Ntombi too

Who: Johan and Francina Botha
Port: London
We were very fortunate to be sailing in Cape Town Harbour at the start of the Volvo harbour race. Even more fortunate to meet Laura Dekker, the youngest sailor to do a circumnavigation.
09 September 2019
29 June 2019 | Denerau harbour Anchorage/Wailoaloa beach/Vuda Marina
25 June 2019 | Beqa island, Robinson Crusoe island, Noisali island
06 June 2019 | https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Ntombi
02 June 2019 | Suva, Fiji
02 May 2019 | Whangarei Marina
23 September 2018
22 November 2012 | New Zealand
27 October 2012 | Tongatapu
28 September 2012 | Tahiti
09 September 2012 | Apataki
01 September 2012 | Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas
26 August 2012 | Hiva Oa
14 July 2012 | Pedro de Gonzalez, Las Perlas
03 July 2012 | Panama
29 June 2012 | Panama
20 June 2012 | Curacao Spaanse waters
20 June 2012 | We left Bonaire at 24h00 in order to arrive at Curacao during daybreak. The sail was very bumpy due to the direction of the waves in the strong wind. We did not sail with the main, but only the headsail with the pole. The wind was mostly from the stern
17 June 2012 | Kralendijk, Bonaire


17 June 2012 | Kralendijk, Bonaire
Distance: 423 nautical miles
Min: 110 on 15/6
Max: 150 on 13/6
Average: 5.35

Bonaire is a Caribbean island east of Central America and North of Venezuela.
Weather: almost constant at 27 degrees celsius
Terrain: Outstandingly managed and protected land and marine parks. Flat, scant vegetation and natural resources of beaches and salt.
Size: 290 km2
Language: Dutch, Papiamentu (Spanish and English are also spoken)
Currency: US Dollar
Local Activities: Scuba diving, Snorkeling and Windsurfing
Population: 14006
Bonaire's coral reefs are their most precious asset. The coastlines of Bonaire, Lac and Klein Bonaire have been designated as protected areas.
Coral reefs are complex associations of living animals. Stoney corals are the major reef builders, they look like brown/green colored rocks. The tiny animal, called a polyp, extracts calcium from seawater and deposits this beneath itself as a limestone skeleton. The polyps of one coral head are all linked together into one giant colony. The limestone structures produced by stoney corals provide a perfect home for myriads of tiny bottom dwelling animals as well as being a safe haven for the dazzling array of reef fish you see swimming above the reefs.
Bonaire and Klein Bonaire are surrounded by one almost continuous fringing reef. A shallow and narrow terrace slopes down gently from the shoreline to a depth of 10 meters (30 feet) and then drops, typically at an angle of 45 degrees, to depths of 40 meters (130 feet). There are, of course some variations to this general description, like vertical walls or double reef formations.
We left Trinidad on Friday morning but the Simrad did not work. We turned back and spent the weekend at Coral Cove Marina. They fixed the Simrad on Monday and we left Trinidad behind on Tuesday, on our way to Bonaire.
The wind was fair except for a swell of 33 knots on day 2. Luckily it only lasted for an hour or two. Eddie took the stearing and Johan reefed the main when the wind went down to 20
+ knots.
The pole that Johan built up is working quite well. We were able to cover more than 100 miles per day in very low winds.
We had one rainstorm with higher (22+) wind. It however did not last long enough for Johan to finish washing himself.
The simrad, fixed in Trinidad is still causing problems . It is not able to handle any load. It is a huge disappointment, seeing that we need a bnackup in the event of a failure of the main simrad. We will have to buy a new one to take with us when we arrive in Bonaire.
The information we had on Vonaire was very limited. We were not able to find the Marina very easily. We got a waypoint from Ian, but we added a few of our own, ignoring his. Our ignorance caused some turmoil in finding the moorings.
The wind came up quite strong (25 knots) during the last 8 miles before we reached Kralendijk. Johan was steering by hand and did a splendid job.
When we arrived Johan and I went shopping and discovereed the supermarket called Tops. We bought very nice bread, as the Dutch can bake. Dinner was therefore sandwiches with cheese and/or cold meat. I did not feel like cooking after the passage and just wanted to start my Sabbath, enjoying the very nice view of the marina.
The water is very clear and you can see the bottom of the ocean. Eddie took a swim when we went to the shop. He apparently got a fritght when he got out of the water. A vin appeared where he were minutes ago, flapped and disappeared into the water. Was it possibly a shark... He is not too confident to get into the water again.
There are plenty restaurants and bars on the beach, but none of the noise we heard in so many other islands. I fell asleep with very nice calming music in the background.
What a rude awakening in the early morning hours with music blasting in my ears. The restaurant/bar closest to us changed into a nightclub. The music continued until 03h00. The people was howeer still around for another hour or two.
We went to customs in the morning, just to find out that we are not allowed on the island without a visa. Johan and I have Seaman's passports which grant us permission to stay for 48 hours. Eddie is however not allowed to go ahore until we leave the island. They warned us that we would have the same problem in all the Dutch islands. We still want to go to Curacao and will face the music when we get there.
We were like naughty kids when we returned from customs. Instead of going back to the boat with the dinghie, Eddie and I walked back to the dinghie dock at Karel's bar. Johan went around to fetch us, but decided to meet up with us on shore instead. Technically, Eddie was not on the boat yet (after being at customs) and could therefore not be deported. They said he is not allowed to come ashore from the boat, but he was not on the boat yet.
We went with him to buy presents for his kids. We stopped at an icecream parlour where he enjoyed home made icecream before his return to the boat. He wanted us to join him in shopping but we kept on explaining that it is Sabbath and we do not shop at all on a Sabbath.
We spent the rest of the afternoon reading whilst Eddie snorkeled around the boat. Karel's bar is on stelts in the ocean and technically not on the shore. We "allowed" Eddie to have lunch with Johan on Sunday - Father's day BBQ special.
Eddie got news in Trinidad that his brother was diagnosed with cancer in his throat. They planned to operate on him to remove the cancer and Eddie did not get any news from his daughter yet. We went to the cellphone shop but Eddie decided not to get a new simcard because there were still TT$12 on his Trinidad simcard. It might have been a mistake, because he was not able to make any connection with his daughter in SA.
It affected him so badly that his blood pressure shot up tremendously. It did not help that we were on shore, and he all by himself on the boat. The devil is not kind to you when you are idle. I tried to get internet access to contact his kids for news on his brother, but it did not work. None of the keys at Karel's worked and the other wifi spots were not open until the afternoon.
Eddie reached the stage where he wants to return home to South Africa instead of continuing to Panama with us.
Eddie's brother is waiting for chemo and radiation to start. There is no need for him to rush home and he is therefore still sailing with us to Panama. We will assess the situation once in Panama.
Vessel Name: Ntombi
Vessel Make/Model: Bruce Roberts, Offshore 45
Hailing Port: London
Crew: Johan and Francina Botha
About: Johan is the captain and qualified diesel engineer with experience in MTU, Detroit, DAF, etc engines.
Sailing in Mauritius in 2003 changed our perception of sail boats. The focus therefore shifted from motor boats to sail boats. We bought a Holiday 23 after completing our Yacht Hand and Day Skipper licence with Ocean Sailing Academy in Durban in 2006. We sailed her on the Vaaldam and the dream [...]
Ntombi's Photos - Main
Sailing Whangarei to Tauranga and back
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Created 18 July 2021
Exploring the Western side of Viti Levu
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Created 11 July 2019
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Photos taken in Suva and surrounding suburbs
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Created 9 June 2019
It took us 11 days, leaving Marsden Cove Marina on 18 May at 10:30. arriving in Suva, Fiji on 29 May at 10:30 am.
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Created 4 June 2019
Very convenient marina in the town basin. Our home for 5 years
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Created 12 May 2019
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Created 12 May 2019
Photos taken on walks in the morning, and the surroundings after we went back into the water (whale rock damages). Waiting for the weather window to sail to attempt to sail to Auckland again.
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Created 5 May 2013
Pictures taken of the keel being fit back on after it got loose when we hit whale rock
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Created 5 May 2013
Pictures taken during our visit at Petrus and Alicia in Greymouth in January 2013
25 Photos
Created 9 February 2013
Pictures of New Zealand and the people we met
30 Photos
Created 20 December 2012
Photo's taken from the time we left Tongatapu until we arrived in New Zealand
20 Photos
Created 6 December 2012
Sail from Tahiti to Tongatapu island, part of Tonga
75 Photos
Created 5 November 2012
Sail from Hiva Oa, Marquesas to Apataki in Tuamotu
64 Photos
Created 9 October 2012
Photo's taken whilst sailing from Apataki to Tahiti, as well as photo's taken during our stay in Tahiti
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Created 5 October 2012
Sail from Las Perlas to Hiva Oa
44 Photos
Created 20 September 2012
Sail from Balboa yacht club, Panama City to Las Perlas
76 Photos
Created 20 September 2012
More photo's of the canal transit and the stay at Balboa yacht club
71 Photos
Created 10 July 2012
Stay in Colon and Balboa as well as the transit through the canal
124 Photos
Created 3 July 2012
Trip from Curacao to Shelter Bay marina in Panama
39 Photos
Created 1 July 2012
Trip from Kralendijk Bonaire to Spaanse Waters Curacao
37 Photos
Created 1 July 2012
Trip from Trinidad to Kralendijk, Bonaire
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Created 18 June 2012
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Created 11 June 2012
Short visit to Storebay in Tobago with nice snorkeling reefs and white beaches
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Created 11 June 2012
Trip from Fortaleza to Tobago. Visit in Scarborough, the capital of Tobago
57 Photos
Created 31 May 2012
Photo's from the trip between Ascension island and Fortaleza, Brazil
15 Photos
Created 31 May 2012
Photo's of the trip from Ascension island to Fernande de Noronha, Brazil
33 Photos
Created 27 May 2012
12 Photos
Created 15 April 2012
Voyage from Cape Town in South Africa to Saint Helena Island in the Atlantic Ocean
25 Photos
Created 15 April 2012
Photos from the day we took ownership to the day Ntombi was transported from Vaaldam to Richardsbay to sail in the Indian Ocean
1 Photo | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 28 December 2011
Photos of Ntombi when we took ownership
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Created 28 December 2011

Ntombi too

Who: Johan and Francina Botha
Port: London
We were very fortunate to be sailing in Cape Town Harbour at the start of the Volvo harbour race. Even more fortunate to meet Laura Dekker, the youngest sailor to do a circumnavigation.