Greetings and Thanks from KwaZulu-Natal
28 October 2017 | Zululand Yacht Club pontoons, Richard's Bay
Sofia arrived in RB around 2pm the day after us, clearing-in at the town quay. They spent two days there, completing the admin, and came to ZYC this morning. They avoided a pasting, but did get a dusting, logging 200 miles more than us. They caught the beginnings of the system and had to tack down the channel. Another 6 hours and they would have had to heave to and let the system go through....while drifting S at 4 miles an hour. In the event, a wave hit their genoa (big sail at the front) and split a panel.
Meanwhile, we have been shopping for essentials and such things as a phone/data sim....ie essentials!
Sorted at last, I can now view the many lovely comments to these blogs: thanks for taking the trouble! It's just a shame that I can't see them whilst at sea.
In the event, it was pretty straightforward. We had set ourselves a speed target to ensure we covered the ground ahead of the deteriorating weather, and that paid out in spades as we arrived in a rising wind and a tricky crosswind berth. We went in forwards to ensure a safe a successful berth - just Mags and me. A chap eventually popped up to help, but too late - we were secure. Good job, Mags!
The wind got higher through the night as forecast, but we were snug and slept like the dead!
Next morning, Thursday, dawned with a quiet spell, so we reversed out and reversed back in to bring the prevailing weather onto the bow - rather than into the cockpit. This time, I dragooned a couple of neighbour 'volunteers' to take our lines and all went smoothly and drama free. Which is how we are now.