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S/V Pizzazz - Journey Downunder
South Africa to Australia
Local sightseeing
Hugh
08/09/08, Jacare, Brazil

Well I am back at work and Glyn is in South Africa. We had a fantastic time in Brazil this time. The first 2 weeks or so we did a lot of walking around and also found out how the bus system works and ventured further away each day. This is a photo of our outing to the big city of Joao Passoa. We caught the train in, and spend the day walking around the shops and markets, and stopping for an odd cerveja (beer)

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Pizzazz's new home
Hugh
12/07/08, Jacare, Brazil

So this is a shot of the Marina where Pizzazz is moored right now, so looking forward to our return........

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15/07/08 | Shaun Erasmus
Good Pics and makes me want to go out and sell everything and join you guys at sea, hear from you guys soon.
16/07/08 | lydia coutts
Hi Hugh & Glyn, well done guys! wondering when will u move on again but will keep checking yr site! happy sailing, wish u were in Oz already!
06/08/08 | Eric & Glenys Kelly
Hi there

Checking to see how your trip is going. Hope you are both well. Wanted to wish GlennieH a Happy Birthday! Hope to hear from you soon!
Brazil finally...
Hugh
12/07/08, Brazil

So after 17 days at sea, we entered the river into the port of Cabadelo, but we continued up the river to a place called Jacare, where we found a Marina. For the first few days we anchored off the Marina and some local restaurants and enjoyed the festivities everyday from the restaurants. Everyday at 16h00, the bands from all 4 restaurants would start playing loud.....I mean loud music, then at 17h00...everyday...they would have a guy dressed in white playing the Balero on his saxaphone, but not just playing, he would walk out from one of the 4 restaurants and get into a small boat, like canoe, and then the paddler would paddle this guy while he stands in the boat, up and down in front of the restaurants for about an hour. The restaurants are packed out with people every night, and then afterwards the bands would continue playing. In the week the bands stop at about 19h00 but on weekends till early hours of the morning, they definitely have spirit and enjoy their music, we enjoyed it as well.

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13/07/08 | Di
Hi Hugh, Glyn has shown me all the pics and has told me all about the trip. It sounds like a real dream and I should be there with you guys!!! Lots of love, c u soon.
Closing in on Brazil
Hugh
12/07/08, South Atlantic

From about 2 days out of Brazil we did get rain squalls which come with strong winds and rain but luckily for only short periods, but does make some hard work.......

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Then the big one...
Hugh
12/07/08, South Atlantic

This leg was our best sailing we had, we sailed for 10-12 days without adjusting anything, just reading, relaxing and just keeping an eye on the compass, and then we caught a big one............which kept us going for days.

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Sunset at sea
Hugh
12/07/08, South Atlantic

Just another sunset.....

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Leaving St Helena
Hugh
12/07/08, St Helena

So after 5 days anchored off St Helena, it was time to move on, we had wished we had another week here, but duty calls.......It rained most of our days in St Helena, but as we sailed away we also left the cloud and rain behind......

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The Governor's House
Hugh
12/07/08, St Helena

The Governor's place.....

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More countryside
Hugh
12/07/08, St Helena

It is really a beautiful Island....

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Countryside
Hugh
12/07/08, St Helena

The countryside reminded us of the UK......

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Napoleon's tomb
Hugh
12/07/08, St Helena

This is where he was buried on St Helena, but 19 years later, the French got permission to remove his body from St Helena and return it to France. Francesco Antommarchi, the physician chosen by Napoleon's family, led the autopsy, and the cause of death was found to be stomach cancer. In the latter half of the twentieth century, several people claimed other causes for his death including deliberate arsenic poisoning.

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Napoleon's house
Hugh
12/07/08, St Helena

Napoleon spent the last six years of his life under British supervision on the island of Saint Helena, at Longwood House. This is a picture of the house. There were several plots to rescue Napoleon from captivity, including one from Brazil and another from Texas, even a plan to rescue him using a submarine. Napoleon died on 5 May 1821, He had asked in his will to be buried on the banks of the Seine, but was buried on St. Helena, in the "valley of the willows", in an unmarked tomb. Something we did not know is St Helena was also used to keep over 5000 boers captive here during the Boer War.

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Jamestown
Hugh
11/07/08, St Helena

The unusual layout of the town of Jamestown.....

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Jacob's Ladder from the top
Hugh
11/07/08, St Helena

It looks scary......

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Jacob's Ladder
Hugh
11/07/08, St Helena

Now this is the famous Jacob's Ladder, it had 700 steps but one has gone so it consists of 699 steps now. It goes from the town straight up the cliff on the right of the picture from the anchorage, upto the houses. When we were there standing around at the top, a women arrived there in her tracksuit and we spoke to her before she went down the ladder, but she never walked it...she ran down.......we timed her and she only took 3 minutes I think it was and she said she did it every day.....

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Ann's Place
Hugh
11/07/08, St Helena

This is the famous Ann's Place restaurant...famous between all the yachties. They serve some great meals here and are always looking after all the yachties. It is situated in the Castle grounds which are very well kept....although the grass does look long here, but they had just had a lot of rain and floods, it was cut while we were there......

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St Helena anchorage
Hugh
11/07/08, St Helena

So this was where we anchored at St Helena, as can be seen on the left of the picture, there was a french company doing work on the cliff's because of all the falling rock into the harbour area. We were restricted with our movements off the boat every day, we had to be off the boat by 07h00, if we wanted to go ashore, or we could go between 12h15 and 12h45 and then only after 17h00, so was a bit inconvenient, luckily they provide a ferry service. Then when getting from the ferry to shore could be a mission with the swell, as they provide ropes with knots hanging so that you can grab these and swing ashore or into the boat, we were lucky as the swell was not that bad when we were there.

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St Helena closer....
Hugh
11/07/08, St Helena

This was after we had rounded the north end of the Island and were lining up the anchorage just below all the houses on above the cliff.......

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Then St Helena....Land Ho.....
Hugh
11/07/08, St Helena

Then one day we came across St Helena.....what a site that was........

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Fishing at sea
Hugh
11/07/08, Atlantic

This was some of our first catches at sea........every morning I would have to walk around the deck to pick up all the dead flying fish that comes aboard during the night. Some people actually fry them up but they were too boney for us, so we just threw them back overboard. This was our only type catches between Luderitz and St Helena.

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Out at sea
Hugh
11/07/08, Atlantic

Some beauty at sea...

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Leaving Luderitz
Hugh
11/07/08, Luderitz

Then eventually we left.....this was just out the harbour...before we ran into fog again, but typical coastline.

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Luderitz Beach
Hugh
11/07/08, Luderitz

They claim this to be their best beach.......

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Braaing in the fog
Hugh
11/07/08, Luderitz

Luderitz was very cold and foggy but we did get desparate for a braai........

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Luderitz architecture
Hugh
11/07/08, Luderitz

Great buildings...

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Luderitz town
Hugh
11/07/08, Luderitz

Looking across the town towards the harbour

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Continuation of photos
Hugh
11/07/08, Luderitz

In town......they do have tarred roads but....

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More scenery of Cape Town
Hugh
26/03/08, Cape Town

A shot of the mountain range around Table Mountain from Signal hill.....

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Some scenery of Cape Town
Hugh
26/03/08, Cape Town

This is a shot from Signal Hill, of Table Bay with the famous Robben Island in the distance......

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More scenery of Simonstown
Hugh
26/03/08, Simonstown-Cape Town

A view from the moorings of False Bay Yacht Club......

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Our tired resident Seal
Hugh
22/03/08, Simonstown-Cape Town

And then he had to rest for the evening.......

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Just Nuisance
10/02/08, Simonstown-Cape Town

Able Seaman Just Nuisance, R.N.
Great Dane - Great Friend "Just Nuisance", as the dog was to become known by, was by all accounts born on Thursday, 1st April 1937 in Rondebosch, a suburb in the south peninsula of Cape Town.
At an early age, the pup was sold to a Benjamin Chaney who moved to Simon's Town to run the United Services Institute (USI). The USI was frequented mainly by the Royal Navy sailors - The Royal Navy at that time being in charge of the Simon's Town Naval Base. This Great Dane soon grew to be a massive dog and it was here in Simon's Town that he was to become a legend.

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14/02/08 | Scott & Patrick
Glad to see you are having fun. We are enjoying your blog and hope you continue to have safe travels. Take Care
Main street Simonstown
Hugh
10/02/08, Simonstown-Cape Town

A view of the main street in Simonstown

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On passage
Hugh
24/02/07, Durban

Enjoying the sail

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Shakedown to Durban
Hugh
24/02/07, Durban

Leaving Richards Bay

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