30 January 2015 | East London
Arrived at East London on Friday 29 Jan 2015 at 12h00
Left Durban at 05h30 on Thursday 28 Jan 2015
250 Nm @ 7, 8 knots average
Motored due to lack of wind
During the last part we experienced the same 3 m short period NEE swell we experienced going from Richards Bay to Durban. This was interlaced with an Easterly swell of same size but larger period. Sweet Waters was built to point and she outpoints most yachts. Compared to vessels of the same length she is narrower with a deeper and longer keel, so pointing at 40 degrees with just the Genoa is a common occurrence. The downside of that ability is that she is more inclined to roll when quartered. This she did in those conditions. The cats were not very impressed.
We are now berthed at the commercial charter berth in East London.
Looks like next weather window is on Friday and it will take us all the way to Mossel Bay.
What a really nice laid back place, and some of the nicest people we have met anywhere.
John who runs Inyati Charters kindly allowed us to use the berth next to him as Latimer's Landing has been condemned and the yacht club trots are too close together for us.
Harry from SAPS popped in this morning and gave us the keys to a car which we could use to get diesel and supplies from the shops. That also made it possible to go and visit the aquarium and the beachfront, all of which brought back memories to Nicki going back to when she last visited the area at age 14 with her parents and brothers. When he came back to fetch the car this evening he brought protea's and prickly bears. We promised to help him augment his abalone shell collection and Nicki gave him an autographed copy of her book Game Farming and Wildlife Management.
We have quite a few things to fine tune so the next few days will be busy. Next excursion is up the river with the yacht tender. Can't wait.
Nicki has some picks on her facebook page. Go look see.