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09 January 2011

New Year, New Ocean...

Hello and Happy New Year to everyone from the Wild Tigris crew.


Having departed Cape Town yesterday at midday, after refueling in a ‘pea-soup’ fog, we are currently on a direct heading to St Helena under full sail in 10-15kts of wind and a bright blue sky.

In fact, conditions are so perfect, there has even been whisperings of shaking the cobwebs off the asymmetric spinnaker tomorrow morning….watch this spot.


Our stay in South Africa and Cape Town in particular has been fantastic. It blew all my prior expectations out of the water and is a place that I’d return to in a heartbeat. Although very busy completing work on the boat and courses for my license, not to mention celebrating Christmas and New Year, we still managed to cram in tones of sightseeing and activities. Summiting Table mountain by cable-car, wine tasting in Stellenbosch and Constantia, kite-surfing with Bill and Morgan at Big Bay, live gigs at Camps Bay, nightlife in Long street, Chapman’s Peak drive and Jackass penguins at the Cape of Good Hope….the list goes on!


Back to sea now though and the core crew of Casey, Heidi, Sofia and I have been bolstered by the round the world veteran Stuart Conway. Stu completed the first version of the World Arc called ‘The Millennium Odyssey’ which began in 1998 and finished in Easter 0f 2000. Weather permitting we hope to complete the 1685Nm leg to St Helena around the 18th of this month. We are permitted a 72hr stay on the spectacular volcanic island of St Helena, then 1950Nm on to Salvador in Brazil.


Until tomorrow,



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