Time Bandit

Swopped two hulls for two wheels and now touring South Africa, dodging things on four wheels and four legs.

06 May 2022 | Pretoria, South Africa
30 April 2022
22 April 2022
16 April 2022 | There Goes The Neighbourhood
06 April 2022
02 April 2022
30 March 2022 | V & A Marina, Cape Town
19 March 2022 | Mid Karoo
19 March 2022 | Mid Karoo
15 March 2022 | Monique & Bastiaan Above Hout Bay.
04 March 2022
21 February 2022
20 February 2022 | The Anchorage, Witsand, Western Cape
07 February 2022 | B&B Tulbagh
31 January 2022
24 January 2022 | Orange River, Augrabies National Park
20 January 2022
15 January 2022
31 December 2021

Pressing On

28 October 2021
"See when we get to Cape Town, I think we'll get new running rigging. I mean, it's six years old now".

So said the ancient mariner last night.

This morning, after a furious day and night thrashing down the Mozzie Channel - setting a new speed record of 21.5 knots, more furious toe tugging dragged me out of much needed sleep.

“The wind's died. We need more sail". Now, that's not something I hear everyday, so I jumped out of bed, well, actually, more like levered and groaned my way to the vertical. Gravity can be a real bugger some times. These night watches aren't as easy as they used to be.

We then set to getting the big code 0 asymmetric out it's bag, tack attached to furler, head to halyard - with a plop and another curse, as the stainless bush in the head fitting headed for a new, more restful life at three thousand metres, then hoist the whole shebang twenty metres up the mast.

Sheets twisted. Drop the whole shebang. Untwist. Re-hoist.

Unfurl. Sheet in - and off we go.

"BANG". WTF was that!

The braided outer cover of the tack line, one of the running rigging parts I'd thought I'd replace in sunny Cape Town let go. We now had seventy five square metres of sail, pulling hard, held only by a thread of dyneema core. Yikes! A quick bear off to ease the load, furl it in and bring the whole shebang back down.

The great news was that replacing the tack line involved balancing precariously on the A shaped sprit poking out from cross beam at the bows, one mangy piece of equally old eight millimetre line stopping me from chasing after the stainless bush.

Hacking and pulling soon replaced the broken line, I climb back on board and guess what, the wind's piped up and gone ahead and it's now too much and too tight for the Code 0.

Undo the furler. Undo the halyard. Shove it all back in the bag. Lash bag to deck and on it goes....

The good news is that the wind is, unusually, favourable for a direct run to Richard's Bay. Apart from lost sleep, this is good news. We also avoid illegally anchoring off and seeing absolutely anything of Mozambique, especially the bits in the north where the crazies are out on the loose with their Kalashnikovs, although I believe their activities have been suppressed by professionals running around with Kalashnikovs. Further south where it's safer, at least from the crazies, we avoid the perils of crossing sand banks and spending nights anchored off open road stead's, rocking' and a-rollin' to find shelter. According to the scuttlebut, we'll also be saved hassle from the local authorities trying to augment their meagre incomes by fleecing passing cruisers.

And so, in true Time Bandit form, we press on. Our plan of breaking the trip with two or three stops of only three or four day passages of four hundred miles or so in between, is now lying in tatters along our wake as it shapes up for a one-hit, twelve hundred mile bash. And it's all against the weather clock, so it's sails up, sails down, in, out. Tweak , tweak, tweak. That and Michael and Prescilla on Hylite are behind us doing the same.

It whiles away the days. However, as officer Murtagh said, “I'm too old for this s#%t.”
Vessel Name: Time Bandit
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer 51
Hailing Port: Largs, Scotland
Crew: Anne and Stuart Letton
About: ex dinghy and keelboat racers now tooled up with a super sleek cat and still cruising around aimlessly, destination Nirvana...
Extra: Parked up in Cape Town, South Africa and exploring on two wheels..... when we should be doing boat jobs.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/timebandit/profile
Time Bandit's Photos - Main
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Created 2 April 2021
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Scraping and sanding hull back to gel coat for epoxy and Coppercoat treatments.
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