Slip Away

Slip Away

Wed Mar 27 0:18 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.2
knts
Run: 125.7nm (227.5km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 132.3nm
05 07.13S 23 32.70W
Weather: Mostly sunny, very hot, wind 6-8 SE, seas 1/2 meter

Day 11 underway to Caribbean/Bahamas. We've gotten into the doldrums, and winds are light, so we are motoring for now. We've got just over 600 miles to get to the equator, and hope we don't have to motor all that way, but we have sufficient fuel on board to do so if necessary. Hopefully we won't have to get too far north of the equator before we get decent sailing winds again. It's very hot and humid, and with the engine running, the boat is like an oven. Are we having fun yet? All is well aboard. 3472 miles to the Bahamas.


Tue Mar 26 1:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
4.0
knts
Run: 127.9nm (231.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.3nm
06 06.71S 22 00.81W
Weather: Mostly sunny and hot. Wind 8-10 ESE, seas 1/2 meter

Day 10 on passage to Caribbean/Bahamas. Back to light winds and slow sailing, but making forward progress. Had a good sailing breeze yesterday afternoon, but motored for a few hours overnight because the wind died out. All is well aboard. 3583 miles to go to the Bahamas.


Mon Mar 25 1:12 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 SOG
knts
Run: 143.3nm (259.4km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 146.7nm
07 10.31S 020 29.19W
Weather: Mostly sunny, getting hotter, wind 10-15 ESE, seas 1.5 meters

Day 9 underway to Caribbean/Bahamas. Sailing along nicely today. Had a few squalls yesterday evening, but only one was significant - nothing too much in terms of increased wind, but heavy rain. Also, the wind direction changed dramatically, and after the squall passed, the wind died out totally for about 30 minutes, and eventually came back from the direction it was originally coming from. So, there was lots of scrambling around to change sail configurations. Yesterday was the first day we've had any squalls since leaving Cape Town, which is a pretty long run. As we get closer to the equator, we can expect more squalls. All is well aboard. 3693 miles to go to the Bahamas.


Sun Mar 24 1:45 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 163.8nm (296.5km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 155.4nm
07 52.12S 18 30.99W
Weather: mostly cloudy, some squalls, wind 10-20 ESE, seas 1-2 meters

Day 8 on passage to Caribbean/Bahamas. At 0800 UTC today, we completed our first week at sea. Our total distance "made good" toward our waypoint in the Bahamas was 866 nautical miles, so our average speed was 5.2 knots. Although we'd like to go faster, we're pretty happy with that given the light winds we had and some zig-zagging we've done to keep the sails filled. Our total time motored in the past week was just 4 hours (and 2 hours of that was at the very start of our passage when we motored away from the anchorage and then continued motor-sailing to charge the batteries), so all the rest was under sail power. We had an awesome day of sailing yesterday, with 15-20 knots of wind, and our speed was in the high 6's for a good part of the day. Winds are lighter today, and there are a few squalls in the area. We just had a squall pass near to us, and the winds picked up to 20 knots, but after it passed, the winds died down to 10. All is well aboard. 3818 miles to go to the Bahamas.


Sat Mar 23 0:27 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.3
knts
Run: 159.4nm (288.5km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159.1nm
09 24.39S 016 41.50W
Weather: mostly sunny, wind 15-20SE, seas 2 meters

Day 7 underway to Caribbean/Bahamas. More wind today and faster speed, but of course the seas are up a bit too, so it's less comfortable. But, we're quite happy with this amount of wind, and the discomfort is quite tolerable. Happy Birthday to Jan's Dad who watches over us from above - he would have been 90 today. 3958 miles to go - we're under 4000 now - woo hoo! All is well.


Fri Mar 22 0:24 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.4
knts
Run: 156.4nm (283.1km)
Avg: 6.4knts
24hr: 152.9nm
10 44.65S 014 47.02W
Weather: mostly sunny, warm, wind 10-14 SE, seas 1 meter

Day 6 underway to Caribbean/Bahamas. We are having good sailing winds again today, so feel like we're making better progress. The wind died out for a bit last night, so we motored for a couple of hours, but that was a good opportunity to charge the batteries and run new water through the engine. We ate our last fresh tomato yesterday and will eat the last bit of lettuce today. Cabbage salads will be on the menu for the next several days. 4095 miles to go. All is well aboard.


Wed Mar 20 23:51 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.0 SOG
knts
Run: 130.5nm (236.2km)
Avg: 5.5knts
24hr: 133nm
11 43.80S 012 42.37W
Weather: sun and clouds, 9-12 ESE, seas 1 meter

Day 5 on passage to Caribbean/Bahamas. We're supposed to get a bit more wind today, so fingers are crossed for that. Other than that, "same same" - just plodding along and making progress toward our goal. All is well. 4232 miles to go to the Bahamas.


Wed Mar 20 0:18 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.0
knts
Run: 140.2nm (253.8km)
Avg: 5.8knts
24hr: 139.6nm
12 44.34S 011 04.36W
Weather: sun and clouds, another beautiful day, winds 8-12 ESE, gentle seas

Day 4 underway to the Caribbean/Bahamas. Beautiful day. Winds are a bit up and down - earlier this morning, we had 15 knots and were sailing along quite nicely at 6 knots, but now it's back down to 8-10 and our speed has dropped into the high 4's. Saw a fishing boat just before dawn this morning. It was not transmitting AIS, but it was well lit, put out a good radar hit and passed about 2 miles off our port beam. That was the first boat we've seen in 4 days. Also saw a shooting star which is always nice. All is well aboard. 4346 miles to go to the Bahamas.


Tue Mar 19 0:12 2019 NZDT
Speed:
4.8
knts
Run: 130.5nm (236.2km)
Avg: 5.2knts
24hr: 125nm
13 46.06S 09 16.63W
Weather: mostly sunny, wind 8-12SE, gentle swell

Day 3 underway to Caribbean/Bahamas. We're not setting any speed records (117 miles in the past 24 hours), but conditions are very pleasant and we're making progress in the right direction. Nothing much to report. Running the watermaker this morning. All is well aboard. 4468 miles to the Bahamas.


Hi Jan & Rich, Glad to see you are well away from the cyclone that has hit the southeast of Africa. Travel safe. We think of our sailing friends often. xxoo
Sun Mar 17 23:09 2019 NZDT
Speed:
4.8 SOG
knts
Run: 131.5nm (238km)
Avg: 5.7knts
24hr: 136.3nm
14 45.74S 07 37.22W
Weather: mostly sunny, wind 6-10 ESE, seas 1 meter

Day 2 underway to Caribbean/Bahamas. The wind has been up and down and moving around over the past 24 hours. It's great when it gets above 10 knots and goes a bit east (on the beam). It slows us down and makes the sails slat around when it gets below 10 knots and moves further south (behind us). We averaged 5 knots of speed over ground our first 24 hours, which isn't too bad, but we of course would like to go faster. Seas are pretty gentle, which has been nice. We are in radio contact every evening with 6 other boats - 5 of which left St. Helena a few days ahead of us, and 1 which left just about a half hour after us, so it's nice to have some other folks to talk to and commiserate with. All of us would like a bit more wind, but as someone cautioned last night "Be careful what you wish for!" All is well aboard. 4580 miles to the Bahamas!


Happy St. Patrick’s day! Thinking of you with love and good wishes!
Sun Mar 17 0:00 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 18.2nm (32.9km)
15 47.33S 05 57.62W
Weather: sunny, wind 10-15 SE, seas 1 meter

Day 1 on passage to the Caribbean/Bahamas. Beautiful day, ideal conditions. Sailing wing-and-wing. All is well. 4700 miles to go to San Salvador, Bahamas.


Fri Mar 15 6:36 2019 NZDT
15 55.48S 05 43.54W
Weather: sunny, light winds

We've been at St. Helena Island for a week today, and we've enjoyed our visit. We climbed Jacob's Ladder, went on an island tour and saw the "Napoleon" sites and more of the island interior, and today was the highlight - we swam with whale sharks! The boat operator told us he counted a total of 10 whale sharks swimming about the area. There were only 5 of us on the tour swimming in the water with them. Awesome experience!! We're planning to check out with the officials tomorrow and depart St. Helena heading for the Caribbean/Bahamas on Saturday morning.


HEY. We are still watching you. Have a great trip across. Annie and Russ
Fri Mar 8 4:42 2019 NZDT
Run: 39.2nm (71km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 141.5nm
15 55.48S 05 43.54W
Weather: sunny, light winds

Moored at James Bay, St. Helena Island - Yay! All is well. We'll probably stay here for about a week before moving on.


Thu Mar 7 22:03 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.2 SOG
knts
Run: 167nm (302.3km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 169.8nm
16 12.50S 05 12.87W
Weather: mostly sunny, winds 8-10 SE, seas 1 meter

Day 12 on passage to St. Helena. We expect to arrive this afternoon - Yay! Our passage has still been going well, but the wind has been up and down. We motored some and sailed some yesterday, and finally made a decision late yesterday afternoon to just motor sail the rest of the way so that we could arrive in daylight hours. We really prefer to avoid arriving in a new harbor after dark, and we're also eager to get there. All is well aboard. 38 miles to go.


Wed Mar 6 22:27 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.3 knots SOG
knts
Run: 143.2nm (259.2km)
Avg: 5.9knts
24hr: 140.9nm
17 42.88S 03 14.40W
Weather: mostly cloudy, winds 6-10 ESE, seas 1 meter gentle swell

Day 11 on passage to St. Helena. All is well aboard except that the wind died during the night and so we are motoring. We started the engine early this morning when the winds dropped to 6-8 knots and we were barely making 3 knots SOG. Given that we were making some headway, we would have just carried on slowly, except that rolling seas were making the sails snap - not good for the sails and rigging, and the off-watch crew was getting no sleep. We're hoping that the wind will pick up enough for us to go back to sailing today, and if so, our arrival at St. Helena will likely be Friday morning. If the wind stays away, we'll continue under motor and arrive tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon. We know we can buy more diesel at St. Helena, but the price is not very appealing - about $2 USD a liter, so just under $8 USD a gallon! 182 miles to go.


Tue Mar 5 22:03 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.0 SOG
knts
Run: 163.6nm (296.1km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 159.6nm
18 55.45S 001 28.07W
Weather: clouds and sun, wind 10-15 ESE, seas 1.5 meters

Day 10 on passage to St. Helena. Yesterday afternoon, we crossed into the Western Hemisphere! Slip Away was last in the Western Hemisphere in July 2013 in Taveuni, Fiji. Nothing much to report. Winds are a little lighter, and we are trying to keep our speed up to reach St. Helena in daylight hours on Thursday. We had a couple of small squalls this morning - winds never got above 20 knots in the squalls and we appreciated the wind that they brought. All is well. 308 miles to go.


Mon Mar 4 21:27 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.0 SOG
knts
Run: 166.2nm (300.8km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 164.8nm
20 32.20S 00 22.45E
Weather: Sun & clouds, wind 14-18 SE, seas 1.5 meters

Day 9 on passage to St. Helena. Winds were up during the night last night - upper teens, lower 20's - so the seas kicked up a bit, but it was all very manageable and still pretty comfortable, and our speed was quite good, averaging 6.5 knots SOG on Jan's midnight to 6 a.m. watch. All is well aboard. 450 miles to go. ETA Thursday. :-)


Sun Mar 3 21:15 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 160.1nm (289.8km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.8nm
22 16.87S 002 09.11E
Weather: overcast, wind 12-18 SE, seas 1.5-2 meters

Day 8 on passage to St. Helena. As they say in Malaysia - "same, same". Sailing along nicely in good conditions. All is well aboard. 597 miles to go.


Sat Mar 2 21:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.0 SOG
knts
Run: 336.4nm (608.9km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.1nm
23 38.53S 04 11.25E
Weather: wind 12-20SE, seas 1.5-2 meters, 70% cloud cover

Day 7 on passage to St. Helena. It's hard to believe that we left Cape Town a week ago! We passed the half-way mark yesterday - yay! Conditions continue to be good - good winds, reasonable seas. The only complaint we can come up with is that there's not much moon right now, and the last couple of nights have been cloudy, so the night watches are VERY dark. That's very minor, but it would be nice to see some stars. All is well. 737 miles to go to St. Helena.


Thu Feb 28 22:03 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 SOG
knts
Run: 165.2nm (299km)
Avg: 6.8knts
24hr: 164.2nm
26 37.02S 08 26.64E
Weather: mostly cloudy, wind 15-18SE, seas 2 meters

Day 5 on passage to St. Helena. Plugging along. Not much to report. Nice sailing winds. Seas are a little lumpy, but not bad and better than yesterday. Keeping in touch daily via the SSB radio with four other boats also headed to St. Helena, but they all left from Namibia, so are about 500 miles ahead of us. 1029 miles to St. Helena.


Keep on doing what you’re doing!! Sounds like good conditions, pray they continue! Sending Love!
Wed Feb 27 21:54 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.3
knts
Run: 163.5nm (295.9km)
Avg: 6.7knts
24hr: 161.5nm
28 11.51S 10 28.15E
Weather: wind 15-20SE, seas 2 meter mixed swell

Day 4 on passage to St. Helena. The high pressure system settled into place yesterday, giving us good sailing winds. We shut the engine down late yesterday afternoon, and have been sailing wing-and-wing since then. Seas have gotten a little lumpy, but they are tolerable. All is well aboard. 1174 miles to go.


Tue Feb 26 21:36 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.8 SOG
knts
Run: 143.8nm (260.3km)
Avg: 6.1knts
24hr: 145.9nm
29 35.67S 12 38.72E
Weather: mostly cloudy, wind 4SE, gentle swell

Day #3 underway to St. Helena. Another calm day. We had some wind last night - light (6-10 knots), but on the beam, and with the calm seas we had a very nice sail for over 13 hours. But the winds died this morning, and the iron genny is back at it. We are expecting a high pressure system to move into place later today or early tomorrow to give us more reliable sailing winds. It's gotten warmer every day, and it's quite pleasant now. The sea temp when we left Cape Town was 54F (about 12C) and it's now 70F (about 21C). 1315 miles to St. Helena. All is well on board.


Mon Feb 25 21:57 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.3 SOG
knts
Run: 193nm (349.3km)
Avg: 8.1knts
24hr: 194.6nm
31 00.08S 14 25.18E
Weather: some clouds, wind 5S, gentle seas

Day 2 from Cape Town to St. Helena. Not much to report. Very little wind, so we are motoring. Seas are nice. The air and seas are getting warmer as we head north. Last night was much warmer than our first night out. We've seen a few big ships on AIS, but all passed a few miles away. All is well.


Sun Feb 24 22:09 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6 knots
knts
Run: 114.8nm (207.8km)
Avg: 4.5knts
24hr: 108.5nm
32 52.06S 16 52.07E
Weather: sunny, wind 4S, 1 meter swell

We departed Cape Town yesterday (Saturday) at 1600 local time, so have been underway for 17 1/2 hours now. It was sunny in the harbor at Cape Town when we left, but at 3 miles out, we ran into a thick fog bank - and the shipping lanes! Our AIS transponder and radar kept us out of trouble - we love both of those instruments! We had the magnetron replaced in our radar in Simon's Town, and it is working well again. :-) The fog lifted about 1900 last evening, and we had nice sailing winds - 10-15 knots on the beam - until about midnight. The winds starting dropping after midnight, but we managed to sail until 0415. We've been motoring since then and expect to motor in light winds all of today and possibly much of tomorrow, but the tradewinds should establish by Wednesday. We have about a meter of ocean swell, but it has a long period between the peaks, so it's very gentle and pleasant (i.e. only a slight roll on the boat). Both of us slept pretty well on our off-watch last night. All is well aboard!


Sat Feb 23 20:45 2019 NZDT
33 54.54S 18 25.09E
Weather: foggy

Today is the day we'll be starting our Atlantic Ocean crossing. We'll be leaving Cape Town this afternoon headed for St. Helena Island, a passage of about 1800 miles, which we expect will take us 12-14 days. We're excited to be starting this ocean passage, but we are sad to leave South Africa behind. We've had an awesome time in this country.


Jan & Rich , all the best for crossing , F2 is now in Hobart , Tasmania, We are in a log cabin at Talkeetna, Alaska we are having time with our US based son and his wife and our only Granddaughter, it’s -18C outside , we have taken a cabin for the weekend , great views to Mt Denali ( Mt McKinley) . We’ll be back in Australia in 2 weeks and will do a bit of summer cruising in SE Tasmania, safe sailing , R Doug & Sandra

Godspeed with tight sails, blue skies, and safe passage across the Atlantic. An amazing journey! Jay P.
Sat Feb 9 4:57 2019 NZDT
Run: 19.3nm (34.9km)
33 54.54S 18 25.09E
Weather: sunny, light breeze

Berthed at V&A Marina in Cape Town.  Rounded the Cape of Good Hope this morning with grey skies but light winds and only slightly lumpy seas, so happy that we were treated well by Mother Nature and King Neptune at the "Cape of Storms". Greeted by a number of familiar and friendly faces when we arrived at the marina.  :-) Had a visit from a boat gremlin on the trip, so we have another item added to our to-do list. We expect to be here for probably a couple of weeks before starting our voyage across the Atlantic.   


Fri Feb 8 3:09 2019 NZDT
Run: 1nm (1.8km)
34 11.23S 18 26.87E
Weather: sunny, calm

Left the dock at Simon's Town marina and anchored out in the bay in anticipation of an early departure tomorrow morning for Cape Town.  We expect to arrive at V&A Marina late tomorrow afternoon. This will be our first (and only) day-sail in South Africa!


Best of luck rounding the Cape! Hope you enjoyed Simons Town and the yacht club / haul out / penguins?
Mon Jan 21 18:09 2019 NZDT
Run: 126.1nm (228.2km)
Avg: 6.2knts
24hr: 148.7nm
34 11.22S 18 25.86E
Weather: calm, sunny

Arrived and anchored at Simonstown early this morning. Rounded Cape Agulhas yesterday afternoon at 2:15 pm and crossed into the Atlantic Ocean.  Yay!!!  Will be hauled out into the boatyard at False Bay Yacht Club this afternoon for a few days of maintenance on Slip Away.  


Sun Jan 20 21:48 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.2 SOG
knts
Run: 100nm (181km)
Avg: 5knts
24hr: 120.3nm
34 45.31S 20 32.08E
Weather: mostly cloudy, cool, wind 18-20E, seas 1.5 meters

Left Mossel Bay yesterday at about 1900. Motored through the night with no wind.  Motor-sailing now to keep our speed above 6 knots. 27 miles to Cape Agulhas and the Atlantic Ocean - yahoo!  ETA Simonstown tomorrow morning.  All is well aboard.  


Sun Jan 20 1:51 2019 NZDT
34 10.55S 22 08.56E
Weather: sunny and breezy

We anticipate leaving Mossel Bay in a few hours - waiting for the contrary winds to die down - and we'll be headed for Simonstown. Looking forward to a good moon on this passage. Weather forecast looks good. We're ready to get there!


Thu Jan 17 21:09 2019 NZDT
Run: 152.2nm (275.5km)
Avg: 5.3knts
24hr: 126.6nm
34 10.55S 22 08.56E
Weather: sunny, calm winds

Anchored outside Mossel Bay harbor. We had quite a lively sail yesterday with 25-30 knots of wind, gusting 35 for most of the afternoon. Fortunately the wind and seas were on our stern, but it was a rough ride and we're glad that's over!  Conditions started abating early evening which was great because both of us slept well when we were off watch.  All is well!  Making progress towards Cape Town. 


Wed Jan 16 16:18 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.5 SOG
knts
Run: 51.5nm (93.2km)
34 15.25S 24 48.28E
Weather: wind 15-20 SE, cloudy, lumpy seas

Departed Port Elizabeth shortly after 6 pm last night.  Motored for a while but the wind came up and we started sailing at about 0245 this morning.  Wind conditions are about perfect.  Just wish the seas weren't so darn lumpy! 132 miles to Mossel Bay.  All is well aboard. 


Tue Jan 15 18:45 2019 NZDT
33 58.01S 25 38.09E
Weather: sunny, light breeze

We've been patiently waiting in Port Elizabeth for a weather window to move on, and it's finally arrived. It's a short window, but it's enough for us to get to Mossel Bay (190 miles, 36 hours). We'll be shoving off late this afternoon to arrive there early on Thursday morning. Will update with our progress tomorrow.


Thu Jan 10 1:09 2019 NZDT
Run: 198.3nm (358.9km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 178.6nm
33 58.01S 025 38.09E
Weather: sunny and breezy

Docked in Port Elizabeth and will likely be here until Monday. We motor-sailed all night last night in light winds, and seas were very pleasant. The bioluminescence in the water last night was beautiful! All is well. :-) Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad


Glad yopu are doing so well I am sure the last 5-00 miles will be a breeze l

Hey Jan and Rich: Glad things are going well. Love your location tracker. Glad you had a good time in Capetown. Russell wants to visit there again someday. Annie and Russ PS: You don't have to write - we will be watching you!
Tue Jan 8 22:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.2 motor-sailing
knts
Run: 167.2nm (302.6km)
Avg: 8.7knts
24hr: 207.9nm
32 41.70S 28 42.75E
Weather: overcast, light winds, seas 1 meter

All is well aboard the good ship Slip Away. Had a few hours of fantastic sailing early yesterday evening with 25 knots of wind from our stern, flat seas, and great current. Slip Away's speed over ground (SOG) reached 11 knots! Then, at about 10 pm, it was like King Neptune turned the washing machine on the "agitator" cycle, making it virtually impossible to get any sleep. Ugh! This lasted for about 8 hours - not unsafe, but very uncomfortable. The "Wild Coast" lives up to its reputation! This morning, the wind died down so we're motor-sailing, seas are much better and we're taking turns napping. We are making good progress and expect to reach Port Elizabeth by tomorrow afternoon.


Tue Jan 8 3:12 2019 NZDT
Speed:
SOG 8.0
knts
Run: 73.6nm (133.2km)
30 50.80S 30 32.92E
Weather: wind 15-18ENE, seas 1-2meters

Left Durban shortly after 5 this morning. Motored for several hours at the start. Wind filled in enough to sail shortly after lunch. Sailing with headsail only, poled out. Great ride in the Agulhas current. Seas are a bit lumpy but tolerable (and typical for the Indian Ocean!). Good trip so far. All is well.


Sun Jan 6 19:21 2019 NZDT
29 51.78S 31 01.30E
Weather: sunny, breezy

We had a great trip to Cape Town - a road trip on the Garden Route, wine tasting in Franschhoek, and lots of sightseeing in and around Cape Town. We flew back to Durban early Friday morning, and when the plane landed and we turned on our phone, we received an email from our local weather guy that there was a weather window for departing Durban late Sunday/early Monday. We completed paperwork with Durban port officials on Friday afternoon, did some grocery shopping and are making final preparations to leave very early tomorrow morning. It looks like we will get to either East London or Port Elizabeth on this window, and hopefully that will be a short stop to wait for a passing weather system, and then we'll continue on toward Simonstown. We plan to haul out Slip Away in Simonstown for bottom paint, hull polishing and a few other chores. Our fun is over - time to get to work!


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