Friday, 3 February 2012

Land Ahoy - Sailing Into Cape Town

Wednesday February 1st - Day 28

Lazy day onboard today as some guests are packing to depart the ship tomorrow morning.
Lunchtime and it's getting serious now as the last two Coronas onboard were delivered to our table...thanks Marco but what will we do tomorrow? We've been told that there will be a new supply coming onboard tomorrow...hope it's before twelve noon.
The caviar sail in party was almost a blow away party as the winds were so strong that the ship had to be assisted into harbour by tugs. We went to the  Observation deck on deck 10 to watch the approaching views of Cape Town and Table Mountain but we were hardly able to stand upright let alone hold on to a glass of champers and nibbles. Table Mountain was completely covered in cloud which is known as 'The tablecloth on the mountain'.
On arriving in Cape Town we have now travelled a total distance of 8758 nautical miles since leaving Fort Lauderdale on January 5th with our longest stretch being Rio to St. Helena which was 2167 nautical miles and took The Quest five days to cover.
Techie bits: At 8am we were:
32° south and 17° west
Travelling on a compass course of 155°
Speed = 15 knots
Apparent wind speed = 26 knots off the port bow
Air temperature = 19°c (66°f)
Total nautical miles sailed = 8632
Sea depth = 241 metres
Humidity = 67%

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