2009 at 12:00
10d 12m S 057d 27m E
Course 011d True
Speed over ground 7.7 knots
10.06.2009 at 24:00
08d 48m S 057d 29m E
Course 008d True
Speed over ground 7.2 knots

12nm to waypoint S2 then COG due North for 180nm to waypoint S3.
All well on board.

Regards
John and Crew

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