Yesterday we did the 60nm passage from Simon's Town to Cape Town. We departed at 0545 and winds were light from Simon's Town down toward the cape so we had to motor. Around the capes we had a nice NW wind which allowed us to sail around Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope. From there we we had a wind which flowed directly down the coast and we had to motor to ensure we arrived in daylight.
Here are our track and speed profile. Note we kept sailing for a little while after rounding the capes before deciding sailing to Cape Town was going to be a slow process. We ended up motoring at 2400rpm to get there in daylight. We normally motor at 2000rpm so this was a good workout for the engine.
|Zen Again track|
|Zen Again speed|
PredictWind offers a high-resolution GRIB of the cape area. The lees and acceleration zones produced by the high hills on the peninsula are very significant to sailors and are only represented in this type of GRIB. Here's an example...
|High-Reolution GRIB file showing "lees" created by the hilly cape|
|Rounding Cape Point (Cape of Good Hope at left)|
|Rounding Cape of Good Hope (at left) with sv Sara II inshore|
For most of the passage it was overcast. The sun only came out for an hour or so as we rounded the capes. The wind was somewhat chilly.
We arrived in Table Bay at about 1600 and found a number of yachts out sailing for the afternoon. Most of them appeared to be tourist boats. Entry into the port was straight-forward. We called the Swing Bridge on VHF71 and joined the set of boats entering the V&A Marina at 1645. There are two bridges to pass through and they are controlled together.
We were assisted in berthing by the crew of US yacht Andiamo who we haven't seen since Reunion. They sailed from Richards Bay direct to Cape Town, arriving only a few days ago.
|Entering Cape Town port|
|Zen Again in V&A Marina, Cape Town|
It rained overnight as the tip of a cold front came through. That helped clean the Simon's Town dirt off the upper part of the rig.
It's great to be moored in the middle of Cape Town and at our "jumping off" point for our South Atlantic crossing. We expect to stay here for several days to do our final shopping and preparations. We expect to move briefly to RCYC's marina, but only to clear out for St Helena.