Catching The Dream

19 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
19 April 2018 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
17 April 2018 | North Atlantic 40 nms off Barbados, 17th April
17 April 2018 | North Atlantic 40 nms off Barbados, 17th April
15 April 2018 | North Atlantic 400 nms off St L,; opp Guyana Sun 15th April
14 April 2018 | North Atlantic 534 nms off St L,; op French Guiana/Surinam Sat 14th April
13 April 2018 | North Atlantic 734 nms off St L,; op French Guiana, Fri 13th April
12 April 2018 | North Atlantic 880 nms off St L, Thurs 12th April
10 April 2018 | North Atlantic 1200 nms off St L, 400 nms off the Amazon delta, Tues 10th April
10 April 2018 | North Atlantic 1230 nms off St L, Tues 10th April
09 April 2018 | North Atlantic 1300 nms off St L: Monday 9th April
08 April 2018 | North Atlantic 8th April
07 April 2018 | 3 nm N of Equator - North Atlantic 7th April
06 April 2018 | 59.191 nm S of Equator - South Atlantic 6th April
04 April 2018 | South Atlantic 5th April
02 April 2018 | Fernando de Noronha 2nd April
01 April 2018 | Fernando de Noronha 1st April
30 March 2018 | South Atlantic Ocean Fri 30th
29 March 2018 | South Atlantic Ocean Thurs 29th
27 March 2018 | South Atlantic Ocean Tues 27th

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.
Vessel Name: DreamCatcher
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 49DS
Hailing Port: Cowes
Crew: Martin and Margaret Rutt
Extra: We're only popping out for a sail. We've 'done' the San Blas, Panama Canal, Galapagos, Marquesas, Rangiroa, French Polynesia, Cook Islands, Tonga, Fiji, Tanna, New Caledonia and Brisbane; and up to Darwin so see you in........err....Durban.
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