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.
19 February 2020 | St Helena
17 February 2020 | 1665 Miles NW of Cape Town
16 February 2020 | 1555 Miles NW of Cape Town
15 February 2020 | 1433 Miles NW of Cape Town
14 February 2020 | 1345 Miles NW of Cape Town
13 February 2020 | 1239 Miles NW of Cape Town
12 February 2020 | 1129 Miles NW of Cape Town
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26 January 2020 | Cape Town
31 December 2019 | Simons Town
29 December 2019 | 21 miles to Cape Agulhas
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19 February 2020 | St Helena

Beautiful Place

20200219 St Helena. Lat 15 Deg 55.458'S Lon 005 Deg 43.506'W

17 February 2020 | 1665 Miles NW of Cape Town

Nearly There

20200217 1665 miles from Cape Town, Lat 16 Deg 18.936'S Lon 005 Deg 22.384'W

16 February 2020 | 1555 Miles NW of Cape Town

Getting Close

20200216 1555 Miles from Cape Town Lat 18 Deg 05.454'S Lon 004 Deg 29.633'W

15 February 2020 | 1433 Miles NW of Cape Town

No Wind

20200215 1433 Miles from Cape Town Lat 19 Deg 18.012'S Lon 002 Deg 45.570'W

14 February 2020 | 1345 Miles NW of Cape Town

Using W longitude for 1st time

20200214 1345 Miles from Cape Town Lat 20 Deg 13.459'S Lon 001 Deg 33.358'W

13 February 2020 | 1239 Miles NW of Cape Town

Less Than 500 miles to go

20200213 1239 Miles from Cape Town Lat 20 Deg 58.087'S Lon 000 Deg 15.440'E

Beautiful Place

19 February 2020 | St Helena
Mick
20200219 St Helena. Lat 15 Deg 55.458'S Lon 005 Deg 43.506'W

I arrived herein St Helena safe and sound yesterday morning.
Its a spectacular place, the moorings are under these huge rock cliffs.
The town is only a short way and there is a water taxi that takes you ashore. There is a
lot of surge so there is a bit of a knack to getting out of the Taxi, but its OK.
The Town is really nice, old buildings but in good condition with walls about 18
inches thick, lots of little shops selling all sorts of stuff, harldly any traffic, quite a few
people sitting outside in park benches, who all say hello when you walk past.
As you can probably tell my first impressions are really good, the radio station is even
good they are playing Jonny Cash at the moment.
So I'm looking forward to going ashore and exploring some more, there is a Huge
Jakobs Ladder to another town up on top of the Cliff, so I will have a crack at that
today.
The internet is a bit of a problem, you have to buy some Wifi access at a bar or coffee
shop and use it there, and its 3 pounds for 30 min. So I wont be on that much.
The anchorage is a bit rolly.
All of the officials were nice, and check in was pretty Easy.
So all good, it was a big trip, but looks to be a nice place.

Nearly There

17 February 2020 | 1665 Miles NW of Cape Town
Mick
20200217 1665 miles from Cape Town, Lat 16 Deg 18.936'S Lon 005 Deg 22.384'W
Cog 343T Sog 4.5 knots, Will enter St Helena in the morning.
Well we are as good as there I can see the island easily, we are way to early, but don't
want to enter in the night, especially with Althea having a broken Prop Shaft.
Last night was very rolly, but today has not been to bad.
I ran the water maker, had a shave and generally did a few odd jobs. I'm looking
forward to getting there, Harmony are there already, as are a couple of other friends.
The VHF is still playing up, it just wont receive, hopefully I can get hold of the
authorities on the Hand Held.
Not much else to say, just eager to get ashore and have a look around.

Getting Close

16 February 2020 | 1555 Miles NW of Cape Town
Mick
20200216 1555 Miles from Cape Town Lat 18 Deg 05.454'S Lon 004 Deg 29.633'W
Cog 330T, Sog 5 knots Heading for St Helena.
Today has been much better than yesterday, with a nice 15 to 18 knot South Easter
and sunny skies.
Last night was also Ok the breeze came up just on sunset.
Everything is going OK, except I have a bit of an Issue with my VHF Radio, Its OK I
have a hand held, but I'm not sure whats wrong with the main one, it's just not
receiving properly. I've had a bit of a look but no luck so far, I'm not pulling it apart
whilst I'm rolling around like this.
We jibed about an hour ago, and this tack is taking us straight there, but its pretty
rolly.
Not much else to report, Althea is having a few Battery Charging problems, but is
otherwise going OK. We wont make it tomorrow, but early Tuesday is looking pretty
good (Touch Wood).
That's about it for today, getting Close.

No Wind

15 February 2020 | 1433 Miles NW of Cape Town
Mick
20200215 1433 Miles from Cape Town Lat 19 Deg 18.012'S Lon 002 Deg 45.570'W
Cog, 303T, Sog 5.5 knots. Heading for St Hlena
Well after a nice night it turned out to be a pretty lousy day, no wind to speak of all
day, just trying to keep moving, and minimise the banging around of the sails.
Normally I would motor, but Althea cant due to their prop shaft.
However the wind has come up a bit now which has lifted my spirits, its forecast build
to 15 to 20 knots, and see us all the way there, so fingers crossed.
Apart from no wind everything else is going well, I made some water today.
Fresh food is running out but I have enough cans to last for months.
We were hoping to arrive Monday, but after the slow going I would say it will be
Tuesday.

Using W longitude for 1st time

14 February 2020 | 1345 Miles NW of Cape Town
Mick
20200214 1345 Miles from Cape Town Lat 20 Deg 13.459'S Lon 001 Deg 33.358'W
Cog 295T, Sog 4.5 Knots Heading for St Helena.
Well that's a bit of a first for me I got to write West in my Longitude, Ill have to watch
that, I will be putting E by mistake all over the place.
It's more of the same today, light winds but not so light the sails are banging around,
so quite comfy really, there is also not much swell around.
I think we managed to do 100 miles so that's OK. I think it will be light tomorrow and
then freshen up for the run in.
Althea is only a mile away, and all's going well over there.
I'm having to run the engine to charge the batteries because there has been light winds
and cloudy days, I have also been spending a fair bit of time on the HF Radio.
I should'nt have mentioned the waves were not banging the sails around, its just started
again.
Gotta Go, everything is OK here.

Less Than 500 miles to go

13 February 2020 | 1239 Miles NW of Cape Town
Mick
20200213 1239 Miles from Cape Town Lat 20 Deg 58.087'S Lon 000 Deg 15.440'E
Cog 300T Sog 4.0 knots, Heading for St Helena

Not much of a day today, overcast, some rain, but worst of all light winds, nothing at
all for the last few hours, but its starting to pick up now, hopefully it stays.
I can't really complain I have had great winds most of the trip.
The worst thing about light winds is the waves are still around, causing the boat to roll,
and sails ect to bang around.
I'm not looking forward to the Doldrums in a few weeks time.
Apart from that everything is OK, Althea is only a mile away and going well,
Alexandra, Bonnie, and I assume Margreth are behind so we should have a lot of fun
in St Helena.
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