Smoke and Roses - The Breakaways Explore Namibia
Logged 830 Nautical Miles, 116.75 Hours41.25 Hours Sailing 75.5 Hours MotoringJanuary 9 – 16Cape Town, South Africa to Walvis Bay, NamibiaAfter being in South Africa for two months, it is time to head into the South Atlantic Ocean. Historically the 1700 nautical mile leg from Cape Town to St Helena has 15 knots of wind with downwind sailing, but the forecast is calling for less than 10 knots of wind for the first 5 days. This could mean more motoring. Some boats are concerned about having enough fuel and they would like to see another country on the African Continent. A stop in Namibia adds a couple hundred miles but affords flexibility as well as interest to the route and we can still meet the World ARC Fleet in St Helena. Along with 5 other boats, we broke away from the fleet and took. read more...
Smoke and Roses - Christmas in Cape Town
Logged 214 Nautical Miles – 41 Hours20.25 Sailing 20.75 MotoringDecember 8, 2018 to January 9, 2019Mossel Bay to Cape TownThe third and final leg around the South African Coast included some of the most outstanding features, Cape Aguhlas and the Cape of Good Hope…it was the shortest and easiest leg. The 214 nautical mile trip took just less than two days, with light wind to start we motored the first half then sailed the second half. It was clear sunny and cold with a sea temperature of just 66 degrees and the air temp of low 60’s at night.We left at dinner time and at 06:00 the next morning Dan tried to help another World ARC boat “PretAixte” who had engine troubles. I didn’t like the feeling of him being in just a dinghy on the ocean or of being left with only Alicia and I on board but. read more...
Smoke and Roses - Most Beautiful Mossel Bay
Logged 305 Nautical Miles – 43.25 Hours32.5 Hours Sailing – 10.75 Hours MotoringNovember 29 to December 8East London, Eastern Cape to Mossel Bay, Western Cape Our next leg is, for most people, the worst bit of the trip around the cape. The Aguhlas current runs strong along the coast and when (not if) a southwest buster comes through the wind against the current raises steep waves. Twenty meters have been regularly recorded. Although not the worst seas we’ve been in, it was not a pleasant trip. Alicia was a trooper as we encountered big sloppy seas and cold weather, I am sure this was not the tropical coastal cruising she envisioned. Mossel Bay was the reward making it all worthwhile. Mossel Bay is situated along the World Famous Garden Route with great scenery and hikes as well as one of. read more...
Smoke and Roses - Starting The Journey Around The Cape
Logged 335 Nautical Miles – 46 Hours35.25 hours sail, 10.75 hours motorNovember 23 – 28Richards Bay, KZN to East London, Eastern CapeThe strong Agulhas current that runs along South Africa’s coast, the frequent changing weather with high winds and the meeting of two oceans can make the voyage around the southern coast of Africa a challenge. From November 23 to December 10 we sailed 835 nautical miles around the coast of South Africa from Richards Bay on the southeast coast past Cape Agulhas and the Cape of Good Hope to Cape Town on the southwest coast. Breaking up the trip, we made two stops, waiting for good sailing conditions and to do some exploring. Our first leg was a two day trip, 335 nautical miles to East London.This was our first ocean passage with our daughter Alicia; I took. read more...
Smoke and Roses - Four Out Of Five.Not Bad
November 20 – 23Richard’s Bay, South AfricaWe were excited to return to the Hluhluwe/ Imfolozi Game Reserve for a walking safari through the bushveld plains and undulating hilly countryside. Imfolozi in the southern section of the reserve is a natural treasure store of fascinating fauna and flora, with species including the Big Five – lion, leopard, elephant buffalo, and black and white rhino as well as many other animals. We left early morning with Hal, Marcia and Haley from “Cayuse” and just before reaching the entrance a large, muscled leopard crossed the road, right in front of “Cayuse’s” car. Having not seen the northern section of the reserve we decided to do a self-drive through Hluhluwe before checking into our camp. We saw all kinds of animals, many of which blocked the roads as. read more...