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Lexington - Captain Bob: East London 11/20/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: East London   11/20/2017
20/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: East London 11/20/2017

A bunch of us are tucked into a river at East London. We came down the coast until we met a low approaching front the south. Right before we got in the barometer dropped from 1016 to 1005 in 12 hours. We knew what the weather would be but a good rule of thumb is that if the barometer starts dropping you head for cover. We got in in the early morning and the low got in in the afternoon. They have a nice small yacht club here. We are going in there tonight to have supper. We went to a shopping mall and got a few things. We will hold up here until the low leaves, probably Thursday afternoon. I hope all is well with everyone. The photo is of the anchorage. May fair winds fill your sails with good shelter Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/19/2017
Lexington - Captain  Bob: 11/19/2017
19/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/19/2017

We are hopping down the coast of South Africa while headed to Capetown. We have a good weather window and the weather has been benign. As it turns out, you leave right after a low passes which often puts you in the weather that is transitional. For that reason we have motored a good bit. Right now we are using our twin head sails in 8-9 knots of wind but we have 3.5 knots of current helping us do a COG of 8.5 to 9 knots. It is just like a women, nice and gentle until she turns on you and all hell bust out. Right now it is 22:00 11/19/2017 and we are about 80 mile from our next port, East London. This is a free sailing time to Capetown. Most of the boats are sailing along with us. A few stayed to see more sights or to get stuff fixed. Most have plans to go home for the holidays. My wife,. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay

We went on another tour today to see what we could of the big five animals, lion,elephant,hippos, rhino leopard. The weather was much less than desirable. There is a cold front moving thru which is giving us much cooler than normal temperature and very windy. It was probably in the 50's and 15-20 knots of wind. Luckily we were well dressed and prepared. We were riding in open pickup trucks. Everyone did well but we were glad to get back in a heated van at the end of the day. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: tour 11/17/2017

We went on a tour designed to teach us about the Zulu people and their history. It was lead by a very articulate intelligent Zulu women and an excellent driver. We went to an area set up as a museum and exhibit. We honestly did not give it enough time to study all the information. We still learned a lot. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


17/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Zulu Yacht Club party

We had our prize giving dinner at the Zulu Yacht Club tonight. They had a very nice program which included some Zulu dancers. Video image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.
15/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.

We all got in to Richards Bay safely before the bad weather. One boat is still out but they stopped in Madagascar because they started late. Our tour today was to a national park to view wild life. The guides were very helpful. It was interesting and we got to see a lot. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


15/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay tour.

We all got in to Richards Bay safely before the bad weather. One boat is still out but they stopped in Madagascar because they started late. Our tour today was to a national park to view wild life. The guides were very helpful. It was interesting and we got to see a lot. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6 image7. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay
14/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob 11/13/2017. 28*. 46' south. 32*. 13' east

We are about 5 miles out side the Richards Bay outer markers. It is predawn. We will be glad to be in. Most of the last 24 hours was in 20-30 knot winds but not unpleasant. We did most of it we twin head sails. This leg has been a little more challenging but just that we had wind from the wrong direction. We have been spoiled by lots of down wind sailing. There are two boats that are 1-2 days out. There are two other boats that are within about 40 miles of us. One boat stopped in Madagascar to avoid bad weather near Richards Bay that will occur within 24-36 hours. He was delayed getting rigging fixed in Reunion that was not discovered to be bad until the day before we were scheduled to leave. It was new rigging that may not have been done properly. There is a reason smart people live on. read more...


14/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Richards Bay

We arrived this morning at sunrise. With light to get in it was easy. We could have gotten in a little earlier but I tried to time it for daylight. We were greater by folks from the marina and World Arc. They had a nice bottle of champagne for us as a gift. I will show us drinking champagne at 7 am. Then we took a little nap. May fair winds fill your sails with champagne Bobimage1. read more...


11/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/11/2017. 26*. 16'. south. 39*. 23' east

It is a beautiful day at sea. We have slow (8-9 second period) swells from the south and minimal wind waves. We are in a brief period of lighter winds of 8-9 knotsthat are supposed to last to tonight. I hate to motor sail but we will be tight on our arrival weather so we are gaining about 3 knots of insurance. I have said this many times in this blog, there are much better sailors than us in the group that get by with many less engine hours. It is a combination of somewhat faster boats and much more experienced sailors. When we were down wind sailing we could keep up better. A boat like Skyelark of London is longer (therefore faster hull, speed), sails more close to the wind and has two excellent skippers that run it as a business. I am guessing the are a 125 to 150 miles ahead of us. read more...


09/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/9/2017. 25*. 42' south. 43*. 01' east

We are still making slow progress. We are lucky in that we carry more fuel than some boats. Then again some boats are forced to be better sailors because they do not carry as much fuel. Yesterday one boat made 30 miles trying to tack into the wind. We are about 600 miles from Richards Bay. The winds are supposed to begin changing direction in the next 12-24 hours. After that we will hopefully have a few good runs and get there before the weather turns bad in the Agulhas current. I do not know why I did not buy a plane. We will be sailing thru a high pressure area so it should be sunny. It is amazing that most people keep a good attitude with adverse weather. It is sort of not socially accepted to not say "we have had a great day of sailing"May fair winds fill your sails with a good. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH
Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH
08/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH

We are rounding Madagascar this morning. I have hooked two mahi-mahi this morning. Sam and Karen are not into fish that much and we have more to in the freezer so I released one and one released himself. They are beautiful fish. May fair winds fill your sails with fresh fish BobSVLEXINGTON image1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/6/2017 approaching Madagascar. 23 * 14 'south 49*59' east
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/6/2017 approaching Madagascar. 23 * 14 'south 49*59' east
06/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/6/2017 approaching Madagascar. 23 * 14 'south 49*59' east

We are approaching Madagascar on our way to Richards Bay South Africa. Most of our trip has been more consistent downwind sailing while now we are dealing with fronts more. There is a low pressure system south of Madagascar which will develop winds from the west, that is head winds which will be 10-15 knots. The next factor is that there is a current along the east coast of Madagascar which runs up to 2-2.5 knots We are trying to ride that current south. We expect the winds to drop some tomorrow so riding the current will be nice. The next strategy is the closer we stay to the southern tip of Madagascar the further we will be from the low that is the expected to produce the headwinds. The biggest concern is that he long range forecast for arriving at the coast of South Africa. The. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights
03/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Reunion sights

We went for another tour to visit a house and plantation. The house was part of a big plantation that had about 450 slaves at one time. The house was very nice. It had beautiful woodwork. It had an outside building for cooking which was probably to prevent house fires. We also saw some beautiful waterfalls along the way. I will show some photos. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


02/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/2/2017

A group of the Arc went on a downhill mountain bike tour-ride. Luckily I did not go. I did not learn how to ride a bike until I was in medical school. At least I knew my limits. When we returned this afternoon we learned that Gary had fallen off his bike a broken his collar bone. He is doing fine but was in significant pain and second guessing himself. The day before he had spent the day with us touring in the car. I will show a photo of he and I. May fair winds fill your sails with activities that are age specific. Bobimage1. read more...



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