Fundi Sailing

Global Yacht Deliveries: Available for delivering all kinds of motor and sail boats worldwide. Come sail away with me to explore new horizons from Cape Town to Belize in Central America - A journey of 8500Miles!

31 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
24 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
20 December 2010 | Royal Jamaican Yacht Club
16 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
09 December 2010 | St Vincent
08 December 2010 | St Vincent
05 December 2010 | North Atlantic Ocean
28 November 2010 | Atlantic Ocean
24 November 2010 | Atlantic Ocean
22 November 2010 | Brazil, South America
17 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
15 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
14 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
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03 November 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
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30 October 2010 | South Atlantic Ocean
23 October 2010 | Cape Town, South Africa

Roatan Scuba Diving

31 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea

Diving prep

Early in the morning of Friday 17th December we arrived at another wonderful Island called Roatan which is situated off the coast of Honduras. Roatan has some of the most stunning underwater vistas you will find on the world's second largest Coral Reef. We had been invited to stay for the weekend as I have a friend there who runs a dive centre offering various diving and fishing facilities.



Diver's Descent

Wow... what a beautiful place to stop! Our hosts treated us royally by sending a boat to guide us through the coral reef. After making all the safety checks we anchored to their buoy. When we swam ashore we realised why they didn't come out to pick us up....they were preparing to go out for a dive and invited us to tag along at only $20 per dive which is relatively inexpensive. We had a wonderful dive at 'Two Crabs' and then returned to the yacht for a hearty pasta dish and some cold ones....geee life couldn't get any better!!!! In the afternoon we went to the pub and tried unsuccessfully to connect to the internet while throwing down some more cold ones. Following a delicious dinner in a local resaurant, an early night was in order as we were booked for an early dive the following morning.

On Saturday, I was up early as usual doing the chores and explored the local area paddling the canoe, which is our tender. I checked out the shallow reef for any stray crayfish but found nothing. The waters seem to be fished out as there were no little fish around either. When we assembled for the dive prep I was offered a free dive in return for skippering the dive boat as their captain was running a little late. Together with nine other divers, we had another fantastic dive at 'Diamond Head' which included a deep dive to 105ft allowing us to explore beautiful coral and a huge king crab.



Sunset Cruise

Later in the morning whilst strolling around ashore, we met and made friends with a couple, Paul and Charlene, who hail from Alaska and spend summers in their beach house here. We invited them to accompany us on our sunset cruise which had earlier been arranged for 16h00 after our last dive. We had an exciting cruise as we had to navigate cautiously through the coral heads. Dinner consisted of a 'Braai' starting with dorado snacks from the freezer which were cooked while we prepared and barbecued all our remaining chicken packs. We finished with tinned fruit for dessert. A wonderful meal and evening was enjoyed by everyone.



Dinner Party

Sunday morning we cleaned up and prepared the yacht before going to say farewell and having a light breakfast. It was such an awesome weekend we wanted to stay another day or two but had to leave for the final leg of the trip to Placentia in Belize.

Vince and crew

Happy Christmas... Everyone !!

24 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
Life is good

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to read Fundi Sailing and join us on our deliveries. It has been great receiving your emails and comments of support and letting us know that you are thinking of us on our journey.

I sincerely wish you and those closest to you a very happy time over Christmas and the New Year season and may 2011 be a time of good health and happiness. May we all enjoy the year ahead together as we continue to sail the oceans

One life... Sail it.

Vince and crew

Jamaican Patois

20 December 2010 | Royal Jamaican Yacht Club
16 December 2010


When we arrived at the Royal Jamaican Yacht club, our friendly Jamaican neighbour Peter Wright, who allowed us to tie up alongside his smaller yacht, said he was going into town and would give us a lift and as he was leaving in about twenty minutes. Well, there is no rush in Jamaica as it took the officials four hours to come and clear us in and Peter was still waiting patiently at the bar, as there's such good rum to be had in Jamaica the home of rums!!!

Being our first time to Jamaica, it is very difficult to understand the locals at times. Although the Queen's English is taught at the schools and many locals are grammar and spelling wizards, the presence of the local slang 'patois' plays an important part in daily life.

Although Jamaica is an English speaking Island, the Island's history is a melting pot of foreign cultures which also extends to it's unique native language. Called Jamaican Creole by linguists, Jamaican Patois is an English-lexified creole language with west African influences spoken primarily in Jamaica. The origin of the language traces back to the days of slavery, when captives who had been brought to the island from west and central Africa to work on the sugar plantations learned to speak English from their British, Scottish and Irish slave masters. The mixture of their African native tongues and a simplified English resulted in a blend of languages commonly known as Patois: a French term without a precise linguist definition. However the most essential patois of all time is the phrase "soon come" as you will quickly realise this widely used term bears no reference to swiftness. Be prepared to wait hours or more likely days for the person who told you he would soon come. A more accurate translation would be ...I'll get there when I get there!! The Jamaicans are very friendly and hospitable people and always go the extra mile to make your stay a memorable one.... which I can personally vouch for.



Vince and Peter

All well on board
Vince and crew

Jamaican Rum

16 December 2010 | Caribbean Sea
Bath Time for Chris

Monday 13th December 2010
The sail from St Vincent to Jamaica was pleasant and quick as we covered the distance in a week. We weren't planning on stopping in Jamaica but having 'murphy' on board we had to, as on Thursday evening we were hit by a storm which for some reason caused our gas solenoid valve to cease operating. This meant that no hot food or any food for that matter could be had.

Now no hot or cold food and crew don't go together so we hardened up the sails and turned north for Kingston in Jamaica to complete temporary repairs to the gas valve as it could not be done without special fittings.

Whilst in Jamaica a certain crew member found out that there was a inexpensive flight from there to Belize and asked if he could be relieved of his duties and arranged a rendezvous with his brother and friends. So, with only approximately 700nm to go, he flew the last leg of our journey to spend some time on his own Leopard 46. Chris joined me as crew to get hands on experience of 'learning the ropes' and keenly participated in all aspects of sailing during our voyage. He is now ready to practice his new found skills on his own yacht. How sad we were to see him go...

Whilst moored at the Royal Jamaican Yacht Club I bumped into another Saffer, Dave Noble, who was interested in going scuba diving. As we were short a crew member, Dave said he would be delighted to join us and sail to Belize so hence he is aboard and enjoying the trip so far.



Kyle, Chris and Vince

How to make a TRUE Jamaican Rum Punch...
When it comes to rum punch, there are many imitations, but no equal to the original Jamaican rum punch. This punch packs a wallop and is a history lesson in a glass!




Refreshing!

Pirates and sailors, who were no stranger to the Caribbean, are said to have created this unique melding of East Indian and West Indian culture. The word "punch" is said to originate with the Hindi word "panch", which means "five". An easy way to remember the proper proportions for a rum punch is this poem: One of sour / Two of sweet / Three of strong / and Four of weak.

In a large punch bowl, combine:
3/4 a bottle of Appleton Dark Jamaican Rum
1/2 bottle of Wray & Nephew White Jamaican Rum
1/2 bottle of strawberry syrup or 3/4 bottle of grenadine
1/2 can of pineapple juice
Fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice to taste
Water & Ice to taste

Try cutting up tropical fruit to float in your bowl. You can cut the fruit to garnish glasses, or use the classic umbrella or palm tree cocktail glass accents. For those who are very bold and/or seeking a truly authentic punch, add a handful of pimento seeds!

The whole point of rum punch is that it is incredibly strong, but the tastes are masked by the balancing of the drink elements. If you drink it like virgin punch, there will be consequences. Be sure and warn your guests that the punch is potent!



Vince and crew

Touring St Vincent and visiting Bequia

09 December 2010 | St Vincent


When clearing into the St Vincent it is quiet simple as you only need your passport and previous port customs papers and 35EC$ which is their currency. 1US$ is equal to 2,65EC$ but beware of the taxi charges as you have to establish a price before boarding as they don't have meters. There are also local taxis if you are prepared to wait and be cramped into it like sardines in a can.




We took a tour up the north western side of the main Island to see the site where they made the movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean' . On the way we saw some amazing lush forests and bays where many of the locals farm and engage in all kinds of arts and crafts as they depend mainly on tourism. We found the locals to be very friendly and happy ... maybe due to the fact that there is plenty of rum to be found in the Caribbean which is very reasonably priced. Whilst driving with our tour operator, named Blaze, there seemed to be no rush and no road rage on the very narrow road leading up the coast. At the movie site there is a pub and restaurant with many of the clothes used in the movie which we were allowed to try on and take some real cool pics, (More pics to be loaded as soon as I find internet!!)










Blaze told us about his friend's beach pub, Mango Pub, on the next Island called Bequia (pronounced 'Beckway'), and recommended we visit there before leaving as it is said to be the place to visit and one of the most exquisite islands in the Grenadines. White-sand beaches and quiet coves have drawn sailors to this island for years. St. Vincent's black-sand beaches are fascinating, but their dark color changes the water to a mysterious green rather than your typical Caribbean blue. After clearing out on Saturday morning, we sailed over to this beautiful Island with the main town called Port Elisabeth and mosied along the shallows in search of 'Mango Pub'. We did manage to find it, anchor the yacht and swim ashore. We had a wonderful lunch whilst meeting some brand new best friends who were very envious of us sailing off into the sunset that evening.

Vince and Crew

St Vincent and the Grenadines

08 December 2010 | St Vincent
St. Vincent... waiting for sunrise

We arrived safely on 2nd December and anchored in pitch black dark of night at 24h30 in one of the many bays off St Vincent island.

The multi-island country of St Vincent and the Grenadines is a land of many contrasts, comprising of 32 enchanting islands and cays. St Vincent, referred to as 'the mainland' is mountainous and lush with tumbling waterfalls, verdant rainforests, magnificent coral reefs and a active volcano. Abounding in natural beauty, steeped in history and rich in cultural heritage, St Vincent is still relatively untouched by mass tourism and remains a wonderful place to soak up some of the true Caribbean culture. The Kalinago (or "Carib" as they were named by the Europeans) knew St Vincent as the Land of the blessed. Another indigenous group of the Americans, who entered the Caribbeans from the north formed a second wave of migration into the islands around 500bc and introduced agriculture in the form of cassava - their staple crop.


Chris and Vince

When visiting St Vincent and the Grenadines which is part of the windward Islands, you can see the many touristic places to visit and do, as there is something for everyone who wants to visit these azure waters, from sailing and dolphin watching, to hiking the nature trails and swimming in the mountain rivers and waterfalls. You can climb to the top of a volcano, or explore the fascinating underwater gardens surrounding this pristine archipelago. There are also dive sites abound in the many enchanting cays and islands with charter yachts available at reasonable rates too not to mention the typical Caribbean night life.


Vince and Kyle at sunset


Vince and crew
Vessel Name: Delivery Skipper
Vessel Make/Model: 140ft Monohull
Hailing Port: Cape Town, South Africa
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