Richards Bay - South Africa

The modern marina we are now tied up in, and the airconditioned shopping malls we go shopping in, are so far away from the experience of our last months cruising Africa that it almost feels like we have arrived on another planet. Culture shock aside, it is nice to have made it this far, and we have a busy social life, catching up with friends  sailing in from far and wide. We are especially happy to be reunited with our friends on Windora, the New Zealand yacht that rode out the storm with us on Raoul Island, some years earlier. Another friend, Guenter from the Nova, who has arrived a season earlier and whose yacht is now in Cape Town, drives clear across the country to welcome us, and show us some of South Africa's vast interior. After attending to some maintenance, Fallado is herself ready to continue around to Cape Town. It's not any easy ride, as the treacherous Agulha's current must be negotiated, but there are several harbours that are useful bolt holes to wait for suitable conditions. We make stops in Durban, East London and Mossel Bay, before finally rounding the Cape of Good Hope and tying up in the shadow of Cape Town's Table Mountain.  


South African impressions          click picture to enlarge                       

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