December 11, 2011-Setting Sail from Mossel Bay
wingssail images-fredrick roswold
Waves at Cape Blaise
The back wash slammed us against the side of the fish boat Mary Ann. Our fenders took the load and took it badly; another one blew. That is three out of five down. Mossel Bay surge is tough. Then the next surge threw us forward and the spring lines shrieked and jerked us to a stop. Down below we were both almost thrown from our seats.
“That’s enough”, I said, “let’s go try the anchorage.”
So we anchored out. It’s not calm out here but at least the motion is normal boat movement. We like it better.
And the other thing? We think we’ll quit Mossel Bay tomorrow anyhow.
It’s time to head for the cape.
We’ve got a short window to head west: 36 hours. Not enough to get to Cape Town but maybe enough to get to another anchorage 120 miles closer.
We set sail at 05:00 Monday.
We’ll let you know how it goes.
Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Mossel Bay
Click here to see some shots of our hike to Cape Blaise.
Click here to see some more shots of waves.