Time Bandit

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

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Tee’d Off

30 March 2022 | V & A Marina, Cape Town
Stuart Letton
It’s season change in Cape Town. The trees are turning. The air is getting cooler - the days down to around twenty and overnight plummeting to maybe thirteen or fourteen. On freak days, cooler still. Even rain! Outrageous.

Consequently the heavy duty duvet is out as is the heater, slippers, woolly vest and fleece. Can’t find ma toorie bunnet anywhere.

Anne says I’ve gone soft.

In addition, whatever passes for equinoctial weather passed through the other night. The wind speed dial, which sadly hasn’t been turned on in many a month showed 38 knots, and that was after the peak.

And it was at the peak, as Time Bandit jerked and pulled at the dock lines that there was an almighty, strange popping noise.

Now, we are surrounded by dozens of South African Fur Seals and they pop, bark and belch all night. They have also taken to feeding on the fish sheltering under the hulls so we’re used to being woken by bangs on the hull. But this was new.

We’ve learned over the years not to ignore new noises so there we were, creeping about in the dark in our smalls, looking to see what the noise was all about.

Nothing up the east wing. Nothing up the west and nuthin’ in the cockpit. Hhmmmm.

Despite the knifing wind I ventured on deck for a look/see. And there at my feet was the source of the commotion. Our putting green was in tatters, ripped out at the roots by one almighty gust.

By day it’s actually to stop the searing South African sun eating away the trampoline such that one day during a sail change I simply disappear into the ‘oggin.

“Where’s he gone now?” I can already hear Anne saying in that tone of despair-cum-resignation developed over years of raising three small children and one adult.

Shivering, we lashed up the remains, scuttled back down below, fired up the heaters and got a perfect 10 diving back under the duvet.
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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.
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