Tuesday, 8 October 2013


Late afternoon. Boats in Hout Bay. SA

The V&A Waterfront is an exceptionally lovely place to be in a boat. A bit the same as Constitution Dock in Hobart, Tasmania, only a lot bigger city. 

We left all our great friends in Saldahna but nearly all of them have been to visit us here in Cape Town which has been fun and busy. Ivy our friend and manager of the Saldahna Bay Yacht Club took her long weekend and spent it with us aboard Taipan. Robert and Trudie bought their boat over from Royal Cape YC to park beside us and we had a fat time. During the weekend we enjoyed a festival for the blessing of the Portuguese fishing fleet. A couple of large marquis and lots of food, drink and music all right beside us on the car park. On our first weekend in Cape Town we d id a tour to the south of Cape Town with Robert and Trudy for a day. Beautiful vineyards, fabulous tapas lunch at Kalk Bay and jackass penguins at Simons Town. Drove back up the west coast which is spectacular.

One of a number of  Portuguese Fishing boats

Work aboard hasn't stopped of course. David never stops. The toe rail must be a mile long it has been such a project! Then there is the new engine stop button to install and still have light to fit on mast. We have had a anchor bracket for the stern anchor fabricated here by Hugo, of 

Hube Welding and Engineering. hubewelding@yahoo.com 0793903324. A truly beautiful piece of work.

My major project has been commissioning the new iMac desktop to run Windows 7 and OX S 10 on separate partitions. I'v had to re-install all the old programmes I like, on both systems. Unfortunately the only programme which has to run in Windows is the Airmail software for the Pactor Modem which we use to send and receive emails, weather etc. when on passage. The manufacturer of this device have not written software drivers for MAC. I am impressed with the iMac I have to say! The versatility of being able to run both systems suits me perfectly. I have my Photoshop software loaded again so am happy little computer Vegemite!

A friend of Roberts who went off to the West Indies doing a catamaran delivery loaned us his car. That has been wonderful for all those little jobs to the chandler!. Essentially we are almost along side the enormous V & A Waterfront Shopping Centre, so most of our needs are met with a short walk.

We bumped into old friends from Albany at Mitchels Pub one night much to all our surprises! This ensured a serious number of bottles of red wine were dispatched along with lots of laughs and good fun.

Max n Jenny Shearer

Last weekend the Cape Town Boat Show provided an interesting day out and still more visitors.

The weather is really improving and we hope to head off again in the next few weeks. Our  plan to go to The Gambia is looking a little shaky. The West African nation described the 54 member grouping which includes the UK and most of its former colonies, as a "neo-colonial institution". Based on the possibility of unrest there, we will almost certainly now head to the Caribbean from Namibia.

SimonsTown Pictures