Sep 14

Sail to Langebaan

by Adrian in Adventures, Sailing

We did an awesome ‘training’ sail to Langebaan over the weekend with Sara and Stof on Ballyhoo 2.  Left Cape Town at 6pm with a stiff SE blowing but unfortunately it didn’t last! By the early hours of the morning the wind had died and we were forced to ‘fire up the donk’ and motorsail the last 20 miles to Langebaan. Was a great night sail though with no moon, starry skies and amazing phosphorescence illuminating our trail. Highlight was a pair of dolphins illuminated by the phosphorescence surfing our bow wave, magic!

Leaving Cape Town - nice downwind sail

After arriving in Langebaan at 6am, after 12 hours on the water it was time for much needed sleep! It took a icy swim to finally wake us from the slumber state in order to make the trip back to Cape Town

Post-12hr sail slumber time!

The sail home started with some great wind which unfortunately abandoned us and only returned as we entered Cape Town in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Problem with the return trip is you can see table mountain as you leave Langebaan and looks tantalisingly close but once again the return trip took close to 12 hours!

Cape Town in the distance!

A great weekend of sailing though and awesome to be out on the water with regular visits from dolphins, seals and the whales in the distance… good times!

Example A: Good sailing gear

Example B: Bad sailing gear - 2 pairs jean pant does not keep out cold!

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