Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 10 and 11
Yesterday our wind died away leaving us sailing slowly with sails crashing about in the waves.Eventually we gave in and motored for about 3 hours, the batteries needed charged anyway and hurrah the wind came back after that so making good progress again.Have been making bread, also pizza base which worked quite well, couldn't seem to find pre-prepared ones in South Africa. Apparently we can get a small salad pack (only 1 per boat) for £6.50 from St Helena, which is good as we'll have finished all the fresh stuff. You have to be prepared to pay more in remote places whether its an island or up a mountain.. read more...
Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 8 and 9
Still making progress towards St Helena, wind varies in strength and direction a little.So sometimes we are reefed and going fast, sometimes like now full sail and going (relatively) slowly, sometimes downwind wing and wing, sometimes on a broad reach with sails on same side.We are trying to keep to the north of the Great Circle route as apparently best wind is to be found here.The water temperature is definitely increasing, up to 27.5 deg C, at Cape Town it was 16.So we should be able to swim at St Helena.Otherwise we are reading up about ports in Brazil in the Pilot books.Unfortunately we finished the Christmas cake yesterday.It is great to talk to our rally friends on the SSB twice daily, but this morning the set refused to turn on.Switching it on and off at the main transceiver (in. read more...
Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7
Good winds for most of today either broad reaching or running wing and wing with poled yankee heading for St Helena - it depends on whether the wind is SSW or SE. And in sunshine.It's still quite cold at night but water temperature is now up to 21 deg C from 16 deg C at Cape Town.Less than 1000 miles to go now but unfortunately wind has dropped off a bit.. read more...
Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 6
Well just after the last blog got wind, and it continued to back round to west then south west so that we could point at St Helena.We got a very timely favourable forecast from weather guru Chris Tibbs and decided to go for it.We have been broad reaching or running wing and wing since yesterday evening, plenty of wind and making good progress.Just now we have 17kts S, sailing on a broad reach with reefed main, reefed yankee and staysail set.Some very small flying fish on the deck, some brown boobies flying about.5 boats have stopped in Walvis bay but they are the bigger monohulls and cats so no doubt they will catch us up.. read more...
Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Days 4 and 5
Continuing to plod north up Coast of South Africa and now Namibia.Wind has been resolutely from the way we want to go, and lately not much of it.On Friday it rained so even more gloomy, life is so much better in sunshine whatever else is going on.We are considering going into Namibia either Luderitz or Walvis Bay to buy fuel before heading west to St Helena and hopefully trade winds will be established by then.We have information on both places it seems to be a friendly country.Unfortunately we don't have the courtesy flag, in fact no idea what the flag is?. read more...