Schaapen Island and beyond 11th November
It was a quiet weekend at the club and it was no surprise that Sundowner Rose was the only vessel at anchor off Schaapen at 12 noon. Next Coldplay with Neil and Theresa arrived from Mykonos. Jandy arrived in haste and excitement, and communications were lost in translation between Wilhelm at anchor duty, and Elize behind the wheel. Anchor was dropped with main sail up and cruising at 3 knots – fenders were brought out by Sundowner Rose and Coldplay just in case.
More schooled was Legacy and Daniel doing the solo sailor bit, in his anchoring technique. Natasha from Mykonos rafting up to Coldplay completed the fleet. Winds were light after all the storms and cancelled events.
Departures did not go well. Legacy’s engine would not start. Daniel was assisted by Neil and was heard muttering … “I love my Lord, but why won’t this f***en engine start?”
Sundowner Rose proceeded to Oudepos and met with Kalimba already at anchor there. Frustrated by a seized windlass loud hammering reverberated through the bay as they tried to remove it.
Coldplay did a “drink-stop” at Sundowner Rose, before heading off bravely in the darkness to go anchor at Kraalbaai … at almost low tide. Jandy and Legacy also overnighted at Kraalbaai returning in a good southerly breeze on Sunday. Legacy wasn’t making good headway with what looked like only a storm jib up … and couldn’t leave the helm. Radio coms confirmed no distress. One can only image his Xmas wishes “Dear Santa, an autopilot please …”