Archive For The “2019-12-06 Cape Town to St. Helena” Category

St. Francis to Fort Lauderdale by the numbers

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St. Francis to Fort Lauderdale by the numbers

From St. Francis to Fort Lauderdale he lovely Vingilótë traveled 7,468.7 nm, and achieved highs of 229 nm in 24 hours, 1,509 nm in 7 days, a maximum of 23.7 kts, and confidently handled 43.1 kts wind speed, 4+ meter swells, ugly chop and following seas. She is fast, and is ridiculously solidly built: she…

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St. Helena Festival of Lights

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St. Helena Festival of Lights

I never posted this when we were in StH, so posting it now. Shortly before Christmas St Helena hosts the Festival of Lights, the big holiday celebration. Basically, everyone in the whole country- all four-thousand or so Saints- gets dressed up in lights, and they have a big parade, from the hospital to the waterfront….

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Moored at St. Helena

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Moored at St. Helena

This morning I found a quick WhatsApp message from Irene at 3:36am PST that they were moored at St. Helena. AIS on a (historic) satellite view confirms it.

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Rounding the north end of St. Helena

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Rounding the north end of St. Helena

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First sight of St. Helena

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First sight of St. Helena

Land ho! St. Helena lies before us.

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Vingilótë is in the Western Hemisphere

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Vingilótë is in the Western Hemisphere

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Change of watch

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Change of watch

Ten minutes to the hour I crawl out of bed, make myself presentable*, go upstairs to relieve Dunbar. He gives me a quick debrief on his shift – making good speed, wind has us directly on course, 410 nm to St Helena, we crossed the Prime Meridian at four so we’re now officially in the…

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Learning to communicate

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Learning to communicate

My friend S. used to ride and train horses, and has spoken often about the tricks of that trade. She put it quite pithily and I can’t quote her verbatim, but I remember her talking about the challenges of controlling an animal ten times your size and twenty times your strength. She said something like…

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Off the barber-y coast

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Off the barber-y coast

It’s well known that normal, healthy humans shed hairs off their heads. 25 or 50 a day, something like that. But when you have very long, very dark hair, and you’re in an enclosed environment that is spotless white, this becomes somewhat embarrassing. My shed hairs are *everywhere*. I’m constantly picking up loose hairs and…

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Golden Sails

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Golden Sails

Sun on Vingilótë’s sails, the main sail with the Code Zero peeking from behind it. The sails are a light gray, the Code Zero a silver gray, and made by Ullman Sails in Cape Town. Vingilótë’s main sail and jib are tri-radial cut from Warp-Drive, a space-age fabric that combines the performance of a laminate…

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