Dassen Island...

El Vagabond
Vicki & Roger Mortimer
Sun 22 Feb 2015 17:52
Position 33 24.96S, 18 05.07E
We left the Royal Cape Yacht Club early this morning and dropped our anchor mid afternoon just off the bird sanctuary of Dassen Island. It was a nice 39 mile "shake down" cruise to get away from the Marina and test out our new headsail.
As we were just about to drop the hook, an enormous "rock" appeared less than 10 metres away on our Starboard side which hadn't been there only a few seconds before. As we did a double take wondering how the hell we hadn't seen it, the lump moved and we realised it was a Hump-backed Whale surfacing..... unfortunately, we just couldn't get to the camera quickly enough before it went back under water !!!
We will stay here a couple of days to finish all our final stowage and then it's off to St. Helena (about 1,700 miles).