Archive For The “2019-11-27 St. Francis to Hout Bay” Category

Meet the SA-only crew: Jonathan Paarman

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Meet the SA-only crew: Jonathan Paarman

Jonathan is one of the founders of Nexus Yachts, a former world championship surfer, and serious offshore sailor. He oversees all the work of building Balance Catamarans at the St. Francis factory. He’s a wizard with composite construction. His experience in building worldchampionship-winning surfboards let him work with Anton duToit the designer to create the…

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In Hout Bay Marina

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In Hout Bay Marina

Vingilótë’s first trip is complete. 354 nm in 42 hours. We slowed down the last four hours or so to get to the Hout Bay Marina in daylight, so we figure we could have made it in 39 hours.

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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

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Entering Hout Bay

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Entering Hout Bay

We can see the entrance to Hout Bay and can just see the lights of our destination. We managed to outrun the low pressure front.

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Second Night at Sea

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Second Night at Sea

Our second night at sea. We heard seals call out to each other and the low pressure front coming in made for dramatic pictures.

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Rounding Cape Good Hope

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Rounding Cape Good Hope

We rounded Cape Hood Hope!

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Meet the crew: Dunbar Lewis

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Meet the crew: Dunbar Lewis

Our captain Dunbar shooting the sun with a sextant.

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Meet the SA-trip only crew: Sean Hamilton McDiarmid

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Meet the SA-trip only crew: Sean Hamilton McDiarmid

Sean’s a friend of Dunbar and sailed with us from St. Francis to Hout Bay.

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Vingilótë’s Single-handled Sailing Setup

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Vingilótë’s Single-handled Sailing Setup

Vingilótë is designed to be sailed by just Irene and me. And, in case if emergencies, or for many situations where your other is busy, to be sailed by one. To that end all halyards, reefing line, and sheets, and topping lift are brought together at the helm station, and supplemented with three electrical winches…

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Meet the crew: Rory Miller

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Meet the crew: Rory Miller

Rory practicing his pirate look.

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