Villvind safe and sound in RCYC ( Royal Cape Yacht Club)
Since we left the Falklands in the end of January we have been sailing for 6 weeks in the famous screaming 50-ies and the roaring 40-ies. In low temperatures, gales and full storms we have sailed among icebergs, in mist and thick fog. It has been a rough but a memorable journey where our visit on South Georgia with its nature, atmosphere, history and spectacular wildlife topped it all.The last night before arriving in South Georgia we were hit by a full storm,- 50 to 60 knots of wind. This should be the first of more to come and we developed a strategy for sailing is those conditions which was to, take down the main, reduce the genoa to 2-4 sqm ‘s and set the windvane for a plain downwind course. This way the boat managed well at all times without broaching with an average speed of 3-4 knots even if we sometimes surfed in 15-20 knots. In Cumberland Bay at South Georgia a Japanese survey ship messured 85 knots of wind that night. An area definitely not for novices.
We arrived in Cape Town , 27 days out from South Georgia . The last week in moderate conditions , sometimes sunny and in a continuous rising temperature as we got north. Here in RCYC we were allocated a berth for 2 weeks with all the facilities you need. The last weekend in Mars, Berit and I will sail 55 nm north to Saldanha Bay where Villvind will be put on the hard for 10 month before the journey continue next January .
Until then, have a funny and prosperous 2016 !
All the best from Dag, Svein and Terje !