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

Miss Helen E

20 November 2017 | ZYC
Nothing too exciting to report, as we count the days to Chris and Stew bringing Polly and Kim to join us.
With the World Arc here this last week, the ZYC has been busy.
We joined them for an interesting talk on Friday about the harbours to be found en route to Cape Town, and then for their awards dinner night afterwards.
Most of the fleet, including friends Dan and Emily left early Saturday to catch the tide and the weather window which should get them to East London or even Port Elizabeth before the weather turns against them for a few more days. That's what it's all about here....rush off as the last system abates and get to safety before the next system comes in. Our turn will come!
So for now, we have a couple of hot and sunny days before that next system lowers the temp and brings some rain and maybe some thunderstorms for our sons and their girls on safari!
Here onboard DC, we are really getting to the nitty gritty of maintaining standards with a new toilet seat for our loo (heads) plus a new kitchen (galley!) tap and replacement mirrors in the two bathrooms (10 years of salty air!)
We have also decided to renew the mainsail and genoa here.
We will keep using the existing ones as the recent repairs are good, but we know that at this age these sails could easily fail if ocean conditions conspire, and the prices here are very reasonable, even for a global brand like Ullman Sails.
So, bullet bitten!
Finally, another UK boat was selling their portable aircon unit for a decent price. It also heats and de-humidifies - though not at the same time! - so we bought it. It needs a longer exhaust hose for effective aircon, and that is on order.
It's a bit of a 'lump' of course, but it's versatility should be really handy; and for the price we paid, it won't owe us anything after a South African summer!
Pip pip!
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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