Slip Away

Slip Away

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: 5.5knts
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-sailingknts
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: 8.0knts
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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