Mischief - Double Handed
Hi AllWe had a great stay in South Africa and really enjoyed the stunning sights and friendly people.It was great to get back to the UK for Christmas and catch up with friends and family.We left Cape Town at 11.00am on the 9th Jan and had a great start. Light winds to start but they soon picked up as we sailed clear of Robben Island which required a reef. this was short lived and we soon had the engine on.Wendy and I have settled into our routine and it is working well. We are getting plenty of sleep and really enjoying the passage so far. The wind has been variable and light and we have done much more motoring than we would have hoped. Where are the trade winds we were promised for this leg?The South Atlantic has not disappointed with dolphins sharks and whales. There are also lots of. read more...
Mischief - Mischief Blog Richards Bay to Mossel Bay
Fishing SuccessRough seas greeted us as we left the tranquil waters of Richards Bay, Adam took the helm and had to weave in and out of the huge ships that anchored in Richards Bay.Not an easy task when under sail, you'd think the ships captains would consider the needs of a small yacht governed by the wind and move their huge vessels with each change in wind direction.Perhaps that's a big ask so we thread our way through best we could and managed to miss them all.Sharon cooked us a cracking meal that night spicy chicken with mash and has now secured herself a place in the Mischief, memorable meals menu.Few have this accolade, well done Fanny McGinty.Millpond conditions revealed, a four meter shape which we later identified as a tiger shark.In all on this trip we spotted a total of five. read more...
Mischief - Mossel Bay 26th Nov to 30th Nov 2018
We can confirm sharks do have sharp teeth.Big fires, logs and warm clothes not normally associated Africa, more deserts, jungles and searing heat.Not in Mossel Bay, its too close to the Southern Ocean and Cape Town.Cape Town being the furthest south that World ARC venture, I'm so pleased.However, the former provided a cosy back drop to allow us to remain outside most of the time and still enjoy the culture of Mossel Bay.Sonia the local hairdresser was a big hit with the crew of Mischief.She cut Adams hair for £3.50 and I presume the skippers bill was the same.My hair cut and highlight was £28 and took three hours.Wendy and Sharon were also regroomed but with mixed results, Sharon was shocked when she discovered she'd gone white haired in under an hour and too much of her hair had been. read more...
Mischief - Mossel Bay to Cape Town 30th Nov to 2nd Dec 2018
See my big sad faceIt is with a heavy heart that I write my last passage report, the last two days passage has been great, the sea is littered with seals, fins in the air sleeping and chillin', breaching the waves in pairs or more and then of course the infamous CAPE OF GOOD HOPE.Great skippering means we rounded it in easy conditions making it an exciting passage with magnificent views of Table Mountain with its cloth waiting to fall neatly over the side.Africa here we come.This is my last blog, I thank the Skipper and Commander for making it all happen, its been an awesome ride, Skipper I salute you for keeping us all safe again and the commander for make sure we have have the right papers etc and that the "tissue" comes down when the wind gets up.A special female to female salute to. read more...
Mischief - La reuinion to Richards Bay
Reunion was insight andRally control had allocated Mischief a mooring against Influensa, this worried the skipper as he wasn't sure all of the crew had been inoculated against this sometimes deadly virus.......This French Island set between Mauritius and South Africa had so much to offer, from the moment we were greeted by traditional dancing on the first evening.After completing the jobs on the boat, including a creative repair to the freezer by Dan from Smoke and Roses (Thank you so much Dan, good job) the crew were ready for Josh's party at the nearby resort.Partying that night was enjoyed to the full, some of the crew not arriving back at the boat until the small hours despite the early start the next day.Ouch!!!!!The coach arrived a few hours later to take a less than functioning. read more...