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.............