The Long Haul

Our brief sojourn has come to an end and it is once again time to hoist sails and chase those endless horizons. This is the big one – depending on the exact route we take – which will be entirely dependent on what weather we encounter along the way, we are in for something between 3800 and 4500nm. At a reasonably conservative rate of 120nm per day that equates to somewhere between 30 to 40 days. There have been days when we averaged 150nm per day but then there were also those that we struggled to do 100.

The reality is we will get to Cape Town when we get there – and the next few paragraphs are aimed directly at the families of the crew – my mob are used to this by now. Do not, and I repeat do not set your date alarm for a specific date of arrival. We are on a small yacht, not an Airbus, train or coach. There is no schedule that we will adhere to. When you get a phone call from one of us it means we are within cell range of Cape Town and that we have made it.

Start putting a date on a calendar and if for whatever reason we take longer there will be all sorts of running about, gnashing of teeth and a heap of wailing and wasted and unnecessary phone calls to the marine authorities. We have emergency communications, if for whatever reason we do need to push the red button we will be dealing directly with professionals – whatever the emergency might be it will not need to be clouded with phone calls or emails every ten minutes from anxious parents or family.

Everyone who undertakes to cross an ocean on a yacht is well aware of the risk factor. As we are at the complete mercy of Mother Nature it is not something you blithely ignore. We have already covered over 3000nm so far and this boat has proved to be a delightful boat to sail. She is honest and willing, is in as good a condition as we can get her. She is fat with fuel, water and provisions. Barring conditions that are impossible to predict this far ahead, there is absolutely no reason why the next half of the trip should be much different from the first half.

There will be times when I will not send messages on a twice daily basis via the tracking device – believe it or not I have other matters on my mind occasionally. For those who are familiar with the system you know how to log onto the site and see where we are. For those with a less direct interest in our progress my daughter will update the blog at least twice a week, unless something special or out of the ordinary happens – like grasshoppers 500nm from land or we accidentally discover the lost city of Atlantis.

It has just gone 06:30 here and we are busy tidying up prior to departing later this morning. We will go alongside Brian’s jetty to fill up with fresh water and to settle our account with him. In the past I have sung this man’s praises and once again he has come through like the champion he is. He is an extraordinary person whose life story would make fine fireside reading on a cold winter’s night (maybe one day I will come back and write that story…). Nothing we have asked of him has been too much trouble, from modifying the water pump brackets, sourcing obscure sized fan belts to carting us around town to do the necessary paperwork that is part and parcel of visiting Brazil. Muito obrigado senhor.

If all goes according to plan this will be the last post from Brazil, as I mentioned earlier my daughter will update the site on a fairly regular basis so that you can keep up to date with our progress. Thank you for being a part of our journey so far, I hope there have been times when you have found some amusement in the day to day shenanigans that go on.

Y’all take care and stay safe.

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