Janice & Mick on Zoa

Vessel Name: Zoa
Vessel Make/Model: FWM 39
Hailing Port: Fremantle
Crew: Janice & Mick Johnson
About: Janice & I have recently retired to try out the Cruising Lifestyle on board our Yacht Zoa, a Fairweather Mariner 39.
12 November 2019 | Richards Bay
09 November 2019 | 87 Miles from Richards Bay
08 November 2019 | 140 Miles from Richards Bay
07 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
06 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
05 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
04 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
03 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
02 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
01 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
31 October 2019 | Cape St Andre
29 October 2019 | Bali Bay
28 October 2019 | Majunga
26 October 2019 | Pointe Ambararata
24 October 2019 | Moramba Bay
23 October 2019 | Unitty Kiranga
22 October 2019 | Nosy Saba
21 October 2019 | Nosy Kalakajoro
18 October 2019 | BARAMAHAMAY RIVER (Honey River)
15 October 2019 | Russian Bay
Recent Blog Posts
12 November 2019 | Richards Bay

Arived Safe and Sound

20191113 Richards Bay Lat 28 Deg 47.685'S Lon 032 Deg 04.710'E

09 November 2019 | 87 Miles from Richards Bay

Motoring

20191107 87 Miles to Richards Bay Lat 28 Deg 33.605'S Lon 033 Deg 45.692'E

08 November 2019 | 140 Miles from Richards Bay

Windy old Birthday

20191109 140 Miles from Richards Bay Lat 28 Deg 15.237'S 034 Deg 45.125'E

07 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel

Rolling Down wind

20191107 Mozambique Channel Lat 26 Deg 29.290'S Lon 036 Deg 34.132'E

06 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel

More of the same

20191106 Mozambique Channel Lat 24 Deg 11.621'S Lon 36 Deg 24.638'E

05 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel

Change of plan

20191105 Mozambique Channel Lat 21 Deg 37.437'S Lon 36 Deg 21.004'E

Arived Safe and Sound

12 November 2019 | Richards Bay
Mick
20191113 Richards Bay Lat 28 Deg 47.685'S Lon 032 Deg 04.710'E

This is a bit of a late blog, I arrived in Richards Bay a few days ago, it is a nice place
and we are all tied up in the small boat harbour, there are lots of boats here.
The check in procedure is quite easy, though you do have to catch a cab to customs.
We can stay tied up here for as long as we like, it seems quite secure.
I am tied up right behind the Police Boat, which is manned so I shouldn't have any
trouble.
I may be here for a while, I might buy a new main from here, I will see, its quite good
fun with everyone here, there is also a reasonably priced restaurant / Bar.
The supermarket is a taxi ride away but has everything.
There is apparently also a very good chandler y near by.
So all good, a few repairs to do, but not too much.

Motoring

09 November 2019 | 87 Miles from Richards Bay
Mick
20191107 87 Miles to Richards Bay Lat 28 Deg 33.605'S Lon 033 Deg 45.692'E
Cog 260 T, Sog 4.5 Knots, Heading for Richards Bay.

Not much to report since this morning, Sailed most of the Day but Motoring Now.
I noticed a small tear in the Main today, I'm not sure how it happened, as its below the
reefing points, so it wasn't during the strong winds yesterday as I was reefed, It must
have caught on something as I was putting the reef in, it can be easily repaired, but
time for a new main I think.
Not much else to report Bonnie and Margret have gotten in front of me somehow,
probably because I've been sailing all day with a deeply reefed main due to the tear.
Its a pain to have the motor going I have hardly used it this trip.
So that's about it, I should arrive tomorrow sometime,

Windy old Birthday

08 November 2019 | 140 Miles from Richards Bay
Mick
20191109 140 Miles from Richards Bay Lat 28 Deg 15.237'S 034 Deg 45.125'E
Cog 245T, Sog 5.3 Knots, Heading for Richards Bay

I missed doing a Blog yesterday as I was dead tired, so this is a late Birthday Blog.
Yesterday was a Big day, not only did I turn 62, but it was pretty windy, I hand
steered all day, just to try and soften out the bumps, the auto pilot doesn't care it just
sends her in a straight line.
You can tell I'm not as fit as I used to be I had aches and pains from standing at the
helm all day.
But it all went OK, I dropped her of 1 wave a bit hard, but generally OK.
Gee she is an awesome Boat, she relay looks after me.
Anyhow that's the windy day over and done with, it should be smooth Sailing to
Richards Bay, arriving early tomorrow morning I think.
If the weather is good I might go in at night.
So alls good, I had an exciting Birthday, except its cold, I've got a jacket on, and long
pants.
Really looking forward to having a sleep without that alarm every 20 minutes.

Rolling Down wind

07 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
Mick
20191107 Mozambique Channel Lat 26 Deg 29.290'S Lon 036 Deg 34.132'E
Cog 180T, Sog 6.3 knots.
It's been a reasonably good day, not to comfortable as I am sailing down wind and
Zoa is rolling a fair bit.
Everything is going Ok, it will get a bit windy tomorrow, but not dangerous.
There are a few boats out here, Harmoni, Margret, Bonnie, Sarifina and Bees Nees.
Some others are leaving Bazaruto in the morning.
Hoefully we will get to Richards Bay Saturday, but it may be Sunday.
Not much else to report really, everything is going well.

More of the same

06 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
Mick
20191106 Mozambique Channel Lat 24 Deg 11.621'S Lon 36 Deg 24.638'E
Cog 180T, Sog 6.7 knots.

Another great days sailing with the current, it got a bit light about noon but is nice
now.
Its slowly backing around to the north, its a bit aft of the beam now.
Its forecast to freshen, so I have the 1st reef in, and a preventer on.
The days are pretty busy, I have a few skeds on the HF, and I spend a fair bit of time
getting weather maps and trying to figure out what to do.
I've been getting plenty of sleep, just in short spells, eating lots of canned food, but
have a pretty healthy lunch and breakfast. I had some great muslie but have eaten it all,
so on to porridge which is OK.
I will probably get to Richards Bay on the 9th of November, the day after my birthday.
But that's ok because my Mainsail is starting to look pretty ratty, maybe I can have a
new one for a birthday present. Have we got any money Jan ! ( I wouldn't have a
clue).So all good here, I might just go and heat up a can of lentils with sausages in it.

Change of plan

05 November 2019 | Mozambique Channel
Mick
20191105 Mozambique Channel Lat 21 Deg 37.437'S Lon 36 Deg 21.004'E
Cog 203T Sog 6.6 Knots Heading South towards Richards Bay.

Well there has been a change of plan, there looks to be a weather window to go to
Richards Bay so I am pushing on, along with quite a few other boats.
It was a nice night last night, and today has been ok, but busy trying to decide weather
or not to push on.
So I'm heading south again, sailing close hauled, its quite comfy at the moment, and
should stay like that overnight.
There is a lot of current I was doing 8 knots earlier, probably only 6 through the water.
So all's well, I had been looking forward to a good nights sleep, but it has been
postponed for a few days, no problem really I have had plenty of sleep the last couple
of nights.
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