Catching The Dream

26 April 2018 | Marina du Marin, Martinique, 26th April
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

Settling in but planning on

03 November 2017 | ZYC
Sunny and hot Mart
Richard's Bay is a windy spot! Even with the sun and warmth, there is nearly always a good breeze blowing to make the halyards tinkle and bang.
The Club found us and Sofia more appropriate pontoon berths, so we moved yesterday and hope to stay here for the duration. The office have found berths for the World Arc elsewhere. They arrive in a week to 10 days, with at least one boat we know because Maggie did her Ocean test run with Dan and Emily ( now on Skye of London) in October 2013. It will be nice to meet them again.
Meanwhile, we had a local chap - Hebron - polish the hull and topsides. Sofia had him to do their stainless steel and were satisfied. It took the lad three full days, what with a vinegar wash, an abrasive paste with a polishing machine plus a final polish. We agreed what he asked for: 1000 rand. It sounds a lot, but the exchange rate is 18 to the pound. Ridiculous! He did a good job and got a bonus................plus some food that earlier 'crew' bought but which we wouldn't ever be eating.
We are also getting our time here organised. In addition to the safari with the boys and their girls, we have added a stay in the Drakensburg mountains and a stay and tour of the Rorke's Drift and associated battle grounds (ref the films 'Zulu' and 'Zulu Dawn') with vehicles that are suitable for the appropriate terrain hired. We still have some time to spare, so will look for something else to do, albeit Christmas is not the cheapest of times.
So, all's good. DC is looking great, our new berth has a slightly better outlook, and with friendly neighbours and locals, we feel pretty relaxed and happy here. When you consider the prices for most things here, it would be tempting not to leave!
However, our onward crew - Nicole and Jeremy, whom Maggie met when she did the trip with Dan and Emily - join us here in early January, so discussions and early planning has started to cover the 7000 miles 'tween here and Grenada.
It's looking interesting, with some fascinating destinations possible.............

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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