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Good morning,

Attached updated Google map as well as Friday message from Michel below.

All is well on board,Bossanova is sailing very well,and the crews and my self are enjoying every moment.
We are now definitely out of the cold fronts,and are enjoying the tropick weather.

Kind Regards

Rudi Pretorius

+27 83 269 3626 (cell)
+27 21 552 7752 (office)
+27 866 48 2266 (fax)

BossaNova delivery


A quick update from BossaNova:

Our position is:26*09′S 06*20′E

E.T.A : from the wind that we have now,and been out of the cold front,we

should reach Annapolis by the 03/10/14.

All is well on board,crews still doing well,and the boat is performing

like a king.(doing 4 Kn on a 6 Kn apparent wind.)sailing on a full main and

code zero.

Kind Regards

Rudi Pretorius

083 269 3626 (cell)

021 552 7752 (office)

0866 48 2266 (fax)



Dear all,

I am sending you this email as Michel, Jaco and Joshua is on our Maverick 440 catamaran – BossaNova en route to Annapolis. I have offered to keep you up to date from time to time regarding their progress. Michel the skipper has a satellite phone and he sends me an email every few days noting their position and status.

They departed on Tuesday the 5th of August, in very little wind. I think that they have been motoring for a while whilst waiting for the South Easter to start blowing.

Message today states: " All good on board, crews all happy."

Kind Regards

Rudi Pretorius

083 269 3626 (cell)

021 552 7752 (office)

0866 48 2266 (fax)



Everything or Nothing

Cape Town has been my home on and off for nearly one of the past two years. It has shown me the darker and lighter sides of humanity, both within and without: life is valued both so preciously and so callously; with great care, and utter indifference. And the land itself, brutal and misunderstood, is also so simple. It makes one’s heart ache for its loss and for its surprising triumphs. If I could sum this place up in a word, it’s bittersweet: just when you feel your heart split open from the suffering, and the squandered opportunities that Mandela and his compatriots provided, it is promptly filled with the simple joys seen in the love people have for their homeland, for living here. Bittersweet. Like chocolate. Like coffee. Like love.

Someone once accused me of thinking I was an expert on South Africa after spending only four months here. My reply was that, no, I am not an expert on your country, just on being human, and I know that to move ahead we have to forgive, and to open our hearts, all of us, without exception. I have great hopes for this country, like most South Africans. I just hope people will rise to the occasion.

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My favourite picture of the year.

Horse Trek in Kamberg – Berg Trails

I decided it was one of those things I had to do. After talking about it, and never doing it, I finally got on a horse.  Lady was her name.  A big brown Appaloosa owned and trained at Sans Souci Farms in Kamberg, Natal. The horse riding aspect of their farm, Berg Trails, is home to about 50 free running, that is they don’t live in stables but run around on the 564ha farm.

I had a great time, but I think Lady was glad when we were done as I was definitely a heavy carry.  Sorry girl! Here is a culling of the best photos.

Walking up the track towards a ridge.

The Midlands, KZN: An Interlude from Sailing and Sailing Related Posts…

Here are a few photos from my walk today at Baldinnie Jersey Farm, the family residence and dairy farm belonging to the family of my friend Cameron.  It’s stunning.  It’s about 250 hectares. And a single hectare is 10,000 square meters or rather 100m by 100m.  Their farm therefore sits on a plot of land that is roughly 1500m on a side, were it square. It’s not huge by any stretch of the imagination, but a good hour’s walk took me across much of it and back to the farmhouse.

The sunrises and sunsets are particularly stunning right now as everyone has to have their fire breaks ready for the winter. It’s the dry season here in the Midlands and soon high winds will spread wildfires.  The breaks are burnt in by locals. The sky is full of smoke and you can’t see the hills that are no more than 5km away.

More to come. Tomorrow: Horse Trek in the Drakensberg!

STCW Training: The Breakdown or Nine Days in June

Wrapping things up

Leaving Cape Town wasn’t as easy as packing my bags, and hitting the docks. There was a lot left over after my STCW training was completed, a nine day course that ended on the 29th after a gamut of lectures, theory, and practical examinations. As it turns out, I had to cram an awful lot into that last day. In fact, that whole last week was about as full-on as you can expect. Lectures, biker-paramedics, gruff mariners, fires, and cold, cold water.

And never in my wildest dreams did I think, though, that with the Durban Boat Show starting on 19 July, that we’d be leaving on 30 June. With the number of cold fronts passing South Africa there was no way it was going to take more than 8 days, so even departing a week into July would have landed us in Durban in plenty of time. For some reason the skipper wanted to crack on and get going. So I had a lot to take care of. But I am getting ahead of myself. I need to explain what STCW is, and why I took the course. Continue reading

Coming Soon

Hey everyone,

Sorry for long time between posts.  From packing up the wife and kids, to packing up myself, cleaning the apartment, doing my STCW, and sorting out gear for the first leg of my EPIC ADVENTURE, I have had precious little time.

That said, I have just finished the first draft of a post about my experiences doing STCW, and that will come along in the near future.  I also have to write up my 7 day cruise from Cape Town to Durban that covered 794 non-stop miles of mostly downwind sailing, included on big cold-front, and some pretty light days as well.

Stay tuned, and thanks for the patience.


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