On Easter Sunday we sailed to Sandy Bay. Actually we did not sail as such, as it was a beautifully hot, sunny day without any wind, so we ended up motoring all the way there.

The crew was Tabisa (who had prepared well for her seasickness by taking tablets the day before), Chris and his brother and cousin – Kurt and ?. I had wanted to sail there for some time and this was a great day for the trip.

Karbonkelberg
Karbonkelberg from Sandy Bay

We motored all the way there. Off Duiker Point the swell came up and there seemed to be quite a bit of current flowing in a northerly direction, which was lifting the swell.

SBay beach and dune
Sandy Bay Beach

We motored into Sandy Bay and anchored in about 7 metres of water. It was very hot and Chris and myself went for two swims. We had lunch checked out the scene and left after about 2 hours.

Chris & Kurt SBay 2
Chris and Kurt hide from the sun

Tabisa, who had been complaining about going back the whole morning, went to sleep in the fore cabin.

Llundudno houses
Llandudno and Sunset Rocks from where we anchored

Sandy Bay Beach

After we left Sandy Bay the wind came up to about 5-10 knots and we had a very gentle sail back to Vulcan Rock. Off Duiker point we were joined by three whales, one of which kept on positioning him or herself in front of us.

Little Lions Head
Little Lionshead looking majestic with the Sandy Bay rocks in the foreground

Eventually off Vulcan the wind dropped, we rolled up the genoa and motored back to Hout Bay. At Badtamboer the wind came up and we sailed to the entrance. A great sail was had by all. Tabisa only woke up when we back on the mooring!

 

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