Then the low flying began in earnest, with up to 5 knots of current assisting us and 30 knots of wind from the north, we covered 512 nautical miles in the first two days.
18 international boats departed Durban over two days, all wanting to reach The Cape. This was a great weather window, which allowed us to continue non-stop to Cape Town in just under 4 days.
The total distance covered was 802 nautical miles, giving us an average of over 200 nautical miles per day for the 4 days. Top speed was over 15 knots, which we saw quite frequently.
Not all the boats fared so well, with several retiring into harbours and ports along the way, the most common issues being autopilot problems - the big winds and cross seas really made those systems work hard.
We had good forecast data on the Aghulas Current location and strength (click on the image at right for details), however local sailors advised us to watch for the long band of cloud that runs down the coast, some way off shore - this cloud band hovers over the warm current.
As you can see in the image here, it was blindingly obvious once we understood what to look for.
We celebrated the New Year with cruising friends here at the very beautiful False Bay Yacht Club, in Simon's Town, a short commute from the city of Cape Town. We'll stay here until late January, hoping to explore South Africa a little more. For now, we'll launch into the necessary maintenance and repairs ...... Happy New Year to all !
|Sunrise At The Cape - Ley Took This Photo On Watch. Look Carefully For The Lights Of SV Totem At Right|