Solid Sailing

A good steady easterly carried us past Plattenberg Bay and Mossel Bay, along the bottom of Africa. Weather is mild and the sea is mostly less than 2m. There is a constant stream of commercial shipping. Currently we have about a dozen ships in our immediate vicinity. There are a few birds about but we’ve seen very little other life. One sun-baking seal in the distance and one bloated dead seal that we nearly ran over, both spotted by Walter. So far, no dolphins and no whales.

Wind is forecast to increase to 20-30kn tonight. Because of the overcast we must run the engine to charge the batteries a bit. The swell makes the autohelm heavy on the batteries. It’s a pity as we don’t need the engine otherwise.

We should be off Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of Africa, around midnight.

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