Richards Bay to Cape Town Day 2 - Passed Durban but where is the current

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Sat 26 Nov 2016 22:00

Position                    31:51.58 S 029:44.27 E

Date                          2359 (UTC+2) Saturday 26 November 2016

Distance run             in 24hrs 179nm over the ground, 168nm through the water

Passage total            227nm over the ground, 208nm through the water

Route distance         To Cape Town 898nm, via East London (338nm + 560nm)


Durban provided us with an escape route if it was required.  In the event the weather looked fair to get to East London.  Reports coming back from Port Elizabeth were that it was very crowded, dirty form the ships loading manganese ore suffering from a fender busting swell.  East London looked good and we motor sailed on.  The famed favourable current became very elusive and we appeared to be caught in a succession of eddies.  The options of going further out or hugging the coast both had their downsides so we stayed 10 to 15 miles offshore.