Travels around South Africa

Stephen Bassett
Thu 19 Dec 2013 20:00
Simons Town is in False Bay, south of Cape Town. The journey here was not easy but reasonably quick. Entering False Bay was challenging as we went through an acceleration zone with 40+ knots plus rain!! Not pleasant. Then we reefed in completely and aimed to arrive at Simons Town at first light. It loked lovely and the berth we had been allocated was waiting for us – thank goodness. We were all relieved to tie up and relax for a while.
We are in False Bay Yacht Club and will stay here until early January. That will give us time to fix, repair and renew the essential kit and get ready to head off into the Atlantic towards Brazil via St. Helena. Patrick, who has been with us for 6 months, leaves South Africa to return to France. It has been super having him on board and I will miss him because he has done most of the cooking on board since he joined.
Once the jobs are done we will venture out into the Western Cape and do some tourist things. Until then we are happy to be here and are looking forward to Christmas – our third in a much warmer climate that Scotland!!
First light in False Bay on 8th Dec 2013.
DSCN1662Above – Patrick checking out the town as we approach.
And our reception committee. They scattered as we got closer!!