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

Windy Richard's Bay

15 November 2017 | ZYC
We had a most interesting time at the battlefield sites around Rorke's Drift. The weather was perfect, our accommodation ditto with bbq facilities for our self catering. We would have gone for their meals, but they are served in your room, and we didn't fancy 'meals on legs', so took our own stuff.
We also had TV to watch the F!, some rugger and Roger F (for Maggie!) which all happened most conveniently in the evenings.
Our battlefield tour lasted from 07.30 until 5pm and was really good and kept us riveted.
With long but enjoyable drives through the countryside to and from the Lodge, and a morning at the big museum at Thanala (near Dundee), we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
We arrived back to an offer of tea with A&J, which morphed into gins and wine/beer and supper! We slept well!
That was two nights ago. With A&J off again on their travels, we had a fabulous lightning display and bone shaking thunder last night. It was genuinely scary, as lightning seemed to be striking repeatedly in the same direction and 'walking' on it's lightning 'legs' towards us. Maggie and I were both silently comparing the height of our mast to our neighbours....and wishing it smaller.
Eventually, the storm drifted off to the north, the lightning never getting closer than a mile, or so. The show lasted over two hours, with some torrential rain. We got a little damp watching all this from the cockpit, but the 'curtain' system worked well to keep us in and most of the rain out.
This morning dawned with more thunder and by noon, the wind started kicking in as the predicted wind storm began to build in earnest. Currently, the wind is gusting to the mid 30's and is likely to strengthen and to last a couple of days - so we're getting on with indoor jobs. At least it is cooler....from a very humid 30+ to around 25 now and forecast 18 tomoz.
With all this weather, the World Arc started arriving a couple of days ago, and we saw Emily and Dan on Skyelark this morning. All but one boat is in, with the laggard waiting out this storm in Madagascar. It looks like they could be there a while.
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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