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Old 14-09-2013, 07:05   #16
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Re: Cape Town

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Yes, we prefer a mooring in order be able to leave the boat and go exploring.

First things first though, we will have to move the boat from Knysna to Cape Town which could be challenging as we don't know this coast and haven't really sailed the boat properly either having bought her only in May!

Flights booked for mid December. Maybe we should look for assistance on this first leg? Some of the comments posted here have me a little worried!
The worst part of this coast is between East London and Durban as there are no places to escape foul weather - you are on your own. But you are past this stretch of coast and the trip from Knysna to Cape Town is certainly nothing like the Durban / East London stretch. Start watching the weather patterns a good 3 to 4 weeks before your departure to get a feel for the cycles. Talk to the locals in the area who will be more than willing to share their knowledge. We have sailed this trip on several occasions and each trip was pleasant with no mishaps nor any scary situations. Plan your trip carefully and yours should be no different. Under the right wind conditions, your boat should easily cover this distance between 2 and 3 days. As mentioned, it is important that you leave Knysna (the Heads) at slack high tide!!! The devil is in the details, do your homework, exercise due diligence and enjoy the trip.

You might also want to buy the latest South African Nautical Almanac written by Tom Morgan as there are places between Knysna and Cape Town you can go in the event of really bad weather - Publishers and Distributer of Boating Books & Charts: On Board Publications.

Regarding other comments about this stretch of the coast;
Bad weather occurs almost everywhere - not just here.
Same situation creates different experiences and feelings about it - what is exciting to one, is a nightmare to another (vice verse).

I would love to help out in December but we will also be sailing during the entire December/January period.
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Old 15-09-2013, 04:35   #17
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Thanks for all the advice! We can't wait to get back to the boat and visit Cape Town!
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