WEATHER WINDOW TO CAPE AGULHAS
13 January 2012 | Port Elizabeth, South Africa
As the day progressed it became increasingly clear that a 'weather window' had opened up. The question still remains how long will that window remain open - the general consensus being 2-3 days or more. So, starting tomorrow after mid-day when the wind is supposed to back into the E or NE, I will leave the rickety docks here at Port Elizabeth for points west. If the window remains open, it will be on this leg that I will round the southern most tip of Africa at a place called Cape Agulhas. This is the point BEFORE the famous Cape of Good Hope and will require as much, if not more, respect than its famous brother. And at that point, Cape Agulhas, the two great oceans, Indian and Atlantic meet and I will cross once again into the Atlantic ocean.
My goal is to make it round Cape Agulhas and pull into a place called False Bay and an anchorage off the small town of Simonstown, just short of Cape Town. However, if I am cut short I will anchor in a place called Mossel Bay, about 175 miles from here.
The considerations for this next leg are different but no less daunting than the leg just completed from Richards Bay. There is no current consideration as the famous Agulhas current leaves the shoreline here at Port Elizabeth and goes out to sea - no catastrophic waves caused by current against wind. However, we will be closer to the southern ocean than ever before and within a stones throw of that famous "Cape of Storms" with its treacherous reputation....and its all barely 300 miles ahead.