Atlantic Adventure

04 January 2008
01 January 2008 | Surburbia - Cape Town
26 December 2007
21 December 2007 | 12,5 Deg N; 59,75 Deg W
15 December 2007 | 02,05 Deg N; 45,5 Deg W
07 December 2007 | 08,5 Deg S; 26,25 Deg W
04 December 2007 | 10,53 Deg S; 20,20 Deg W
01 December 2007 | 12,25 Deg S; 16,25 Deg W
27 November 2007 | St Helena
26 November 2007 | St. Helena Island
23 November 2007 | 20,25 Deg S ; 0,8 Deg W
21 November 2007 | 23.19 Deg S 2.47 Deg E
19 November 2007 | 27.01 Deg S 7.4 Deg E
18 November 2007 | 28.3 Deg S; 9.4 Deg E
16 November 2007 | 32,7 Deg S; 16.3 Deg E
13 November 2007 | Cape Town Harbour
12 November 2007 | Cape Town Harbour
10 November 2007 | Cape Town
02 November 2007 | Cape Town
27 October 2007 | Cape Town

Dolphin Delight.

15 December 2007 | 02,05 Deg N; 45,5 Deg W
Shaun and Shaheda
We have past quite a number of milestones since our last posting. We have rounded the corner, the most North Eastern point of South America. We are now well on our way to our next way point which is located North West of the Amazon Delta near French Guyana. In our continued Northward travel we inevitably crossed the Equator. Now if you don't believe in Neptune, take heed from the World's biggest cynic. Upon our arrival at the Equator in the wee hours of the morning, we were woken by the most amazing display of light and what I will call marine music, a mixture of gurgling, bubbling and splashing put together in a symphony that Mozart would not have been ashamed of. There before our very eyes was King Neptune in his sea chariot and his entourage of mermaids and the thoughtful old one even brought along a mermale for Shaheda's delight. In an elaborate affair he took us through the initiation ceremony and we made the transition from Pollywogs to Shellbacks. Later we popped a bottle of sparkling grape juice (no alcohol allowed on board), had our share and gave some to Neptune and his merry gang. King Neptune asked us if it is true that landlubbers skoff at his existence, we embarrassingly admitted that until then we were too. He then proceeded to give Shaheda, Terry and I a Certificate to prove that we have in fact done the deed and signed it personally. So there you have it.

We are about to witness another amazing natural phenomenon, the changing colour of the sea as we move through the Amazon Delta. We are currently at the Southern reaches of the Amazon Delta and already the sea has taken on a murky colour. I am not sure if it would be possible to capture this brown coloured sea on film but I will give it a bash. This changing colour of the sea is as a result of the megalitres of water and silt which the mighty, but delicate, Amazon river deposits into the sea. The mind boggles at the scale and volume to have such a wide spread impact on the ocean. It reminds me of something I heard someone from Lesotho say "Our country's greatest export is top soil", I just wonder how much can continue to flow into the sea. This like so many of the experiences we have had has really just reinforced my belief that as a species we are so insignificant, yet our impact through what we do has significant impact on the world around us. Something we really need to be more aware of.

Then of course there are the dolphins, my favourite and I think everyone else's on board as well. We have had the most amazing dolphin encounters ever. On three consecutive days we had the dolphins come and play in the bow of the boat. The first time it happened we were very busy with lowering the spinnaker so we could not pay any attention to them and they left as soon as they came. The next time Terry noticed something jumping out of the water, this time we were all relaxing at the table after supper. We all rushed outside to have a look and there were about a dozen dolphins around, the dolphins clearly love attention. We went to the bow of the boat and started whistling at them and banging on the boat after which they put up the most amazing display. Swimming in the bow wave making 180 degree turns swimming to the back of the boat and rushing back to the bow with some of the most amazing acrobatics. The following day we were treated to something remarkable. We again had a band of about ten dolphins playing in the bow, this went on for about 20 minutes when all of a sudden as if someone sent out a signal "the parties on" we started seeing dolphins coming in from all the corners of the boat some being spotted for more than a mile away jumping out of the water as they rambled toward us. In no time from all sides we had 50 or more dolphins playing about and clearly just having fun.

Terry and I were speculating, what drives this behaviour. We came up with many ideas like; they love the attention, the boat engines sound like a mating call, the speed of the boat stimulates them, etc. However I discarded all of these and will stick to my belief unless some scientist with hard scientific data proves otherwise, I think they just think I am so good looking they can't get enough.

The usual regards from all on board with hugs and kisses to those who know who they are.
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Vessel Name: Leopard 46
Vessel Make/Model: Robertson and Caine 46ft Catamaran
Hailing Port: Cape Town
About: We have many interest particularly those with an outdoor flavour such as hiking, birding, camping, traveling. Shaun has had a long interest in sailing and all things marine.
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Port: Cape Town