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Crazy times learning to sail in Cape Town.

Crazy times learning to sail in Cape Town.

June 26, 2020 2 Comments

Learning to sail is one thing, but learning to sail in South Africa where strong winds are a normal part of daily life is a whole different kettle of fish.

Once we decided we were going to quit our jobs at Billabong South Africa, buy a boat, learn how to sail and then sail to the Caribbean.... we started out on a road that would change our lives forever.

During this time of cover-19 lockdown I have been doing daily video's to share some of my sailing stories with you all.

Here is video #1 in the series.... deciding we are going to do this sailing thing, and then one of the scary yacht deliveries we did on another boat to get some sailing experience.


Here is video #2 in the series, sailing to Cape Town on our own boat, and dealing with the strong wind conditions that the South African coastline throws at you at any time.

Here is video #3 in the series, where we sailed around the Cape of Good Hope.  I almost lost my fingers at sea, and then waiting for a few weeks in Hout Bay, Cape Town for a weather window to set sail from Cape Town to St.Helena... the first leg of our massive journey to the Caribbean.


Here is video #4 in the series - working up the courage to sail away from Cape Town, South Africa to St.Helena, a mid-Atlantic island that is one of the most remote islands on the planet.


 Here is video #5 in the series -  Our time on St. Helena Island - remote Atlantic Ocean Island 1200 miles from the nearest continent. This island was where Napoleon was sent to exile, it is so far away from anywhere.

Here are some photos that accompany the last video.... This is a photo of the main city of St.Helena from the National Geographic article.

This is the landing dock in St. Helena, that I was trying to describe.


Here is video #6 in the series....  how are you guys are coping with Covid19-19 lockdown? I am sharing thoughts on how everyone else around the world is coping and finish off with an extract from our visit to St.Helena Island - mid Atlantic.... one of the most remote islands on the planet.

Here is video #7 in the series....  Sailing from St.Helena Island to Ascension Island - both remote islands in the South Atlantic Ocean.... the stars out there in the middle of the ocean are something else.



Here is video #8 in the series - reading to you from a postcard that we posted home to our family from the remote southern Atlantic Ocean. We were in Ascension Island, where turtles swim thousands of miles to lay their eggs on the beach.


 Here is video #9 in the series.... today’s passage is from Ascension Island in there remote southern Atlantic Ocean, to Fernando De Noronha, which is a tiny island off the coast of Brazil 🇧🇷 🌴 


Here is video #10 in the series..... today we have arrived in Fernando De Noronha, a tiny island off the coast of Brazil in South America.



Here is sailing video #11 - last leg of our Atlantic crossing, from Fernando De Noronha to Tobago, Caribbean.  1953 Nautical Miles ahead of us as we pulled out of the anchorage to sail to Tobago..... we called out to all our fellow yachties "Tobago MON" as we left.


Here is sailing video #12 - Would you like to know how we settled into island🌴 life in 🌴Tobago, 🌴Caribbean.... after our 5973 nautical miles of sailing across the Atlantic Ocean?


Here is sailing video #13 - Everyday life at anchor..... how to fill your gas bottles & what to do with all this spare time.


Here is sailing video #14 - Where were you on 9/11 ?

Stay tuned to this page for more video's to come, and be sure to put a little comment below to tell me what you think, or if you have any questions to ask.

One love x

2 Responses


April 21, 2020

Hi from Columbus, OH! Just watched your 6th video and thought I would let you know how much I look forward to your daily stories. We are starting our 5th week of Covid-19 lockdown and I need the daily escape! I grab my beach chair and a glass of wine and find the sunniest part of the yard and settle in to watch your update and just chill for awhile. A far cry from relaxing on the deck of the bow but it will have to do for now.


April 15, 2020

Thanks for sharing your sailing adventures! Brings back nice memories of bringing a Swan36 I think back to Oxford, MD after a Newport/Bermuda race with my boyfriend and another couple. I will never forget crossing the Gulf Stream, thankfully I was too young to know any better and wouldn’t trade the experience for anything!

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