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Sweet Dream - Saturday December 14, 2019
Sweet Dream - Saturday December 14, 2019
Sweet Dream - Friday December 13, 2019
Sweet Dream - Friday December 13, 2019
15/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Friday December 13, 2019

Dawn broke over the 12 Apostles, we had a good run under just the staysail all night right up until 06:00 in the morning light. Wind was in the mid to high twenties and we were making 6-7 knots. Then, just as the sun appeared, the fog rolled in. One minute you could see, the next minute it was thick pea-soup fog! Thankfully we’ve spent enough time sailing in Puget Sound and the U.K., so fog is just a bother to us. We furled the staysail, turned on the engine, and fired up the automatic fog horn proceeding slowly at four knots, we arrived at the entrance to the harbour at 07:00...the fog lifted like magic, we turned off the fog horn, tied up to the fuel dock, found out they only took CASH payment. Oy vey! THAT is a very pertinent piece of information that the WARC organisers SHOULD have. read more...


15/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Saturday December 14, 2019

Spent the morning doing internet business, then spent the afternoon exploring more of the waterfront. Really lovely place...so much to see and do within walking distance. The Warc Christmas party had to be postponed on account of the pouring rain. I find it hilarious that Cape Town is in this terrible drought, yet it rains several times everyday! If this is what they call dry, I would want no part of the wet season! But we have a dry, comfy boat and good rain gear clothing, so it’s just a mild bother. image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Thursday December 12, 2019
Sweet Dream - Thursday December 12, 2019
Sweet Dream - Thursday December 12, 2019
Sweet Dream - Thursday December 12, 2019
Sweet Dream - Monday December 9, 2019
Sweet Dream - Monday December 9, 2019
Sweet Dream - Sunday December 8, 2019
Sweet Dream - Sunday December 8, 2019
Sweet Dream - Wednesday December 11, 2019
Sweet Dream - Wednesday December 11, 2019
Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 10, 2019
Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 10, 2019
12/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Wednesday December 11, 2019

Dove coloured, soft, low, orotund sky aboveSlate grey, white peaked, steel sea belowSuspended on a magic carpet in a sparse, silver worldDevouring the opulent story of “The Hare with the Golden Eyes”Such a juxtaposition between the two! Flying wing on wing; a piece of Genoa on the pole,The full Hoyt prevented opposite.Two halves of a whole sail plan.The Agulhas current pulls, the wind blowsWe fly between the two next to the glittering fairy moon pathAcross the undulating “snow capped” mountainous seas.The moon made an appearance tonight; finally,after all the relentless grey days and long dark nights.The too large for comfort mounds of water are spectacular in the lunar glow. The shine of the moon’s light spills across our starboard quarter A pure shimmering fairy glitter walkwayLeading. read more...


11/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 10, 2019

Rain comes in the weird grey predawn dreamThe sky is like an old time tv screenNot dark, not light, silver-blue in betweenWater pelting from the sky; parting on the windscreenBig droplets running down with little rivulets in betweenIt’s colder now than it has been And that big, white-frothed sea runningRunning away with meimage1.. read more...


11/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Monday December 9, 2019

“People say I’m a dreamer...but I’m not the only one...” Imagine...John Lennon still lives.image1.. read more...


11/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Sunday December 8, 2019

We spent the morning puttering about with small tasks getting ready (again) to go offshore. The weather was grey and intermittently misty so Kyle wasn’t able to come and caulk our big windows in the salon. Yesterday, he and Robin had spent the afternoon fashioning a bit of hardwood into a perfect collar to fit around the mast inside the underneath of the maststep, and installing it with a hefty application of sikiflex. The goal is to eliminate as much flexing and moving of the mast against the deck fitting as possible. We’d had the exterior fitted with an aluminium plate in Richard’s Bay, now the interior was complete as well. I think this passage to Capetown will be a great test of the waterproofing we hope it affords. For lunch we went to the Point Yacht club with Dave from Chao Lay.. read more...


11/12/2019

Charm - Cape Town passage

We’re on day 3 of our passage to Cape Town from Durban. My mom and Kay left on Saturday, December 7, after three weeks of touring South Africa, with a side jaunt to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls.We had lots of great adventures, met many interesting people, and learned more about the world, ourselves, and each other. My mother learned that, while she was born of Irish/Iowan parents and raised in Cuba, she is actually part African.This was no surprise to anyone that knows her.Given any opportunity, she will start dancing and singing.In any part of Africa we visited, we witnessed the same behavior. In a beach parking lot on a weekend afternoon, standing by your car?Dance party.Taking a jaunt on a boat around the harbor?You and fifty of your friends, on your feet, dancing.Walking down the. read more...


Charm - Cape Town passage
Charm - Cape Town passage
Charm - Cape Town passage
Charm - Cape Town passage
Sweet Dream - Saturday December 7, 2019
Sweet Dream - Saturday December 7, 2019
Sweet Dream - Friday December 6, 2019
Sweet Dream - Friday December 6, 2019
08/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Saturday December 7, 2019

Beach day! Very good fun in the midst of Durban holiday revellers! A nice interlude before going back to the unfriendly Indian Ocean tomorrow. image1.. read more...


08/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Friday December 6, 2019

Arrived at Durban Harbour 07:00. We initially tied up to the custom’s dock, then we were assigned a berth at the outer end of A dock. Five hours, and six offices later we were checked in and out of the country. A lot of redundant paperwork and not unpleasant walking along the waterfront Esplanade. Thankfully, they allowed us to check out while checking in, so we are spared repeating the palaver on Sunday when we leave. Right in the middle of our checking in, the city electrical supply was interrupted. The very helpful ladies in the front office of the marina explained that it was a daily occurrence, and it only lasted a couple of hours...not to worry. Ha! Although Durban is a world class city, it is still part of a third world country. Security is very strict, with actual police presence. read more...


Sweet Dream - Wednesday December 4 2019
Sweet Dream - Wednesday December 4 2019
Sweet Dream - Thursday December 5, 2019
Sweet Dream - Thursday December 5, 2019
05/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Wednesday December 4, 2019

First thing in the morning Jackie, the commodore of the yacht club took Mike and Dave of Chao Lay, and Lars and I to check out of immigration and customs. Jackie’s assistance made an otherwise bothersome chore quite quick and easy. Afterwards, Captain and I went to the Elephant restaurant and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast off the boat, and out of the weather. We discussed options for heading to Cape Town; deciding to straight shoot it in one hop if possible. Came back, spent the afternoon readying the boat for offshore, then had a lovely supper at the yacht club with crews from Chao Lay, Nilja, Christine, and Nimbus. Even Eric, our favourite taxi driver showed up! Zululand has been a lovely place to get work done on the boat, use as a base for land travel, and hang out with other. read more...


05/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Thursday December 5, 2019

Somewhere in Seattle halfway round the world, my daughter is running a marathon. Go Rachel, go! We are here off the coast of Africa enduring a marathon of very difficult sailing. This morning we moved to the fuel dock...a very tight parallel parking job well executed by Captain. Dave came onboard and helped us get the anchor chain up as we came out of our berth. Zululand’s docks aren’t designed for 54 foot, 30 ton boats, so we had our anchor out to augment the lines holding us on the dock. And very happy we did too, especially in that 40 knot blow night before last! Lars had removed the chain to paint the inside of the locker, so pulling up the remaining 75 feet was a delicate task since the chain wasn’t feeding off the gypsy into the hawse pipe, but needing to lay flat on deck. Dave was. read more...


04/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 3, 2019

RainWind Research Chain paintedRainMore wind...40 knots in the marina! image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 3, 2019
Sweet Dream - Tuesday December 3, 2019
Sweet Dream - Monday December 2, 2019
Sweet Dream - Monday December 2, 2019
03/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Monday December 2, 2019

Captain painted the inside of the chain locker, returned the rental car and we fellowshipped with Chao Lay’s crew. Hoping to get our new anchor chain painted tomorrow! image1.. read more...


01/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Sunday December 1, 2019.

Reorganising interior to be ready for rough off-shore sailing. Captain finished scraping the waterline without incident and cleaned out the anchor locker in preparation for installing new chain this coming week. image1.. read more...


01/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Saturday November 30, 2019

Nancy and Meghan left on an early flight. Lars and I ran around in the car doing errands and getting last minute provisioning done. Then I put everything away and Captain started scraping the waterline clean on the hull. A crazy proposition in these crocodile and shark infested waters. He managed to get 3/4 of the waterline cleaned and finally came out of the filthy water. image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Thursday November 28, 2019
Sweet Dream - Thursday November 28, 2019
Sweet Dream - Wednesday November 27, 2019
Sweet Dream - Wednesday November 27, 2019
01/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Friday November 29, 2019

Lars and family encountered lions at Hilltop game refuge. I finished cleaning and organising interior of boat. image1.. read more...


01/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Wednesday November 27, 2019

Lars and Nancy and Meghan went on game drives at Tembe elephant park. I started tidying up the nooks and cranny spaces of the boat. A few of the fleet took off south. image1.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Friday November 29, 2019
Sweet Dream - Friday November 29, 2019
01/12/2019

Sweet Dream - Thursday November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving. Lars and family doing more safari stuff at Tembe elephant park. Me cleaning and organising boat.. read more...


Sweet Dream - Saturday November 30, 2019
Sweet Dream - Saturday November 30, 2019
Sweet Dream - Sunday December 1, 2019.
Sweet Dream - Sunday December 1, 2019.
Charm - Richards Bay
Charm - Richards Bay
Charm - Richards Bay
Charm - Richards Bay
Charm - Richards Bay
Charm - Richards Bay
Sweet Dream - Tuesday November 26, 2019
Sweet Dream - Tuesday November 26, 2019
Sweet Dream - Monday November 25, 2019
Sweet Dream - Monday November 25, 2019
26/11/2019

Sweet Dream - Sunday November 24, 2019

Thula Thula.... I, Laura had been sold a package that consisted of driving up on the highway in the rental car meeting a safari vehicle to take us to a village to meet the Sangoma then viewing some elephants and finishing off with a gourmet lunch at The Thula Thula Lodge.Wellllllll...we drove awhile on the highway, then went off-road on the most potholed miserable excuse for a “road” anybody could experience in a silly little toy rental car. Mike from Chao Lay kept joking about the “car jacking” scenario ahead. Sure enough....we were diverted by a water truck telling us to avoid the mud (the mud WAS impressive!) so when we took the turn advised by the water truck driver there were men with machetes in the road ahead. Oy Vey! They were just local guys going to work in the cane. read more...


Sweet Dream - Sunday November 24, 2019
Sweet Dream - Sunday November 24, 2019
26/11/2019

Sweet Dream - Monday November 25, 2019

Lars and Nancy took the car to Enseleni wildlifepark and walked with the zebras. I tidied up the anchor locker, found a slipped cotter pin onthe stay sail stay, Captain tightened it up. Captain Kirk came by and we finally got our AIS toreboot and stop being stuck on silent mode. Still no hope for the lack of radar, and with company here needed constant stimulation and entertainment, no time to work on the radar dome. Quiet evening on the boat.image1.. read more...


26/11/2019

Sweet Dream - Tuesday November 26, 2019

Lovely no stress day on land. Lars and Nancy packed up and headed for Tempe Elephant Park. Nancy’s daughter arrived mid day and had a three hour taxi ride up there, but finally arrived. She confirmed that they had checked into the “hotel” and had gone on a game drive. Glad to know they all arrived o.k. I had made friends with Carla, who runs the kitchen at the yacht club, and she encouraged me to have a session with her amazing friend Cleo, who did a fantastic job of transforming my boring greying brown mop into a sassy, lavender tinged, easily managed Bob! Very good fun! Afterwards I had our taxi guy take me to the shopping mall to peruse the food stores for provisioning ideas. I came back to the yacht club, ran into Carla, showed her my new “do” and then retired to the boat. No agenda,. read more...


26/11/2019

Charm - Richards Bay

Richards Bay is fantastic!  The Zululand Yacht Club is everything you could want in a marina.  It’s in a rural area, with grassy grounds, a kids’ playground, a small swimming pool, a bar and restaurant, and easy access to good shopping and game reserves.  The people are incredibly kind, helpful and welcoming, and we are sad we are leaving tomorrow. When we first arrived almost two weeks ago, they met us at the dock with champagne and gift bags for the kids.  This is the first time any marina has acknowledged the kids on board and it was a very kind gesture. I thought we would have to spend the night on the boat since we had arrived in early evening when most countries would not clear us through customs and immigration so I had already thawed meat for. read more...


25/11/2019

Sweet Dream - Saturday November 23, 2019

An easy day. I walked round to Tumi Gazi waterfront. Lars and Nancy went back to the bush. We had a simple Asian veg stir fry for supper, and I continued ploughing through the Elephant Whisperer. image1.. read more...



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