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

Waiting.......for Weather etc

03 January 2018 | Point Yacht Club, Durban marina
Fortunately, the 50 knot wind forecast for NYD only topped 44 here.
It was quite bouncy.
Since then, it has been very pleasant and not too hot. Today is going to be warmer, though, as we await a delivery of provisions.
The forecasts have been suggesting a weather window would enable us to leave for East London on Friday, but it looks today as though the new low will deepen and move up the coast to bring 25+ knot SW winds, which we do not want. We must still get ready, but wait to see whether that happens.
Que sera. This is the way it is.
Meanwhile, 'conversations' with my electronics guardian (angel) plus his local equivalent, backed up by a visit from the Marina techie all conclude that the Course Computer that controls the autopilot has failed. Probably an EMP (electro magnetic pulse) from the storm. If so, we are very very lucky if that is the only item to suffer.
Replacing it - it's a non-supported model now at 11 years old - will also take time and several thousand GBP, which is a bind. That is still well below the excess on our insurance, so it's blow out the cobwebs and 'hit the wallet' time!
I hope to know today whether it can be done here, or best left until Cape Town.
We still have Carly, the wind vane, for self steering in better/different conditions than storm-Friday, and having the extra crew eases the burden of hand steering.
Either way, it's not a big problem. Just think how Joshua Slocombe managed on his own (with dog) in the 1890s.
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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