Category Archives: Sailboat Cruising

Self steering

If one considers all the truly great and useful inventions and innovations in the history of the world, self-steering for your sailboat has to be right up there with the best of them. There’s nothing much worse than being invisibly … Continue reading

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At least it’s not only South Africa

Taken from John Vigor’s blog article “Are you a drunken operator” A vessel, apparently, is “every description of watercraft on the water . . . capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water” with the illogical … Continue reading

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Baaa… !!

The stupidity of the system… Instructions on how to wash your hands in the corporate washroom A lable to warn “Don’t Drink this poison because it’s harmful” COF’s and COC’s etc It’s amazing humanity survived into the 21st century !

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Winter anchorage

Bunnybrook at 8am on a chilly June morning. Magic ! With a steady 10kt easterly providing the motive power, we have a magic sail off the anchor all the way to the Confluence. Around 12pm the wind dies away to … Continue reading

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Ready to Retire

I’ve been doing some online hunting to complete my library of manuals for all the systems and gear onboard ocean Blue. Doing a quick Google, as you will, for ST2000 I stumbled across a review of this handy piece of … Continue reading

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South Westerlies

The first real chill of winter has followed this front up to the Vaal. The NW’lies preceding the front gave way to the expected, icy SW’ly at about 10h30 this morning and the mooring field turned a little bumpy as … Continue reading

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Lammert Beach

The weekend of 18 May saw 2 yachts brave the fluky, light winds and sail out into the depths of the Vaal. Destination, Rose Bay. Objective, Chill! Rose Bay proved a challenge for the anchor and so we sailed on … Continue reading

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Somewhere near Fools Pt

Going nowhere in particular, no deadline, no rush …. ! With that amount of wind I guess I could have been sailing, but then….you don’t always have to sail to enjoy the boat and the water. Sometimes it’s enough to … Continue reading

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Favourite memories

This remains one of my favourite weekends at anchor. Total calm, deserted anchorage, beautiful sunset, sweet little yacht. Forget all those holiday brochures advertising the good life. The good life is here and now !!

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Unbeatable Offer from Good Old Boat

I’ve always thought that Good Old Boat matches the South African inland sailing scene quite nicely. While the mainstream sailing media do their thing advertising super-new, super-big, super-expensive dreams the rest of us are quietly getting on with our sailing, … Continue reading

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