11/21/2014, RCYC, Cape Town, South Africa
We have loved our stay in South Africa but, sadly, it is time for us to leave.
Tomorrow morning we set sail for Walvis Bay, Namibia. It is aporoximately 800 nm so should take us about a week to sail there. We plan to head out to 14 degrees W where the SE winds should give us a nice ride up north.
We have many memorable experiences while here not the least of which was meeting the skipper of Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race, Sam Davies. (see photo) She loved that I was wearing the team tee shirt and cap and we sat and laughed with her little one.
We have met so many lovely people in South Africa from the De Robbilards in Richards Bay to our friends in Mossel Bay, Annelise (who I met in the Yacht Club washroom and she invited us to her home and into her family) and Niel and Janine (THE most amazing singers) and her Dad (the owner of the best Braai restaurant in South Africa) and all the others who came to our boat for THE best cockpit party ever.
We are sad to leave South Africa but look forward to our adventures north.
Buy mense sien hulle wier Suide Afrika. Ons is life vir hulle.
(Goodbye people of South Africa. We love you.)
Here is another view of that spectacular piece of land. We were so lucky to find one day in two weeks that provided fair winds and relatively smooth seas for us to achieve that. Most days this week we see the winds hovering around 40-50 knots with huge seas out there. Yuck!
Saturday looks good at this point for us to head out for Namibia.
I'm going to add more photos to our photo gallery (see the link on the right side bar).
11/17/2014, RCYC, Cape Town, South Africa
WE DID IT!!
Yes, we rounded the Cape of Good Hope. We set ourselves up for success by choosing a day that, on the weather GRIB files, showed light winds (10 knots) from the SW with 2 metre swells and no rain. Of course, as everyone in South Africa knows, one must always add at least 10 knots to the wind forecasts and 1 metre to the height of the swells... And it proved to be true the day we rounded the Cape.
It was beautiful, awe inspiring, and all that we had imagined.
Of course no one mentioned those big ol' Atlantic Rollers coming at us from the Southern Ocean. Seasickness meds work. Most of the time. All was well as soon as we rounded Green Point and into the calmer waters of Table Bay.
Terrwyn is now safe in her new moorage (slip) in the Royal Cape Yacht Club while we finish off a few boat chores and wait for fair weather to continue on our journey north (it's looking like Saturday, November 22 is our likely day for heading off).
Good time to explore the West Peninsula of South Africa.