Goody on route

Who: Joop, Jacolette, Johannes, Dirk and Lelei
Port: Richards Bay
06 September 2013 | Richards Bay, South Africa
05 September 2013 | Portugese Islands, Inhaca, Mozambique
03 September 2013 | Mozambique
30 August 2013
29 August 2013 | Bassas da India
28 August 2013
26 August 2013
21 August 2013 | Madagascar
17 August 2013 | Madagascar
10 August 2013 | Nosy Antsoba, Madagascar
06 August 2013 | Nosy Be, Madagascar
04 August 2013 | Madagascar
03 August 2013 | Nosy Be, Madagascar
21 July 2013 | Nosy Be area
15 July 2013 | Indian Ocean
11 July 2013
10 July 2013
07 July 2013
06 July 2013

Silence

05 July 2013
Jacolette
3:17pm. Ping. Silence. Peep.peep.peep.peep.peep.
Silence is not something you hear at sea. There is always the slosh of waves against the hull, the wind on the sails, the engine in the background, the creaking of the boat. Something is always making a noise somewhere, except perhaps when you just drift without any sails with the waves in a light wind …
We had just finished a late lunch in the cockpit and everyone was settling into their own activities inside the saloon. It took us all a few seconds to realise something had changed. WHY is it so quiet?? Joop was the first to ask the question. Is the sail still up? I looked through the window, and there was no sail.
We all ran outside, and there was the spinnaker drifting in the water, partly under the hull, dragging on the lines. Myself, Joop and Dirk started clearing the lines while Johannes attended to Lelei’s opinion on the situation inside the saloon. She was not impressed with the situation and we could all hear her loud and clear. Luckily within a few minutes we managed to get the sail onboard, with some blue stains from the antifoul of the hull. Joop realised that the spinnaker shackle on top of the mast had worn off and snapped. That happened after flying the spinnaker for the last 9 days 24/7, which meant a new shackle was needed on top of the mast. So the preparation started. Finding the correct shackle, correct tools, collecting extra shackles and extra tools to take with up the mast. Joop spent 45 minutes hanging onto the mast in a light breeze of 8kts with a speed over ground of 4.1kts. This was the minimum engine revs just to keep the boat aligned with the waves, to limit his acrobatics while he was enjoying the view from the top of the mast.
6:18pm. All peacefully enjoying the sunset in the cockpit under sail of the spinnaker at the end of another day.
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Vessel Name: Goody
Vessel Make/Model: Dean Catamaran
Hailing Port: Richards Bay
Crew: Joop, Jacolette, Johannes, Dirk and Lelei
About: Joop, myself and our 2.5 year old son, Johannes, left Richards Bay harbour on 6 December 2008. Since then, Dirk was born in 2009 in Curacao, Dutch Antilles and Lelei in January 2013 in Penang, Malaysia.
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Who: Joop, Jacolette, Johannes, Dirk and Lelei
Port: Richards Bay