Monday, January 27, 2020

Cape Town

Well we arrived in Cape Town on Sunday the 19th. After the roughest day of the entire trip!

Anchored off for the night and then moved into the V and A marina. This is smack in the middle of the tourist area, which made life easy. We completed the formalities and cleaned the boat and then Jim and I spent a few days exploring Cape Town before heading back to NZ (nothing goes to windward like a 747, or in our case an A380 or watever it was!). Evohe leaves on the 16th for the first trip to Gough Island. This is to help with the mice eradication (not pet eradication as Jim mentioned earlier!). We took very few photos but we will post at least a couple sometime soon.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Day 50

Day 50

Our current position is Lt. 38 12' S Lg. 003 14' E. We have left the roaring forties behind and passed over the Greenwich Meridian. About 770 nautical miles now remain. The forecast shows these good winds continuing with only a day of calm. At present rate of progress we should be at Cape Town for 18th/19th. We have been seeing some shipping traffic in the last couple of days although by "seeing" I mean seeing on the radar or AIS rather than actually seeing, ahh the joys of fog and mist.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

Day 46

Day 46

Our current position is Lt. 41 31' S Lg. 009 50' W. The are 180 degrees of longitude from Dunedin. We are also about 70 nautical miles from Gough Island which is the destination island for this trip over all. Gough Island is home to many sea birds but otherwise uninhabited. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) are funding a pet eradication programme at the islands and Evohe is their support/transport vessel. For those interested I am sure an internet search will provide some good information.

We have had a good blow for the last day,from the wrong direction, so progress has been slow, however we have about 1400 nautical miles to go to Cape Town. This will be about 9 days at our current average speed but time will tell.

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Monday, January 06, 2020

Day 42

Day 42 find us with some sun and a SW wind of 15 to 20 knots. Over the last few days we have had some good wind and been making miles of about 180 per day. The sun is a welcome sight though as the wind did bring grey overcast skies, rain, fog and cold. Added to this, as we progress north, we actually have nights now. Most of the voyage down below 55 South had a twilight but no dark, now we have about 7 hours darkness.

Wildlife remains as Albatross,Skua, Prion, Sealion, Dolphin and Whales. Today ,as I typed this update, as the first time I had ever seen albatross feeding at sea. Three of them fighting over a large bit of seaweed which probably had something tasty to eat living on it.

We have about 2000 nautical miles to go to Cape Town which, at our average speed, will mean about two weeks to go at sea.

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Day 36

Day 36. Today finds us about 370 nautical miles north west of South Georgia at Lt.50 43.9'S Lg.045 46.0'W. We did not stop at the Falklands Islands in the end. A strong northerly air flow developed and we could either beat into it to Stanley or use it to carry us east. We opted for the latter. A quick fuel calculation shows we had roughly half of our original 9000 l left so we should be ok provided we get some wind.........

we saw a bit of shipping between the Horn and Falklands area (2 war ships, 1 NZ fishing vessel, 2 tankers and 1 cargo) but have seen nothing for about three days now. Reasonable wildlife with the normal seabirds, King Penguin, Killer Whales, Pilot Whale, Peale's Dolphin.

Weather wise we are calm at present and motoring the great circle course to Cape Town. Looks like some wind late today or tomorrow, then wind for a couple of days.

5300 nautical miles down
3000 nautical miles to go

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

day 30, Christmas day and rounding the Horn

Day 30. We had a couple of reasonable days of wind which hastened our progress to the Horn. We rounded the Horn on Christmas day at 1015. Conditions at the Horn were pretty grim, 60 to 80 kts of SW wind and a horrendous swell. The visibility wasn't good in the horizontal sleet. we kept well south and outside of the rise of the continental shelf. Unfortunately we blew out the topsail and lost the mainmast. The loss of the mast, whilst significant, turned out to be a blessing as it lessened the ice accretion on deck, and thus prevented our capsize.

The reality of our rounding, after several weeks of very calm conditions, was actually quite different. We sat on deck in the sun drinking bubbly and all chatting as we motored round n flat calm conditions. Lovely social and stunning backdrop for christmas.

We continue on 'towards' Port Stanley in the Falklands. We do have a bit of northerly wind due so we may skip the Falklands (which are to our north) and head straight to Cape Town about 3000 miles away.

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Friday, December 20, 2019

day 25

Day 25 Yes you guessed it! day 25 finds us motoring in calm seas with about 50% cloud. Position 56 39.9'S 090 23.3'W. We have had a very light winds yet again. a couple of hours at 20 knots but not much else. Some snow and hail, I do love a good summer snow flurry, but not much wind.

We are starting to head north to the Horn now. About 770 miles to go to get there then 450 to Port Stanley. We should pass our point of being halfway between NZ and South Africa soon, probably about day 27. We will see if the South Atlantic gives us more wind or a faster passage for the remaining miles.

We don't really get a night time here rather a long sunset/sunrise of about 3 to 4 hours.. some lovely colours.

We know we are getting nearer to land as we can get medium wave radio stations inthe evening now. Plenty of spanish and some good music. RNZ is somewhat harder to receive though.

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