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And we are off...

13:00 Outside of cape town, just past half way to Robben Island.

20120323 | John Goble
Hoop die winde waai reg vir julle. Kannie wag om te hoor hoe die eerste klein stukkie van julle reis gegaan het.

Sterkte en mag God julle behoed en bewaar.......
20120324 | Julia Katic
Anyone know how it is going with Francina and Johan? I can't wait for the next update!
20120312, Cape Town

the one battery packed up and we were waiting to here if they will replace it under warrantee. Luckily we got the battery replaced on 13/3/2012

20120314 | Maggie Kruger
Hi ek is so bly ek kon julle opspoor. Nou kan ek elke dag jou dagstukkies volg en weet ten minste hoe dit met julle gaan. Baie lief vir julle.
20120428 | t f de waal
Hi julle! X en Jan sit en lees v jul ervarings. Jammer om te hoor van al jul probleme. Due propsharft ervaring was nogal kommerwekkend!!!! So dankbaart dat alles tu mooi uitgewerk het. Wonder of d van zijl wat daar befrawe is familie was??? Mut wc!!!! Is trots daty ons voorgeslagte die wedevaringe van daar oorleef het. X en Jan het d 12de. Verloof geraak. Isa stuur groete. Bja liefde!!!
20120429 | Bella
Halo Tani ghd nog met julle?
Paperwork done

It is with mixed feelings that I am typing this message. We went through yachtclub, port control, immigration and customs with so much ease that it is actually scary. We are officially stamped to leave the country as soon as the battery arrive in the morning. We went tothe fleamarket to get airtight containers for the spices and then we went off to the chemist to collect Johan prescription. We got more than bargained because we bumped into Johan's aunt. it is a pitywe did not contact her earlier. We went to a friend's for a last dinner and it was so nice and relaxing. they wil hooefully come and visit us in New Zealand. the French guy apparently fell and was lying on the panton for a while calling the Englishmen for help. he broke his leg and were taken to hospital.

2012 end of earth?
20120310, Cape Town

We listened to teaching about the prediction that the world is coming to an end on 21 December 2012. The Bible is however correct in what it predicts for the end times. No-one knows the date that Jesus will be coming on the clouds to collect the rightous living and the dead. What a glorious day it is going to be!

B Canvas
20120309, Cape Town

I do not have words to describe my appreciated to Adrian. He did not only deliver all the canvas with exceptional quality, but also added (for free) a cover for the liferaft and covers for the two hatches. Anybody in Cape Town, please contact them for canvas work on your yachts. They are just fenominal!

We managed to get the shopping list down yesterday, as well as most of the small items in the boat. Johan however discovered some problem with the one Trojan battery. We will need to find a replacement before we can leave SA, and everything is however "imported" from Johannesburg when you live in the Cape.

Had to go back to Postbank for the final visit. Received the cheque and reinvested with Nedbank - trust they will survive for the next year. I have the new 'toy', kindle to get used to. Books seem pretty impressive to read and I was even able to read at night, which I thought will be difficult.

I think we have shares in Seaport. Obviously we had to pay them yet another visit. We hoisted the storm jib and discoved that we do not have separate cars for the sheets. At least we found out before we wanted to use it in the middle of the ocean. Not that we plan to use it, but you never know when it might be needed.

The two Englishmen, Ian and Harvey introduced us to Jive, an Indian place with variety of spices, Tandoori, Madras, etc. What I love about the place is that the prices are reasonable, the food tastes very good and there are no alcohol or pork served! They also included a vegetarian menu for somebody like me.
The portion sizes is however astronomical. I ate half the veggie curry and took the other half home for lunch, and both were very big portions - more than I normally eat. This is another place that I can recommend to everybody in Cape Town. It is situated in Longmarket street, just after the Parliament street crossing.

It is my brother, Barend's birthday as well as Bronwyn and Heinrich's. Hope you all have a wonderful day and that the year ahead will be even closer to God.


Yippie, we have the car back and can go to Tableview for some 'shopping'. We discovered a small laundry next to Meltz with very reasonable prices. The washing would therefore go to the friendly girl to do for us. Johan needs another set of spectacles and I am still challenged with Postbank. I invested some money with them and it is a challenge ever since to get my expired investment back. It is now the 3rd trip to the same branch, and the 6th trip to Postbank. As long as money was not included in the defrauded money. The branch manager as Blaaubergrant is actually very helpful.

Have to buy more toilet paper, toothpaste, Rooibos tea (which is not manufactured anywhere else in the world), etc. My elder son is getting very upset with me for not buying the kindle which will be my only contact to the outside world according to him.

Seaport Supplies is getting yet another visit from us for more items on the boat list. There is a lot to do on the boat still, but it is all the smaller items like the light in the bedroom which is giving us hassles. the fire extinguisher needs to be refitted, etc.

I am excited, but nervous at the same time. Only a few days/hours to Sunday when we expect to do the clearing out process.

20120402 | Isabel
Halo Tani dis lsabel, hoe gaan dit nog?
20120402 | Tertia
Hey. Hui gaan dit? Waar is julle? Isa kuier hier en het sy my gewys hu om bdskap te laat. Dit gaan gud met almal hier. Ma is nou biki by ousus. Hulle haart kom haal. Isa kan al heelwat dun. Het al gaan sit met examen v haar. Verder word dit koel hier. Laat weet as juliewers is waar ons kan kontak kry. Mis julle!!! Alles vertel wat julle beleef het ne!!!! Love u!!!! Mis julle!!!

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We were very fortunate to be sailing in Cape Town Harbour at the start of the Volvo harbour race. Even more fortunate to meet Laura Dekker, the youngest sailor to do a circumnavigation.

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