Monday, December 17, 2007

Cape Town to Trinidad

Royal Cape Yacht Club
Finally we are preparing to leave Cape Town for the crossing to Trinidad. Amazing Grace an Admiral 50 owned by Randy and his wife Jeanette was launched two weeks ago and after some sea trials we are set to go. John Kotze the skipper is doing the delivery to Miami on behalf of Admiral Yachts. The American owner and his wife are joining us on the crossing, this is a first for them and they are looking forward to the experience. This will have to be a fast trip and we hope to have favourable winds as Amazing Grace must be at the Miami boat show in February. Plans are to leave Wednesday the 19th so it will be Christmas and New Year on the water. This will be my first experience doing a crossing on a catamaran so I am looking forward to this. John has a lot of sea miles under his belt and has done several crossings as a delivery skipper, I am confident that we will be a good team, Randy and Jeanette are very eager to learn. We are taking a direct route to Fortaleza in Brazil and then on to Trinidad.
It is with mixed feelings to leave South Africa after a year, sorry to leave love ones and friends behind but looking forward to be on Mila, to see Milo my cat, see my friends, do some sailing and to have the Caribbean wind blowing through my hair again. I had wonderful times with the family and enjoyed my three grand daughters. They are growing up so fast.
I am satisfied that my son's business is doing well, the programs and plans that I implemented in the office are working well.
That is all for now and will update the posts once I get to Trinidad

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Port Owen on the West Coast of South Africa

I am still in South Africa. Would have thought that by this time I would be back on Mila and sailing in the Caribbean, but things don't always work out as planned.
After a successful operation to my elbow and hernia, I wanted to return, but my son ask me to help him in his business and I ended up reorganizing his office and getting systems in place. Had to teach myself to use pastel.
This keeps me very busy, but we have an agreement, that I am only doing this till October. Plans are to do a delivery of a catamaran to the West Indies during Nov/Dec. This will give me a great opportunity to stock-up with food and spares for Mila.
Mila was sailed to Trinidad by Thomas and Johness and after some time in the marina they got Power boats to take Mila out and put her on the hard.
Thomas and the family did a great job to take all the sails down and store everything in side. Power Boats fitted a temporary air con over one of the hatches, so Mila will be dry and without mildew when I get back, hopefully. It is wonderful to have friends like the Pinions, they really go out of their way to help me.
Thomas and Johness had to leave Trinidad for a few weeks as their visas expired, but they should be back in the marina soon. Milo the boat cat is sailing with Alex and Dom. The cat has done more sea miles than me!!!!
When I came back from overseas, I mentioned that South Africa is still the same with power cuts and crime. Little did I realise that the crime issue would come so close to my own skin. My son in law returned from work with his daughter, opened the gate and garage door with the remote, drove into the garage and as he got out of the car they were confronted by three blacks with firearms. His daughter 14 years old got a revolver stuck into her tummy, she then started screaming and they both were taken into the house. My daughter then came out of the bedroom and were confronted by this lot. Two of them took her back to the bedroom and took jewelry and cash that she had in her bag. They all got tied up and were told that they would be shot if they should make a sound. The robbers then loaded my son in laws car and took off with Hi Fi's TVs and computers. Fortunately they were not hurt physically, but you can imagine the trauma that they all went through. Chelsea, the daughter had to go for treatment.
This is only one incident out of hundreds that happen everyday in this country and then our President have the audacity to say that crime is under control and that the citizens have nothing to worry. Perhaps if he spends more time in South Africa, and not trying to solve the problems of the rest of Africa, he would be more aware of the crime and murders that this country face.
That's all for now

Friday, January 19, 2007

Cape Town

I am back in South Africa until end of September. Nice to see family and friends again after 8 months. South Africa is still the same, crime and power cuts seems to be the in thing. I have left Mila and Milo my cat with Thomas and Johness, they are living on board and Mila is in Trini. Can't wait to get back to the boat and to hug my cat.
Greetings and love to all.
Till next time