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Jacob's Ladder
Sun May 22 8:00:00 EDT 2016

There are 699 steps in the steep climb up Jacob's Ladder in St Helena. The steps were built to connect the settlement of Jamestown to the former fort at the top of the hill.

Big Turtle
Fri May 20 8:00:00 EDT 2016

One of two, big, tortoises that wander around the Governor's House in St Helena. I believe the tortoises were brought to St Helena from Seychelles.

Fri May 20 15:53:06 EDT 2016 | Yann
Congratulations, Richard. I am very happy to follow you, and your boat !
St Helena
Wed May 18 8:00:00 EDT 2016

St Helena is a pleasant, relaxed, friendly, isolated, tropical island where everyone speaks English. A United Kingdom Overseas Territory, St Helena is probably best known as the place Napoleon was exiled to.

Transportation to and from St Helena has traditionally been by sea. This year, they finished building an airport, but due to problems with wind shear, airplanes are not yet landing there. The island is mostly supplied by a Royal Mail ship (which takes passengers), which is scheduled to make its last voyage to St Helena in July (presuming commercial flights to the new airport are being made).

The picture is looking down on Jamestown, the main settlement.

Fri May 20 7:34:04 EDT 2016 | george ray
Awesome travel adventure, congratulations to you and your crew.
Fri May 20 12:05:09 EDT 2016 | george ray
What do they use for transport ? Petrol must be precious. Lots of sunshine and wind. Electric vehicles? Do houses all have cisterns? Composting toilets?
Walvis Bay Oil Rig
Mon May 16 8:00:00 EDT 2016

While sailing away from the coast, a bunch of seals came over and played behind the boat.

Walvis Bay Oil Rig
Fri May 13 8:00:00 EDT 2016

Just outside the entrance to Walvis Bay (Namibia) is this oil rig. Typically, along this coast, there is a lot of fog in the morning. So this rig seemed to appear slowly out of the fog as we approached.

Putting Namibia on the map
Mon May 9 8:00:00 EDT 2016

A wall of a building in placid Luderitz had this nice map on it. Namibia is an interesting and scenic country that is mostly desert, and seems to have many friendly people.

Mon May 9 15:46:28 EDT 2016 | george ray
It's curious reading blog posts about Antarctica when you were in S.Africa or Namibia and now I wonder . . . .is Richard post this from a an Internet cafe in St. Helena? Thanks for sharing and be safe. It will be wonderful when you get to place where you have some chill time and fast internet and catch up on the blog. It has really turned into a very grand adventure document.
Thu May 5 8:00:00 EDT 2016

Approaching the entrance to Luderitz harbor, I was surprised to see that the North Cardinal (meaning indicating deep water is to the North of the buoy) buoy marking Angra Rock was being towed away!

As it was a clear day, light winds, and I have a GPS & charts and chartplotter, I didn't need to see that buoy to avoid the rock. The buoy was clearly being taken in for maintenance by the tugboat Pelican.

Mon May 9 22:24:02 EDT 2016 | Jeffrey Judd
Just caught up on your blog, Richard. Congratulations on a great adventure. Fair seas and following winds - see you in NYC!
Sheet Lanyards
Thu Apr 28 8:00:00 EDT 2016

Issuma has three stays (wires) ahead of the foremast (jib stay, forestay, inner forestay). These stays complicate tacking because the sheets (ropes attached to sails) get caught on the stays. A while back, my friend Maggie mentioned to me that traditional schooners with multiple jibs use lanyards between their sheets and the sails. So I tried it out on my forestaysail (shown), by putting eye splices in the sheets, and then tying the eyesplices to the sail with smaller ropes. The sheet lanyards worked pretty well (not 100%, but much better than just using bowlines), so I put some on the jib sheets as well. I don't think the length of the lanyards is very important, just that the knots & splices are some distance apart, so they don't all drag across the stay at close to the same time.

Sat Apr 30 9:05:47 EDT 2016 | george ray
Tell us about Namibia, please!
Mon May 2 0:55:45 EDT 2016 | george ray
and St. Helena
Tue May 3 21:18:25 EDT 2016 | will tugster
Colin told me about your changed plans about NZ. Happy sailing north and west. See you in NYC . . .
Catching up
Sat Apr 16 5:26:11 EDT 2016

I've gotten quite behind on my blog entries.

From Antarctica, we sailed to Cape Town, South Africa. Did a bunch of boat maintenance in Cape Town, then sailed north, to Luderitz, Namibia, which we are about to leave for points farther north.

Picture is of Issuma anchored near Carilni Base, King George Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica.

Sat Apr 16 23:12:31 EDT 2016 | george ray
Wonderful, WOW!
Sun Apr 17 14:33:48 EDT 2016 | george ray
? Tristan da Cunha ?
Tue Apr 19 15:00:54 EDT 2016 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, George.
We were not able to stop at Tristan da Cunha.
Wed Apr 20 0:28:39 EDT 2016 | George Conk
Congratulations, Richard and crew your great accomplishment - sailing to Antarctica and safe return to Capetown.
It was the Shackleton Endurance voyage that first made me curious about the high latitudes. Did you get a glimpse of Elephant Island? South Georgia?
Would love to hear more about your track, conditions, etc. north from the South Shetlands.
Sun Apr 24 7:59:35 EDT 2016 | Richard Hudson
Thanks, George.
We anchored off Elephant Island to sit out a storm--something which I've been planning to post about but haven't gotten around to yet.
Carlini Base
Wed Apr 6 3:46:21 EDT 2016, Carlini

The mechanical workshop at Argentina's Carlini Base.

Fri Apr 8 6:53:08 EDT 2016 | george ray
? Whats with the seal, . . . just resting I hope ?
Fri Apr 8 14:21:20 EDT 2016 | Richard Hudson
Yes, it is just resting peacefully.

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