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April 12, 2018

We are on our way! 32 degrees S, 16 degrees E. We left our cosy quay at the V & A Waterfront on Wednesday 11 April, aided by the pilot tug due to strong wind blowing us on to the quay.

After joining the ship on the 9th, we had a full day training on the 10th before a morning at Table Mountain, sight-seeing and last minute shopping for our epic trip ahead. A few of us decided that they would ascend Lion’s Head, and then dash back after a brief photo opportunity at the summit.

Round to the next dock to clear customs then out to sea at 7.30pm in the dark, keeping south of Robben Island and its grisly history as a prison – where Nelson Mandela spent an unbelievable 25 years.

We watched the lights of Africa recede in the distance as we stood the 8pm to midnight watch. Spectacular clear starry sky as we motored along in a heavy swell – no sails since the light wind was variable.

Now it’s Thursday, a glorious day, with black back albatrosses circling near us.  Nine sails up, doing a nice 9 knots – we have a LONG way to go – c. 1,700nm to St Helena, which we hope to reach in 10 days. Then many more miles of sailing to follow!

The plan after quiet time is to set more sails and hopefully turn the engines off. Generally having an ACE time all round and thinking happily of you all at home, in the UK, USA and Australia. Pops says! Forward Port  Harriet (watch leader) Clive, Colin, Ian, Maisie, Michael, Stuart, Morgan.

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