Thursday, November 23, 2006

Isle du Salut and Tobago

Plans were to go to Suriname and join Springtime and Taremaro but after some negative reports about the heat and the tide in the river, I decided to stay a bit longer at Isle du Salut and spend more time on the Islands. We had a braai one evening on St Thomas on the beach. The mango's on the island are the sweetest that I have ever tasted. I had to clear out of French Guiana and went to Kourou to do so.
Kourou is a nice little town on the river and have a small marina. Yachts anchor in the river and it was very quiet and peaceful. I anchored there for a day and left the next morning for Isle du Salut. After spending such a great time on the Islands it was time to leave.
On Saturday morning we were 5 yachts that left for Tobago. It took Mila 4 days to do the 640 miles and I arrived in Tobago on Wednesday. The sailing conditions varied from very light winds to squalls of 35 knts. Milo, the boat cat enjoyed himself with all the flying fish. He tried to get as much of the fish into the boat in the shortest possible time. I even had a fish on my pillow. He must have thought to leave a present for me.
Anchoring in Tobago is another dream come true. I am finally in the Caribbean. The water is clear and clean, I can see the anchor in 15 meters of water. Clearing into the country was easy but expensive. It is hot and humid but so far there is a nice cool breeze blowing, and life on board is comfortable. The people here are friendly, but one will have to get use to the English they speak.
Springtime is still in Suriname and they are sailing to Tobago soon. It was nice to see so many of my old friends that I met along the way, some were in Salvador and Itaparika with me. We had a barbecue on Wednesday evening at a local restaurant and all the yachties were there, you can imagine the party.
The island is very green and beautiful and we are 20 boats anchored in the bay at Charlotteville. The currency here is the Trinidad /Tobago Dollar, they call it the TT dollar and the current exchange rate is 6 TT to the US dollar. Things are expensive. There is a six hour time difference with South Africa. Once I have been to more places on the Island I will have some more information.

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Degrad des Cannes, Cayenne and Isle du Salut

The time spent in the river at anchor in Degrad was peaceful and relaxing. We took a day trip up the river in rubber ducks to do some exploring. Up a side creek , was hot and humid with overhanging trees. Beautiful birds and butterflies and we saw small black monkeys with large tails. Were told that there are anacondas and tarantulas but did not see any, just as well!
We hired a car from a local yachty and took a day trip to Cayenne. What a disappointment, according to the "lonely planet" Cayenne was the most beautiful city in South America, this is not true it is run down with old buildings falling apart and very unfriendly people. We visited a large supermarket and were astonished to see the high prices for goods. For shopping give me Brazil any day.
The marina in Degrad was one of the best constructed marinas that I have come across. It is small and full, but unfortunately as it is very cheap to stay there, a lot of French people live there on a semi permanent basis. They give the place a rundown look. It looks like a squatter camp and a scrap yard with all the derelict yachts tied to the pontoons.
After a week at anchor in the river it was time to leave. Monday morning we all left, Watussi, Taremaro and Mila for Isle du Salut about 38 miles north. As we had very light winds we had to motor all the way and arrived at 2 the afternoon. We joined Springtime at anchor and said our hello's.
Isle du Salut is beautiful with Isle Royal the main island. Cover with palm trees and lush bushes. Coconuts are in abundance. There are lot's of birds, monkeys and coco rats on land and sea turtles in the waters around the island. Unfortunately the island have a very sad history, and walking amongst the ruins and the old jail cells one is reminded of the misery and the suffering of the unfortunates that had to spend time on the island, sometimes in solitary confinement for years. In this heat and high humidity it must have been unbearable.
Some of the buildings on the island have been converted into a hotel, and one find a lot of tourist visiting. All in all it is a very beautiful place and I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit Isle du Salut. Plans are to leave here on Thursday for Suriname, 180 miles north.
That's all for now

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Fortaleza to French Guiana

We, that is Taremaro, Springtime, Watussi and Mila decided to stay the weekend in Fortaleza and leave on Monday the 23rd October. We all set off in a nice breeze early the morning and very soon Mila left the others behind. From Fortaleza to De Grad des Cannes in French Guiana is 1035 nautical miles, and I anticipated that it would take Mila 7 to 8 days to cover this distance. All in all I had a very fast trip and did it in six days. The second day the wind blew 34 knots with very large swells. This made for very uncomfortable sailing as the wind was on the beam and with the spray and waves breaking against the boat, one got drenched in the cockpit. We were planning to visit the Island Lencois but with the strong winds and swells we decided to give it a wide berth.
It is a tradition amongst the cruisers to have a drink on King Neptune when you cross the equator the first time. As this was my first time, I had a beer on King Neptune at 11.37 Wednesday morning, and ask him nicely to give us less winds and calm seas. There must have been a misunderstanding because the next days I had no wind. This forced me to start the engine and motor for some hours.
During the stormy conditions, Milo the boat cat, had a party as there were an abundance of flying fish on the deck. For two days he totally ignored me, as we had strong words. It is not nice to tramp on dead fish 3 o' clock in the morning.
Rob on Taremaro and Allan on Watussi decided to join me and visit De Grad des Cannes. I laid a course for De Grad and arrived this morning, Sunday, anchored in the river near the marina and expect Rob and Allan to join me Monday morning.
It is beautiful and calm here with very lush trees and vegetation. Plans are to stay here for a few days and then join the rest of the crowd at Isle du Salut.
That's all for now and will tell you more with my next update.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Fortaleza and time to say goodbye to Brazil

Yes, the time has come to say goodbye to Brazil. It has been an experience to see the North of Brazil and to have met the friendly people and made wonderful friends. My visa for Brazil expires on the 1st of November, so it is with great reluctance that I have to slip the dock lines and continue to French Guiana. We are four yachts leaving, Springtime from South Africa, Watussi from England and Taremaro from Holland. Stopping over in Lencois, an island near Sao Luis, if the weather permits.

We had good times in the marina. Leasure hours at the swimming pool, braai's on the pontoon and a potluck dinner one evening, attended by all the yachties. We were entertained with live music and singing by Allex, Allan, Thomas, Martin and Marcel. Dominique gave us her firespinning act. It was nice for me as a single person to be tied up next to Springtime and be spoiled with dinners by Johness and the crew. I will miss her bobotie!!!!!!!!!!

Fortaleza, like all the other places I have been to in Brazil, is no exception. People are friendly, transportation is good, new air conditioned busses at very low rates. There are plenty of clothing and footwear shops and nice evening markets along the beach front. This is a women's paradise for shopping. One can sit on the sidewalk, drink a beer or eat something light and watch the people walking by.

We took a bus trip inland to Guaramiranga to visit the last forest area in the province of Ceara, visiting beautiful little towns along the way. Nice mountain areas with waterfalls or cachoeiras as they are called, but very little wild life. My favorite little town was Guaramiranga. These areas are about 120 kilos from Fortaleza and worth a day trip.

Last weekend we had the Ceara Music Festival at the Marina Park Hotel. Over 50,000 people, mostly the young crowd attended the 3 day concerts. Started at 6 in the evening and ended at 5 in the morning. So for three nights we had to use earplug's, as the Brazilians like to play music very very very loud.

The only negative side of Fortaleza is the crime and mugging on the streets, one must always be on the alert, don't wear any jewelry and go out in groups. Colyn on yacht Polly was mugged at knife point in broad daylight at a bus stop and lost a carry bag.
That is all for now

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Fernando de Noronha to Fortaleza

After spending a week anchored at the Island it was time to leave. I am very disappointed in the Brazilian authorities. We had a person from the Brazilian government visiting the Cabanga Yacht Club to give a talk on the environment and the strict control on the Island. This is rubbish, they have managed to degrade the Island in a very short time. There are to many people on the Island and it has turned out to be a money making environment. The last day before we left a school of dolphins came into the bay and swam amongst the anchored boats. Four boats loaded with tourist came and were charging up and down at full speed, chasing the dolphins, for the tourist to see, Is that how you control the environment? Nothing was said or done to them. I am very lucky to have seen the Island before man took over.
The sail from Fernando to Fortaleza was very fast and we had good winds but a very choppy sea, so the ride was not all that comfortable. I left Monday afternoon at 4, with 2 other yachts, to be at the Isle das Rocas atoll early the next morning, but the wind was to strong and the sea to choppy to anchor. I left and arrived in Fortaleza on Wednesday evening at 10 and anchored in the bay at the Marina Park Hotel. After a good sleep I moved Mila into the marina the next morning. Plans are to stay in Fortaleza until the 20th and then sail on to French Guiana. The marina here is full. Most of the yachts are planning to move north and I have made new friends and met old ones that were in Salvador. This is the joy of sailing, one becomes part of a big family.
The Marina Park Hotel is a five star with very nice facilities, swimming pool and a gym. Unfortunately this cannot be said about the marina. They do very little or no maintenance. Colin on his Yacht Polly was here four years ago and he says nothing has changed for the better. The electrical wiring is a nightmare. One is not allowed to anchor outside, so you have to make use of the marina.
That's all for now, I will give an update on Fortaleza soon

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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Refeno Regatta from Recife to Fernando de Noronha

After a hectic week of organizing, the flag raising and the opening ceremony we were ready to go. Things I did not like and must mention were that not the Commodore or any other spokesman at these functions had the courtesy to welcome the foreign competitors to the regatta. All speeches were in Portuguese and all the functions started late. If you complain, you were told that this is Brazil. I would think that as they named the regatta the XV111 Regatta International Recife Fernando de Noronha they would consider the International Yachties.
Countries that were competing in this event were from South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Holland, France and Germany.
Yachts were competing in 5 groups and every group had a different starting time. After we sorted out the correct time, because some were using Recife time and some Fernando time (there is one hour difference} We were sent off in a very light breeze that prevailed until the late afternoon. Mother nature were kind and we had good winds all the way to the Island. It took Mila two days to cover the distance and she made good time. Unfortunately due to an error in the office they changed Mila's entry to the open class group, instead of the steel class. Mila had to compete against 60 and 55ft boats. If she was in the steel class, she would have won hands down, as the first steel boat crossed the finish line 5 hours after Mila.
At the party and the racing awards I was given a price for the yacht with the highest average age of the crew [being solo helped] to cross the finish line. There was a yachty aged 79 but he had a young crew member.
Fernando de Noronha has changed since 1989. To many tourist, new buildings and tar roads. I was disappointed to see this and would have preferred the Island as I saw it the first time. Those days they only allowed 70 tourist to visit the Island for a week.
It was nice to see 116 yachts anchored in the bay, and like in Salvador and Recife I found the residents friendly and helpful.
Our free time expires on the 29th and plans are to sail to the Atol Das Rocas, about 75 miles from here and then on to Fortaleza.
That's all for now, will update the web in Fortaleza

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Recife and the Cabanga Yacht club

Recife,like Salvador is divided in two areas. The old town with little shops and markets and the new developments on the South Coast. I have never seen so many apartment blocks under construction as here. All along the beachfront you find these beautiful and expensive apartments. The beach is not as nice as in South Africa, the water is muddy and not inviting. All along there are signs to warn that surfing and swimming is prohibited due to sharks.
Shopping Brazil, a shopping center is the biggest I have ever seen, I think it is as big as Canal Walk and Tygervallei Center together. Unfortunately, as for most shopping centers it is expensive as someone has to pay the rent.
The transport system is as good or better than the one in Salvador. The busses are new, well maintained, lots of them and cheap to use. People are friendly and they will go out of there way to help you. There are more people here that can speak English than in Salvador.
The only problem I have is that it is virtually impossible to find boat spares in Recife, and if you get something the price goes through the ceiling. I have been quoted 289 Rials [that is about R900.00] for an impeller that cost R90.00 in South Afrika.
I have mentioned the Cabanga Yacht Club and marina before, again the facilities are out standing and we have a great time here. The marina is filling with yachts coming for the regatta and we are daily meeting new friends from all over the world. They are expecting 110 yachts to participate in the rally, no idea were they are going to moor as the marina is not very big. I am glad we came early.
That's all for now

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Baia to Recife

Nothing venture nothing gain. I have always been very negative on solo sailing, but had no options than to sail from Salvador to Recife single handed. After saying my goodbye's to the friendly people of Salvador and a last visit with friends to Pelourinho, I set sail on Wednesday morning and slipped the dock at 6. On rounding Barra lighthouse, the wind was blowing a force 6 and the waves were huge. Springtime, a South African yacht decided to return to the harbour and try the next day. I sailed out to 25 miles from the coast and set a course for Recife. Colin on his yacht Polly did the same and we kept in sight till nightfall
Mila went like a train on tracks and achieved speeds of 10 knots at times. My first night was scary, as this my first solo night. I kept the radar on, saw a few ships and slept very little. The next morning it was the ocean and me with no one in sight. It was perfect sailing conditions with the wind at 18 knots on the beam and I achieved the best run for 24 hours, a whopping 181 miles. Saturday morning at six I arrived in Recife and anchored off the Pernambuco Yacht Club. As the tide was low and a tricky passage up the river to Cabanga I had to wait till 5 in the afternoon. Colin arrived at 4.30 and we were fortunate to have a local yacht showing us the way to the Cabanga Yach Club. I moored and had a good sleep.
The next morning, Springtime with Thomas his wife Johness, daughter Dom and her friend Alex joined us in the marina. Amigo a German yacht with Martin, his wife Ines and 5 year old daughter Anna also came from Salvador and Martin decided to enter for the regatta to Fernando. We celebrated our arrival with a nice chicken braai Sunday evening next to the pool. The facilities at the Cabanga Yacht Club are outstanding. There are two swimming pools, one with a water slide, saunas and beautiful braai areas. The food is good in the restaurant and not expensive. The staff are friendly and helpful, and I am looking forward to a happy stay.
On my next update I will give you more information on Recife. We moored in the marina till the start of the regatta to Fernando on the 24th of September.
That's all for now

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

More news from the Island of Itaparika

The sad part about sailing is that you make so many friends on yachts, and then one day they leave.
Francois on Pytheas 111 left for France.
The last email that I received from him was from Ponta Delgada and he was going to sail to Gibraltar within the next few days. Yan and Eve left for Trinidad and so has Guido and Patricia.
I have been sailing in the rivers and to the islands.
It is winter in Salvador so its rain and rain and rain.
We have had constant rain here for two weeks, with no blue sky.
Fortunately the weather seems to change now and winter is slowly but surely coming to an end. The days are warming with more and more sun.
I was in Itaparica for some time and Larry on Freedom came to join me there before he set off to Trinidad.
I received an email from him and he is doing well.
Just left Recife for Fortaleza.

Mila is entered for the yearly rally from Recife to Fernando de Noronha.
My son Hennie and his wife is joining me, so I am looking forward to this event.
They are expecting about 80 yachts to participate.
This is a yearly event and very popular with the sailing community.
The Cabanga Yacht Club have ask me to represent South Africa at a flag raising on the 21st of September.
The rally starts on the 26th of September.
Mila is at present in the marina at Cenab and I have to do some maintenance on her.
I will sail for Recife the last week of September if the weather permits.
Milo the boat cat is doing well.
I am going to tie a paint brush to his tail and see if he can help me with the varnishing.
That's all for now
Until later

Monday, June 19, 2006

More news from Bahia

After spending some time in the marina at Centro Nautico, had to go there as Graham and June departed for England. I sailed to Itaparika and anchored in the bay. We were three boats from Centro Nautico, Freedom with Larry and Tracey on board and Pythaes 111 with Francois onboard. Larry and Tracey are from Ireland and Francois is from France. We traveled the Island by combi and frequented the Bistro on the marina. Sipping caipirinhas and watching the sunset.

While at anchor in Itaparika I received the dreadful news that Taurus a muira from Cape Town with Regardt and Lilly onboard, dragged anchor in the harbour of Maceio and was wrecked on the rocks. This was shattering news, as we were together the previous week in Centro Nautico. They were going to come with us to Itaparika and then decided on the last minute to rather continue north. Regardt and Lilly are safe, but I have no news regarding their boat.

Tracey had to leave for Ireland to attend to family affairs and Larry had to leave for the marina at Centro to do maintenance on Freedom. That left me and Francois to do river exploring and anchoring. Our first anchor spot was in the mouth of the Rio Paraguacu, looks like paradise. We anchored 20 meters from shore with 6 meters of water under the keel and named the spot Sandy Bay. White beach complete with palm and coconut trees, a fresh water shower and to think we had this all for ourselves.

Friday we left for Marogogipe to be in time for the Saturday morning fresh market. Friday evening Francois and I were invited to a pasta evening on board Yan and Eveline Ruffin's boat called Reve D'Oceans. They are from France. Also invited were Guido and Patricia, their boat's name is Damischa Ridda. Saturday evening we all had a South African braai on Mila.

Sunday we went upriver with two rubber ducks to explore the mangroves and bird life. We rafted the two ducks and had a bottle of chilled white wine and Patricia spoiled us all with a lovely home baked cake.

We were at anchor at Maragogipe for a week, and it rained all week. The water is muddy and not nice to look at. At long last we up-anchor and moved again to Sandy Bay. Francois on Pytheas had to go to Bahia Marina to use the travel lift for some maintenance. After two days in Sandy Bay Mila's water tanks were getting empty and I decided to go and fill up in Itaparika Marina. While on anchor I had a call from Willem. He is from Holland and I met him in Port Owen while he was there with his yacht. Willem is married and his wife and 10 year old son lives in Salvador. I left Mila anchored in Itaparika and went with Yan and Eveline to Centro Nautico. Willem was there, and we spent the afternoon chatting and enjoing a few beers. To soon I had to say goodbye, to be in time for the last ferry boat to Itaparika.

That's all for now

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Salvador and the Bay

Salvador and the Baia de Todos os Santos

Salvador was the original capital of Brazil from 1549 to 1763. Much of the old city has been kept and is being renovated slowly. One takes the elevator, opposite Centro Nautico marina up to this area called Pelourinho or you walk up. The elevator has 4 lifts and approximately 20,000 people make use of it everyday, cost very little and very efficient. The old city has beautiful old buildings and narrow cobbled stone streets with lots of little shops. This reminds me of the Plaka in Athens and the old city in Rhodes.
Pelourinho is a marvelous place to wander around day and night. There are tourist police on every street. Many streets are closed to traffic, and in the evening more streets are closed off, the restaurants bring the tables out and people dine in the streets. There are several magnificent baroque churches in the area, to many to mention. I am told that Salvador has a church for every day of the year. We visited the Igreja Sao Francisco [church] with it's beautiful stained glass windows.
The people of this area of Salvador, came as slaves from Africa and the African culture can be seen in their dresses and dances. The most fascinating dance for me is the Capoeira between two men, they mock fight and it is all in the dance, very aerobic. Friendly people, always there to give you a hand and to greet you. Most of them are poor but they seem to enjoy life to the full. No samba's here only the African drums.
Barra is a more upscale part of Salvador on the southern tip of the peninsula. The people here seem to have more money to spend. The shopping malls are big, but expensive. Give me the old town any day. The transport system in Salvador is very efficient, busses are regular and clean, and for very little money, one can travel all over town. Taxis are in abundance and inexpensive.
The big advantage of Salvador for our yachties are the large cruising area of the Baia de Todos os Santos. [The bay of Salvador] There are lot's of anchorages, all within a few hours sailing from Salvador. They are protected and peaceful. We sailed to the Island of Itaparica and anchored in the bay close to the marina. With our bicycles, we explored the island. The river or Rio Parguaqu is big and deep, well marked and big ships use it all the time. We went as far as Maragogipe, anchored in the river opposite the town and had three peaceful days. Saturday morning market is a must, with delicious fresh fruits and vegetables.
That's all for now

Saturday, May 06, 2006

St Helena Island to Salvador Bahia

Easter weekend on St Helena Island was a relaxing time for all on board. The crew went to explore the Island and gave me time to do some maintenance. Had a packing to replace on the rudder shaft and change oil and filters on the main engine. Saturday night the crew treated me to a dinner at the local hotel and as Menno was celebrating his birthday the next day it gave us a good excuse to have two bottles of Neville Dorringtons superb red wine from his private cellar at Rijks Ridge. A good time was had by all and we made friends with Bert and his crew from Holland journeying to his home town. Anns place was temporary closed due to her awaiting a knee operation but I had the opportunity to see her again after 18 years, some photos were taken and the crew spend some time paging through her books and reading about passing yachts. The RMS dropped anchor at 06h00 on Tuesday morning and after buying fresh bread and cool drinks we had to say our goodbyes to Madeleine, and left the Island at 13h30 for Brazil.
We had good wind for the first six days and logged some good mileage, doing some days 140/150 miles. Then mother nature started playing her tricks and gave us very light winds for the rest of the passage, the last 120 miles we had to motor sail.
On the 28th we celebrated Grahams birthday and he was spoiled all day. June cooked us a terrific dinner and we washed it down with a bottle of Laborie Merlot.
We arrived in Salvador in Thursday 4th May and everyone welcomed the fact we could tie up in the Marina Centro Nautico in Salvador. No more watches, what a relief !!! We soon made friends and Bruno, the manager was helpful, giving us general information. We joined two other RSA yachts in the marina, Taurus, a Muira owned by Richardt & Lilly and Ukulele Lady a Shearwater 39 with Nick & Lynette on board. It gave me a chance to speak Afrikaans again. The people in Salvador are very friendly but language is a problem as no-one speaks English.
We discovered a superb restaurant and treated June to a wonderful dinner. The Cenac is a training restaurant for apprentice chefs and waiters. We enjoyed the best buffet that one can imagine. Plans are to stay in Bahia area for the next 3 - 4 months, explore the islands and the rivers, so much to see and do in this beautiful country. I will just have to get used to the high humidity and the heat but it 's a small price to pay. All for now, until later .....

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

First leg Port Owen to St Helena Island

As we slipped the lines at Port Owen at 12h30 on Saturday 1st April 2006 our emotions were mixed as we left our loved ones behind and looking forward to the unknown. We had fair winds and celebrated Sunday with a roast dinner, living like the rich & famous. The crew quickly settled into the routine of watch-keeping but Monday evening greeted us with rough seas and big swells with wind speeds gusting to 25knts+ By midnight we were surrounded by lightening storms offering a display like fireworks. Mila sailed on untouched by the weather and Tuesday morning the sea was calm enough to attempt the first laundry! The next couple of days brought varied wind speeds and directions resulting to motor sail most of the time. We valued the peace when the engine was switched off and we were able to sail. Mila did us proud and sailed beautifully. A sooty albatross and a storm petrol enjoyed our company on the ocean until Thursday, but Friday, everything changed as were sailing directly into a storm. By 03h00 we were underway with bare poles 30knts+ wind, rough seas, 12m swells and achieving speeds of + 10knts. The crew didn't revolt but took to their bunks and watched the radar screen for the next 36hrs. The rains washed the decks so the crew didn't have to! The following morning the sea state was fair and we were welcomed by Atlantic dolphins playing at the bow. Everyone settled down again, the sails were raised and we sailed on but the next 2 days brought changing wind directions so we were kept busy alternating the sails. Our passage certainly was varied with us achieving 155nm on our 9th day and only 95nm on our 12th day! Milo, the cat adapted well to the sailing, slept most of the way and found a new delicacy - flying fish. He cleaned the deck every morning! Within 100 miles of the island the wind died and we had no option but to motor the last day of the first leg of our adventure. On arriving at 07h30 on Saturday 15th April 2006 we were greeted warmly by Customs, Immigration and Port Control on St Helena Island. Last but not least we have to mention the great efforts of our 6th crew member, he never sleeps, doesn't eat much and safely navigated Mila through stormy conditions. He took over control as we left Port Owen and handed over as we came to anchor at St Helena Island. His name is George and he is our autopilot. That's all for now - we'll update you during our next leg to Salvador.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Sailind our first leg

Plans are to set sail on Saturday 1/4/2006, weather permitting, on our first leg from Port Owen to St Helena.
The crew will be myself as skipper.

Madeleine Norman.
Madeleine is married to Mike, they have twin sons and they live in Veltdrif. She loves sailing and this will be her first crossing. She is going as far as St Helena Island, and returns with the RMS St Helena on the 18th April.

Graham & June Challanger
Graham and June are old sea dogs and have done a lot of sailing. They own a yacht in Royal Cape named Danline, a house in England and in Cape Town. June is the best galley slave that one can wish for. They are joining me to Salvador.

Menno Reinders.
Menno is from Holland and a backpacker, loves to travel. He has traveled all over the world overland, but this is his first sail crossing. He is young and friendly and I think he will enjoy the crossing on Mila with us to Salvador.

I will keep you posted about our sailing in the updates.
All for now until later.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Updating Sailing Plans

Hi Just an update on our sailing plans. We are planning to leave Port Owen around the first of April to be in time for the RMS St Helena leaving the island on the 18th of April. I have friends joining me for the first part of the cruise to St Helena Island. Will keep you posted on who the crew will be.