The dream

26 October 2012 | Port Owen - South Africa
20 July 2012 | Gauteng RSA
02 July 2012 | Gauteng RSA
27 March 2012 | Port Owen SA
08 March 2012 | Bahia Marina - Salvador
02 March 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
28 February 2012 | Itaparica
27 February 2012 | Itaparica
24 February 2012 | Itaparica - Brazil
22 February 2012 | Itaparica - Brazil
18 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
15 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
12 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
12 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
12 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
28 January 2012 | Ascension Island
14 January 2012 | Saint Helena Island
08 January 2012 | Saint Helena Island
23 December 2011 | Luderitz - Namibia
21 December 2011 | The PLACE

Home at long last

26 October 2012 | Port Owen - South Africa
Francois
At long last Mystic is back in Port owen
Neil and his crew arrived safely on Sunday 26 August at roughly 19h30 at Saldanha Bay. They were in high spirit and happy to be ashore after a 46 day ordeal on the high seas.
I can confirm that the parents (myself included) was as happy to see them on terra firma once again as they were.
Food and drinks as well as cigarettes were devoured as the cigarettes ran out 3 weeks from shore and the gas ran out 7 days from shore meaning that the ration packs had to become the food and there were no longer a cuppa to warm the body after a cold watch

Neil commented “did you know that the wind instrument stops working when the wind is above 50 knots”. Now that was the sentence that told the whole story, but fortunately they had Mystic Rhythm to bring them home.
Looking at her that night also told a story of hardships as the furler was lashed to the spare forestay and the tattered Genoa was lashed to the guard rail.
Fortunately other than that and the fact that she was wet inside she had a proud and spritely manner about her with the achievement of a double Atlantic crossing behind her

It took a bout of hard work at Yachtport in Saldanha to get her back to her former self and Neil, Mads and Patrick, a friend from Port Owen, brought her home on Wednesday 17 October.

Hard work is the word. The three musketeers worked themselves to a standstill this whole week (I might add that we also employed help!). Mystic now has a sweet smell inside and all the lockers have been cleaned and washed. She looks ready for her next trip???

The next trip will be decided on as the next 17 months in Gauteng (sic) passes but we are sure that there will be a next trip, the only consideration will be whether it will be the Atlantic again or will it be the Indian Ocean?

Enjoy the pics and until next time …….?????

2300 Miles from Cape Town

20 July 2012 | Gauteng RSA
Francois
Had a word with Neil tonight and happy to report that they are now 2375 Nautical Miles from Cape Town
The wind is fair and they are making good daily runs but they are beating into the wind most of the time and as he says "the boat is wet and there's no more dry clothes" It also rains just about every day
The crew are in high spirit although poor Marius has the occational bout of seasickness. They eat like kings thanks to Eddie which is a saviour
So as I see it, there is still a good 20 to 30 days before they set foot on land again and we wish them safe sailing
Till next time.......

The Latest

02 July 2012 | Gauteng RSA
Francois
Its been 2 months for Mads and myself in this terrible place they call Gauteng. We are missing the carefree times on Mystic and the wonderfull weather that we enjoyed in Brazil
Neil has been on Mystic now for 3 months and has no end of problems with the gearbox. He and Marius and Eddie are currently at sea and hoping to make ladfall soon in Brazil again. As I understand it they are just North of Rio but the gearbox is playing up badly and he wants to see if it could be repaired before attempting the crossing.
Well, this is just an update for those of you still accessing the blog (and thank you for the interrest)
Till next time .....

Tempory hold...

27 March 2012 | Port Owen SA
Francois
This is a sad entry as all sailing has come to a sudden hold
We are back in South Africa where I have accepted employment with Turnmill Proquip Engineering once again for a 2 year contract in Vanderbijlpark and will be starting on 2 May 2012
Emotions are a bit rough at the moment but I see it as a win win situation for both them and us.
Neil will be sailing Mystic back to SA as soon as he puts together a crew so at least his sailing still has a couple of miles left although not as favorable as our East to West crossing
I will add some more pics and further entries as soon as we have proper internet again. I do take back all the comments I made of poor internet service in other countries. We have had nothing but problems with our cellphone service providers so far and are still awaiting Telkom to install the magic ADSL line once again
Signing off for now…….

Back from Rio de Janeiro

08 March 2012 | Bahia Marina - Salvador
Francois
Rio was a blast!
The language problem remains as we had a gate change at the airport which almost left us in Salvador if we did not check the board as there are no announcements in English.
Rio was all that we expected or wanted. Although we agree that it comes a definitive second to Cape Town. Neil and I had a helicopter ride which was awesome as with our visit to the Christ Statue it was completely overcast and we got a chance to photograph the statue
Food was a treat. The Rio barbeque restaurants give so much meat that if I stayed there any longer I would have picked up another 10 Kg over 5 days
Have a look at the gallery as there are lots of new pics
We are now considering moving on North after another visit to Itaparica and the other islands
So, Until next time …..

Hi from Salvador once again

02 March 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
Francois
Well, lo and behold, we are back at Salvador for a good reason.
We will be leaving Mystic here as we are flying off to Rio tomorrow and will be back on the 7th. We thought that leaving Mystic here will be safer than having her under anchor in Itaparica
When we arrived here we found Ocean Maiden and we had a great South African braai with good old fashioned white wine which was absolutely great as it was our first South Africans in Brazil
We believe that there will be a cat arriving here tomorrow also from SA so when we return from Rio there will be 3 SA boats here which will make things so much more interesting
Well till next time, Ciao ........

This place is making us lazyyy

28 February 2012 | Itaparica
Francois
The weather out here is totally predictable and really hot and humid. Trouble is, we are starting to enjoy it and with an afternoon siesta what more could one want (except for a bit of English) A big worry is how will we adapt to home again one day?
We are still toying with whether we should go North or South from here as people have been saying that we must go South to Rio de Jeneiro and further to Buenos Aires (hope I spelt that right). Apparently there is so much to see and the seas are friendly so we are debating what to do at the moment.
We have scrapped the idea of staying in Brazil as the language problem will be too great to overcome, although this country has definitely got potential
I add a pic of a yacht which Charles could relate to as it has missing rigging
Have a look at the picture gallery as I am adding pics with every entry
Till next time.......

O but to enjoy the Island life

27 February 2012 | Itaparica
Francois
Tomorrow it will be 1 week since we arrived here and we now feel that we are in the swing of things. Have met lots of people including Brazilians who can speak English which makes life a lot easier.
We are even busy exploring the possibility to settle here on the island but EXPLORING is the word. The language is the biggest problem as I don't know whether I will be able to learn a language especially Portuguese which seems a very difficult one
Neil has been out with the kite and everytime he launches it causes quite a stir with people offering to help but as he says, they are more in the way than anything else
Mystic is once again looking pretty and we are planning to explore a little further with so many places within 2 to 3 hours from here and very safe waters
We are still finding the internet connection a problem. It seems that Brazil is at least a generation behind SA as far as internet or shall I say telephone and cellular service is concerned
As I am mentioning this I am once again chucked off the net and will save this for a later entry

From Amigo's at Itaparica

24 February 2012 | Itaparica - Brazil
Francois
Well its now been 3 days on Itaparica and we have had a constant battle to get proper internet connection
We are now at the restaurant Amigo's which is owned by Robyn and Willem from South africa and have met Peter and Annalize also from SA and what a pleasure it is to speak Afrikaans in Brazil as well as eat things from a menu which we can actually understand
Today we did our first exploration of the island and travelled by VW Combi around the island (the Combi must have been a 1981 model) and we ended up at all the wrong places and Neil thought at one stage that we should have taken a taxi which was in better condition than the death trap that we were in. But never fear we got back safely to the boat so we had a successful day.
Have a look at the pics that I have added and if all goes well we will have a better connection from now on
As soon as we learn our first Portuguese (forget how you spell it) I will say something in it .....

Hi from Itaparica

22 February 2012 | Itaparica - Brazil
Francois
After a 12 mile sail we arrived at the island Itaparica which is basically just across the bay from Salvador
We had a noisy night with the locals still having carnaval and making a noise (which they call music) up to 3 AM. Hopefully they have read that the carnaval is over and we will have a bit of peace and quite tonight
We explored the vicinity directly at the anchorage and located a bakery and small supermarket but believe that there is a large supermarket on the island where we can get all thats needed
Well, Neil and Mads is off to a sandbank that comes out at low tide for Neil to try the Kite board and I will start downloading pics for the next entry ....

This is a busy place!!

18 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
Francois
And we thought that we will be resting and doing nothing… Think again!!
Saturday morning and sore legs and feet and just wanting to stay on board and relax is what we want to do today
Yesterday was spent shopping in downtown Salvador (which by the way has a name but to us it seems like Chinese and we cannot even spell it) and then a night on the streets for the Carnival. Now this was a treat! Once again our Brazilian neighbors took it on them to accompany the Gringos to the streets of the Carnival and what an experience. Articulated trucks with speakers the size of small houses and bands with drums, guitars and singers including their dancers all on a bus like deck on the trailer moving down the street with so much bass that you have to close your ears when it passes you
Brazilians have a passion for drumming and to have groups of drummers passing is another ear splitting experience but the rhythm that they create with only drums makes you dance without thinking
The attached pic of a huge stinky boat is an everyday sight out here. It seems that Salvador is a favourite stop for these cruise liners and sometimes there are 2 of them entering on the same day. They seem to give their passengers only a couple of hours to do their thing and then they are off again
At least Neil has had a chance to visit some of the beaches and you can see this on his facebook site
We have decided that we will move on to an island called Itaparica on Monday so this may be the last entry for a while depending on internet availability on the island
The marina here is so busy that we decided that the work we want to do on Mystic must wait till we reach the islands and quieter waters. We also took the decision to dry her on the tide and do the anti-fouling that way in stead of hauling her as the cost for hauling is too high
Until next time ….

It's raining in Salvador

15 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
Francois
With all the formalities taken care of we have started walking the streets and doing what the locals do. The best lunch so far was at a place called Havanna which caters for the working class and sells at a price per Kg. Wow, it’s so cheap and you have a choice so great that it will take quite some time to go through all the different dishes but boy can I guarantee you, the taste is superb and a meal for under SA R30.00 which includes a soda (no booze unfortunately) is hard to find anywhere
We are trying to go to a supermarket today but at the moment we are stuck in the boat with rain pouring outside. Not that we mind as it is washing off the desert dust from Luderitz
We bought some fresh fruit this morning which was quite a treat with the language barrier, but what we got tasted good and the price once again very cheap in Rand terms. We got bananas and Mango and then two other fruits which is un-known to us but tasty. Problem is that we do not know how to prepare or peel the fruit for eating and I sure look like a baboon breaking it open and just eating it
We are trying to work out what our plans and route will be from here as we have had so many reports from other yachties about French Guyana’s people trying to not hi-jack but threaten people to hand over valuables and money on the high seas on the approach to Suriname.
There is so much to see here and then there is the numerous islands in the Bahia area that we could quite easily stay 6 months. The hurricane season starts towards the end of May in the Caribbean so we will have to make plans whether to stay the full 6 months or maybe fly back home for a couple of months?? Time will tell
There has been no time to miss our family and friends but on a day like this we have time to reminisce and then the longing starts but I can assure you that when the rain stops , boy these sore legs will be in the streets again…….

Salvador

12 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
Francois
What a place!
Arriving after 13 days at sea was just amazing. We had not read up on Brazil and had no literature of the country on board and never knew what to expect but what we saw was amazing. The city is really old and then there is a brand new city which is absolutely amazing with sky scrapers everywhere.
Amazing as usual we were immediately helped to do our first Med style mooring. The yachties are such a helpful bunch
The weather here is very hot and humid but I am sure I will adapt very quickly
The old city is being re-located for the World Cup Soccer and the Olympic Games but what amazes is the fact that the old buildings are not being demolished and new ones built but rather they will keep the old architecture and the interiors of the buildings will be modernized.
They seem so different to SA where the Zumas and Dalemas are hell bent to ignore history and make their own history with no brain influence. Must say that at the moment it feels great to be rid of the African black assholes and their racism and really hope that the ANC and their cronies get a walloping and lose power so that sanity can return where everybody once again have a future
This country is steeped in history of slavery but there is no animosity even towards us and the funny thing is that one of the people on the street touched Neil’s hair when he said he was South African and said that’s funny, isn’t all South Africans BLACK? Wherever we go the people just open their arms and chat to us and make us feel so welcome
We have not yet done the clearing formalities and will only do it tomorrow but have already slipped out into the old city and had a marvelous lunch with good beer thanks to a Brazilian couple on the yacht next to us
Enjoy the pics and we will add as we explore this beautiful place ……

Ascension to Salvador

12 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
Francois
After the great experience of Ascension Island it was back to the sailing life for the foreseeable future but not before a bit of action
I thought that I had caught a Marlin (see attached pic) but the guys showed me what a real Marlin looks like when you have to pick it up with a crane (see the picture gallery)
One of the striking things of the people of Saint Helena and Ascension is their nature to share. The huge Marlin was caught and everyone who wanted was given (not sold) a huge piece and a big piece was given to the Hotel who offered fried Marlin main course FREE that night. Where in the world have you heard of this happening?
Cheers to the people of Saint Helena and Ascension – You are the BEST!
We started off with a brisk sail as the breeze was fair and we made good speed with average 24 hour runs into the 140 miles per day. The breeze lasted for 8 days but stayed around 10 to 12 knots which gave us a good run and we made Brazil in 13 days which I think was not to shabby
Mystic handled the crossing extremely well and apart for a funny oxidation on the transom is looking good. We will see if it will be possible to lift her out of the water for anti fouling if the prices are not to steep
Once again to all who leave comments it is much appreciated and by the way HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all who had birthdays and all who will have birthdays as we left our birthday calendar back home and the brain cannot remember dates that well (or should I say – at all)

Hi from Salvador - Brazil

12 February 2012 | Salvador - Bahia Marina
Francois
Hi everybody
We arrived safely in Salvador on Saturday 11 February with boat and crew in high spirit and well
We will be posting photos as soon as possible
Till later..

Change of plans - Hi from Ascension Island

28 January 2012 | Ascension Island
Francois
After leaving Saint Helena behind with fond memories of a very friendly people we had a brisk sail in 20 odd Knots and with the first light of the new morning the wind died on us. This was rather frustrating as we were looking forward to a good passage to Salvador. Our available library in indicated that winds were better to the North of us so we started motoring in a North Westerly direction.
After 4 days of intermittent motoring the wind started picking up and we thought that a stop in Ascension would be a good idea. The winds favored us and we had runs of 125 miles day on day which had the whole crew smiling.
Ascension was, to us, a total different world again. The people out here are mostly Saint Helenans and then there are the RAF and US Airforce
The Marine life is another treat. We were welcomed from about 20 miles offshore by a pod of Dolphins and then at the anchorage by lots of Green Turtles that lay eggs on the beach in front of the anchorage. There are also tropical coloured fish in abundance wherever you go.
We started on a tour of Georgetown and got as far as the bakery where we met Wayne and Nicky (the bakers) who immediately offered to take us on a tour of the island which was a boon to us as we decided that we were not going to spend on tours etc.
Wayne also took us to the RAF shop where we replenished stock at a greatly reduced price so I would say that all in all the visit to Ascension was well worth it
We are looking at leaving on Sunday morning as the skipper wants to be in Salvador for the carnival on 16 Feb. Now there is a challenge to complete the 1500 miles in time
PS! this blog entry is done from the house of our wonderfull new friends on Ascension Island

Till we reach Salvador ...

14 January 2012 | Saint Helena Island
Francois
We’ve been in Saint Helena for 7 days now and boy have we enjoyed it
The island is everything but a barren rock. We hired a car for 2 days and explored the whole island which has a strong Napoleonic tie as Napoleon died on the island after being exiled here.
The island has a very diverse fauna and some rain forest areas which was amazing to see. However Basil Read is out here in full force for the building of the new airport and the 4 hotels plus umpteen bungalows which is being received with mixed emotions by the locals. It must be seen that once all the building has been completed the island will be transformed and will never be the same again?
We intend leaving on Monday 16 January and will be en route to Salvador in Brazil which should take us approximately 20 to 24 days depending on the wind and weather
With the slow and expensive internet out here we will only post more pics once we have reasonable internet again
By the way, it was good to say hi to a moorings delivery cat yesterday evening and this morning to Chris and Tjarda on Ocean Maiden from Port Owen
Well, until next time …….

Hello from Saint Helena Island

08 January 2012 | Saint Helena Island
Francois
Wow! We never thought that this day will arrive? The great big rock just suddenly appeared in front of us and boy did spirits lift with the sight
We left Luderitz with high spirits and the weather played its part and we were off with a 20 -25 knot following wind and mild seas which put us in great spirit for the voyage. This condition prevailed for 2 days before we started getting into the trades and the sea turned lumpy and the wind fluky from the aft quarter. We would have times with wind under 10 knots which required motor sailing and also times where we motored without sailing
So much for the wild weather of the start of our journey! I might add that that we all prayed that there would be no more storms but just a little more wind, but hey, you can't have everything
Something that we were bad prepared for was the long time at sea. It is impossible to play games as we were on a 4 hour shift (Neil and myself) with Mads doing the kitchen duties. One thing for sure is that we had the best meals you can think of
On the morning of 7 January Saint Helena was laying on the bow and spirits were high again after the 15 days of just water around us. We anchored at 11h00 and the immigration people came out to their offices for the formalities and we will be doing customs on Monday
The first meal was a burger at Anne's Place and boy was it great. We are only doing this update today as we had to find out where everything happens around here and the first proper rest was required before thing starts happening
Mystic took a bit of battering from the elements and there is a bit of work for Neil and myself and then there is the island to explore
Until next time ........

Farewell Luderitz

23 December 2011 | Luderitz - Namibia
Francois
At long last we have received the new quadrant and boy does it look good to see our cabin in an orderly state again. We have to thank Seaport Supplies in Cape Town for all the effort as without them I believe that it would still have been in Cape Town
With all the commotion one of the local yacht club members took the broken quadrant away and had it welded and strengthened and we will keep it as a spare unit. Tonight will be first night that Mads and I will be sleeping in our cabin
The skipper and Mads have been the ones that have been positive all along although this courier thing started getting comments that we should rather fly back home and bring the quadrant with us in the new year but all this is now behind us
After booking out with port control and the usual customs and immigration this morning I have attended to batteries and other small items, while the two of them brought 400 liters of water on board which was not a small feat. We have also stocked up for a final time with fresh veggies and fruit, so at this moment we are ready for departure tomorrow morning
According to the local weather forecasts we will have winds up to 25 knots and we are now looking forward to seeing St Helens Island on the horizon
Tonight we will be saying farewell to all the super people we have met at Luderitz Yacht Club and there is an undertaking between us that there will not be too much too drink
We will be off line for approximately 10 days and as we understand it St Helena has limited internet so we should be able to post the next entry from there
We would like to thank all for your interest and comments and mails of support for the period that we have been stuck out here

Can you believe - A place worse than SA

21 December 2011 | The PLACE
Francois
Now I've heard it all.
The quadrant was collected in Cape Town on Monday for URGENT delivery to Luderitz.
It's now Wednesday and the parcel is still in Cape Town as I have not paid import VAT on my own stuff on which I have paid all taxes and VAT in SA. The transport company QUALITY FREIGHT thought it just to leave the parcel until I paid the taxes (without telling me where)
We contacted them today and were informed to pay over into a private individual's account and then they will proceed to move it from Cape Town
Now I thought that I am rid of the South African corruptness but now find myself in a worse place.
HELP is needed
The people of Namibia are totally different to their system and a local company has stepped in to help me (the owner in actual fact)
I am tired of the bullshit of Africa and just hope to get away as soon as possible

At last!!

20 December 2011 | Luderitz - Namibia
Francois
Things are looking up. We now have a tracking number from the couriers bringing the quadrant from Cape Town to Luderitz . According to estimates we should have it by Wednesday 21 Dec and if all goes well we should be on our way by Thursday
Aan al ons Afrikaanse vriende wil ek net dankie sê vir die bemoedige ondersteuning en verskoon maar die Engels want daar is nou ons ander vriende wat nie Afrikaans verstaan nie
That was a bit of my own language for my good Afrikaans friends who as our English friends were giving us a lot of moral support
The morale has picked up tremendously now that we know the parts are nearly here and that we will be leaving shortly
The wind has been relentless and we have forgotten what summer feels like as the wind brings an Arctic cold with it
We will remember Luderitz for its kind people, clean town, Jagermeister, good food and a hell of a lot of wind
No photos with this post – we will post again just before leaving
THANKS FOR ALL THE COMMENTS….

No spares yet

16 December 2011 | Luderitz - Namibia
Francois
Well things turned out different. We are still here and the spares will only be in Cape Town on Monday and probably only arrive in Luderitz by Wednesday so we are preparing for another week
The suspense about the drinking milk tart will be there forever as we missed it due to the ‘iffy’ weather and high winds
We spent a day in the desert on Wednesday which was really interesting. I still cannot believe that diamonds were found lying around in the desert sand. The people were lying on the ground and picking up diamonds. How weird is that? There was so much wealth in the area ,which even today still have people doing funny things to get diamonds.
We are starting to get bored with Luderitz and feel that it’s time to move on as the showers are cold. In the period up to date I have had only 1 hot shower except for 2 showers on board where we had the gen set running and produced our own hot water.
Have a look at the pics and remember that your house could also look like this if you do not sweep!!!

Still in Luderitz

13 December 2011 | Luderitz - Namibia
Francois
Still in Luderitz??
Woke up this morning with a dead calm sea and a fog hanging over us. The desert seems a funny place. We thought that it would be hot out here but the temperature seems like winter in Velddrif
Hi Rob!! Hope that you made it safely to Deneysville. Could invite you for a Bicardi as we seem to have a lot out here?
We had a night with Tequila and all at the club last night.. boy was it harder than usual to get up this morning but carrying 150L of fuel fixed all although my legs and arms are explaining that this must not happen too soon again
Tonight we have been invited for pizza and drinking milk tart (will explain what that is later when we find out)
The skipper has decided that Mystic has been neglected and is hard busy at cleaning and oiling wood.
Otherwise there is not much news around as we are still awaiting the spares
Have a look at the photo gallery as I have added some pics…..

Cheers Rob

10 December 2011 | Luderitz - Namibia
Francois
Its been nearly a week in Luderitz and a really windy week at that. Quite a nightmare to get ashore with the chop and you are basically guaranteed to be wet.
The quadrant has been ordered ex USA and should be here by next Friday. A big thanks to SEAPORT SUPPLIES back in Cape Town
The truly sad part of our trip is that Rob was missing his family and decided that the wind and water was not fulfilling his want and decided to fly back home. Rob, you will be missed but rest assured that if it was not that we are here as a family the same might have happened with us. Enjoy the family and dry land for us as well
We will try to do an excursion to Kolmanskop and the other tourist attractions around but with the wind blowing it is not advisable to head off into the desert
Everything is covered with a thin layer of talcum like powder which turns to a heavy brown cake if any dampness sets in. Oh for a fresh water hose down, but this will only happen the day before we set off …….

Licking the wounds

06 December 2011 | Luderitz - Namibia
Francois
What a start to the great adventure
Thursday 1 December was a truly emotional start. After our Wednesday evening farewell party at the Petersons we thought that we would have a quiet getaway but alas this was not to be. Everybody arrived at the holding jetty to say good-bye and things became emotional and getting away became rushed
We enjoyed the calm weather as we left the Berg River mouth and when the wind started picking up, spirits were high. With the first watch after dark the wind picked up to 20+ knots and gradually increased. Mind you, sea sickness also crept in with me and Rob starting to talk to George but there seemed no problem. This however became so serious that I became man down and apparently caused a lot of stress to the rest of the crew (although this only became known to me later)
Things then started to became very rough and we experienced winds up to 45 knots and the seas increased to 6m swells. On Sunday morning plus minus 03h00 the quadrant on the steering decided that it had enough of this and sheared off leaving us with no steering as well as no auto-pilot. Fortunately the wind was just abating at that time and we went to emergency steering and took the decision to head for Luderitz where we arrived this morning safe and sound after motoring nearly 215 nautical miles after the wind totally died on us
The nights were really balmy and we had dolphins, whales and albatross to entertain us with the most beautiful experience must have been dolphins at night leaving a phosphorous trail whereby you could actually see their colours
We will be posting further pictures and what not as soon as we finish sourcing spares etcetera

24 Hours to go

30 November 2011 | Holding jetty
Francois
I suppose we never believed that the time would come but lo and behold we have moved to the holding jetty this morning and if nerves could be shot I assure you that they are
We have completed the formalities at immigration and customs and are officially booked out of the country so there's nothing stopping us now
The weather forecast is predicting a blow of 30 - 35 knots starting on Friday morning and blowing itself out by Saturday so we will be out there enjoying the ride
Mads is downtown picking up the fresh produce and we have a few final chores on the boat and then its the farewells tonight and a good night's rest
We are amased at the number of good wishes we have been receiving and here's a BAIE DANKIE from all of us for the interest shown
Alas we will now be signing off untill we arrive at Saint Helena Island where we will have internet connection again so its goodbuy for 10 to 14 days....

Please check the albums for more pics!!

Ready or not???

26 November 2011 | Port Owen
Francois
No time left for nerves....
At long last all the items on the numerous lists have been ticked and we and Mystic are ready for whatever happens. Thought that I would never get to the point where I would be able to say this but perseverance sufficed
Nerves has given way to trepidation where we will be facing the worst ocean and the longest passage without site of land for all of us
At least we know that there is enough food (and treats) and should we get lost we should have enough provisions for at least 6 months (water might be a problem though)
We are picking Rob up at the airport tomorrow and then its immigration (and maybe a last meal at Royal Cape Yacht Club for a while)
Thursday is now looking us in the eye and as a matter of fact I cannot wait
Will post something just before we leave......

15 Days to go

15 November 2011 | Port Owen
Francois
We now have a new skipper in Neil as he passed his Yachtmaster Offshore with commercial endorsement so the old man cannot say too much at this stage (Oh for the knowledge of youth!!!)
Mystic is pulling on the warps and asking to be let loose to cross the ocean and I must say that the family (and Rob) are raring to go but there are so many things to finalise and 1 December is still the date
Neil and I completed our Scuba coarse with our final 2 dives last Saturday which was really good although the visibility was down. Both of us enjoyed the dive and now we can put the coarse to good use by diving on Mystic and cleaning the hull
Rob has had his Yellow Fever shots and his teeth fixed and is ready for the experience and will arrive on the 28th when we will be booking out at immigration in Cape Town
Mystic has been filled with provisions and all systems are GO.......

24 Days to go?

06 November 2011 | Port Owen
Francois
Time is now really flying
We were in the Vaal for a week where we had a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride. I have officially finished with my work at Turnmill Proquip Engineering where it was rather emotional saying my goodbyes after so many years.
The cats went to our dear friends Rob and Lorraine where they seem to have adopted their new slaves and Lorraine is just pleasing them with every action
Goodbyes at the Vaal Dam was great with well wishes from all
As far as Mystic and the adventure is concerned Rob has confirmed that he will be in Cape Town on the 28th and seems as excited as we are
Of coarse Mystic had to have a present once again as the wind instrument was not to her liking and she switched it off and we had to replace the unit. Neil thought it a good idea that we should purchase the new Simrad plotter that was released at the Cape Town Boat Show, so we hope that Mystic is now content with her new instruments (If this carries on there won't be money left for the trip?)
Mads and I will be taking the life raft to Cape Town for servicing and we will do the first shopping at Makro on Monday
Neil will be doing his prep work from Tuesday and his Yachtmasters practical test on Friday
Have a look at the Albums and see if you can spot your face!
As you can gather we are pretty busy and there's no time for nerves.......

Ready or not???

18 October 2011 | Port Owen
Francois
Things change so rapidly with us that it's hard to keep up with everything.
Neil has completed his Yachtmaster's theory and will be doing practicals the first week of November. This seems a big change from Day skipper but the sailing school feels that he has the experience
The two of us have done our first open dive at Simonstown last weekend which was great fun
Rob, our friend from the Vaal has confirmed that he will be joining us for the Atlantic crossing up to Trinidad. This is really exciting as it puts us 4 up which makes the watches so much better (thanks Rob)
Mystic remains at 99% ready as just after the alternator problem we now have a faulty wind instrument. We will be going to the agents this week and hopefully it's repairable. I really don't want to spend money on a new instrument
Well, things are looking good for the beginning of December.......
Vessel Name: Mystic Rhythm
Vessel Make/Model: Roberts 45 Charter
Hailing Port: Port Owen, South Africa
Crew: Francois and Madeleine Mellet plus the new skipper - Neil Mellet
About: The dream for us started in 1989. However in 1998 it was totally abandoned with the sale of our boat. In 2004 the dream was revived and we are working hard at it once again
Extra: We left South Africa on 1 December 2011 and started our wanderings over the ocean. So far Mystic has completed roughly 4000 Nautical miles and the Skipper and crew are enjoying every moment
Mystic Rhythm's Photos - The last days at home
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Leon - The Saloon singer at work
Added 6 November 2011

In search of the elusive dream

Who: Francois and Madeleine Mellet plus the new skipper - Neil Mellet
Port: Port Owen, South Africa