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24 November 2010

Around the Cape of Good Hope

At 1:03 AM South Africa Time or 5:03 PM East Coast Time the WT rounded Cape Agulhas the southern most tip South Africa. At that point we no longer were in the Indian Ocean but in the South Atlantic. Just two on deck, and a bottle of champagne to toast the occasion.  It was a calm rounding with a full moon to guide us. We got down to 34.55 South Latitude about five miles off the coast. 


Five days in Port Elizabeth waiting for a weather window was a really good thing to do.  The weather for the trip around was most quiet calm with a huge South Westerly coming on Wednesday.  We will tie up at the Victoria and Alfred in Cape Town this afternoon around 5PM.  


On the Indian Ocean side we saw many Black-Browed Albaross, petrels and shearwaters.  Think we saw a few Shy Albatrosses with the huge wing span.