Misto - January 14-15 2019: En Route to St Helena at last
Underway at 4am, we found ourselves in conditions with almost no wind and so we had to motor for much of the first day. We were surrounded by Cape Fur Seals and also saw a whale ahead of us. Eventually on the second day out the winds started to fill in and we even put a reef in for the evening.The South Atlantic seems to be a welcome change from the Indian Ocean with its nasty seas and ever changing winds.Here, the seas are kinder with long swells and the winds more consistent, although we have to get around the South Atlantic High before the Trade Winds really fill in.We are just about in communication with the rest of the fleet, being able to make out some boats on the daily nets.It's still over 1400nm to St Helena so much can happen, but perhaps we will make up some time on the fleet,. read more...
Misto - January 1-13 2019: Farewell Cape Town
The new year was a blur of activity as we prepared to depart Cape Town on January 9. Our crew, David, arrived from North Carolina in the USA and settled down on board.We had some late alterations made to our new Genoa, that was a little long, and our new sailbag, that was a little small, and a great WARC cocktail party rounded out our stay.We departed with the fleet on January 9 in light winds that became brisker as we headed out and around Robben Island.We were flying our gennaker when suddenly there were two loud bangs and our bowsprit broke off the cross beam.With quite some effort we partially furled the sail, lowered it and could then see that there was a significant piece of aluminum that had torn off.Reluctantly, as we were not sure if here was any structural damage, we turned. read more...
Misto - November 23-30, 2018: From Richards Bay to Cape Town
At last we are here in the beautiful Mother City of Cape Town, with the mountain towering over us and every shop and restaurant that you could wish for right on our doorstep at the V&A Waterfront.The getting here was challenging and one of the more difficult passages we have completed.Departing Richards Bay in the early morning we did encounter some big swells and confused seas.For some reason the stretch of water between Richards Bay and Durban is one of the most nauseating, creating a strange motion, however a few hours out it all settled down.The conditions were favorable and we reluctantly decided to bypass East London and keep on sailing.Our reluctance was due to the fact that we have good friends who live at Kidd’s Beach close to EL, but decided we would make a plan to come. read more...
Misto - November 14-22 2018: Enjoying the delights of Zululand
Over a week has flown by here in Richards Bay.We are delighting in being back in South Africa and seem to have slipped easily into the way of life again.We have enjoyed visits to Umfolozi and St Lucia.On a game drive in Umfolozi we saw elephants, 11 white rhino around a water hole, giraffes, zebra, warthogs, impala, kudu and Nyala all in one short day!Our first visit to St Lucia did not yield so much game and we went back a second time to do a river cruise and were rewarded with many sightings of hippos and a few crocodiles.We also visited a sanctuary for Africa cats and got up close and personal with Cheetahs, servals, African wild cats and karakuls.On the boat front we have had Misto waxed and polished and measured for new sails and rigging.The latter two will be delivered and the work. read more...
Misto - November 4-13: Completing the Indian Ocean Passage
This technically challenging passage was full of sail changes as we adjusted course and the weather rolled in from different directions and the currents in this part of the ocean ebbed and flowed with and against us. However with our great crew, Misto again showed what she can do. We completed the 1370 nm in 8 daysand 8 hours with an average speed of around 6.7 kn. Along the way we encountered pretty much every imaginable sailing condition - squalls full of lightening lasting hours, huge swells of well over 12’, lumpy, bumpy seas that threw us around like a monohull, and a lot of close hauled sailing which is not a catamaran’s strong suit, but also beautiful sailing days where we flew the gennaker and romped along at 8-10 kn. Our timing for arrival in. read more...