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Cape Town South Africa

By Andy Hilton | December 28, 2016

An exhilarating final passage down the east coast of South Africa took us to the most southerly point of our whole voyage at almost 35 degrees latitude just off Cape Agulhas.   The winds coming up from the south pole brought cold air, fresh winds and large swell.  The 4 knot current swept us around the corner along with 25 to 30 knots of wind which we were grateful of as we only had our small foresail  to use due to the other 2 sails being torn on the previous leg.

We then rounded the Cape of Good Hope, saw Robben Island on the way in where Nelson Mandela was in prison for  18 years then headed for Cape Town Marina arriving ahead of schedule at 6am just as the sun was rising on Sunday 11th December.  Table Mountain came in sight and was spectacular enough to arouse everyone from their bunks even after a hectic nightshift.  We all rejoiced on arrival knowing we could settle down for a while and after we had moored up and freshened up we headed out for some breakfast on dry land.

 

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