Richards Bay to Cape Town Day 8 - Made it to Cape Town

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Fri 2 Dec 2016 07:50

Position                    33:54.54 S 018:25.07 E

Date                         0950 (UTC+2) Friday 2 December 2016

Distance run             in 9hrs 50mins 78nm over the ground, 71nm through the water

Passage total            908nm over the ground, 839nm through the water

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


(There has been a long delay in getting these entries posted – apologies but we have been rather busy)


There can be few more dramatic arrivals in Cape Town, passing the Cape of Good Hope in the dawn, with perfect visibility and no cloud cover giving us amazing views of Table Mountain and the city. Accompanying all of this was a great display by whales, dolphins, seals and a lone penguin. A favourable current speeded our arrival, 7nm on the day and 69nm on the whole trip


We berthed in the V&A Waterfront Marina which has proved to be excellent. There is no passing tourist traffic, often a problem in city centre marinas, and we have direct access into the very attractive Waterfront area with its shops, restaurants and street entertainment.


Looking back at the Cape of Good Hope in the dawn


A very clear if unusual view of Table Mountain over the top of the city


Tha’ she blows - a pod of whales probably Right Whales or Humpbacks


The Cape Town Waterfront development, seen from the sea, with a pod of dolphins performing in the foreground


Our lone penguin


Caduceus lying in the Waterfront Marina with another Amel 54,Carango, on our port side and Table Mountain providing a dramatic backdrop (taken a few days after our arrival when Table Mountain was wearing its tablecloth)