Big Wind, Sailing

You do know it’s blowing quite strongly out there?

The reply from Port Control is incredulous when I ask for permission to leave moorings and proceed into the bay. “You do know it’s blowing quite strongly out there?““Yes sir. We have two reefs in the main and are expecting 35kt gusts” we radio back.“Very well then. You may proceed” comes the reply, and off we go. The wind isn’t as …


Sailing

An uneventful sunset sail

“Stay where you are!” barks Port Control when we request permission to drop moorings and head out into the bay. Apparently there’s a vessel docking at Repair Quay 3 and we can’t possible stand well clear…. And so we wait for the promised “I’ll contact you when you can leave” which, of course, never comes. Twenty minutes later I ask …


Passage Planning – Feb 2018 cruise to Saldanha?

The Mykonos Offshore regatta leaves on Friday. Looking at the forecast, it appears the yachts will have a robust beat all the way up to Saldanha. Now, if racing isn’t your thing, there appears to be the perfect window forming for a three day cruise. Looking possible for a downwind run on Wednesday in 15-20kts. Then spend Thursday either in …

All at sea

There’s something about stopping to take photographs that robs one of the present moment, making one more an observer of the scene rather than part of the scene itself. And yet, it’s a worthwhile endeavour recording the scene, taking time out later to reflect on the moment. The photo’s never do the moment justice though, flattening the sea to mill pond …

One step closer to being far, far away!

So, ‘Blue and I are once again separated by distance, she waiting patiently on her mooring in Cape Town while I try and wrap up the last of corporate hell up in Jo’burg. There’s some free time coming up, at least several months before the FU-Stash runs dry, before I have to really panic about finding other work. At this …