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.